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Posted by MistyEntertainment - August 18th, 2018


Hey everyone! Since most of my posts are promoting my own content (which tends to be off-site since I do less art and animation these days), I wanted to talk about some cool stuff I've found here.
 

"Autopilot" by @SleepDeprivedChicken is a hilarious short about the horror (and absurdity) of self-driving cars. Really nice cartoonish style to this one.

"OTB - Skeleton Crew" by @RadioTubeClock was also a nice watch. It's nice to see that it's still going since it started in 2010. I'm always impressed by the level of intricacy RadioTube puts into the designs and backgrounds.

"me rn" by @artistunknown originally submitted to a collab I hosted called "Flash Library: Sleep." Unfortunately, that got taken down because of copyrighted music, and I didn't bother to re-instate it with different audio. He re-uploaded his part - check it out!

And lastly, a gem that went underlooked 4 months ago - "Why Would You Take My Wallet" by @wermusam. It's great.
 

As for a health update: I'm becoming less nauseous and more tolerant of food now that it's been a month and a half since my last chemo. My taste buds don't really seem like they're back to normal yet. I'm hoping that's not permanent and I can still go back to enjoying food as much as I did before this whole thing happened.

 

I did another video analyzing the growth and success of a YouTuber. The last analysis was one of my best-performing videos ever, so I figured I'd do another in that vein. For those who do watch this: how was my line delivery?
 

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Posted by MistyEntertainment - July 19th, 2018


Hey everyone! In my last news post, I mentioned that I went through my final round of heavy chemo. It's too early right now to see how things are gonna be, but I made a video about my plans.
 


I tried something new with the lighting and added some blue light in the backdrop - I think it looks pretty snazzy! Sometimes I feel like I'm in a bit of an identity crisis with my content. Before cancer hit, I made videos that were commentaries on YouTube content, with an emphasis on humor. I feel like I've kinda had to force my more serious videos, especially the cancer-related ones. At the same time, it was interesting to branch out into a different type of content and I feel like it was important to document that since it was such a big thing in my life.

I've thought about becoming one of those channels where I make more videos about it, and maybe they'll have informative merit or something, but I'm just looking forward to making content that's fun again. Maybe not strictly YouTube commentaries though, because there's a lot less interesting things to comment on than there were in 2016, and I'm not that jazzed about things as I was when I was 16. Not that two years is THAT big of a difference, but eh.
 

But I did wanna make a more analytical video, so here's my longest video in a while:


So yeah, still gotta find out what content I wanna make. At some point, I might wanna try integrating art/animation again, put some of that Newgrounds experience to use, y'know? I'd love to do skit comedy with acting but it's tough when I don't have my balance back yet. I'll see what I can do about that though. I could make something work, it'd still be sick.

As for positive personal improvements - I feel a lot less lonely and isolated these days. More friends? New friends? No. There was a time during my chemo treatment spanning several months, I wanna say last November to the start of this year, that I kinda started to get bitter that it seemed like none of my peers were really interested in talking to me. And in that state of isolation, it's pretty easy to get worked up to that point. I'd try texting a lot of people and it was always a dead end. Eventually, I realized that it was likely because I never built a friendship in the first place when I knew them. I didn't even say hello or goodbye. I didn't ask about them or show interest in them. In some cases it was because I really was too apathetic or judgmental, or I was being a bit of a self-conscious weenie and never really opened up. Either way, realizing there was personal responsibility I had to accept was liberating.

The second thing I wanted to say about that is that I often had a fear of missing out, so it would bum me out when I would think about how I wasn't really part of that group of friends. As time passed, I realized they're not really good company, and I wouldn't want to be in that group anyway. What bothered me was the idea that I couldn't be one of them - the idea that I had no choice - but the reality is, even if I had the choice, I wouldn't want it. I just wanted to prove something. So I guess what I'm trying to say is, I learned to take responsibility, and recognize the difference between actually wanting something vs. wanting to prove something.

