ASPAH Ambassador Glenn Christensen of the Australian Chamber Orchestra discusses his career and performing arts healthcare.
1. How did you get involved in the performing arts? Why did you decide to pursue a profession in the performing arts?
I started playing violin as a four year old in Mackay, Queensland, and always loved performing for other people. I was involved in many local community music organisations throughout my youth, and loved the social aspect of playing with other people, working towards a common goal and producing a final product that everyone could be proud of.
I don’t know if I ever ‘decided’ to have a profession in the performing arts, but these opportunities lead to others, and my love of music sort of lead me to the point I’m at now. I’m very lucky to do what I do!
2. Have you experienced any health challenges related to your practice as a performing artist and would you like to share this experience? What happened and why? Did you overcome the challenge and how? How did your colleagues and others respond to the challenge, if they knew about it?
Fortunately, most people that I’ve told or talked to about this have been very supportive and understanding. I think the culture surrounding performing arts healthcare in this way is definitely changing, for the better>
3. Why do you think so many performing artists experience health challenges? What do you think is needed in order for these challenges to be addressed in sustainable ways across industries?
Thankfully, I think people in general are becoming more aware of these obstacles, and it’s becoming less of a taboo to talk about things that may be troubling us.
4. Why have you agreed to be an ambassador for ASPAH? What does the organisation mean to you?
ASPAH has helped me address my own issues, and I believe it can help many many others. If I can help spread the word of the great work that ASPAH does, and in turn help other artists, then that can only be a good thing.