Live from Emo Dojo
Live from Emo Dojo

Episode · 3 months ago

Emotional Support for Creatives: Join the Emo Dojo revolution!

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John Emotions finally finds a focus for the podcast after only five years! We're going to establish an NFT art team and help miserable "struggling artists" with mental problems create a new path into the future. Join us on Discord, or be a guest on the podcast. Email john@emodojo.com or call (405) 440-3330 

Hey, what's up? Welcome backto the EMO dojoe. I am John Emotions and it's a pleasure to haveyou here once again at the Dojoe. Thanks for coming. Let me updateyou on what's been happening. Okay, okay, since I cut out refinesugar products from my life, Energy Drinks, candy bars, ice cream cakes,all that stuff, clearly there's plenty of sugar in all of the otherproducts in the supermarket and I get sugar from fruit. That's fine. Myhead has been so much clear. Oh and when I stopped the energy drinks, I stopped caffeine, because I don't drink anything new. I didn't replaceit with anything but water, and water does not have caffeine. So Ieffectively cut out two hardcore stimulants from my brain system and my gut, whichis something I've been studying a lot lately, the connection between your mind, yourbrain, sorry, not your mind, between your brain, maybe your mind, and your gut, particularly your gut biome. And I heard todayfound out that your gut produces more serotonin than your brain. So your gutand your brain are working in unison. And if you think about that,how important your imagine putting a bunch of junk directly through your brain, liketwinkies and you know, fried food and things like that. Well, yourgut is basically your bigger brain in your body and your belly down there.That just how happens to process food. But if you're putting garbage in thereand it starts making you mentally unwell, you can end up in a downwardspiral. For example, it's happened to me. Eat Crappy food, upsetyour guts, you got the upset your mind, you get depressed, eatcrap your food and then the cycle spins downhill. And when the crappier foodincludes caffeine and sugar, you just start the next day again. Don'ts trythis again. More Caffeine, more sugar. And since I had that epiphany almosta year ago, like Thanksgiving of last year, where I tried theNero lifted, which I still use. By the way, I use thatnearro lifted. It's a n e Ro Oh Nero, like your brain lifted, lft Id, like it lifts your Id. I guess. I don'tknow if they meant that, but anyway, since I had that epiphany and I'mlike wow, I don't know if it was a breakdown, a breakthroughor whatever it was, but I've getting slowly better off, developed way betterhabits. I've read tons of books. Oh my God, I'm going topost a list of all the books I've read in the past like nine months. It's pretty, pretty long. It's like forty books or so. SoI'm just cramming my head full of I'm...

...just basically trying to reprogram myself andI think it's starting to work, especially with the physical habits tied in withthe mental habits and so all of this new found, I guess I'll callit focus, thanks to the lack of sugar. It's also calmed me downquite a bit, so I'm not always quite so up in people's faces.I mean that's my demeanor. I'm not really in people's faces, but Iproject. I project, you know, and I'm I'm not turned down tolike a three. I'm usually like turned up to like a seven. NowI'm more like, you know, five or six. So I'm much calmerand more focused. That enabled me to focus on new habits like rowing.I row every day. It's nice. It's nice fluid movement and I putthe nearro lifted on my forehead like I'm from the future. So it's prettyfun. It's a cool new habit and it kind of goes along really wellwith drinking more water and less sugar, less caffeine, Blah Blah Blah.Back to the focus. So I thought, Oh yeah, I have an ideafor the show and it all kind of dawned on me because there aretwo people from my twitter feed that I wanted to talk to on the showand I like, why do I want to talk these two people? What'sthe real because I definitely want to. I'm like, Oh, it's they'reboth creative people that don't get the recognition I think they should get. Maybeunbiased because they followed my twitter account and we've communicated through, you know,publicly. But once I know of somebody that's a real person and they're acreative and they're stuck in some kind of other misery, like working a dayjob or doing whatever, just stuff they're not it's not perfect for them,I feel really a strong sense of empathy. So I wanted to have both ofthese folks on the show, different shows. One has agreed, theother, I think, is agreed and I just found one before I cameon just now, a writer. He was having a bad day, soI think I'm going to reach out to him and say, dude, thisshows perfect for you anyway. Why is it perfect? Because by epiphany aboutthe show is like this emo Dojo show should be, should have been ifI were more focused. But we'll be moving forward about helping creatives get throughthe struggle, and much of that comes down to the fact that sons ofcreative people have mental problems. I don't care what your mental problem is,but lots of creative people in particular, and I think after studying so muchabout creative people in minds and things like that, it's simply that we don'tfit in necessarily with mainstream society because a lot of the things we want todo to express ourselves don't pay money in a capitalist society. So we're stuckdoing things that, you know, kind of make us miserable and we don'tnearly do enough of the things that would...

