you need to go watch this beautiful kickstarter video. if that doesn’t inspire your afternoon or life, well then i just don’t know.
our dear dear friend, casey o’connell, just launched her kickstarter project today to help bridge the gap between creatives and so called “non creatives.” the project will allow her to open a storefront in san francisco for an entire year, with doors (both real and virtual) always open, welcoming anyone to come in and see and participate in her creative process.
josh and i chatted with casey on the phone last week about it and she shared her hope that by risking to share her creative process so openly with others, even strangers… something which has always been a very personal and private process, that by doing so, we all become a little bit braver. i love that.
“how many days of watching will it take you to hear your inner calling?
how many weeks of watching will it take for you to recognize who you were, and are, and can be?
how many months of watching before you pick up your brush?”
we are so proud of casey, and wish her all the luck with this project. you can watch the kickstarter video here and donate if you so feel inclined on the same page. congrats, friend!
due to some questions and comments i’ve received on the above post, i am writing to share a little bit more about why i shared this video.
from time to time on our Love Taza site, we have chosen to donate to a charity that we personally thought was a worthwhile cause (like this one from last christmas, and here and this one and others). we give personally and privately as well and don’t always share. frankly, we have been a little hesitant to share these on our site in the past because there are a lot of things to give to – and in the end giving is a completely personal thing – and people seem to always want to find faults with us and with the causes. but we did it anyway, in the hopes that others would benefit (both our readers from giving and the recipients of the charities for receiving.) this year, just like last year, we’re giving to another charity at christmas on Love Taza and will share in a blog post like we did last december the week of christmas.
i wanted to pass casey’s video on because i felt inspired by it. having performed as a dancer in the past, i know from my own experiences that letting people into your heart and sharing something you created from the deepest darkest corners of your mind can be the scariest thing in the world. conversing with casey about her own creative process and history reminds me of this and i hoped that if there was going to be at least one person who would feel the same way after seeing this video and then feel motivated to overcome some doubt or fear and find the courage to share their talent with another, then absolutely, I would share. this isn’t a charity. this isn’t a 501(c) organization. it’s an artist doing a kickstarter for an art project. i know casey is planning on updating her kickstarter page with more details on how she plans to make an impact and what the expenses would be for her project. in the end, give if you feel inspired, don’t give if you don’t.
some of the comments on this post are judgmental, presumptuous, and hurtful to casey. people need to be careful whenever they quickly pass judgement on something without knowing all the facts and before they accuse someone without knowing them personally. as for your other questions and feedback, i’ll let casey respond if she feels so inclined or if she thinks your suggestions are helpful. i know she is doing her best to share her talents and figure out how she might best inspire others to do the same. i hope my readers and i (and certain commenters here) can say the same about ourselves.