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 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!
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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.”
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.
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 email@example.com.
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!