The Creative Unconscious: What's your name, age, and professional title? Where are you currently employed?
Jeff Emtman: Jeff Emtman, 26, Creator and Host of Here Be Monsters Podcast
TCU: What hobbies do you have outside of your professional field that keep you inspired and motivated to generate personal work? How do they inspire you?
JE: I work with true audio stories. I spend a lot of time exploring the musicality of voices. But, at the end of the day, the work I produce isn’t music, at least not in the traditional sense. Every once in a while, I’ll stumble onto a sonic idea that I want to explore musically, instead of verbally. While I have very little training in music theory, I have a hobby of trying to push my experience with vocal editing into music. The results are not meant to be heard by anyone else, but help me out immensely by letting me view my medium a bit sideways to dissect it just a bit further.
I also enjoy cycling. Part of it is an intense fear of becoming sedentary--tied to the screen. Another part of it is hypnotic---physical exertion via repetitive motion. It calms me down and exhausts me in a good way.
TCU: Do you have a hard time balancing being a creative professional and generating personal work that you're proud of?
JE: I don't struggle with this often. But that's because I'm obstinate and opinionated as an artist. I often turn down work when I don't feel like I'll have sufficient autonomy. Generally, I prefer to work a day job instead of compromising creative control. When I finish a piece, I'm almost always repulsed initially by it for an initial period. But, upon further re-visiting, I'm almost always proud --obstinance both serves and hinders me.
TCU: What time of day do you feel the most creative? What about the most productive?
JE: I used to only be able to work at night. I would stay up until 2 or 3 in the morning for this reason. I like how the city sounds once people go off to bed and I'm left alone with occasional ambulance sirens and distant trains. Lately, I've started to vary my schedule a bit more. I want to become a morning person, waking up at dawn every day and pounding out five hours of work before lunch. But, for whatever reason, my body just doesn't put me to bed before midnight, ever.
TCU: What are your creative goals for the future?
JE: This is hard to answer. I'd like to sustain my current projects while continuing to expand into new formats. I know that this isn't feasible to do by myself. I'm hiring someone right now. And I can see a need for more people in the future to further the reach of my work and promote good work of others. But I still feel weird and uncertain to claim that my brand merits the employment of multiple people. That's why this is a difficult question. I want to continue developing a personal style while also maximizing the impact of the work --that's a hard balance to strike.
TCU: Are you working on any personal projects right now? If so, can you share a little bit about your inspiration and your creative process?
JE: Dream Tapes Project: I’ve mailed tape recorders to people for them to record their dreams. I want to digitize them, add transcripts and keywords, and then share them with the world. I think that dreamy semi-conscious ramblings share a lot of insight into peoples’ core being.
Photography: I’m a photographer. I used to do it for money, now it’s just for me.
The Black Spot: On rare occasions, I’ll release music. This is mostly just for me, but some other people seem to like it too.
TCU: Anything else you want to add?
JE: XOXO JEJE