Have you thought about crowd funding for a project? I have had the experience of crowd funding for performance, last year. It was both exhilarating and stressful. Walking with pledges, then running at speed, when the hours are ticking down, to the anxiety-stricken end. Some people make their target, others can be disillusioned. You need to be fully engaged with marketing your project, on every possible social networking platform available, to maximise your visibility and hopefully, your credibility too. PledgeMe (NZ based) are extremely supportive and insightful about crowdfunding, definitely what you need, when posting your project. How do you get funded, anyway? Lots of hard graft, ask everyone you know, always be subtle. These crowdfunding sites are globally positioned including Kickstarter (USA), Sponsume (UK), Pozible (AUS), gofundme (USA), Razoo (USA), Rock The Post (USA)…I could go on. Oh, we made our target by the way, happy.
What are you willing to give up, to be an artist? Are you a writer, sculptor, screenwriter, actor or photographer? How long does it take, to make a living from your art? Well (in my experience), you do a lot of work for contra, exposure and/or zilch income. However, if you stick to it like glue, you will get results. You just to need to earn some money, to cover the essentials. My advice is to never give up, in what you believe in. Dream. Focus. Create. And keep on doing it.
If you conducted a survey, for what makes people happy, the majority would probably say ‘money’, makes a difference to their happiness. Really? Money can only satisfy material need, right? The more you earn, the more you spend. We live in a world of consumerism, always chasing the next item of technology, the latest must-have’s from the beauty pages, including all the foods and/or supplements that are packed with antioxidants, 99% fat free, no cholesterol, adequate protein or carbohydrates for a balanced diet, and don’t forget the gym. Aerobic exercise definitely releases the dopamine (neurotransmitter) required to make you feel great, according to the ‘happy’ movie. Sometimes, the more ‘simple’ your existence, the happier you are. I can only remember one holiday, (8 years ago) when I turned off my mobile device, did not wear a watch nor care about the time or my schedules, it was truely euphoric. Happiness is partly genetic, intentional and environmental. Listen to nature. Volunteer in the community. Try ‘laughing yoga’. Or just breathe, and look around.
“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama