Timotheus Gordon Jr.: MFA in Writing from SCAD-Atlanta

Good afternoon everyone!! A few weeks ago I’ve finally gotten my MFA degree after defending my thesis. It was a rough road, but I’ve made it. Thank you Lord!

Thank you all for the love and support throughout the process of getting my thesis together.

You can see my full thesis below. Feel free to read and comment on it. ;)

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Otherwise, enjoy your day and the second day of Spring.

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Hidden Layers to Bullygate: Mental Health in the NFL

Folks, Bullygate is worst than I expected. It’s not about bullying, being black, and the hazing culture anymore. The alarming issue that I took away is the teams’ and the league’s ability to handle mental health maladies among players.

Feel free to read the full Wells report and make your own judgments afterwards. From what I read, however, I don’t think teammates were prepared to handle Jonathan Martin’s mental health issues, especially since some of the players constantly taunt J-Mart. The front office and coaching staff seemed to turn the other way as well. Even an assistant coach joined in on taunting the assistant trainer, and who knows, he might have picked on J-Mart behind his back too.

Today, when we have have issues, we are recommended to go seek professional help. We talk to somebody about our problems. We do yoga or exercises or meditation sessions to clear our minds. We pray to high powers.

At least that’s what the workplace is teaching us to do for the most part. We may live in the 21st century, but the way NFL players deal with mental health issues is as archaic as how we used to travel 150 years ago. I never played a down in the NFL and college, but I played organized sports before. In some locker rooms, crying to people about your problems is a “bitch ass move.” It’s socially unacceptable to break down and cry. Either you toughen up and keep your problems to yourself or quit. To the Miami Dolphins, Martin is a punk because he chose to leave instead of confronting the situation head-on. Also, if you’re picked on, the unwritten locker room rule is: defend yourself, or else, quit.

I don’t know if that’s an healthy environment for players who prefer seeking help and alternative means of handling mental issues. No wonder why some players are beginning to dislike the NFL. You can feel alone, even in a team setting, if you’re different from the “typical, social” player and don’t respond as well to certain situations as other players.

I would love to dig in the matter further, because it’s intertwined with other societal topics, such as racism and classism. But even as write this brief blog, I think the report itself convinced me to speak out.

And this have even more scary possibilities. If NFL teams are inadequate in dealing with mental health issues, then how they will handle players with developmental disabilities, such as autism and Down’s Syndrome? I would like like to write about Bullygate’s potential impact on autistic people seeking to play college or professional sports.

Let’s hope the Wells report will open professional sports teams’ eyes to mental health topics more seriously.

Artists, Get Paid for Your Work

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Good afternoon everyone!!

Today, I read through comments from the SCAD-Atlanta Facebook group, and I came across a video/blog post that a fellow student posted. It contains a video where character designer and teacher Stephen Silver speaks out against companies who don’t pay artists to come up with art or concepts for their products.

As a freelance writer, event photographer, and a lover of the arts & entertainment world, his message hits home to me because I’m also a starving artist trying to make a name for myself. I’ve seen plenty of opportunities where companies would allow you produce work for them, but only as an “internship” or no compensation. However, they promise you that the job can help you get exposure.

That is called cheap labor, a.k.a. slavery. Sorry, I don’t like cheap labor. I do free work because of causes and topics that I support, up and coming artists that I want to help succeed, and personal favors. But even then, I’ll get something in return, like a gig or reference. I also write for free because I want to promote MY artwork under MY rules, preparing myself for bigger and paid opportunities.

If you do want to work for free, do it for a right cause or at least find free work that can benefit you. But don’t fall under the trap of making content for companies who refuse to compensate you for your work and don’t care about what you create.

The video also taught me another thing: the importance of entrepreneurship. Sure, I can try to land jobs where I write and take pictures for a living. But is that all I want? What if I don’t get that dream job, and how else can I spread my love for media while getting paid? I starting to understand friends’ advice on offering event photography services for certain rates. Besides, in this world, you’ll gain more recognition once you do more paid work (especially if it’s freelance work).

I leave you with Silver’s spiel on providing paid services v.s. working for cheap labor. Otherwise, enjoy your day and let’s break the starving artist myth.

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Happy Valentine’s and Single Awareness Day

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Good evening everyone!! Hope you all having a great Valentine’s and Single Awareness Day. Remember, it’s another example to love up on people, whether you’re single, married, or in a relationship. Give all the love and kindness you can give today, and everyday.

Love,

T.J. a.k.a. Pharaoh, Timmy-kun, Tim, Lil’ Tim…whatever you wanna call me! lol

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Green Dreads

It’s been more than the week since the historic butt-kicking that the Seahawks gave to the Broncos. They just came in and ran roughshod over the poor Denver squad.

As a result, I lost a bet against the friend that I made a month ago during the NFC Championship Game. Since the Seahawks won both the NFC Championship and Super Bowl, I must dye my hair green.

I’m a man of my word, even if I hate losing. So there:

As much I disliked the bet initially, I turned out to be an inspirational moment. Why? Because I finally have ideas for cosplaying at either MomoCon or Anime Weekend Atlanta. With the temporary hair color spray, I can dye my hair to the color I want and rinse it out a day later.  I can finally either cosplay as corporate Trunks or human form of Knuckles.

For more adventures of the green hair, check out my random video:

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VERY Close to Getting My MFA

Good afternoon everyone! 2014 is getting to be a better year for me so far. My hunger to work hard and succeed is coming back, I feel renewed in job hunting again, I may be moving again soon (place to be announced), and I’m trying to expand my spirituality by reading both the Bible and the Qur’an.

Also…I’m proud to announce that though I’ve have a few more revisions to make, I’m officially slated to finish my MFA program by next month! I’ll know by next week about details on when I’ll defend my thesis.

It’s about darn time! Pray that my thesis will please the thesis committee.

Check out my new video for more details of my announcements.

SN: Thank you all for the love y’all been showing me, through follows, comments, shares, etc.