...enrich society. However, things arechanging. I am a stubborn fuck and I like to do things my wayand I will keep looking until I can find ways to do them my way. Well, what if the things is I like to get up whenever Iwant to work my ass off for about ten hours and then, you know, do whatever I want to. But I want those ten hours to beat my leisure. So it's been a kind of a constant struggle to firstfind work that lets me do that, and even bigger hurdle is finding workthat lets me do that that is actually creative work. Aha, or isit? No? As it turns out, really creative work is stuff that youcan do any time of the day from any part of the world.The two I chose are going to be voiceover work, like reading books,narration, maybe some voice acting. I'm not really an oppressions guy, butI have different voices that I can use. Is Whatever. I don't know.And the other one is crypto arts, otherwise known as nft, non fungibletoken artwork. And since discovering those two things in particular in the pastyear, I think there's a real possibility that many people I know with mentalproblems can affect positive change for their life if they pursue some of these supercutting edge like technologies and ways of life that aren't widely adapted yet or adoptedyet. I mean, but are certainly the way of the future. Thingslike the metaverse, where nfts and that crypto art are sold and sold forthat's not going anywhere. That's going to get bigger, there's no doubt aboutit. And voiceover work, oh my goodness, there are so many hundredsof thousands of books that have not been turned into audio files. There thebacklog of work in the audio field is enormous. And then moving forward,there's a lot more content that's going to need voiceover work on top of that. Regardless if the bots are in AI voices are doing it, somebody hasto make the AI voice, which is another thing I'm doing, creating avoice through an AI company that will just send me royalty checks when they usethat voice on selected book products. I don't have to be there, Idon't have to reread the script or anything like that. They will use adigital voice of my own to make myself a little bit of money. Andlet's get this straight. And not only am I stubborn, I have amental illness or two or three. I'm not exactly sure at this point whichones are in effect at any given point because, frankly, not many ofthe MED's have done much of anything. Sometimes people think will maybe you don'thave anything. Yeah, maybe I fucking don't. Maybe I'm just a fuckingWeirdo. That's entirely possible. But what does that mean? It's just Isuffered the same regardless if I have bipolar...

...disorder, addhd. What the fuckis the other one? Geez, of depression and anxiety. But, like, doesn't everybody have depression and anxiety at some point? So that's not it. I think it's severe depression off and on for like decades. And I'ma SPAZ. So's that mania or is that hyperactivity? They could they don'tknow they and who's they? The doctors I've seen over the past couple ofdecades. Dozens of doctors. How many dozens? HMM, yeah, probablyclose to two dozen doctors. So if you are new to this show becauseyou're searching for a podcast on mental health, yeah, you're in for a longdiscovery trip. You know, I don't want to say journey, I'mnot really into that term. May share your journey whatever, but a manjust buckle up and take everything with a grain of salt. There's no quickfix and, worst of all, a lot of times you're going to mindthat. Yeah, nobody can really help you. There'll be people that cando things for you off and on, sometimes the things that are really helpfuland sometimes the things that are less than helpful. But whatever, the peoplethat are around you will do what they can, and it's not much sometimes. I'm not saying I'm an ingreat. I'm saying that sometimes people can't.If we can't, if I can't communicate what I need from the people aroundme, I'm never going to get it, or if the people around me arejust worn out because I've asked for too much. So you'll run intothat for sure. So you're going to have to have to you going tohave to figure out ways to fend for yourself as if your parents have died, there's no more family left, you don't have any friends at school anymore. You're an adult in the world. You have to learn to fend foryourself. And if you're a creative person, the last thing I want is forsomeone to think this is hopeless, I'm just going to end it allnow. Don't do that. There's cool stuff coming up in the future andthe future starts right now. So if you jump into some of these things, man, you could be really successful and make a name for yourself despiteyour mental problems. So to that end, I'll share what's working for me andif I learn anything that cost me money, I will for sure passthat on to you so you don't make any mistakes with your money, because, frankly, if you're listening to a podcast like this and you might havemental problems of your own, you probably don't have much money of your ownto spend anyway. So that's kind of a drawback for a lot of folksin the NFT space. But I will work around that myself because I havea job, thank goodness. Oh, you know in that neuro that lifteda ID thing or whatever, the brains apper, I think it's helped meat work like I have not the fight or flight thing has kind of diminishedor freeze. Never Really, I'm not going to freeze in place. Ihave to move. Fight or flight pretty much, but I haven't left thejob. I've, you know, maintained a steady pace. I get recognizedwork for doing my job and then some. So all's good, they're oh,but here's the thing too. I've...

