I can remember the day and the chronological order of events that went down the day I was laid off from Edelman one-year ago today.
On the day I was let go, I remember leaving and walking out of the AON center with profuse confusion. Lindsay was pregnant, this was the first time someone has ever laid me off, I had no idea what I was going to do w/ income and I remember thinking about applying for unemployment. Unemployment seemed embarassing to use, but someone told me that I paid taxes for it out of my pay check and the program is designed to help you get back on your feet, which is so true. Unemployment allowed me to stay above water while I figured out my next move.
One year later, I created a talk show that got picked up by Comcast/Xfinity, I co-produced a music video with Twista and 7 other prominent videos, helped a few brands with their social media strategy and content production and more importantly had my baby girl, Elexis.
I feel too blessed and so thankful for this day and for my family, friends and group of supporters that believe you can do something positive to impact the world and future generations. The truth is hard to swallow, but the truth will set you free. My mental state is becoming more and more balanced with enjoying the present moment and truly knowing I can't control what will happen one second from now.
With love and grattitude,
Depression is like any other medical condition, such as high blood pressure and or diabetes. The mental disease needs to be treated in order for it to be managed properly. Depression is a chronic illness. For those who don't know, depression kills people every day. Depression is no joke and being depressed is debilitating. This disease prevents you from living an optimal life: it diminishes your energy levels, ambition to live, feeling hopeless, tired and ruminating with negative thoughts - this disease is like a little dog that won't stop yapping and nipping at your ankles - it's really annoying.
As a reminder, I was diagnosed with severe depression 2 years ago and I've been living with this disease for as long as I can remember. I immediately got on a treatment plan with my therapist and psychiatrist and I finally experienced how amazing life really is. But, I didn't know you can relapse from this horrible mental disease.
I've been experiencing some depressive symptoms on and off for the past 45 days. My emotional state has not in the best place, but I can now identify what's going on because of my previous experiences and thanks to my therapy sessions.
When Elexis was born, I started cutting back on my therapy because I thought I had no time for myself. This is kinda true - I'm sure all new parents can relate to what I'm talking about, right? Recently, my therapist asked me why I'm resisting therapy and resisting taking time for myself. I was skipping out on my treatment because I was "too busy" with other shit going on.
She (my therapist) proceeded to dive deeper in to this subject matter and she realized that I was experiencing a relapse in my depression. My depression was clouding my judgement and took over my mental capacity. The depression took over without me even knowing - bastard! What the fuck is that about, right? Well, apparently skipping out on therapy can trigger a relapse - it can also be a slew of other things, but dodging therapy is common in a relapse episode. Just like anything else, you have to be committed to managing this disease or it can creep up and slap you in the face without you even knowing it - at least that's what happened to me.
This relapse crept up on me like a sniper - I didn't see it coming and it tagged me. Luckily, I was able to identify (with the help of my therapist) what was going on and now a treatment plan can take place. Early detection of a relapse is so crucial to one's happiness. The more you are aware of the situation, the faster you can treat the disease and move on with your life in a positive direction.
If you have a relapse, you might feel overwhelmed, frustrated and deeply disappointed. But “don’t measure your success living with depression on whether relapse happens or not. Instead, realize that if relapse occurs, true success comes from rising after the fall. A good mantra is the Japanese proverb: “Fall down seven times, get up eight.”
And, again, whether you have a relapse or not, take good care of yourself, seek support and show yourself some compassion. Depression is a difficult illness. But, with treatment and healthy strategies, you can manage (and possibly eliminate) your symptoms and get better.
Expect The Unexpected
I need to start off with being honest: Last night was the third best night of my life (1. marrying my wife and 2. was the birth of Elexis). But, this night... WOOOOOOOO! It was a party. A celebration. But, all that depended on one person to show up, be positive, be real and be authentic. I didn't think he'd actually show up for me to even find out...
I was hesitant that Twista would actually show up - and that's not because he's a flake or because he's non-committal - the media game is tough and being an up-and-coming show it's hard to guarantee athletes and entertainers to come on as a guest. So, the night before the show, I slept for maybe 90 minutes total because I was so nervous - I had a lot riding on this. I'm grateful for the GMG team for coming through, being super cool, chill and positive. So blessed! The environment at the studio was perfect, the interaction between people was genuine and GMG is the coolest, y'all... Damn! Chicago has a new fresh and inspiring talk show!
