Episode 181: The Work Behind Play

A Conversation with Amy Burgess

June 8, 2021

Are you ready for a different angle on rest, relaxation, and play? This week, tune in as we talk to someone whose work it is to facilitate the experiences that most of us participate in for entertainment, relaxation, and fun. 

Amy Burgess is a mom, the Rosie Red mascot for the Cincinnati Reds, as well as an Executive Director and Choreographer for CAST, a theater company in the greater Cincinnati area.   

You’ll quickly learn the things other people do for rest, relaxation, and play, Amy can be found on the other side, working. Amy shares what makes those experiences meaningful for her and the people she seeks to entertain, empower, and educate. She also explores the challenges of rest, relaxation, and play.  

Listen for several important reminders from Amy. One of those reminders is this: being good at everything isn’t the goal. Nor is it fun to do things outside of our skill sets. So, how does she accomplish things that she’s not great at? Listen in to explore how Amy’s self-awareness and other-awareness guide her interactions. 

Amy’s examples come from choreography and bringing the Rosie Red mascot to life. And woven through her stories, you’ll hear the heart of a Christ-centered leader. Amy is mastering the improvisational art of creating space for others to experience joy. 

At one moment in our conversation, Amy pauses on the idea of kinesthetic awareness. In her role as Rosie Red, Amy’s capacity to express emotion without saying a single word is what creates an experience for guests. You’ll hear how listening is integral to creating a space for others to experience rest, relaxation, and play.  The take-aways from this episode are endless: from improv to listening to kinesthetic awareness, and much more. 

Write it Down/Talk it Out

  1. What does fun look like for you in this season of life?
  2. What has the last year taught you about rest, relaxation, and play?
  3. What did Amy’s example of kinesthetic listening teach you about the importance of listening and expressing emotion? 
  4. Try having a conversation where your response is, “Yes, and…”