Each of the 3 major events last week had some great lessons learned for a fledgling company and were a lot of fun.
- Storytelling at Rush Rhees – I dressed the part and, when the time came, had the story down pat. A couple of things made it a bit weird – the location, while central, was a path from point A to point B, the audience was small (but there were a few who were engaged the whole time), and the handheld mike threw off some of my physicality (I’m part Sicilian. I talk with my hands and one was anchored). For my first performance, I had a good time and was pleased and I think the audience enjoyed.
- Kickstarter – Unite Rochester thru Story – This was not successful and I’ll have to revisit how to fund this pilot program. I have some great ideas from friends, though, that will help to establish a base level of funding so I don’t have to crowdsource the entire thing and build an audience for the stories even before a full launch of the art project. I expect to lay the groundwork for these before the end of the year.
- Mayday! Underground craft show – We had a great time! I sold some, but not a lot. It seemed like jewelry wasn’t the hot ticket item this time. Most importantly, I built awareness. People loved the beads and designs and appreciated the amount of work involved. The pendants were well received. And, best of all, the story element was a great add-on. Next show is 12/1 in the Southwedge and the Etsy site will be updated in the next day or so to include the pendants.
A good week – and paving the way for more like it!
Monday was TedX Rochester – a great gathering of creative people eager to solve problems from new angles and to create awesome things. The lineup was awesome – for a not huge city, ROC was one of the first TedX cities and has a lot of great thinkers. Jenny leaned over at one point and asked if the program had been designed specifically for me – it was great!
- Gaming as a way to enhance our lives, solve problems we weren’t even intended to have, and enhance learning – joy!
- Connecting people – teens through empowerment programs, the deaf and hearing communities, on road-trips through Mongolia.
- Using street art to communicate the value of images and to build medical imaging programs.
- Taking advantage of every day we have to do awesome things – to move with intention and take chances.
Such good stuff and always good talking to friends and some new connections in the crowd. I will be there next year, for sure!
(BTW – 3 of the venues in this post are haunted, but I have not yet had any experiences in any of them. Dang.)