Then Twista not only showed up, but showed up early...DJ Ope Ski and I were GEEKED (and impressed). Then, I met his team and they were the coolest (in my Billy Madision voice). For real, cool. We all kicked it in our green room area - KICKED it. Then, Twista got his makeup hooked up by Courtney MkDiva Waldon - she murked it. Her makeup skills are raw and her willingness to help a brotha out means a lot - energy is not all about taking, it's about taking AND giving...
It's all about the people: The people who came out to experience the show got a fucking show. Twista was so much fun to talk to, we got real personal and he gave us TWO songs/performances for our show - that shit is crazy and so much love to him, Cuzo, B-Hype, Sunny and Rawl - the Get Money Gang! Cuzo is Twista's cousin and his DJ, B-hype is Twista's hypeman, Sunny is Twista's road manager and Rawl is Twista's business manager! All amazing people that exuded such amazing energy! If that happened every night, and people could feel that good, life would much more productive and fun.
I want to thank the most important person to me and my true support system, my wife. This was my favorite photo of the evening (repost from my FB pag) and I'm so happy she was able to be there for the entire show. Her love and commitment to our happiness and my happiness is so appreciated and I'm so blessed to have her as my wife and mom to our beautiful baby girl. She has been there for the biggest life events, including my grandparents who passed away, my mom's passing, me getting laid off from my job for the first time in my life and then us having our beautiful and wonderful Elexis! Love you so much Nooney!
Our set was designed by me and Mr. Fishbein from Chicago Corporate Photography and Video - he's an angel sent from my mom. He's one of the greatest and most creative/hardworking guys I know. His team at his studio is first-class and they are more than a pleasure to work with. The show automatically took a turn for the better because of Jimmy. I'm grateful that we met and we're boys. Much love, Jimmy and to your team! And, for those, who need video/photos - he can make your image look outstanding and your first impression is everything.
Need to thank DJ Ope Ski (top left) for his skills, professionalism and keeping the vibe positive and the music fresh. Thanks, homie - doing big things and love working with you. We synced without talking, we gelled, and he knows how to engage an audience no matter what genre of music he was playing - that's one versatile cat. For those that don't know him - he's a mover and shaker.
I had the great pleasure of attending a paintball event in Pinkney, Michigan called "Hell Survivors". When I first got there I was flabbergasted that there was women there and it wasn't just dudes shooting awesome guns and having a great time on ATV's - you know, real men like the outdoors.
Tell me the image above doesn't depict a dude-centric event?! But, that wasn't the case at all - women like to blow sh*t up too and that's what I found most fascinating about this event - it brought together outdoor enthusiasts who can come enjoy the same interest no matter what gender one might be. The below photo is proof that girls were having an awesome time and being super bad ass! But being at the actual event gave me a new perspective on the sport.
I'm a big proponent that any sort of entertainment that breaks down barriers for people to unite and I sincerely believe that is the key to peace. Paintball and outdoor events definitely promotes that message and doesn't restrict people from exploring and enjoying their hobbies. I'm definitely going to keep my eye out on the whole paintball world as it continues to grow and grow every day.
Photo source: Morph Fire
Damn - feels like I haven't written anything down that came from my soul in a while. I've been laser-focused with work and then spending the little time I have with my lady and baby. It's tough since I've been laid off from my previous job, but I'm blessed because I'm growing. I'm growing as a man, a husband, family man, a businessman and dad. I'm identifying my lane and I'm really passionate about my work - that's the key to so many people's success - being passionate.
Now, I'm grateful because I get to work with a few different clients and help service them for their content marketing needs. It's awesome to brainstorm and create cool ideas that people really love. Fortunate to meet new people all the time that think the way I do. It's cool to develop a circle of people that align with your thought-process, is honest and has respect for one-another. If I can give some advice for a second, my advice is get your circle right, get a team of people that will help you excel and you can help them. Special thank you to Chicago Corporate Photography and video for everything. They're the best!