...also been there long enough now whereI have pretty aggressive recruiters trying to get a hold of me. I haven'tseen a great deal and I don't necessarily know that I want to jump justfor more money because I like the people I work with and they're flexible,so I can keep doing the voice over and the nft thing. But thinkabout that in a short year I've kept a job through a pandemic of notgotten the COVID. I did get the shot, so I don't yeah.For the record if you I don't really talk about that much and it's toopolitical now. But anyway, if you're wondering, yes, I have myfucking covid shots and I wear a mask when there's people in the buildings outin public. Anyway, things are going well. Like I said, peopleare offering me jobs, but eventually maybe I'll make more money and I've gotgoals. This is one of the neat things I've been reading to about alot lately and it's a great reminder humans are goal oriented. We're goal oriented. If you don't have goals, and they don't have to be huge aspirationalthings you have to make giant to do lists or anything like that. Justhave something set in your mind that you're working toward, because, man,if you don't make goals for yourself, other people will start putting their goalson you. They'll put that impression on you, like you're supposed to bedoing their thing. Now, fuck that. Make a goal for yourself. Andyou see a lot of people without goals. Look how they feel.They're confused, they're anxious and they're depressed because they don't know what they're doingor where they're going in life. And that's not the say they're bad forthat, because I was one until two weeks ago and then I all ofa sudden I have a really firm idea of what I want to do,or I guess more of the details kind of fell into place maybe once Igot the sugar out of my brain. So things are working well, youknow, brains getting healthier, bodies getting healthier, people are trying to hireme away from my job and I've got too cool goals in voice acting andnft artwork right so join along. I'm putting together a team for NFT'S I'lltry not to talk about NFT is. I'm not going to like turn thisinto an NFT podcast, but to the extent that we are artist in creativepeople with mental problems trying to make it through life. I will mention updatesabout that and, you know, keep you posting on to factually make anymoney. That would be exciting. If you want to be a part ofthat, email me John at Emo dojocom and we'll figure out, you know, what do you want to contribute to the community and we'll figure out howto make it work, because I'm pretty good at building organizations and getting thingsstarted, and all my freaky friends are getting together on a zoom call thisweekend and we're going to figure out how to build a fucking killer and FTteam. That said, there's always room for you and if you don't wantto join the team, for sure follow the podcast and see what you're goingto miss. I guess now. I...

...don't want to rub it in yourface, but I think it would be successful one way or another, andif you're a creative type that's struggling, for sure consider it right. So, yeah, that's the focus for Emo Dojo. It's kind of like abig group Hug, like an emotional support group for artist in creative people,and I think that's a good tagline moving forward and it also fits in thevarious spaces that we're going to be working particularly the nonprofit drum Dojo in thereal life, and then Emo Dojo dot art, where our NFT's will behosted shortly. There's a couple placeholders up there right now, but you know, if you want to support the show in the future and become part oflike our crew, he just buy one of our ear NFT's and now you'rein man. So I think starting on the next podcast, here's the formatI'm going to do. We're going to start with a quick intro, giveyou a kind of like a sign post, if you will, of the day'stopics. Two, three, maybe four ideas. Most the first segmentwill be either a guest interview, like the three I had mentioned earlier,an artist, poet, musician and a writer. Absent any guests, Iwill do a segment called found on flipboard. Flipboards one of my favorite APPs andhas been for many years. I aggregate lots of news headlines and RSSFeeds into one and I collect them all in Emo Dojo John Emotions account onflipboard. So I say all the things I read about, all the WeirdShit I talked about. It's an article there well, because I'm doing voiceoverand I would like to give credit where credits due on all these ideas foundon flipboard. Will basically, in place of a guest I'll just read aportion of a killer article about it. Interesting thing. So that serves twopurposes. I get to read and practice like voiceover narration and you get tohear straight from the horse's mouth, so to speak, where the fuck Iread such a weird idea. I'll also give the link on my website andcredit in spoken word to the author via the show here. On the backhalf of the show I'll give you updates on the NFT and voice acting stuffmuch quicker than today's. And then, in closing I will do a bitwhere I make fake voice mails to people I miss. I'm not doing crankcalls anything like that. I'm going to just find voice mail beeper and kindof a scratchy audio effect that makes it sound like I'm leaving a message onsomeone's answering machine. And for all of the people in my past lives who, for one reason another, out of communication with I'm going to leave fakevoice mails for them, which very cathartic to me because at least I canget it out of my soul and into...

