Local music industry guru needs your help

A GoFundMe page has been set up for Emily Holler of Mojo Bullet, who is suffering some severe health complications.

Many Gold Coast music industry stalwarts would know – and indeed may have worked with – Emily Holler of Mojo Bullet over the years.

Mojo Bullet is a local professional development hub for independent artists, but really, it’s more than that. Run by such a positive, compassionate soul as Emily, Mojo Bullet has helped and empowered artists through all stages of their career, with Emily working herself to the bone to ensure career development for her artists and often even donating her time where possible.

And now it’s time for us to give back.

Following a sinus surgery in January, Emily began having strange episodes involving shortness of breath, shaking, sweating, palpitations and anxiety. After much investigation she was diagnosed with Long R-P Tachycardia, Atrial Flutter, a leaky valve and sleep apnoea, leaving her hospitalised several times and in severe financial stress. She attempted to continue serving the arts community while unwell, but has finally accepted that she needs to concentrate on getting better and taking care of her beautiful 11 year old boy, Phoenix. We spoke to Emily who said it was definitely time to take a rest.

“I’ve actually had some chronic health issues for years, but I’ve done my best to soldier on through it,” she explains. “The last few months have been an ordeal though. I’ve been so exhausted and sleep deprived I haven’t been able to do much. After an episode it takes me a day or two to recover. I have been doing a tiny bit of work here and there when I can manage it but dealing with this has become like a full time job lately so it has impacted my ability to work in a massive way.”

Keen to help, Em’s friends have set up a GoFundMe page to assist with her living and medical expenses over the next few months, which has already reached over $8,000 of its $10,000 goal. And that’s not all. Many others have provided support over the last few months.

“My beautiful boy Phoenix has been so strong through all of this. It hasn’t been easy on him,” Em tells us. “I have some amazing women in my life who have really stepped up. My friend Jen Doherty stayed with me for three weeks when I was totally incapacitated. I don’t know what I would have done without her. My friend Kate has cared for Phoenix many times at short notice. So many people have offered support, I feel so blessed to have such a wide network of wonderful, caring friends.

“I [also] really want to acknowledge Ash Perrow. Ash is a much loved musician who I have been friends with for years. When he heard I was struggling and needed CPAP therapy he offered to buy one for me on the spot without hesitation. And CPAP’s are not cheap! An incredibly generous gesture and so typical of his giving nature. My two dear friends Brooke and Sam helped me organise the GoFundMe campaign, my former work colleagues/friends from Hard Rock Cafe in Sydney have been incredibly supportive and my friend Jen Teale in Sydney has been amazing, checking up on me almost every day. I am so blessed to have such great friends, there are too many to mention here!”

>>> Donate to Emily’s GoFundMe campaign here

Fearing she might be judged, Emily was initially hesitant to go public with her issues, and ask for help. But the outpouring of love has left her completely overwhelmed.

“So many people from the music industry have sent beautiful messages, donated to the campaign, shared it and reached out to me in amazing ways. I have felt such a sense of family and community,” she explains.

“I always felt that with the music industry here but the level of support has literally blown my mind. The kindness and generosity of people has been an incredibly healing experience. I wasn’t expecting this level of support at all. Thank you SO much to everyone. It means the world to me and my son.”

This experience has been a real wake up call for Emily, and she hopes others benefit from this experience.

“The biggest lesson for me in all this has been recognising how much stress has severely impacted my health,” she says. “My realisation is that it doesn’t matter how well you eat or how often you exercise, stress is the worst culprit for making you unwell. Surround yourself with people who truly love you for who you are. Make time for fun and relaxation no matter what. Cherish life and loved ones every single day. And ask for help when you need it! Sometimes it comes from where you least expect it.”

Wise words.

To donate to Emily’s campaign and send her message of support, click here.

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