I do feel like my mental state has improved lately though. I'm more religious now and so I've been trying to be a better, less judgmental person. I've gotten better at managing things like frustration and anger but there's still a lot of work to be done. I've learned when to turn the other cheek at least. Just gotta call it a wash sometimes.
 


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Posted by MistyEntertainment - July 2nd, 2018


I recently had my final round of heavy chemotherapy, hopefully ever! It was rough but I'm looking forward to things getting better now that it's July. My final round of "normal" chemotherapy (where I don't have to get admitted to the hospital) is tomorrow. Then I can say I'm done with all this. There will be scans every few months to make sure the tumor doesn't grow back, but otherwise I'm just relieved I don't have to go back to the hospital.

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Posted by MistyEntertainment - June 18th, 2018


Hey everyone! So my final round of heavy chemo starts in a little over a week. I'm looking forward to this part of my life finally being over, and I'm ready to move on to bigger, better things. I can't seem to get my musical inspiration back, even after an extended break... we'll see what the future brings.

How are you doing? Hear any good tunes lately? Let me know.

Here's a video I made for views, reacting to YouTube content like the old days:


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Posted by MistyEntertainment - June 3rd, 2018


Hey guys! I recently graduated high school and the hospital held a graduation for me. I ended up on the local news, which I talk about here:


I made a video telling the story of how I discovered my brain tumor. Nobody saw it coming, so if you're interested in how we found out, be sure to check this out.


I also made a video about a sensationalist mainstream media article on a YouTuber. Apparently tweeting "Windows is gay" and saying fag twice is enough to have an article written about your "history of homophobic comments."

 


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Posted by MistyEntertainment - May 18th, 2018


Hey everyone! I'm gonna update anyone who's interested on what I've done in the past two weeks.

I recently had to stay overnight at the hospital for my second to last round of heavy chemotherapy. It's actually starting to feel more painful now than it was when I initially filmed the video. It's really rough. Thankfully July is almost here! I decided to vlog my hospital visit this week.
 

I also decided to test the waters and upload my first ever video game review. I had 90% of it finished more than a year ago, but I only got around to cleaning everything up recently. This type of content is really a first for me.

About to graduate high school... time flies. Haven't done anything musical in the past two weeks, since I've been more focused on making videos. Hopefully I'll feel inspired to do something on that front again.

If you've made it this far, thank you! The Newgrounds community has been very supportive, and I really appreciate that.

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Posted by MistyEntertainment - May 3rd, 2018


First, I just want to thank everybody who responded to my last news post where I was really struggling to find a purpose to continue making music. I've taken a break from songwriting and production since then, and I definitely feel better about the whole thing. I've spent a lot of my time the past two weeks focusing on making videos instead.

By the way, I figured I'd ask - from 0:34 to 0:46, for me I noticed that everything gets brighter for a frame after the cut, then goes back to normal. Do any of you see this? It's fine on all platforms except my desktop for me, which is pretty bizarre.

I've been focusing on not being so much of a perfectionist. It's been a struggle, since it places me in a position where I have to choose whether or not Iisten to others' feedback, or my own personal artistic judgement. Perfectionism has always been one of my biggest burdens. I feel like I'm getting better at dealing with that.

I've been trying to be a more positive person lately. For a long time, I couldn't believe that I could rise up to whatever challenge I was facing. I'd panic, I'd worry. "I don't see how this could be resolved," I'd think to myself, over and over. It was difficult to break the cycle because it was what I was used to. When I learned to zoom out and look at the bigger picture, it became easier to spot toxic thought patterns. I talked to God and it filled the destructive void of self-doubt that was crippling me. I stopped letting fear or embarrassment have such a chokehold on me. I feel freer now.
 

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Went to prom. Nice photo-op, but pretty lousy experience. Not sure what I was expecting really - I had a great time 2 years ago, though things have changed. There was something uniquely depressing about seeing everyone so mobile while I still had to slowly get around with a huge walker. When all's said and done, it's still an experience though. Got some of the new faces smirkin' at me, but that's alright.

I love you all, I love this community and how supportive and talented it is. Thanks for reading!

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Posted by MistyEntertainment - April 14th, 2018


Music.

