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.
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.
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.
“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.
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
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!
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.