The show - the show is doing awesome. We are kicking ass, but still experimenting. We're going to continue with that concept until we get it right. Dealing with entertainers and athletes is super difficult for a new show to secure them on our program. It takes a lot of strategy and dedication to convince them why The Scott Emo show will benefit them -Our goal is to be the go-to place, like Oprah was to Chicago.
Shout out to our new sponsor tor the Scott Emo Show is Burell Vodka! Charles, you're the man and I dig working with you bro. Also, thanks to team Twista for coming on the show this Tuesday - super happy about having him on.
I also updated our website, so you can check that out too. I also realized my Facebook ads drove a lot of traffic to my eventbrite page for the Twista event - for all my fellow social nerds!
Baby is crying right now, that's kinda not cool. I'm contemplating If I should keep her crying or let her try and sooth herself.....maybe a passy will work - not sure? The pacifier is working, for now. I'm zonked.
To my beautiful baby girl:
Happy Birthday Princess! Today is 10/19/13 and you turned 0!
This is how amazing life is...You were born on Sweetest day, Shabbat, and you're a full moon baby that just missed a lunar eclipse.The stars were aligned for your arrival. You came in to this world with a beaming light of the most wonderful energy I've ever experienced in my life. You stole my heart the first time I laid eyes on you. When the Dr. held you up and I saw your face, my heart melted. That moment was so blissful and I will remember that feeling for the rest of my life.
Your mom and I can't express how much we love you and how much you mean to us. You are truly an angel who has been sent from heaven. Mom and I hope all your dreams come true. Your life is just beginning and we couldn't be more excited to help guide you and support you through your journey. You've been on this earth with us for 24 hours and it has been the best 24 hours of our lives. You are the sweetest little baby and the best gift we've ever received! Elexis, we love you so much.
Your name, Elexis, starts with an E - named after my mom, Ellen. Even though you will never have the chance to meet your grandma (my mom) in person, her spirit and energy will live through you. She would have spoiled you rotten with love and kisses. Your grandma (my mom) loved babies and I know she is going to watch over you from heaven and make sure that you'll always be happy, inspired and protected. She is smiling down on you and I know she's elated.
As day one wraps up at Prentice Women's Hospital in downtown Chicago, all I can think about is how much love you'll receive from me, mom, family and friends. You had so many visitors, including your grandma silky who helped deliver you and spent so much time helping out me and mom. Grandpa Hal and GG, Uncle Mike, Uncle Tom and Auntie Lauren P. saw you hours after you were born. They all love you so much, too. You'll learn more about Uncle Mike, but you are his lucky charm for all of his football picks - so keep it up! You had so many people check in on you today. From phone calls, texts, emails, Facebook, Tweets and Instagram messages, everyone thinks you are simply perfect.
Here's something funny: I changed your diapers (mind you this is the first time I've ever done that) today and it was a blast! I learned how to swaddle you so you can feel warm and secure. Our friends came and visited you today and they love you so much. Mom and I are so excited for your future and no matter what you can always count on us having your back.
Love you to pieces princess!
Mom and Dad!
This is not my life, this is life period. We all live that life.
Whether you're a full-time employee or an aspiring entrepreneur, there are struggles that come with work. The difficulties come with the territory. From money to dealing with cliques at work, there are stressors for everyone. This life can take a toll on you emotionally and most certainly financially. For the entrepreneur, people enjoy being independent, not having to go through so many channels of approvals and those who are lucky enough to find their business passion can feel very fulfilled personally. I know too many people that LOVE what they do and money seems to always follows their passion. It doesn't happen overnight, but these people are committed to living that life. Living the life of sacrifice... No matter if you are 9-5 or an entrepreneur, we all sacrifice something.
Life is filled with unknowns and obstacles, but being cool with going with the flow is only way to go. You can alleviate so much pressure and anxiety by being open to what the universe offers us on a daily basis. Everyday we can get distracted from the outside influences and that's ok. Take some time to realize that the outside distractions are only distractions and remind yourself to get back on your path.
Ignore the nay-sayers and never compromise. Values are important not only for ourselves, but other people respect you for truly believing in something and standing behind your beliefs. If you are on a path of personal discovery, your time will come - so don't give up.