It's probably most of what I've been thinking about lately - more specifically, making music.

Not trying to whine about anything here, just sharing some struggles I've been having, to see if anyone has input.

Although I've been getting better at having fun with it, I'm kind of at a stage where the work starts to feel more tedious and chore-like than a passion project or fun self-expression. Don't get me wrong, I understand the value of doing the boring stuff. Hell, I was an animator for years.

But at some point, it all goes back to the "why" - why am I investing so much time doing this? Well, to get a good track of course. But once I've got a good track, it's kinda like, now what? I see making music as something I do for myself, but having an audience also matters, and I've been struggling to get one. I also feel like I don't really get the feeling of accomplishment or happiness that some other artists might get when they finish something big. So, the music doesn't really work as a purely self-serving hobby because I don't really feel that much satisfaction from finishing a song. And it doesn't really work for an audience because there needs to be a cohesive audience in the first place.

Hell, I've even taken online courses for this and the advice for social media marketing is a dead end. I've done some experimenting with Facebook ads to minimal results, A/B testing different things and all, but I can't tell if it's just not a worthwhile investment or if I just haven't tested enough. Some of the advice is really wack - mass following people on Twitter? Posting images with quotes of my own lyrics? No thanks.

I also haven't really found a good community for this yet. With art and animation, there are lots of cohesive communities centered around it because at the end of the day, although the approach might differ, everyone is there to do one thing: draw, or animate. Music, on the other hand, is such a broad topic that encompasses everything from gear to songwriting to producing to performing, etc. so it makes sense that I'm having a hard time finding a community that is relevant to me. Then again, I might not be looking hard enough.

With all of this being said - things are definitely getting better for me and I'm getting better too. My chemo is done in July already! I'm looking forward to learning how to walk again (the tumor messed up my balance). Looking forward to being able to eat solid food without getting so nauseous. Man I can't wait to enjoy chicken again. I can't wait until I can eat food again without having to take minute-long breaks between bites so I don't puke. The end is getting closer and closer.

If you've made it this far, thank you. I appreciate ya hearing me out.

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Posted by MistyEntertainment - March 8th, 2018


Hey everyone! This will be my first post since the New Year, so I'll fill you in on what's happened.

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Since January 1st, I've had 2 more rounds of "heavy" chemotherapy. It's been rough.

Being away from everything for a long time has made me feel pretty disconnected from everything. It feels crazy, man. Weight is around the same as it was last post, and it's been my biggest struggle to maintain. Each month I'm worried about where I'll be next month. I think day to day, though I still can't seem to help thinking about the future in a negative way. As bad as things are, I'm really grateful that they aren't worse. But they have to get better, and it feels like it's only getting harder.

Though I also wanna go over some of the creative projects I've been working on in the past 2 months.

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I participated in February Album Writing Month this year, where the goal is to write 14 songs in February. I was able to meet the count, and 3 of them were collaborations with @artistunknown. If you're interested in hearing any of it, here's the link: http://fawm.org/fawmers/stickyfingers/ Just don't expect too much out of what are essentially song sketches.

I've been meaning to make another video discussing the struggles of chemo and all but at this point, it's exhausting to talk about and way more exhausting to experience.

I've been sort of disillusioned with my music, in the sense that I don't like how it's mixed and mastered and I honestly don't know what to do to fix it, since I'm on a tight budget. It's really difficult gaining any sort of traction with my music and it's a bit discouraging.

To end on a positive note, at least my treatment will end in July. Until then, it's a struggle.

Gonna be better at replying to comments this time.
 

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Posted by MistyEntertainment - January 1st, 2018



Thank you to everybody who supported me in 2017, and may we all have a great 2018! Here is some of the content I posted on NG this month:
 

 

@Artistunknown and I collaborated on "Flash Library: Christmas," an animation collab where we had to make animations related to Christmas under time constraints.

 

https://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/780007

I uploaded "Back at the Lighthouse," a demo of a 2015 song that didn't make the cut for my first album. I was really glad to see it got frontpaged, so thanks guys!

Feeling pretty good about 2018 so far - what about you? 
 

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