In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety-Abraham Maslow
I sometimes feel I need to state clearly exactly why I am doing this.
I tried the “normal” way. I created a proposal, I created a mock up book. I went to people in the “know” and asked if they could or would help me. Introduce me in the door. It is the people in the know who have treated me:
- as if this was just about meeting you or that I am some sort of rabid fan, which by the way I find really offensive
- as if I am no one or not important
- as if I do not have a valid, financially viable proposal that will add to your merchandise income stream. That is the stream after all that creates money for the artist….plain and simple
and it has to be said (as one reporter told me) that this entire journey, this single minded focus for this idea that will make a large contribution to growing you a larger following….IE fan base. Seriously, can you see the multi interviews and trending social media stream you will receive?? People are drawn to the idea of impossible odds and the success of attainment.
Lastly and most importantly… I can do the job. I can do a damn fine job of it. All ya have to do is look at the stream of images on my Facebook page, or look at the the ones I have chosen to leave permanently on my website. Read all the application letters. They are/were designed to show you
- who I am
- what I see and how what I see can create an amazing photograph coffee table art book based on Stages
Maya Angelou said “people know themselves much better than you do. …. stop expecting them to be something other than who they are”
Trust me, I am not a rabid fan, could not be further from it.
What I am is passionate and driven. Highly aware and observant. Open and non judgemental.
I get the whole FAN and endorse my business thing. I agree there are a LOT of people out there who do not want to put the time in, get the job done. I am not one of those people.
Truth said: I would much rather have been able to call William Morris Entertainment and been able to set an appointment.
Now I am crowd sourcing, using Social Media and making myself as vulnerable as possible in order to create the opportunity to sit down and discuss this book with your management team.
Why would I want you to be present for the discussion. Because I have a feeling that you will “get” and see the same patterns I have been seeing and you will understand the scope of this book. Something along the lines I have only seen one like it-and even it took three years to create.
I am not interested in the interviews, or the publicity, I just wanted to go on this tour, capture these images and create a body of work founded on the interwoven patterns I see
AND I do plan on using what does come from it in a philanthropic way and bring it back to the town that has nurtured me for the last 15 years…
You said something in the documentary piece that was done about the three young artists you mentored last year…”that the beauty of all of this was the seeming ability to take nothing and make something out of it”
….this book..is just that.
*PS-Dear Reader- The only favor I ask is that you follow the story, Share if you are so inclined. Know that I am following dreams as you do.