I recently mentioned here a hard decision I had to take concering fundraising. Long stor yshort: I had two projects approved for fundraising by the city, but had tremendous problems finding sponsors (although the amount of taxes destinated would return as publicity).
After the sadness phase, I adapted quite well to the idea that all the work I had done had not been in vain, because I had learned a lot and could apply for the next call, now with a better understanding of the whole process etc
Well, now comes the best part of the story: apparently the other competitors were having the same problem and on a beautiful afternoon when I was checking my e-mails, I saw more than 25 messages appear (!). They were part of a “reply to all” discussion, in which people complained quite vocally about the difficulty in fundraising.
It was a huge relief to see that I was not alone, but at the same time I was quite surprised by the high level of explicit criticism in those messages. Keeping doors open and not burning bridges is fundamental for any professional and a real question of survival for any artist who wants a healthy career, but I had the impression people were not quite aware of that.
I know that interactions in the virtual world tend to be more passionate than in the flesh and blood world, but it is always good to exercise a more diplomatic than incendiary attitude when dealing with those who can provide the means to get your projects out of the drawer. Great achievements are always the result of a lot of struggles and a lot of negotiation and such a formula, to be balanced, cannot be understood as a mere exchange of comments on a social network, in the heat of the moment.
It is necessary to pay attention not only to the content of what is said, but also to the form: ‘Is this the best way to express what I want to say?’, “Am I using non-violent communication?”, “Am I showing respect for my reader through clear, well-written sentences?”, “Am I addressing people responsibly and accordingly?” These are just a few questions to keep in mind when dealing with professional communication.
I know that artists in general and musicians in particular prefer more direct forms of communication, like the one that happens from the top of the stage, but sometimes you have to prepare the ground for the magic to happen.
Wishing you all a new cycle full of magic.
Be seeing you!