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hey you! creative-type people!

on January 7, 2011

this is going to be one of those short stories that ends up long because for whatever reason i think i need to express how i got to where i got. i am that unfortunate combination of oversharer and babbler. deal with it.

the other night, i was reading he bear, she bear  to my kids at bedtime. it is primarily a book about gender equality but, as this was my 312th reading of it, what struck me beyond the boys-and-girls-can-do-the-same-things-thing was the universe of possibilities. when you’re a kid, your future is wide open: teach, put out fires, be on teevee, fly airplanes, paint, play music, direct traffic, write, drive a truck or a train, join the circus, be a parent, farm. whatever you can dream of, you can do. exciting, right?

after the kids were finally asleep, i couldn’t stop thinking about that. what will my kids want to do when they’re all growed up? hell, what do i want to do? then the serious bummer, where do limitations step in? mortgages? food? responsibilities? i know all too well what can happen to creative people when faced with the reality of financial and time constraints. unless some serious luck is at play, it can a lifelong struggle to maintain creative momentum and enthusiasm. nothing comes easy. the circles in my head led me back to something i keep forgetting about, which i now want to share. are you paying attention because this is what i really mean to talk about:

have you heard about kickstarter?

kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects. it is a way for artists, filmmakers, musicians, photographers, writers, explorers, performers and others to bring their dreams to life. it is community oriented d.i.y. fundraising. they believe that “a good idea, communicated well, can spread fast and wide” and also that “a large group of people can be a tremendous source of money and encouragement.” it is free to post your idea. there are some really cool ideas. check out thier faq page. a quick googling showed me that there are other similar fundraising platforms out there, too, indiegogo and united states artists.

i double dog dare you

lucky me to know so many creative people, whether it be with music, words, sewing, food, art, film. i challenge you to put a kick-ass project on kickstarter and i will help fund and promote it. like i said, there are some very cool projects on kickstarter, but not cooler than some of the things i’ve seen in my own circle of creative types (yay! probably if you’ve made it this far down, that’s you!).

ps. ultimately, this challenge totally applies to myself. i have deep seeded issues with my own creativity – like just fucking doing it and also the paralyzing fear of sharing something i’ve created with anyone. but i am also easily motivated by good role models. maybe someday, inspired by my own community, i’ll work up the nerve and organization to flesh out one of my ideas and put it on kickstarter. exciting, right?

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3 responses to “hey you! creative-type people!

  1. Carrie says:

    Love your post and you’ve got me thinking….

  2. Annasaurus says:

    “i have deep seeded issues with my own creativity – like just fucking doing it and also the paralyzing fear of sharing something i’ve created with anyone. but i am also easily motivated by good role models.”

    Hmm, this sounds so very familiar. Also: I am intrigued by your challenge! But… I don’t really have a big project in mind at the moment.

  3. Charlie says:

    I’ll be a regular reader of RamblinJaq now that I know it exists. I loves the Jaqson.

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