So last weekend, I did something that I hadn't done in quite some time... act! That's right people, little ole me rejoined the performing arts world for a few days, and it was highly enjoyable! One of my friends wrote a few episodes for a series she's developing and asked if I would play a role in the pilot episode. I did have to wake up (or more accurately, STAY UP until) super early in the morn, but even by the time I got to set, there were already a billion people there who looked like they'd been up way earlier than me. I have done some extra work in the past, and even managed to weasel my way into an episode of my all-time favorite tv show Law and Order SVU ! This production compared to most, was at the lower end of the budget spectrum, however, I was still pleasantly surprised by the level of professionalism and set quality. It felt super legit! I got to thinking about the level of dedication we all had in accomplishing this specific goal, even though most of us weren't getting paid to do so. This leads me to ponder one of life's great questions I have yet to figure out; how do we sell our dream?
Yes, I know, "selling a dream" is usually associated with deception involving something desirable that never comes to fruition, however in my interpretation, I'm referring to sharing a believable vision we may have with others in order to create a successful outcome. Everything great in this world starts simply as an idea. Take it from me, I have 3 trillion ideas practically every week (I'm really getting outta hand with my hyperbolic numerations...)! The problem is usually convincing others around you that your idea is, in fact, a GOOD one (and perhaps better than the other 2,999,999,999,999), and more than likely, people want to know just how it will directly benefit them. Not many will do things just for the sake of doing it if there is no reward. An obvious incentive in this day in age is money, but I don't personally know any people with enough disposable income to try out all the crazy ideas that come across their mind at any given moment. I'm sure people like that are out there though! I've noticed that some folks really do just have that power of persuasion over others to attain the help they need in the starting up process. But what is it specifically? What would make someone want to help someone ELSE achieve their goals, dreams, and bring their ideas to life with nothing immediately in return?
I was recently on Twitter (a place where I get most of my topical opinion crowdsourcing and data mining) and came across a tweet from someone stating, "I’m not supporting anything just because it’s local or black-owned. Support quality. Stop elevating mediocre sh*t." This seems to be the underlying (often unspoken) mentality of the general public. I understand the not wanting to feel obligated to "support" something marginalized even when you don't like the quality of service or product, however, what we fail to realize is that everyone and everything has to start somewhere. A lot of us only want to align ourselves with people and things that are already established, at the top of their game, expert level, etc. There is little to no faith placed in something we cannot physically see or what we can gain immediate satisfaction from. That makes it so much harder for budding ideas to grow and flourish.
In a perfect world, I would love to connect with those who share a similar vision to mine. We could work together with the same amount of passion and dedication to create masterpieces for a modern and evolving society. We would encourage and motivate each other to move forward in rearing our brainchildren (it takes a village to raise a brainchild too ya know). It would be the bee's knees if someone took a chance on me as a writer without the requirements of a million social media followers or an already internationally successful blog. I do get that most people want to see the initial legwork before investing in things, but not all legwork is as apparent, and some legwork is simply fabricated or inherited. I would love to be on the come up in a mutual environment where both parties succeed by working together. Nobody would be giving up anything or even need to give anything...because it would be OURS. I remember this sort of game me and my sisters would play when we were younger; we sat back to back and locked arms on both sides. The goal was, we had to find a way to both stand up by leaning on each other. It was actually kinda hard, but we eventually both got to a standing position !
It seems as though I'm generally describing a case of "the rich get richer". Those who are already successful have a better opportunity to get more successful. I'm sure we've all seen examples! While scrolling Instagram, I came across an account of a travel blogger who had many sponsored posts by hotels, resorts, and all sorts of travel companies. In trying to do a sort of 'what does she got that I ain't got' analysis, I found out she has a bunch of followers, takes amazing photos, looks cute, and has a nicely curated account in general. I'm assuming the companies may have reached out because of the already perfectly crafted aesthetic. Do companies always partner with already established bloggers only? Does no one want to build with anyone from the ground up? I suppose I'd have my reservations too if an unknown company offered to partner with me on something. But why? Why are we so hesitant to help out with something in its initial growth phase? Why are we so stingy with our faith in others?
We shouldn't be afraid of helping someone else achieve their goals, even if we aren't getting anything out of it. I know that it's much easier said than done, especially when we have to worry about our own needs as well. But I'm sure I've said this many times before, even if we can't offer our monetary support, or our time, there are many other ways in which we can elevate "mediocre ish" to get to the next level of epic proportions. It takes a lot to sink all of your energy into your passions. Trust me, I know first hand! Usually, a visionary's only hope is to see their vision come true. We do what we can with what we have for the time being, but the goal is to always improve, even if ever so slightly, inch by inch, day by day. Not everyone will see what we see how we see it, but it's up to us to sell our dream in such a way that others begin to believe in it as much as we do. My friend managed to get an entire group of us together to help her bring her idea to light. That is truly an accomplishment in itself! I'm very curious to see the thoughts of others who have succeeded in bringing people together to achieve a goal. What are some of your tips and tricks? Do you get discouraged when you don't succeed? When others aren't as invested in your vision? Whatever the case may be, we have to believe in something sometimes. It may be hard to predict which things will actually bring success and which won't, but it's always good to help give each other the chance to try!
P.s. I supposed I do sorta wanna be an actress sometimes, but I have no idea if I'm any good or not. I have yet to fully and thoroughly evaluate myself in that department! (But let's not kid ourselves, I'm probably amazing.)
P.p.s. Seriously though, a lot of writer workshops, retreats, affiliate programs, sponsorships, and other blogs I reach out to ALWAYS freakin talk about having a high number of followers. What they don't realize is, I need the exposure to GET the followers. It's like needing experience to get experience for a job. Backwards!
P.p.p.s. Even if you and another person have two different goals you are trying to achieve, you can still help one another! For example, you help them out by being an extra in their pilot, and the week after, they help you by modeling a crochet outfit you made. Gotta learn how to barter!