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Under The Sea with M.E. 67.

Sometimes you put a bunch of time and effort into making a thing, just because you really wanted to try something different. Then you put it out into a world that’s already full of things. A few people are entertained and It doesn’t matter.  I’ll still make another one next week while I spend my money on a home I Don’t live in. Waiting for it to sell and set my life back on a less wasteful route where making pointless videos won’t feel like a waste of my time and money. I love doing them. And I won’t stop no matter how invisible and stupid they are.
Just, so sick of selling a stupid house that eats so much of my creative energy just by existing,
practically invisible but I know it’s there,
Like Kevin McCalister’s Furnace.
So I make a little show… to like, hate, or share.

This week’s dumb video is…Sharks, Stopmotion, Animation, Stories and Cats! It’s Underwater Adventure Time This Week! With Special Thanks to Sam Davis and Carrie Duffy!!

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NSTAGU163: Autism Feet



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NSTAGU163: Autism Feet



This Week we Talk about going to the ECCE comic expo. Tara learns to play the Last Unicorn. How to Work at an animation Studio. Ones, Twos, and Threes. Improv Fun. Tara makes a Film at 24 frames per second! ADHD, Social Anxiety and Autism Feet. Greg selling his Hoardings. Be your best Mark Oakley. New Star Drop is on it’s way. Tara Goes to Therapy town.
#ComicCon #Ukulele #Anxiety #Therapy #Comics

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Which Beast do I have to Slay?

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NSTAGU153: Which Beast do I have to Slay?

 

This Week we talk about how to talk to people and take an ADHD test . U shaped seminars versus bad workshops. Keeping your back to the conversation. Learning from idiots. The Art of being late. Boring visual aids are wrong. Anxiety and ADHD and making jokes with serious people. Doing it yourself. Neurodiversity. Plus we’re at ECCE This Year!

#Anxiety #ADHD #comics #Artists #Podcast #Animation #Cartoons #Drawing

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Don’t Look at ME! …But also Look.

Often in life we find that our biggest fear and biggest dream are the same thing. The best example is dreaming of a big win, while dreading an even bigger loss. It’s the ever present paradox of humanity. Everything is embarrassing if you look at it from the right angle.

Pepsi is an amazingly popular soda-dream of Mr. Pepsi. But from the right perspective, it could have been seen as just thick black sugar water. Which might get him run out of town for trying to sell something weird to people. Clearly they tried anyway.

We normally record our show with no cameras. Except, we just filmed our first video podcast that you can watch…. with your eyes. There’s nothing more terrifying/embarrassing than making your own show. Therefore it must be a dream to make shows.

So we do.

Please don’t watch it.

Even more embarrassing? Well there’s more than one show that I would rather you never looked at… while also hoping everyone looks at it. Paradoxes are hard.

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My Friend Anxiety

Every week I am completely terrified to make a YouTube show starring my own stupid face and my imaginary characters.

Every week I make that show anyway.

Does this mean I beat anxiety? That the loophole to social anxiety is hiding behind a camera? No. Not at all. It does mean that I realize my anxiety can only slow me down, it can’t stop me. It means that some days I have to lay in bed and write down what I want to do. Then convince myself that somebody in the world wants me to get out of bed and make those ideas real enough for them to see or hear.

The other option is, of course, convincing myself that the rest of the world would rather I stayed in bed and did nothing. A much easier conclusion to reach, but usually not right.

As long as I get out of bed and manage not to hurt anyone, or force my show and ideas down their throat. Then there is no reason to second guess my plans for the day.

Done. Let’s make a show! Right?

Almost there. Once out of bed and the internet is read  you’re reminded that everyone hates everything… sooooo… I probably shouldn’t give them something else to hate and go back to bed.

No. There’s still no proof that everyone hates the thing you haven’t even done yet. A therapist told me to always make sure I have proof that everyone thinks I’m stupid and terrible. Before I decide to be a stupid and terrible person who lives under a pile of blankets.

Turns out I don’t actually have any proof of that. So it must be okay.

Anxiety beaten… oh but wait. Only a few hours have past. I didn’t forget my doubts at all… I do keep forgetting about the lack of “proof” I just reminded myself of. So I do Yoga or go for a walk and reset my brain once again.

The show is only 10 to 20 minutes long each week. It doesn’t take long to film. It doesn’t take long to edit and add animation and cats. It does, however, take an eternity to convince myself that I’m allowed to film, edit and animate each part of the show. Even a 15 minute task can take 2 hours of convincing and showga meditation(show+Yoga) before I can do that show related task.

Is it hard to overcome Anxiety? No. It’s impossible. But it’s very possible to understand that sometimes anxiety keeps you safe from danger while most of the time it’s trying to convince you everything is dangerous.

It’s okay to treat anxiety like a friend and say, “thanks for looking out for me, but I don’t need my spider-sense to tingle right now. I got this covered.” A real friend would understand and Anxiety really just wants to keep you safe… like a real friend. Just remember that even the best of friends need to give you space every once in a while.

Now watch a what Anxiety plus imagination equals and try to get excited for next Friday instead of terrified.

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Video Friday-the Andy & Andrew Show S2 E2: Good In Business

Andy Warhol discovers artwork he actually likes by Andrew Warhol! How much do you have to be involved in art to make a million dollars? Do they live together? This is a very Special Episode dealing with social anxiety disorder in the artistic community.

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