And we’re pretty fond of Oriana, who interviewed one of the Lost Horizon Night Market masterminds, Kevin Balktick, on her blog Brooklyn Spaces.
Kevin tells Ariana that he found Make It Happen to be one of the most memorable trucks at the Lost Horizon Night Market. Read the whole interview at http://brooklyn-spaces.com/2011/05/lost-horizon-night-market/
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.
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...
Great news from Trevor!
He writes that after over 100 hours of work (but who’s counting?) he made his excitable woman project happen. Video below, and links to photos. Nice work, Trevor! Make it Happen!
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.”
Make it Happen, Anna!
We received intriguing feedback today from Erin in Tulsa, a town near and dear to my heart.
Erin’s dream is to make a move happen. Erin reports:
“I am traveling in search of options and opportunities. Please send any ideas or collaborations … I make space wirm sculptures and diamonds.”
Two things about Erin’s postcard: first, yes, she makes space wirms. Not worms. She specifically says wirms.
Second, if you want to know what space wirms are, you should contact her directly. Erin includes her email address in the postcard. Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more…
This gentleperson makes these notebook worms and other delights…
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.
“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.
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
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:
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!
We couldn’t be happier with the turnout at Saturday’s Lost Horizon Night Market. So many of you wanted to and did Make It Happen! The Make It Happen mobile unit was packed all night. Some of things you wanted to make happen were:
- become a professional soccer player
- finish an art piece
- find your purpose in life
- fabricate an electronic box so you can drop ping pong balls on your head via remote control
- make a career out of your jewelry design business
- travel back in time
- decide whether or not to get divorced
- secure funding for the publication of a magazine
- have a passionate love affair
These are just a few of the things that you want to make happen and the facilitators are thrilled that you came out to participate and share your goals and dreams with us.
We’d also like to welcome and thank two new members to the Make It Happen team. Jonah and Rez – way to make it happen!
Here are some pictures that resident facilitator Lauren took in the midst of Making it Happen. If you have any pictures/sentiments/complaints/praise you’d like to share with us, you know the three magic words…
David in the MIH mobil unit. Look at all those folks waiting to Make It Happen!
Make It Happen, Rez!
Make It Happen, Jonah!
Facilitator Lauren is always prepared.
What are people making happen in all those trucks?