the Art of Asking

I really liked this TED talk from Amanda Palmer, wife of Neil Gaiman. This topic has been sitting heavy on my mind for a while now and so I was glad to have found it. 

We all hate begging for things and most of us can’t stomach being a salesman, but this is a different approach. Last night I almost had a panic attack asking for something concerning my book coming out next month. It was weird and caught me off guard. The people involved embraced me afterwards with an overwhelming “of course!”

The exchange of art is often the exact opposite of the economic system. It is an exchange of ideas and thoughts and experiences that can not be bought or sold monetarily. Sharing art isn’t about money, it’s about being heard, being seen. One of my favorite parts about this talk is when she said she would stand as the eight foot bride and offer flowers. In return, every once in a while she would get a look or response from the receiver “thank you, no one ever sees me.”

Isn’t that the same as a “like” or a “follow” or a “comment” on social media? I see you, you see me. Namaste – ‘I bow to the divine in you’ or ‘the spirit in me salutes the spirit in you.’

So here is me offering my flower to you, asking you to like my new page on Facebook or whichever social media avenue you prefer in my contact button. In turn I will share thoughts, ideas and, oh yea, some give-a-ways from myself and other artists every now and then.

-Tara

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