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Erin is on the move!

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 makeithappen.tm@gmail.com to learn more…

This gentleperson makes these notebook worms and other delights…

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MIH at Figment, Governor’s Island

We made it happen again, at Figment on Governor’s Island, Saturday June 12.

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.

– Love!

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 makeithappen.tm@gmail.com.

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the excitable woman is happening

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.

Trevor reports:

“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.

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Make it Happen at Figment, on Governor’s Island

Make It Happen is happening again!  Join us on Saturday June 12 on Governor’s Island at Figment, an annual celebration of creative culture.

We will be Making it Happen on the porch of a lovely old house in an area of  Governor’s Island called Nolan Park.   We’ll be there from noon to 5PM, Saturday only.

See you there!

These ladies made it happen on Governor's Island!

Photos stolen from Governor’s Island Preservation and Education Corporation

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We knew her way back when…

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

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Maria got a job

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.”

We salute you, Maria! Make it happen!

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Make It Happen 2

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.


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did you make it happen? please explain:

Make it Happen clients will soon receive the contracts that they filled out at Flux Factory on February 19, 2010.

To better serve our clients, we kindly request that you complete and return the enclosed postcard survey, which asks if you:

a) Made it Happen

b) Are in the midst of making it happen.

or

c) Have not made it happen.

If you wish to elaborate further on how your participation in Make it Happen™ contributed to achieving your dream, if you wish to tell us more about how you are currently engaged in fulfilling your commitment to Make it Happen™, or if you care to discuss why did you not achieve your dream, please elaborate in the comments area below or email us at  MakeItHappen.TM@gmail.com.

Make it Happen

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even though you are tormenting yourself, the work you do is very good

Please enjoy this beautiful video, made by Joao Leonardo, of a 1965 letter written by Sol LeWitt to Eva Hesse, exhorting her to Make It Happen.   The first time I saw it was at dusk, facing out of a gallery window in Chelsea.  It was intense, although I experienced it without the music, which frankly I’m not so crazy about.

One Letter from Sol LeWitt

The text reads in part:  “You seem the same as always, and being you, hate every minute of it. Don’t. Learn  to say “Fuck You” to the world once in a while. You have every right to. Just stop thinking,  worrying, looking over your shoulder, wondering, doubting, fearing, hurting, hoping for  some easy way out, struggling, gasping, confusing, itching, scratching, mumbling,  bumbling, grumbling, humbling, stumbling, rumbling, rambling, gambling, tumbling,  scumbling, scrambling, hitching, hatching, bitching, moaning, groaning, honing, boning,  horse-shitting, hair-splitting, nit-picking, piss-trickling, nose-sticking, ass-gouging, eyeball- poking, finger-pointing, alleyway-sneaking, long waiting, small stepping, evil-eying, back- scratching, searching, perching, besmirching, grinding, grinding, grinding away at yourself.  Stop it and just DO”

— from Sol LeWitt: A Retrospective, edited by Gary Garrels, published by MOMA

You seem the same as always, and being you, hate every minute of it. Don’t. Learn
to say “Fuck You” to the world once in a while. You have every right to. Just stop thinking,
worrying, looking over your shoulder, wondering, doubting, fearing, hurting, hoping for
some easy way out, struggling, gasping, confusing, itching, scratching, mumbling,
bumbling, grumbling, humbling, stumbling, rumbling, rambling, gambling, tumbling,
scumbling, scrambling, hitching, hatching, bitching, moaning, groaning, honing, boning,
horse-shitting, hair-splitting, nit-picking, piss-trickling, nose-sticking, ass-gouging, eyeball-
poking, finger-pointing, alleyway-sneaking, long waiting, small stepping, evil-eying, back-
scratching, searching, perching, besmirching, grinding, grinding, grinding away at yourself.
Stop it and just DO.

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Letting Happen and Making Happen

Here’s a bit of Make It Happen inspiration from French sociologist Antoine Hennion.  Even taste, especially taste, involves an active process of making it happen.

“What matters is what happens, what it does, what comes to light, in oneself and in things – and not what one is seeking. It is a question of sensing, of being taken, of feeling. But this is in no way a passive state: this making available of oneself could not be more active, as the word ‘passion’ effectively connotes; it passes through an intense mobilization of one’s abilities, it is backed up by skills and traditions, objects and tools. It has a history, it defines a collectivity. Taste is a making, a ‘making aware of’, and not a simple act of sensing. It is active, but contrary to an action, it is entirely turned toward an availability to what comes.  It is an active way of putting oneself in such a state that something may happen to oneself. A curious activity, indeed: it is a passivity actively sought, or an activity intentionally undergone, letting oneself be carried away, overflowing with the surprises that arise through contact with things.”

p 109 from Those Things That Hold Us Together: Taste and Sociology by Antoine Hennion in Cultural Sociology, 2007, volume 1, number 1, pp. 97–114.  Translated from the French by Martha Poon.

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