JAK Entertainment’s Content Creation Pipeline Live Brainstorming Stream 06/01/2022

It’s incredibly easy to get caught up in the “forest for the trees” perspective. Today we’re going to discuss ways to break free of that rut as we start this “brainstorming with intent” process.

It’s all a part of the “Content Creation Pipeline” I’ve put together to help business owners as well as civic / non profit organizers get more content out and in turn, reach more potential customers and supporters with a focus less on engagement as it is to instill endearment.


The primary foundations of this series and more can be found in the blogs and videos found via the links below.

Working with intent and the Content Creation Pipeline blueprint: https://jimstoybox.com/2022/05/10/working-with-intent/

Enhancing what you’ve already paid for: https://enhancedadvertising.wordpress.com/

Getting more out of your previous advertising, marketing and promotional efforts: https://jimstoybox.com/story-of-a-story/

Book a consultation, email Jim – jaksocial@outlook.com

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Recommended Reading: Atomic Habits by James Clear. https://amzn.to/3aeNqus

Just waiting on a Mr. Mom figure

Now this is how I “multiverse”.

Happy Friday night, citizens!

As of late in chatting with friends, I sure seem like a grumpy old man when it comes to the mainstream, pop culture front. I promise that I’m not though. Just a little bored with so much nostalgia based properties. Don’t get me wrong but seriously, instead of rehashing everything from the “glory days”, wouldn’t it be great to see that type of creativity in the mainstream again?

Or am I just a grumpy old man? I vote no but still I would really love to see stuff from the next Tim Burton or Dark Knight creator. What say you, dear reader? Is there something I’m missing that you’ve found that’s off the pop culture radar?

Now, go create!

Jim 05/26/22

Good ‘n cheap toys from Hasbro!

Twenty bucks later and the oddball drawer got just a little fuller.

In lieu of the current state of disposable income, it’s nice to find a deal or two (or four). It’s even sweeter when it gives you the opportunity to address some curiosities you may have had about a certain product. Thats where we’re playing today with 4 figures from Hasbro Toys.

For just over $20 and two stops (Walmart and Walgreens), I picked up these four fellows; Marvel Legends Morlun, the “Snake Eyes” movie version of Storm Shadow from the G.I.Joe Classified Series and Darth Maul and a Shock Trooper from the Star Wars Mission Fleet series.

While I was curious about the Star Wars “Mission Fleet” series for some time, I wasn’t $9.99 MSRP curious. But for $2.50? Yep. Time to bite. And I’m pretty impressed with them. The small scale is off for my nostalgic demands of 3.75” as a minimum but I can see how these little guys would be appealing for kids today. Stylized design coupled with a unique accessory for added play value and they easily fit in a little pocket.

Quality is also worth noting. Sturdy plastic and solid five point articulation and a weapon. That’s a win.

The other two are far more interesting to me but for separate reasons. The overall design of Morlun pops for the Halloween lover in me. He looks like an uppity vampire should; cool, suave and ready to rip out your jugular. The Hasbro team did a great job in translating this one from 2D page to 3D reality. The same can be said for Storm Shadow as far as the usual topical positives are concerned (sculpt, quality, design) but I had no interest in him outside of the opportunity to do this…

The multiverse Spider Men best to take head as they must now contend with the diabolical duo of the Brothers Morlun!!!!

On that note, I do appreciate the way in which Hasbro has created such a wide variety of licenses in the standard 6 inch scale. Like the Mego Corporation did in cross licensing, the ability to share a universe and accessories is a very fun way to expand play value. But still, the Brothers Morlun are damn cool looking having been reunited after being separated by continents and cultures for so long ( that’s a fan-fiction tease for those purists who have limited imagination).

As morbid as it may seem, to pop off interchangeable heads across universes is cool. Unless you’re Storm Shadow. Then it kind of sucks.

Get out there and search for the deals. The old is getting shuffled away to make room for the new so enjoy the savings and let that creativity soar!

Now, Go Play!

Jim 05/18/22

Would you add these to your collection?

There’s something to be said about the incredible detail that can be found in modern action figure sculpting. Be they by hand or laser scanning, modern action figures in many cases are some impressive work of little doppelgänger art. But what about when they’re life size?

Totally not King Kong.

For this Mothers Day (Saturday actually. Beat the crowds and don’t be a slave to the Hallmark calendar kids!) Kaitlynn and I treated Our favorite momma (that’s Alicia for the uniformed) to a night at the museum. We’d been talking about it for years since our last trip back in 2010. A lot has changed at the attraction. One being the price.

