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MIH at Figment, Governor’s Island

We made it happen again, at Figment on Governor’s Island, Saturday June 12.

The range of clients and projects was fantastic, and somewhat different from our previous outings at Flux Factory and the Lost Horizon Night Market. Whereas those events were at night and attended mostly by artists and party people, Governor’s Island attracted a more diverse audience, including some downright normal folks.

But everyone has something that they want to make happen, and Saturday’s attendees were no exception.  Things that people wanted to make happen this time around included:

– Becoming the skippers of a ship and sail in open water.

– Being a more disciplined actress.

– Reviving a business.

– Having more shared experiences.

– Finishing a film.

– Finding a partner.

– Making thanksgiving dinner in a stone house for friends and family!

– Finishing a film script.

– A prototype to redefine the transfer of knowledge and save the world.

– Mission statement for a theater company.

– Love!

It was a truly inspiring, energizing day.  In fact we were so involved with people making it happen that we neglected to take any pictures of our cozy porch in Nolan Park.  So if you’ve got photos, send them to us at makeithappen.tm@gmail.com.

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the excitable woman is happening

We received some truly exciting feedback from Trevor last week.  He reports that he is in the midst of making it happen.

His dream was to make “the excitable woman” happen.  Do I know what the excitable woman is?  Not entirely.  Does it matter?  Not at all.

Trevor reports:

“I would have made it happen had I not encountered a SNAFU in my piece and a circuit did not work as planned.  Once I find a specialist to help, I will definitely make it happen.”

Folks, Trevor is dutifully making it happen.  He needs an electrician.  Who can help?

Coming tomorrow, an update from Make It Happen’s exciting outing to Governor’s Island for Figment.

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Make it Happen at Figment, on Governor’s Island

Make It Happen is happening again!  Join us on Saturday June 12 on Governor’s Island at Figment, an annual celebration of creative culture.

We will be Making it Happen on the porch of a lovely old house in an area of  Governor’s Island called Nolan Park.   We’ll be there from noon to 5PM, Saturday only.

See you there!

These ladies made it happen on Governor's Island!

Photos stolen from Governor’s Island Preservation and Education Corporation

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We knew her way back when…

More fantastic feedback today from Dani Tersini, a singer who came to the Make It Happen truck at the night market.   She reminds us in her postcard that her goal was, no IS to make A BAND happen.

Dani reports that she is in the midst of making it happen by contacting musicians, making connections, using craigslist, word of mouth, auditioning and networking at shows.

If, no WHEN Dani becomes famous and plays Madison Square Garden, we will be able to say that we knew her when she started.  Link here to some of her music. Or try listening here

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Maria got a job

We received excellent feedback yesterday from Maria, whose goal was classic Make It Happen … she wanted to get a job.

At her initial intake, she set a target date of May 16.  And guess what, dear readers?  She got a job on the 16th that she says has now turned into many more jobs.  She’s still looking for more freelance work, rewriting resumes, updating her portfolio and networking.  But as Maria says in her feedback postcard, “Kind of freaky I got a job on that day.”

We salute you, Maria! Make it happen!

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making it happen in outer space!

At the Night Market a few weeks ago, Make it Happen facilitators Tracy and Jonah appeared in a film that spans limits of the galaxy … and was shot in the back of a truck at the night market by Stefan Pildes.

Ladies and Gentlemen, we bring you Stefan’s film, The Galactic Ring:

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Hot of the press!

There’s a great article in Wired about the Lost Horizon Night Market, complete with a shoutout from Vanessa.

““Originally, I was going to help my friends in the Make It Happen Truck,” which was devoted to helping people complete personal goals, says Vanessa Paulsen, proprietor of photo-booth truck. “Then I said, ‘Fuck that, I’m gonna make my own thing happen.”

That’s the spirit, Vanessa!! Makes me wish I had taken more time to see other trucks at the market!

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this film is trash

… but we love it because its called

Make It Happen

According to IMDB, “The movie opens in Indiana, where Lauryn Kirk (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) says goodbye to her brother, Joel (John Reardon) before departing for Chicago to audition for a famous dance school, the fictional Chicago School of Music and Dance. Although Joel – who works as a mechanic in the family garage – is wary of Lauryn’s decision to enroll, he eventually gives her his blessing. When Lauryn enters the stage, however, her dance (mostly a hip hop routine) was halted by the judge, who hostilely rejects her, saying that they need to see something more “sensual and feminine”. Dejected, Lauryn goes to a diner to down her sorrows, but soon finds her car towed off. Upon seeing her misfortunes, Dana (Tessa Thompson), a friendly waitress from the diner invites Lauryn to her apartment and out of the pouring rain. Dana subsequently offers Lauryn a place to stay, considering Lauryn could not go back home and face her brother. The next day, Dana brings Lauryn to a club called Ruby’s (whose dances are rooted in burlesque), where she meets with Russ (Riley Smith), the slick-talking disc jockey, and Brenda (Karen LeBlanc), the club owner. Brenda hires Lauryn as a bookkeeper, in light of her skills with numbers. Lauryn watches as a dancer, Carmen (Julissa Bermudez) performs impressively on the stage. Lauryn and the group bond over drinks later that night. Before locking up late one night, Lauryn goes on the stage and silently and elegantly dances, while unknowingly to her, Russ watches from a distance. The next night, Brenda finds herself short of dancers. Russ asks Lauryn to dance, after having seen her graceful performance the previous night. Lauryn reluctantly agrees, and finds herself to be Ruby’s new star. As Lauryn and Russ’ relationship progresses, Lauryn continues performing stunningly on stage, much to Carmen’s chagrin. However, Joel catches Lauryn at the club during a dance; after a bicker, in which Lauryn realizes that Joel is losing the family garage due to stacking mortgages and bills, she decides to ditch the stage and return to Indiana to save the garage. However, soon after, Joel catches a peek of Lauryn joyfully dancing in the garage one day, and asks Lauryn to give the audition another shot. Uplifted, Lauryn returns to Chicago for a second audition. She nails it, and happily embraces Russ (who has come to encourage her). Lauryn goes back to Ruby’s to apologize to Brenda, but finds a surprise congratulatory party awaiting for her. The movie concludes as the party breaks into a dance.”

Friends, if someone can get this movie made, then you too can make you dreams come true.

Make It Happen

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satisfied customers make it work!

The Make It Happen nerve center received exciting news from Wayne, an MIH client who made it happen.  Wayne writes:

“… my participation in MIH had everything to do with that job offer coming through!  What MIH taught me, after all, is that sometimes in order to “make” things happen, all we really need to do is stand by and let them happen which, thanks to the kind and able assistance of the MIH facilitators, is exactly what I did.”

Wayne, we salute you with this stolen image … work!

Be like Wayne … join Make It Happen at the Lost Horizon Night Market on Saturday May 8.  Contact us for details.

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Make It Happen 2

The Make It Happen team officially announces its next iteration:  We will be holding Office Hours at the Lost Horizon Night Market on the evening of Saturday May 8, 2010.  The Lost Horizon Night Market is an evening of brilliant and strange things that occurs periodically in an undisclosed location.

Please email the Make It Happen facilitators  and we will inform you of the time and location.

Extremely special commemorative talismanic objects will be provided to any and all former Make It Happen clients who joins us on May 8.


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