“If you could get up the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed.” ~ David Viscott
We’re only eight days out from 2012 and I bet — if you’re anything like the rest of the living, breathing universe — you’ve made at least one new year resolution.
Wanna lose some weight? O.K. Hope to get out of debt? I feel you. So, do I. But if I could, sister and brothers, I’d like to suggest one resolution to you that trumps them all — Don’t wait.
I’m not talking about waiting to cross the street, because there’s traffic. I mean, don’t wait to fulfill your dream.
Trust. Circumstances will never be perfect and money won’t always be right, but if you’re courageous enough to take steps in the right direction, reality will bend itself inside out to help you.
Case in point, I present to you exhibits A, B and C.
First up is Majida Shariff. A yoga instructor from Brooklyn, she is traveling to Haiti in January as part of Ayiti Reurrect’s delegation. A team of visionary artists, they’ll be collaborating with Haitian organizations to help address the psychological and spiritual healing of the survivors of the January 12, 2010 earthquake. Majida’s role is to start off each day by teaching yoga classes to the participants, which will help foster unity, self-awareness and a peaceful state of mind.
All she has to do is get there.
Now, instead of waiting around for a fairy godmother to drop out of the sky, Majida launched an IndieGoGo campaign to raise the $1,470 she needs to make the trip. So far, supporters have pledged $1,000 and has 11 more days to raise the rest! Learn more about her here — I’m Teaching Yoga In Haiti, Donations Please!
Another artistpreneur that isn’t waiting around is my friend, writer/actress, Michelle Andrea Smith. Recently, she founded the AG Theatre, which is dedicated to her father, Albert George Smith, who encouraged her to fearlessly pursue her dreams. Committed to bringing quality theatre to Los Angeles, she is launching AG’s first season with the production, Hoodoo Love, and needs financial support to help pay for salaries, theatre space and crew. Her IndieGoGo goal? $9,000. What’s she’s raised? $35. How can you help? Click here — Hoodoo Love.
Last but not least, I am soooo very proud to shout out my brothers from another mother, Quincy Lenear and Deondray Gossett. They are the creators of the award-winning anthology series, The DL Chronicles. It premiered internationally and nationally on the pay cable network Here! in 2007, but was unfortunately never renewed for a second season. Now that the rights have finally reverted back to them, Quincy and Deondray are determined to produce it independently and have launched an ambitious Kickstarter campaign to raise $125,000 to cover production costs.
So far, by incorporating a cleverly written and produced webseries – The Chadwick Journals – into their campaign, they’ve raised over $41,000. But with a fast approaching December 30th deadline, the clock is ticking down on them to raise the rest.How can you help? By visiting The DL Chronicles Returns 2012. Here, you’ll learn everything you need to know about them, their work and their project.
Hopefully, fam, you can make a donation to one or all of these endeavors. Be it a dollar or ten thousand dollars, every bit helps!
And while you’re there, explore IndieGoGo and Kickstarter. Thousands upon thousands of artistpreneurs just like Majida, Michelle, Quincy and Deondray, are using these fundraising websites to make it do what it do. Why can’t you do the same?
Remember: We are artistpreneurs. We take our destinies into our own hands and make it happen.
We don’t wait!