Back then I had my “media credentials” so the cost was $0. Regular admission was actually around $19.95 a head and $10 for locals. That’s now $29.99 with a $1 discount for locals. Bit of a stinger but there have also been some changes to the way one can experience the attraction to add more value to the experience.

At $30 a head, take lots of pics and video.

The biggest change was the removal of the tense-a-barriers. So now with the ropes gone you can get up close and personal with the life like figures. And that’s not an understatement. The wax models themselves have come along way since our visit back them. Some to the point of down right creepy in their realistic capturing of some the biggest faces in Hollywood and the music biz. Even if I have no clue as to who one in particular was. (Post Malone. I totally don’t know you.), an internet search later showed me how amazing they did. (I still have no clue who he is.)

Below you will find a run through of the complete cast of characters to be found entrapped in the walls behind the Mount Famousmore facade of the building. And to note, that is NOT King Kong on the top of the building. It just happens to resemble him. But just a little (wink, wink, nod,nod)

Enjoy the show!

Now, Go Play!

Jim 5/10/22

Thank you all for taking the time to visit the Toy Box and thank you even more for clicking through to check out the recommended links to products and pages I find cool and interesting. Every click counts and every purchase REALLY does.

A fascinating history of the art and origins of these type of figures and beyond. Fascinating stuff!

Working with Intent

One of the things about blogging is that it gives you the opportunity to flush everything out on “digital” paper. This is great because otherwise I’d have probably taken out at least 1% of the worlds paper supply over the last decade. That’s not to say I haven’t done about half of that anyway. You should see the mountain of notebooks, pads and loose stacks of papers and index cards piled up around me.

*** Recommendation Note: At the end of the article you’ll find links to two books I strongly recommend that have helped me tremendously in this portion of the journey. ***

I’ve always been one to advocate brainstorming things out on paper before you ever crack open the microphone or take the first frame of video. The ironic part is, while I do make those notes, I still enjoy the free flow that comes from flying by the seat of my pants. But then comes the missed details that then lead in turn to overthinking things and then a rut of self doubt and fear. It was far less destructive before 2020 but by now (2022) the inner me has a dialogue that goes something like this:

Me pre-2020; “This is a great idea! It makes me laugh! Run with it!”

Me post 2020; “Yeah, but you don’t want to goof this thing up. It needs to be structured and professional.”

Me pre-2020; “You may be right. But I don’t care. Now move out the way, sissy.”

Me post 2020; “You sure are bold. I wish I could be like you.”

Me pre-2020; “Thanks! You can be. Just do it!”

Me post 2020; “But, but, but, but…”

Me pre-2020;” Have fun with that… catch you in post!”

Me post 2020; “I’ll be waiting. With a fine tooth comb, magnifying glass and a giant bottle of self doubt ready for doing shooters.”

That conversation has happened in my head far too often over the past two years and if I’m being honest, a few years prior. It was a slow, trickling process that led to fear induced self doubt and why it can be a bear to break that cycle. Rest assured dear reader that it can be done because I myself am proof in the pudding.

With the evolution of the “Dignity of Work” series going from idea in the back of my head to the notes, to the screen and everywhere else it will be translated into, I came face to face with what I had been self sabotaging myself with; that fear induced self doubt. The kicker was though that I looked busy. Very busy.

I’m sharing this now to hopefully help you break the cycle that you too may be trapped in but not aware of. Let’s start with the basics of it all; “Why am I not getting anywhere? I’ve brain stormed, studied, journaled, experimented and learned so much! What am I doing wring??!?!?!”

Short answer:

Working without clear intent.

To clarify, this goes deeper and more laser focused than simply making a goal to achieve. Working with clear intent is indeed goal setting but more importantly it makes you get very serious about the steps to the end goal, all the while making marked and reaffirming progress everyday.

I’m sharing this with you know not to brag or boast about being back on track but instead to show you that I practice what I preach as we all as creating my own “working with intent” structure to keep myself focused on my own goals. First a little background:

For over a decade, I was in a working environment that left me longing for a team. Wasn’t in the plans or the budget but I refused to let anything like that stop me from seeing a vision come to life. I wanted to create a television show that was normally comprised of at least ten people to handle the heavy lifting (writing, producing, directing, filming, hosting, editing, mixing, graphics, final cut and then distribution, marketing and promotion). I was intent on making it happen so I did it all. I’m still proud of those efforts but man oh man can I see where certain aspects suffered due to the load, especially considering the time schedule I was on. Still, I did it. Numerous shows with numerous episodes, all the while managing my day job duties at the TV station (which included pretty much all of the same multi tasked roles) and being home with the family everyday as close to five o’clock as possible.

