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 book Writing 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...
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.
May the force be with you, Matt.
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!
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We met Make It Happen client Josephine Decker at Figment on Governor’s Island a few weeks ago and talked about the screenplay she wanted to make happen.
Last week, Josephine got in touch about applying the Make It Happen approach to something a little larger, namely the BP oil spill in the gulf. Josephine has created a performance piece about the spill which is taking place this week, Tuesday June 29 to Saturday July 3, 2010 in Times Square.
The piece involves dancers balancing buckets of oil on their heads (okay, its actually blackened water since oil is toxic). It also involves a Make it Happen element, with Josephine and her collaborators talking to pedestrians about what they can do about the spill, oil use, and climate change more generally.
Can individuals really make it happen for the environment? Does changing our personal habits work, or do we need to make it happen at a larger level, by working on policy, industries, and big organizational cleanup projects? Go to Times Square this week and talk about it with Josephine. Make it happen, make us proud!!
Visit http://spilloversquared.tumblr.com/ for more details, and check out
http://www.youtube.com/spilloversquared for video from the event
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 email@example.com to learn more…
This gentleperson makes these notebook worms and other delights…