While we didn’t bring our Make It Happen talents to the most recent night market, its always possible that we will make it happen at the next one. Meanwhile, I just signed up to volunteer at an art happening that will involve lots of interaction with perfect strangers, for an exhibition by a big white museum that shall remain nameless but that arguably resembles a giant white toilet. They’re looking for more volunteers, so email me if you’re interested.
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More feedback today from a Make It Happen client, and frankly I’m not sure what to make of this. A client who uses a very distinctive name writes that his dream was to make “Artistic Pride” happen, by August 19 2010. He writes
“I think I got sidetracked by different pursuits and I’m unsure of what I really want to achieve most.”
I remember talking to this client, and at the time I remember not being entirely sure what artistic pride really meant. I think he meant that he didn’t take pride in the work that he was doing as a musician. I can’t help but think of an article I read in Wine and Spirits (stay with me …) about California Syrah producers who had stopped drinking the wines that they were making. Their wines were big, fat, hot, sweet, and clumsy. They didn’t like them any more, and finally one of them had the guts to make subtler, lighter, more interesting wines. Maybe this client has the same problem — he doesn’t like his own style. He needs to try something unlikely to be popular, something weird, and something he likes better.
My advice to this client is to drink some of the weird, funky, cloudy, iconoclastic wines that Joe Dressner imports, especially those from the Loire in France. Those wine-makers are definitely making art that makes themselves happy.
Yes, friends, more feedback today from a Make It Happen client. And like so many MIH clients, this person (whose name I will not use, since he has a somewhat public job) is working on a writing project, specifically a screenplay. He writes
“As the script is a side project and I have a day job as [redacted], it’s hard to find consistent time to work on it.”
Tell me about it, honey. So many of our MIH clients are working on writing projects. Slowly. Very slowly. I’m sure I have previously expounded on the many tricks for getting writing done — try fifteen minutes a day, try a page a day, or as my grandmother said “Park your ass in the chair and finish the damn thing.” I am obsessed with Wendy Laura Belcher’s bookWriting Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks, which has very wise words about the fear of writing that I think would also be applicable for finishing a screenplay. Finishing things is surely important. But for those with day jobs, maybe just having a side project is equally important, even if it goes nowhere fast.
In other words, don’t worry too much about finishing it. As Pavement said, type slowly.
Feedback today from Make It Happen client Takashi. His dream was to move to the West Coast by April 2019. Sounds like he gave himself plenty of time in which to make it happen. So far, there has not been much progress.
“This gave me physical, mental, or any opportunity to think about this dream more seriously. Why West? Is good point to think again.”
I can’t tell if Takashi is questioning his desire to move west, or if he’s just ready to chew it over some more. Didn’t Lao Zi, Taoist extraordinaire, go west on the back of an ox? Maybe Takashi needs to consider finding a willing bovine.
Feedback today from Lea, a Make It Happen client whose goal was to make money to finish her dissertation. This is a goal close to my heart, since I was a PLWD (person living with a dissertation) until May, which I finally finished and defended mine.
Lea reports that she is in the midst of making it happen. She says:
“I was aiming at one source of funding and simplifying (less jobs = less hectic); I’m going to be teaching a few different classes but it looks like the bills are covered.”
Lea, I can only offer you the advice that my grandmother gave my mother when she was finishing her dissertation: “Park your ass in the chair and finish the damn thing.” I made it happen, and you can too!
The fruits of my labor...
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Feedback today from Make It Happen client Matt. Matt’s dream was to make “all is love” happen in the “not too distant future.”
As of August 5, 2010, Matt reports he is in the midst of making it happen.
Once the “Make it Happen” team clearly explained what the quantum guys and the Eastern mystics were/are talking about — All is nothing by vibrations, etc — I was able to let the past and future be content-like. Thanks, Matt.
Anna, a Make It Happen client who we met at the Lost Horizon Night Market, had a dream of making more theater happen by September.
Anna writes from Maine “I spent all month preparing for a cattle-call audition for local casting directors scouting talent. And I brought it. My contract and ‘fortune’ are on my wall — gotta be the best decision I’ve made while drunk, or at least the most productive.”