It was too much. I can see that now but then, it didn’t matter at all. I had a vision and a regular job to do and a responsibility s a father and husband. I’d be damned to not make it all happen. I can admit that was the piss and vinegar of pride talking. I knew that but again, didn’t care. I was making it happen and eventually it would all pay off. That mindset of course didn’t have a clue about the inevitable burn out that would along with the cuts and bruises of the times that things didn’t go exactly as planned or desired for the final outcome. Also, I didn’t realize what I was doing to myself, my family, the clients and the audience.

In the beginning few years, everything went off without a hitch. Problems on the fly were quickly solved and any bigger issues were handled almost as quick. I brought my “A game” to everything (so I thought) and nothing was impossible or even implausible. I had it all under control. Then the cracks started forming.

I’ll keep the minute details to myself, dear reader but know that all of those cracks did indeed lead to many holes growing and needing patched. They were, but the overall durability of the dam was being compromised. I never saw the full structural failure until 2020. Even then the damage itself wasn’t realized completely. Not until now that is.

You see, what had been an Achilles Heel of mine was the subconscious need to audition and prove myself over and over and over again no matter that I had been doing the thing for decades to great success. But every project and client HAD to be shown that I was capable NOW. Yesterday’s good wasn’t good enough. Talk about a toxic relationship with yourself.

There are some positives to all of that. In needing to fill all of those different roles, learning was incredibly important. Thankfully books and the internet exist so as a need would arise, I could hope online and find an answer, tip, trick or lessons that would get me to a solution. Once again there was a touch of gray on all of those silver linings. Getting overloaded with too much knowledge and arrogant in the same. Think of it as a spiral that leads to quantity over quality.

Again though, there is always a bright side once you can be honest with yourself. The bright side that evolved for me is that while I had overloaded myself with so much knowledge that every idea would branch of way too far and wide, thanks to the past couple of years.

Here’s what I’m getting at and what I’m giving you today:

CLICK HERE to download a PDF of my content creation pipeline.

This pipeline maps out what I see as a logical way to progress from idea to multi platform outlets. Not to be a hypocrite considering a lot of what I’m saying in this post, but what I am saying is that sometimes you have to do things as a solo act and this method will help.

In a team environment it’s also extremely helpful as it allows you to easily get and stay organized when delegating out the roles and duties for the members of your group.

It’s not the only way but it’s my way… and it works 🙂 Click the pic to listen the podcast that walks you through the method of the madness.

To show how my head works further, (forgive me for doing exactly what I said I was trying not to do anymore, but YOU don’t know me so an audition is in order PLUS it’s a great strategy for businesses, organizations and hobbyists to add value to their existing efforts ) here’s my long term plans for that one simple PDF form.

First off, I’m using it as you read this or after listening to the podcast OR you may have came into contact with it and me by way of the link that was shared on a featured video posted on YouTube and embedded on the JTB homepage.

Proof in the pudding.

I had been working on a book that covered all of this tentatively titled “Adding Value”. The problem was that the book got bigger and bigger and bigger because I wanted to ensure that I gave a potential reader as much bang for their buck as possible. That would be an unforgivable form of hypocrisy on my part.

Admittedly I was overthinking the book. However this blog and the pdf being the end result of the many months of back and forth,rewrite, repeat, reuse and recycle it all showed me the message that I’ve shared today. Work with INTENTION and YOU WILL get whatever you are wanting. For me it is a book and training series because of the many passions that I have, to teach, inspire, encourage and motivate are certainly the top of the charts for your old buddy Jimbo. I just had to get myself on track to help you do the same.

To get to the book and training series, I discovered I needed a pipeline. Now I have it and now you do too. Everybody wins and this is the closest fastest way I can get back to work doing what I was born to do: Inform and Entertain. This content creation pipeline is the best starting point I have generated for myself that I know can help you too. Plus, you can’t beat the price. On that note, if you found value in this blog, the podcast or the pdf, feel free to drop a tip in the jar or subscribe to any of my outreaches to learn more about all of these avenues tackled in the pdf and when the larger format editions will be released.

Until next time my dear readers, I’ll leave you with this quote from former U.S. President, Civil War General; Ulysses S. Grant that I think is a great personification of how the best intentions can get sidetracked by mistakes in process.

“My failures have been errors in judgment, not of intent.”

Ulysses S. Grant

Now, Go Play!

