CEFJ #55 Another Directorial Success, The Start of Graduate School, and Claiming My Space (1/15/18)

The first week of grad school / the second week of the year was actually pretty mild, with the exception of the AMAZING and EXPLOSIVE slam poetry performance I had the pleasure of co-producing for our “Tucson Celebrates MLK Day” performance.

I also have some insights on what it means to assert your directorial space as a woman and as a Black artist, and as a forewarning, if you aren’t educated on the issues of race and are easily offended with discussions on White supremacy, then this is not the episode for you (but you are more than welcome to join me next week)!


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CEFJ #54 Fighting Workaholism, Prioritizing Self Care, and Social Media Fasting (1/8/17)

We’re still at the beginning of the new year, y’all, and I’ve had a major personal breakthrough. By accident, lol!

I’m going to talk about workoholism today, and YES, workoholism IS a thing, y’all. In many ways it works on your brain and dopamine in the same way as drugs and alcohol do. BE CAREFUL of letting it take you over; just because amazing work ethic, high levels of production, and hitting goals are positive things DOES NOT mean you can’t overload on too much of a good thing.

Here are some lessons I’ve learned from beginning to turn my workaholism around, and some actions I’m taking to engage more fully in my self-care, health, and preservation.


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CEFJ #53 Happy New Year! + My Creative Goals for 2018! (01/01/18)

HAPPY NEW YEAR, ALL!! It’s 2018, and I cannot WAIT to jump in both feet first! ūüėČ This vlog/podcast kicks of the year with tons of goals for this year, and because of interruptions, it is divided into 3 parts. If you want uninterrupted audio, though, check out the podcast version!


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CEFJ #52 My MASSIVE 2017 Creative Achievements Wrap Up! Warning: 7 HOURS LONG! (12/31/17)

Giiiiiiirl… despite the fact that we have a real-life science experiment sitting and spinning in the White House, in the REBEL RAGDOLL house, it’s been one HELL of an amazing year!! xoxo


TABLE OF CONTENTS (FOR the Podcast)

**click a time stamp to go to the section you’re interested in!**

Professional Development & GROWTH

  • You’ve Been Warned, Boo! Lol! – 00:00:00
  • Creative Achievements Intro –¬†00:01:24
  • Did I Achieve My Original 2017 Goals? –¬†00:06:50
  • Reader Relationships for 2017 –¬†00:13:49
  • Author Relationships 2017 –¬†00:26:28
  • Influencer Relationships 2017 –¬†00:45:53
  • Marketing & Platform-building 2017 – 00:55:31
  • Writing, Research, and Shadow-development 2017 – 01:32:55
  • Directing-Dramaturgy 2017 – 01:41:54
  • Professional Development for 2017, I: My Personal Creative Uni – 02:09:54
  • Professional Development for 2017, II: Graduate School – 03:06:36

My Media F’empire: Rebel Ragdoll

  • Rebel Ragdoll – 03:57:46
  • New Adult Noir(e) – 04:39:49
  • Rebel Ragdoll Press – 04:59:58
  • Rebel Ragdoll Productions – 05:06:49
  • The Bohemian Badass – 05:22:45
  • Subsidiaries in Development for 2018:¬†The Blackheart Boulange &¬†The Dollhouse – 05:46:07
  • Subsidiaries in Development for Future: ChickRogue Studios, Subterranime, Doll Theatre, Miscellany! at Rebel Ragdoll – 06:02:02

ME!

  • Personal Achievements! – 06:10:14

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Creative Achievements for 2017:
DID I ACHIEVE MY original GOALS?


We’re going to start off by evaluating whether or not I even hit the goals that I originally set for myself at the beginning of the year.



reader relationships 2017


My relationship with my readers has grown EXPONENTIALLY, and I have SO much to talk about in this video! From the size of my readership to the quality of our rapport, I’ve seen improvements on all fronts. It’s one of my greatest achievements of 2017.



AUTHOR relationships 2017


2017 was a knock-out year for author relationships, and I loved it! I have finally found an internet home amongst other authors, and I’ve even been creating my own “online author home” of my own. ūüôā



INFLUENCER relationships 2017


Strangely, “influencer relationships” wasn’t a topic I planned on discussing in my 2017 round up, but it IS an area that has seen considerable expansion, so let’s talk about it!



MARKETING & PLATFORM-BUILDING 2017


So marketing this year, unbeknownst to me, was pretty much on FLEEK. I worked on marketing a lot, and in many different ways: online, offline, setting up passive initiatives as well as active initiatives, and I’m here to report on it ALL!



WRITING, RESEARCH, & SHADOW-DEVELOPMENT 2017


So, I didn’t hit my writing speed goals NOR did I hit my book production goals this year. Still, though, I wrote a hell of a lot, worked on lots of outlines, did TONS of research, and world-built the fuck out of my franchises, lol. Hear more in the video!



DIRECTING-DRAMATURGY 2017


I have had QUITE the education in directing and dramaturgy this year… LOL. That’s all I’ll say. Let’s get into it in the video.



PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT for 2017, I:
MY PERSONAL CREATIVE UNIVERSITY


This section details the creative training I finished, impactful experiences, and my professional development that sharpen my skills and acumen as a creative entrepreneur.


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT for 2017, II:
GRADUATE SCHOOL TRAINING


This section details the creative training and professional development that I received in graduate school via my MFA in Theatre Arts, Dramaturgy program coursework, my TA training, and my growing production experience.



