Hope in Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness

Image from d'Oliveira & Associates

Image from d’Oliveira & Associates

In the Burlington County Times article “Cinnaminson girl shares story filled with joy and sadness, staff writer Todd McHale tells the story of an 11 year old girl who uses her network television appearance to spread awareness for traumatic brain injury, or TBI. 11 year old Lily Nichols had the opportunity to compete on the first ever children’s competition on Food Network’s popular show Chopped.  Nichols’ father fell off a ladder and has been dealing with the effects of a TBI. Shortly before the taping, Lily’s father passed away.

“She’s an amazing, amazing spirit,” her mother said. “It was really about her making her dad proud and bringing attention to his illness.”

Lily said her 45-year-old father was a special person.

“He made you feel calm and comforted and no matter what, he didn’t judge you,” Lily said.

“My dad is very close to my heart. And I wanted to make him proud by giving the world, like, a little experience of what he was like.”

Amy, left, and Jen in NYC

Amy, left, and Jen in NYC

This is a subject near and dear to my heart, as well as my business partner’s.  Jen and I met in NYC in June of 2006, and we initially bonded over a common love of music. That bond deepened through shared losses. In the article referenced above, Todd McHale mentions that “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers traumatic brain injury as a serious public health problem in the United States, contributing to 30 percent of all injury deaths. In 2010, 2.5 million traumatic brain injuries occurred, either as an isolated injury or along with other injuries.” Unfortunately, Jen and I have both been effected by that statistic in very personal ways.

Read more to hear our story. Have you or a loved one been impacted by TBI? Share your stories or leave a comment! Also feel free to share other charities that you support!

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ACL Music Festival Weekend One

I survived weekend one of ACL.  I was working security and I was posted inside the front barricades at one of the main stages.  I’m pretty sure I’ve heard every excuse in the book at this point on why someone “needs to get in.”  It was a great experience, I learned a lot, and I got to use a little muscle here and there. The view point to the stage wasn’t too shabby either.  It’s challenging to stand for 13 hours in the sun and the heat, but it was worth it.  Its rewarding to help someone who is ill or hurt, and to help keep people safe.  I get to do it all over again next weekend.

Here are some tips if you are trying to spend an entire day in the sun, in the front row, to see the headliner of your dreams….




4. EAT


If you don’t drink water, you are likely to pass out before the show you want to see. I saw it happen a lot this past weekend. Also, if you are ever at a festival and you don’t feel good for ANY REASON, even if you took something illegal, if you ask security or a medic for help you will not get in trouble! Its about keeping you safe and helping you. Period. If something is wrong, please seek help for yourself.

Here’s to a safe, happy, healthy, and fun second weekend of ACL! See you there.

P.S. Amyjen Entertainment now has a Facebook page! Please check us out and Like us! Thanks! 🙂

New Tunes Tuesday!

I stumbled upon Noah and the Whale in the last year when I was going through a tough time. They’ve been around since 2008, and I just rekindled my romance with them this week. Listening to their albums just makes me feel like everything is going to be ok. They make my heart a little lighter. Shortly after I discovered them, they happened to be playing a live show here in Austin. Nothing like falling in love with a band and then getting to see them live a couple of weeks later! Enjoy!

New Tunes Tuesday!

I have decided that every other Tuesday I will post a video of a band or song that I’m currently digging. They won’t necessarily be brand new songs or artists, just new to me, or new on my radar, or old favorites currently in heavy rotation. I’ve been hearing the name Beats Antique for quite a while now but I just recently had a good listen. I have to say I fell in love. They have been in heavy rotation for me for the last couple of weeks. I find I’m very into instrumental music lately. My mother lives in India part time, and she studies sacred sound. She introduced me to kirtans and chanting in Sanskrit, which I also find soothing.  So here’s a YouTube video of Beats Antique playing live at Bumbershoot 2013 in Seattle. I hope you enjoy it! I’d love to hear what you are listening to lately! I always love to hear suggestions of who to check out next!

Die Antwoord :: New Details Emerge on Upcoming Album :: Donker Mag (UPDATED)

This is an update on the band Die Antwoord by Colm Hogan from the Digital Graffiti blog. He included some interesting videos that cover the history of the band. I had the pleasure of seeing Die Antwoord at Bonnaroo, and they put on a hell of a show. Not my usual musical taste but there’s just something about them that I love. Is there an artist that you were surprised that you liked when you started listening to them, or saw them live? T

die_antwoord_x2Watch the new single for Donker Mag, entitled Pitbull Terrier over here. To buy a track, go here.

Die Antwoord has left us some cryptic clues regarding their upcoming album entitled Donker Mag. In the form of a fill in the blanks crossword puzzle style, Yolandi left us with the possible track listing on their facebook page. Here’s her post from October 19:

bubble bubble toil and trouble…
guess wat we gt cookin!
1-D_NK_R M_G
2-C_ _KI_ TH_MP_R
3-P_TB_ _ L TE_ _ _ _R
4-S_R_ _ K
5-CR_ S_
6-_ _X
7-I D_ _ _ D_ _ NK
8-D_ _ TIME I_ _ B P_ _ _ _ _G
9-GIR_ I W_NT 2 _AT U
10-_ _ _PY G_ S_ _ _Y F_ _ K_
11-L_TS J_S_ B _R_ _ _ _Z
12-U_L_ B_ _ ft A_ _ _X T_ _ _
13-Y_ _…

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“5 Ways To Brand Your Successful Company Before You Have One”

In this informative post on branding from John Turner, he mentions the benefits of volunteering. I think volunteering adds so much value to your life, which in turn positively effects your business because of the growth and insight you experience. Is there an organization you volunteer for that you have found rewarding, or one that your interested in getting involved with?



