How to Be Emo by LuChOeDu

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									How to Be Emo

Have you recently felt depressed? Alone? Abandoned by your family and friends? Misunderstood by the world? If you have, and like to express your feelings and emotions through poetry and music, chances are you're what today's society considers "Emo".

Steps
1. Understand what Emo is. Emo has many meanings. Some would say it's only a genre of music, categorized by hardcore music with sad, Emotional lyrics. Others consider it's only a brief way to call someone emotional. Still, there are those who believe Emo is a life style and choose to live their lives the Emo way. Like any style, fashion or culture, the exact definition is up for debate and often varies according to personal expression. The term Emo is loosely associated with emotional rock; most Emo's like underground or Indie music. 2. Appreciate Emo music. Emo is a rock music genre, usually consisting of emotional lyrics and optional Screamo. Over the years, this music genre was usually seen as underground until recent times, making Emo music more popular than ever. This music sometimes consists of lyrics seen by many as "whiny," and "sensitive." Listen to a lot of Emo bands, and maybe even consider picking up an instrument, such as a bass or guitar. You could also try to play the violin, and if you invest enough time into it, Emo songs on the violin are incredibly Emo-sounding. The drums can also be a very good instrument. You may even want to write your own songs by writing poetry and turning it into songs. 3. Test yourself. Try listening to Emo music. If you end up liking this type of music, and come out wanting to download the songs after you’re done with the album, you’re probably a "true" Emo. Getting inner Emo is all a matter of finding out of you have it or not.

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Dress Emo. After you have discovered your inner Emo, try shopping for a new wardrobe. Emo fashion has roots in both punk and goth. Wear tight jeans, tight shirts with Emo band logos on them, studded belts, and an old, black and worn down pair of sneakers. Girls can wear black skirts with striped socks or leggings. Leg warmers are also acceptable. For accessories go to Hot Topic and buy black rubber bracelets and any Emo-looking necklaces. Thick, black-rimmed glasses are not uncommon for Emo guys. Also, stripes and checkers are big in the Emo culture. Take an example from others Emo's you see around as inspiration, but do not copy, just do your own thing. Theres always more Emo points in thrift shop buys also.

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Get an Emo hairstyle. Dye it black or brown with perhaps some blond or unnatural color streaks, especially in the bangs. If you are a girl, you may possibly want to cut your hair to a very short bob-like hairstyle but keep your bangs long, swept drastically to one side and covering your eye. Or, for those who like long hair, get many choppy layers and highlights. For a guy, you may want to spike up the back side, and pat down on the front side. You could also get your bangs/fringe dyed a lighter color than the rest of your hair. 6. Get the attitude. A lot of times, Emo is associated with being bitter, depressed, insecure and resentful. But at its core, you can be Emo because you're sensitive, introspective, thoughtful, and quiet. Don't ever be loud or in anyone's face; focus on your own emotional life. 7. Remember Emo's are people too! Don't be all glum if everyone makes fun of you! Remember you are still a person.

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When applying eyeliner, do not be afraid to apply to the inside of the lids and under the bottom lashline. When shopping for Emo clothing, be sure to check stores like Hot Topic, Vans, and Spencers (for accessories), you will be able to find most of what your looking for there. Remember, that you CAN wear other colors than black. Though black is a very popular color among Emo's, you don't want to wear too much or people might mistake you for "Gothic".

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Do not try too hard to be Emo, others will see you as a poser. If someone asks you if you are Emo, simple shrug your shoulders or deny it. If they asked you, chances are, their opinions are already made and then your approval isn't going to change it much. If somebody gets you good, like a huge public dissing, shout "Your scene is DEAD!".

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Real Emo music is not popular and will be hard to find in most music stores. You may be subjected to negative criticisms by your non-Emo friends and possibly the majority of society, just ignore them. You do not need to cut. There are a lot less painful ways to express your Emo nature. Some people might even call you a poser if they find out you cut. If you do cut you should tell someone (not just a friend, but a counselor or someone else qualified to help) so they can help you, you will hate the scars later. Don't change unless it's your true self. Do not listen to Panic At The Disco or My Chemical Romance, people may call you a poser if you listen to them; they are catigorized as emo, but they themselfs do not think that they are. When you are emo in middle school it is very, very hard to live through it because you get picked on all the time

Things You'll Need
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Skinny jeans Band/graphic tee shirt Converse/Vans sneakers Studded belt Black tote bag (with or without pins) Accessories


								
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