Jim 05/10/2022

Thanks for reading this entry. Please be sure to visit Jim’s Toy Box daily for all kinds of informative and entertaining blogs, articles, interviews, podcasts and videos that I hope will inspire, encourage and motivate you to live life to the fullest right NOW. Also, thank you for shopping the links listed as well as ordering products from the site. Those are what keep this ship afloat and I truly appreciate your support of this journalistic and entertainment outreach.

*** Here are those recommendations along with some great reviews that I found helpful***

Atomic Habits

James Clear has written a book that is by far one of the best of the best in helping you break old bad habits and create new good one’s in a manageable and attainable way.

Best seller for a reason!
Clark does some great work in his videos. Highly recommend his stuff.


Chandler Bolt and his Self Publishing School is pretty impressive in how they have stream lined the publishing process. I haven’t used the SPS servie but the book has helped me tremendously in getting my own works outlined and in the works.

Want to writ a book but don’ know where to start? Here you go!
This is the video that hooked me and also got me a free copy. Legit offer if it is still available as of this writing.

365 Days. 365 Experiences Journal

I created this one to 1. Learn how to self publish using Amazon’s KDP platform and 2. To encourage everyone to learn new things and then journal about the experience as well as brainstorm adventures to take action on. If you order one know that I appreciate it. More importantly take the idea for yourself and run with it… no matter what you write in.

“Dream job” what exactly does that mean to you?

In this episode I share with you a moment of clarity I’ve had in regards to connecting with what exactly I believe a “dream job” is and what it means. Lots to ponder here for sure. Don’t realize how deep you get until you start digging it seems. Also HERE IS THE LINK to the project I was talking about that I would truly appreciate your help with be it direct support, sharing or both. I will wear you out with my never ending praise and gratitude as we work to make this project happen and grow. 

Listen to the most recent episode of my podcast: What exactly is a “dream job”? https://anchor.fm/jimstoybox/episodes/What-exactly-is-a-dream-job-e1hqpr8

This is the program I’m talking about in the podcast. Click through and check it out and share it with all your peeps. I appreciate it more than you will ever know.

Dark ride… Bright memories.

Who doesn’t love a dark ride attraction? If that’s you, hate to hear that because we LOVE em! So much so, our closest one is a must see and do at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo. The only thing that comes a close second is the food found at the Mill Restaurant located to the right just past the park entrance. Great food, amazing service and worth every penny for all you care to eat Fried chicken, catfish, meatloaf, all the sides and a nice selection of desserts.

The stop at the Mill fueled us up well for the day of walking around this amusement and entertainment staple of the Ozarks. Along with the great food, the weather was perfect and the crowd was modest so getting around was very nice and not overrode with too many people elbow to elbow. A seriously great day for Alicia, Kaitlynn and myself. Especially since we discovered our favorite ride has had some TLC applied to since our last visit in 2019.

“The Flooded Mine” is a dark ride that takes you on a visual story of the “towns” work camp for those who didn’t do right by the towns agreed upon forms of civility. Thus these miscreants were sentenced to hard (and soggy) time in the mine.

It’s also a game as you can compete with your fellow flat bottom boat riders in shooting infrared targets all throughout the ride with your six shooter that has a realistic weight and feel, yet not so realistic cable that attaches it to the boat. Candidly though, they don’t work that well. That’s fine however as our trio is far more interested in the aesthetics of the ride than taking out the red and white bullseyes. The video below will show you why those looms are so wonderfully entertaining and fun!

The denizens of “The Flooded Mine” have had some much needed grooming and freshening done since our last visit.

There’s so many more memories and stories I could share about this long overdue visit. I may share more of those from this April 10, 2022 visit (primarily how proud Alicia and I are of Kaitlynn who really let herself live a little by experiencing so many new things) but for now I’ll wrap up with this…

The greatest experiences collected are the MEMORIES that overflow the Toy Box… yet there’s always room for more!

Now, Go Play! Jim – 4/11/2022

The new and improved Jim’s Toy Box COMING SOON!

It’s a new decade and dawn for the Toy Box. I love this place and forgot how much so. Also, this “Toy Box” was always intended to be more metaphorical in its content. I wanted a place to stash all of my “stuff” be they blogs, reviews, articles, videos, silly funny pics and now the podcast. I’m dedicating to this because this toy Box means more than I truly realized until now.

Please note, the construction process is going to be sloppy, so to all of you my dear subscribers know that I appreciate your patience as I get the kinks worked out.

Jim 04/08/2022