“5 Ways To Brand Your Successful Company Before You Have One”

 5. Write

Writing for blogs, websites, newspapers, and journals is a great branding technique. In addition to the readability of your worldviews, online and print media typically include a blurb about the author. Contributing authors can provide a compelling snapshot of their personal and company/organization brand within the guidelines of their character limit. Writing also allows authors more time and flexibility to organize their thoughts and to plan their communication style to others. During in-person conversations, we must have both nonverbal and verbal communication acumen. For example, someone’s mouth may be conveying one idea while his/her folded arms may be saying something else.

In addition to branding through communicating one’s thoughts, professionals must be bilingual by speaking the language of business people – writing. Many, if not all, information is saved and transmitted through digital and print methods…

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Tell me a story…your story

Jordan from effUmarketing posts about the importance of your story, and how using your unique experience is crucial to make a connection with your audience. What brand has forged a connection with you?

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You’ve probably heard ‘Content is King’ at some point and time. It’s just as relevant today as it was when the internet, and blogs started taking off.

The same is true when it comes to your advertising. Your message / story (aka content) is key. Who are you? What do you do? And why is it important to ME (the consumer).

Most advertising works this way: here’s my product, here are some features, buy it. It’s safe, lazy and ineffective, but everyone does it, so you follow the leader and do the same.

Think about how you buy for a second? Why did you buy the vehicle you did? Why did you purchase Doritos over the No Name brand? You may not know it, but you did it because you bought the story of the brand. You felt connected in some way to it…

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How Many Ideas Are Good Ideas?

The more you flex your creativity, the more likely you’ll find that gem! If you don’t try, you’ll never get there. Don’t think bad ideas or failed attempts are a waste, it’s all part of the process! #cantstopwontstop

Great blog post from The Data of Cool!

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"Cuba imports its cigars from him." For every line the Most Interesting Man In The World records, his writing team write thirteen. “Cuba imports its cigars from him.” For every line the Most Interesting Man In The World records, his writing team write thirteen.

A session at last year’s SXSW looked for common themes from people at the top of their game in different creative fields – designers, musicians and venture capitalists.  The most pointed question for the panel was “what proportion of your ideas come to fruition?”  That’s a life-blood question for VCs, who weigh up investor pitches from start-ups every day.  But’s it’s just as relevant for musicians working out whether to expand a riff into a track, or writers getting lines and sketches into a show.

Here’s what we heard at the event:

Bing Gordon of Kleiner Perkins hears 200 pitches a year and makes two investments.  That’s an idea ratio of 1:100.

Aileen Lee of Kleiner Perkins hears 16 pitches a week and makes one investment a month.  That’s…

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Armchair or Being There

Rob Kronenburg thinks Being There wins. I have to agree. What do you think?

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San Fermin at Liverpool Cathedral, Sound City 2014 San Fermin at Liverpool Cathedral, Sound City 2014

I’m just recovering from an extended period of slouching around watching TV and streams via BBC’s extended broadcast of the Glastonbury Festival. It was for the most part an easy listening experience, sitting there with a drink (and toilets) close by, sometimes with friends and family talking about the acts, sometimes on my own and fully engaged, and sometimes also leafing through the paper or even doing a bit of work. For the most part the shows were really well screened with reasonable measures of crowd scenes with the main focus on the performers. The bits in between – the short interviews, plugs for new releases, mini-docs and presenter links were for me completely disposable and seemed to be aimed at an audience who had stumbled on the transmission by accident and there to reassure them that Aunty Beeb was looking…

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Amyjen’s First Post!

Hi. I’m Amy. I am starting an entertainment company, Amyjen Entertainment, with my friend Jen. I’ve been kicking around names for years but everything I came up with was already taken. I was initially going to start this company on my own, but we decided two awesome women with different strengths are better than one. And now we have a name. Its pronounced imagine in case you wondering!

Jen and I met in NYC, where we hung out in this little music scene on Bleecker Street.  Now she lives in Tennessee, and I live in Austin, TX. We want to help create unique live music experiences that will create magical memories for people. I’m lucky enough to have a lot of those special memories myself, as does Jennifer, and I want to help create that for others. We want to make money for the artists who create that one in a lifetime live experience because it never happens exactly the same way twice. We want to make money for ourselves. We also want to donate a portion of our profits from every event to traumatic brain injury research, awareness, and rehabilitation.  Yes, we want to make money, but its not about the money. It about living our passion and purpose and sharing it with others, and also helping a cause that has effected both of us in very personal ways.

Amyjen Entertainment is just getting started. This is a learning experience for us. Such is life. We are all learning about life and experience every day. I hope that our passion and our spirit for giving back will make this venture a success. Its a journey we are taking, and we hope that you will take it with us.

“You can’t know this right now, but…
your ragged, rugged honesty…
your crazy, passionate, naked vulnerability…
your trusting plunge into the unknown of Life at every turn…
your journey of love and healing…
these change your world, the world of those around you and the world as a whole.
Someday you’ll know how important you are.”
―Jacob Nordby

“Well, you don’t know what we can find
Why don’t you come with me little girl
On a magic carpet ride
You don’t know what we can see
Why don’t you tell your dreams to me
Fantasy will set you free
Close your eyes girl
Look inside girl
Let the sound take you away” –Magic Carpet Ride– Steppenwolf