...the ether. And most of themare apologies and clarifications and things like that, but kind of a personal touch there. Yeah, and then at the end I'm going to change it uplike we're going to do, like all the podcast do. It like aclosing call to action. That the whole thing. We're like a remember tolisten to John emotionscom or Emo dojocom like the give the fucking url and allthe ways to get a contact at twitter and facebook and all that Shit.So I hesitate to do that. Sounds always junks up the space in mymind, but it seems to work. A lot of people do it andI think if they beg often enough, says doesn't feel like began. Iguess if just a clip for the audio that I get to paste in everytime, but I just the idea of like begging people. Oh, please, like me, please, like me, so ridiculous. But maybe if Iput a closer on it, that's reminds people how important it is toleave a review, things like that, maybe more people will. So anyway, I'll put a closer call to action, so to speak. And now backto the wall. Yeah, I think that will make a decent showand then I can kind of keep it in the half an hour range.Cool. Cool. If you have anything you want to add, if youwant to be a guest, if you're a creative person that just wants toshare your soul, by all means come on and you're totally welcome to comeon as your Avatar name, whatever. You definitely don't have to use yourreal name. Just tell me what you want me to call you while you'reon the show and what your art is like. What do you consider art? What are you doing and what struggles are you encountering? If you liketo do that from by all means same thing. Just email me John Johnat Emo, dojocom or a call. Call the studio line. Area Codefor hundred and five hundred four oh three hund and thirty three hundred. Keepit simple. Don't need to fucking DM me. I think it's creepy whenlike dudes are DM and other people like I really hesitate to DM people Iwant on the show because it's still kind of weird. But a lot oftimes I don't know how else to get hold of people. But in thiscase you know how to get a hold of me, you can email me. That's fine. We have a normal like email exchange. So yeah,things are going okay, moving forward. Like whenever you have like some kindof imbalance personality, mood and you kind of in balance like that, wheneveryou feel good it, you're always on the lookout for when the bad's aboutto come, because it gets sometimes our bad is so much worse. Weget into way worse trouble and cause so much destruction in our lives. It'sscary. You're always watching out for bad. So it's hard to really appreciate goodwhen it's going on, and sometimes it's really, you know, neuroticto like it. Sometimes the people compliment...

...you can't even appreciate that. Youthink they're full of it like that. Just don't know. They don't knowthe Secret Evil slimeball that lives beneath the skin. So I'll just yeah,I'll just leave it at that. Man, I feel feel fine. Things aregoing pretty well. All signs point in the right direction and I wouldlove to share the good fortune because I think, you know it's I'm reallyan individualist. I'm into my own head a lot, I totally admit that, but I'm such an individualist, I really genuinely see the value in community. So I want to build a bigger, better community by giving what I haveas far as resources and find other resources of the community so we cankind of all give it back around to each other, kind of like ainfinity loop of reciprocity, if you will. So if you're creative at any kind, please consider getting in touch with me to learn more about the artprojects we're working on. Or if you just like to be on the podcastanonymously, if you will, you know as your Avatar name, that's greatto just come on, just give me a call or an email. Iknow it's creepy calling people and feel weird leaving your voice, but if you'regoing to be on a podcast, you got to get used to like leavinga voice, at least on a voicemail. Did I tell you I was excitedabout nfts? I think about them so much and it's so in depthI feel like I'm almost man at about them, but I haven't done anythingirrational for man, I just can't stop talking about this funning who I goand it teas and it teas. And now back to the wall.

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