I live the life of reality and sharing whatever knowledge I have with others that are interested in absorbing it. People respect my hustle because I'm out there grinding and trying to live the life I want. This life is all we have, so ensure you make decisions based on your heart and not your wallet. Commit yourself to your mission. Easier said than done, but no regrets.... We all live that life.
I just returned from my Vegas extravaganza and I came back to the Chi in one piece -- hallelujah Hov. It was a trip that I won't forget. I'm in start-up mode and that means I'm on full-blast hustle and Vegas was nothing short of a grind. I went to Vegas with our new show called "The Weigh In" to cover the Mayweather Vs. Alvarez fight. Check it out: www.YouTube.com/TheWeighInTV
Mayweather is a show-stopper. Everywhere he goes (in public) creates a spectacle. Everyone wants a picture, video cameras are following him everywhere, his entourage is 50 people + deep and everyone is rocking a TMT shirt/hats. Now, it makes sense that he has three enormous security guards protecting the champ.
We had a lot of great access and secured interviews with legends in the sport of boxing. From Sugar Shane Mosely and Adrien Broner to Zab Judah and Kid Chocolate. Kid Chocolate told us that he opened up his heart to us on camera, and those are the type of interviews that I love the most - genuine.
An interesting insight I took away from the trip was not that surprising. The Money Team is exclusively focused on business and Leonard Ellerbe structured a deal with Showtime that us unprecedented. The Money Team has a variety of revenue streams, from being the co-promoter of the fight (which entails ticket sales, merchandise from the venue, beers, hot dogs, nachos, etc.) all the way to event sponsorship sales, foreign TV sales and obviously PPV's - which Floyd comically calls it May Per Views.
Another interesting tid bit is how they manufacture the fighters to be a "star". No matter what, each fight he has, his opponent is built up as a serious contender that can POSSIBLY defeat the champ. Then, as we all know, he defeats his opponent. It is a genius marketing plan and obviously TV is still the most powerful medium out there. I wonder who is up next...to challenge the champ.
They started this marketing plan on HBO's hit show 24/7 and when Floyd got a more lucrative deal from Showtime the show is now called All Access. Each opponent on that show is showcased like they have a chance to beat the champ and a lot of people are rooting against Money Mayweather.
Floyd is portrayed as a villain through the media lens, but if you saw how many autographs he signed and how many pictures he took with fans, you'd be impressed with his personality. Imagine walking out of somewhere and getting mobbed, legitimately mobbed by people where you can't even get in your car. He deserves a little breathing space, but he also takes his time to say hello to the people who support his endeavors...I.E. purchase tickets, merchandise, etc.
Floyd has 4 more fights and The Weigh In plans on being there for the remainder of his contract with Showtime! 'Till next time Vegas!
Some cool things that the camera may have not seen:
con·tent - Content is information and experiences that may provide value for an end-user/audience in specific contexts...
We have officially launched our new brand (under The Scott Emo Show, LLC) called "StoryTellers". I've been creating so much content for the show and other people, I finally realized that we can help mission-based, socially conscious brands tell their stories through creative content solutions.
We offer up a variety of services, but our main capabilities range from video interviews, event coverage, social media strategy/distribution and promotion of new/existing content.
So, how are we different than other agencies out there? That answer is very simple. We're more creative, more nimble, cost-effective, scrappy, ambitious, and we already have a community of people that are interested in positive content, and our fan-base grows everyday. We have been (and still are) developing key relationships with media outlets, blogs and other channels to leverage the content we create to get it out to as many people as possible.
I love helping brands tell their story, there's something special about it. I know how much mid to large agency prices can be and it's crazy how much they charge, but if brands want to pay for it, I can't be mad at it. We are just taking a different approach to content creation and establishing our own niche working with great brands that are doing good for our communities and world.
We bring content to life. It's hard to call ourselves cool, but we are. We make content cool and engaging. Our ultimate goal is to help brands get as much exposure so they can continue to operate at a high-level without worrying about if people will see their published posts.
There's a shift happening in the world of content and we're bringing real reality back to the forefront of consumers minds so people can be exposed to the truth and ultimately be inspired to act. Every brand wants a call to action and that is what we deliver.
If you'd like to learn more about how we can help you, please connect with us online @TheScottEmoShow or www.Facebook.com/TheScottEmoShow and send us a private message.