MY MEDIA f’EmpirE: Rebel ragdoll


This section keeps track of the growth of my creative f”Empire, Rebel Ragdoll, LLC, along with all its subsidiaries (Rebel Ragdoll Press, Rebel Ragdoll Productions, ChickRogue Studios, The Bohemian Badass, and Miscellany!).¬†Here, you’ll get to see how I’m growing my creative legacy!


 

Our subsidiaries include (4 open AND running, 2 READY to launch in 2018, and 4 in shadow-development):

  • Rebel Ragdoll Press¬†(publishing),
  • Rebel Ragdoll Productions¬†(film & TV),
  • ChickRogue Studios¬†(games, software, and animation),
  • Subterranime¬†(comics, manga, animation),
  • The Bohemian Badass¬†(creative education & training),
  • New Adult Noir(e)¬†(content promotion services),
  • The Blackheart Boulange¬†(specialty & artisanal products),
  • The Dollhouse Foundation¬†(philanthropy & community-building),
  • Miscellany! by Rebel Ragdoll¬†(fashion, accessories, beauty), and,
  • Doll Theatre¬†(theatre arts and stage production).

WHAT WE GOT DONE AT REBEL RAGDOLL (as a whole) IN 2017


New Adult Noir(e)


WHAT WE GOT DONE AT NEW ADULT NOIR(E) IN 2017


REBEL RAGDOLL PRESS


WHAT WE GOT DONE AT REBEL RAGDOLL PRESS IN 2017

I didn’t hit NEARLY as many goals for my publishing press as I wanted for this year, but I’m still proud of my accomplishments!


REBEL RAGDOLL PRODUCTIONS


WHAT WE GOT DONE AT REBEL RAGDOLL PRODUCTIONS IN 2017

I really enjoyed establishing the production house this year. Fell IN LOVE with the logo, worked on SANDMAN, and shadow-developed two TV series. I’m still working towards the SANDMAN feature film, and I’m excited to see where it goes!


THE BOHEMIAN BADASS


WHAT WE GOT DONE AT THE BOHEMIAN BADASS IN 2017

I’m not going to lie: The Bohemian Badass, for whatever reason, is simultaneously my most exciting subsidiary, but also the one that has eluded me the most, probably because I simply have not made adequate time for it. Many things get done for it, but many things also do NOT get done for it. I’m determined to reign it in for 2018 and kick some ass.


OTHER SUBSIDIARIES DEVELOPED IN 2017:
THE BLACKHEART BOULANGE & THE DOLLHOUSE

**scheduled for launch in 2018!**



OTHER SUBSIDIARIES CONSIDERED IN 2017:
CHICKROGUE STUDIOS, SUBTERRANIME, DOLL THEATRE, AND MISCELLANY!

** scheduled for launch sometime in the far-off future **



Personal Achievements


This section details the more personal (and not always pretty) side of my creative life, including¬†what’s up with my¬†family, motherhood, health, hobbies, challenges, and resilience. Keeping track of¬†these things helps me to see where I’m doing well and where I need to improve.


 

CEFJ #51 MERRY CHRISTMAS + My Q4 2017 Creative Achievements! (12/25/17)

MERRY CHRISTMAS, Y’ALL! As promised, here’s a weekly and a Q4 Creative Achievements Round Up, with a LOT of effort to not repeat info, lol. It’s been a really wonderful and productive 2017

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CEFJ #50 I Don’t Need Your Fucking Permission: Re-reading Shakespeare and Putting the Fuck You Back into the MFA (12/18/17)

Chile, the ENTIRE TITLE of this vlog is “I Don’t Need Your Fucking Permission: Re-reading Shakespeare and Putting the Fuck You Back into the MFA”.

Yeah, bruh. That’s how annoyed and angry grad school had me in its final weeks, lol. This update is HELLA long (over 2.5 hours), and encompasses three weeks of creative hustle, so be forewarned!

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CEFJ #49 Gratitude, Finishing Up Grad School, and Gearing Up for 2018 (11/27/17)

Short update for today, BUT I still needed to take some time to wish y’all a Happy (post) Thanksgiving, express some gratitudes, and just keep myself and the world up-to-date on Colby’s crazy creative life!


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CEFJ #48 Four Year Reflection, Comparisonitis, and Facing Self doubt (11/20/17)

Self-doubt is SO real, you guys, even when your author year has been total FIRE! But despite the comparisonitis I’ve felt these past couple weeks, I found a way to use my angst to FUEL my determination. All it takes is a little realness and re-structuring! 2018 and 2019, PREPARE FOR GLORY!!


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CEFJ #47 Stage Directing & Wealth-building for Artists (11/13/17)

So quite a few things going on this week, divided into neat stacks for ya:

1. Check out awesome, *dark & gritty* sci-fi, fantasy, and horror giveaways at http://newadultnoir.com

2. More grad school updates as I become the badass creative ninja I’ve always dreamt of becoming!

3. My growth as a director for the stage and for film

4. Building up wealth as an artist, and the 5 tenets of financial stability and wealth-building (as I’ve learned this year)… NOT TO BE MISSED!


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CEFJ #46 Creative Epiphany, Location-Independent Lifestyles, and The Blackheart Bakery (11/6/17)

SO! I’ve been away for two weeks, and I’ve got LOTS of updates that’ve been piling up in my life. My fall semester is quickly coming to a close, and I’ve come to some interesting creative epiphanies about my direction in life as a dramaturg and theatremaker. I’m also trying to prepare myself, my life, my business, my finances, and my kid for a possible life of flexibility and mobility, so that’s been an interesting shift in mindset. And finally, let’s talk about The Blackheart Bakery, y’all!!


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