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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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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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.”
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?