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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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!
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.”
We received excellent feedback yesterday from Maria, whose goal was classic Make It Happen … she wanted to get a job.
At her initial intake, she set a target date of May 16. And guess what, dear readers? She got a job on the 16th that she says has now turned into many more jobs. She’s still looking for more freelance work, rewriting resumes, updating her portfolio and networking. But as Maria says in her feedback postcard, “Kind of freaky I got a job on that day.”
The Make It Happen team officially announces its next iteration: We will be holding Office Hours at the Lost Horizon Night Market on the evening of Saturday May 8, 2010. The Lost Horizon Night Market is an evening of brilliant and strange things that occurs periodically in an undisclosed location.
Please email the Make It Happen facilitators and we will inform you of the time and location.
Extremely special commemorative talismanic objects will be provided to any and all former Make It Happen clients who joins us on May 8.