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114 Naomi McDougall Jones

Stories that Empower

Release Date: 11/18/2019

128 Angela Ferrari show art 128 Angela Ferrari

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Angela's grandmother "nana" made a big impression on her. Angela shares a story of how her nana spilled, fell and broke her hip during a large thunderstorm. Nana did not call any relatives, because she didn't want anyone to make fuss of it. Angela finds inspiration and strength in Nana's strong constitution and resilience.

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Dr. Michael Myers, not only saves lives due to suicide prevention, but also heals families that have lost doctors to suicide. He feels honored and humbled to sit with grieving families, who feel that their loved ones have taken the answers with them. Dr. Myers is also working to change the stigma that is associated with physicians asking for assistance, as they may be concerned about being judged and potentially impacting their medical licences.

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126 Allison Francis Barksdale show art 126 Allison Francis Barksdale

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When Allison was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, she chose not to see it as a broken wing. She began to see herself as the perfect person that she is. Allison feels compelled to share her experience with others, so they can share their magnificence with the world. She does this by encouraging them to be authentic, have integrity, accept and like who they are. Also, Allison recognizes that there may be stigmas associated with mental health illness.

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The abundant love given to Nick by his parents, as a child, made him feel rich. However, he realized that his family was actually poor. Nick did not allow his past to define him. He took inventory of his gifts, tools and skills. Nick worked with what he had. Through hard work and perseverance, he met his goals and built a successful chiropractic practice.

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Once Peter realized that his ADHD was a gift, not a curse, he used it to be of assistance and service to others. This gift of curiosity and creativity enabled him to start and sell three companies in ten years. Peter figured there had to be others like him, so he started the "Faster than Normal" podcast and wrote the best selling book by the same name. He believes that in the next ten years, 35% of companies' employees and customers will be neuro-diverse.

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123 Chris Badgett show art 123 Chris Badgett

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Living in a remote area of Alaska, Chris realized that it was not conducive to a young family. So, he left his good paying job. Chris didn't know what he was going to do. It wasn't easy.  Chris felt compelled and called to go in a new direction. He eventually found traction. He gives credit for his ability to operate on limited income.

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122 Paul Maskill show art 122 Paul Maskill

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Paul was taught to get a corporate for 40 years, then retire. He realized that this wasn't for him. Paul wanted to enjoy life each day. He empowered himself to start his own business of coaching and consulting others.

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121 Sheila Grinell show art 121 Sheila Grinell

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Witnessing her mom's health after a stroke, Sheila felt compelled to write her mom's story, then realized she wanted to write more. She transitioned from her first act to her second act as an author or dreamer, where she does not experience objective measurements. Sheila is very passionate about language, as she loves the way words and images resonate. She feels that writing is a way to share what experiences have taught her and to express her truth.

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120 Katherine Jansen-Byrkit show art 120 Katherine Jansen-Byrkit

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Katherine knew some things were brewing in her life; in her marriage, her father's alcoholism and abandonment of the family. She developed a food addiction and attempted suicide. Then, Katherine had a wake up call. She began a journey of healing her body and heart. Katherine changed her relationship with food and body. Now, she helps people with the process of healing from the inside out.

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119 Mary Corning show art 119 Mary Corning

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Mary experienced addiction, alcohol, failed relationships and a father dying of cancer. Through meditation, she had an awakening and realized what she'd been escaping from. Mary's partnership with horses taught her to accept and not judge herself. Even though she'd always been authentic, she started becoming comfortable with her authentic self. Once Mary did that, she accepted herself and others. She transitioned from being authentic to accepting life and who she was.

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Naomi's first film didn't give her the validation and acceptance that she sought. Naomi felt crushed. So for her second film, she set out to be accepted by the "System" and chose to play by their rules. Naomi encountered very powerful 'gatekeepers' that feel they define the success and happiness of film makers, such as herself. Once she realized that she had been empowered all along, she took a refreshingly different approach. Naomi recentered with her own value system and courageously decided to distribute her film herself. She rented an RV and embarked on her "Joyful Vampire Tour of America", which provides screenings, Q&A with the film makers and ends with a fun ball. Naomi looks forward to connect with her end consumers and independent cinema owners. She shares these powerful nuggets of life wisdom:
- your acceptance, validation and happiness is measured by your values, not those of others
- do not chase external recognitions that are, in reality, meaningless
- get centered with your values, what is truly important to you and go after it
- sometimes you just need to challenge the norm
- learn by doing
- listen to your gut

Naomi McDougall Jones is an award-winning actress, writer, producer, and women in film activist. She grew up in Aspen, Colorado and attended Cornell University before graduating from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA). Naomi wrote, produced, and starred in the 2014 indie feature film, Imagine I'm Beautiful, which took home 12 awards on the film festival circuit including 4 Best Pictures and, for Naomi, 3 Best Actress Awards and The Don Award for Best Independently Produced Screenplay of 2014. The film was named as #8 of OscarWorld's Top 10 Films of 2014 and was distributed theatrically and digitally by Candy Factory Films. The film is now available on AmazonPrime. Naomi’s second feature film, Bite Me, is a subversive romantic comedy about a real-life vampire and the IRS agent who audits her. The film premiered at Cinequest, won Best Feature Film at VTXIFF, and then went on to the innovative, paradigm-shifting Joyful Vampire Tour of America in summer 2019, a 51-screening, 40-city, three-month, RV-fueled eventized tour that involved Joyful Vampire Balls, capes, a docu-series and a whole lot of joy. The film is now available to watch on Seed&Spark, Amazon, GooglePlay, and iTunes. She is currently at work on her third feature screenplay, Hammond Castle, a magical realism film that explores themes of identity, legacy and gender through a modern-day seven-month pregnant woman's unexpected interaction with the brilliant, eccentric and deceased inventor John Hays Hammond, Jr., for which Naomi received the honor of being the first artist-in-residence at Ernest Hemingway's final home in Sun Valley, Idaho. Naomi's first book, The Wrong Kind of Women: Inside Our Revolution to Dismantle the Gods of Hollywood, will be published by Beacon Press on February 4, 2020 and is now available for order on Amazon, Barnes&Noble, IndieBound, and Beacon Press. Naomi has been a vocal advocate for bringing gender parity to film, both on and off screen. She has spoken at film festivals and conferences around the world and written extensively on this subject. Naomi TEDTalk on these issues and what to do about them, "What it's Like to be a Woman in Hollywood, has been viewed over a million times. She has teamed up with former CFO of the City of Chicago, Lois Scott, to found The 51 Fund, a VC investment fund that will finance films written, directed, and produced by women. Naomi lives in Atlanta with her husband, Stephen.

TEDTalk: go.ted.com/naomimcdougalljones
Podcast: Fear(ful)less: Filmmaking From the Edge

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