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James Holt
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"Do they trust me enough to believe my promises?"

I'm pretty sure that when my project proposals or ideas have NOT gone my way its because that question was answered by an individual (or panel or committee) with some flavor of "nope."  Of course the opposite of that is just as true: when people trust you to do something, and you can deliver, things become so much easier.  The work is still hard, and delivering is still hard, but it doesn't matter if you aren't given the keys in the first place.  

Most of the projects I'm most excited about for this year require people to trust that I'm capable of the follow-through.  Which means that most of my time is being spent showing people I can follow-through and that they can trust me.  

I can't do it alone, if I could I would.  So don't expect to hear me say, "you can trust me!"  Instead, expect me to show you.  And call me out when I don't.
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I love that this link showed up today in my inbox (via Thomas Cott's "You've Cott Mail" list).  I've been trying to make almost exactly this kind of thing happen in the music world.  The funding models are broken: you need to plan too far in advance, often need to put up your own money just to secure a venue, and then after all the planning, no guarantee that anyone will show-up or if you'll even break-even (in fact, you'll probably lose a lot of $$$$).  

I think part of the problem is simply that producing a "concert" and producing an "event" are two totally different things.  I really believe that this kind of crowdsourced funding model can work if you're creating events.  And this might be the most important point: it ONLY happens if you have enough people willing to go in advance.  

I started working on this kind of thing in New York City but wasn't able to follow-through before moving to Seattle - now that I'm out here I'm gearing up to see if this kind of thing can work or if I'm crazy.  The hard part is accepting that people might not want to go and that if that's the case the show doesn't happen.  

This idea actually came to me when I met one of the staff members at +Kickstarter.  She was telling me about a group who funds their CD's totally through Kickstarter.  The tell their fans a project they have in mind and then if they fund it they make it; if not, they don't.  

Let's give our fans and supports something great AND a voice in whether something happens or not.  In a way, it's the least we can do for them.  

Seriously, check out this post and let me know what you think!
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I guess one of my problems is always being crazy-optimistic about the future and then disappointed when it arrives.  Of course, who's to blame for that?  Usually myself.  I'm also cursed with being a little too self-critical (okay, perhaps a lot), which is never helpful when you are trying to make remarkable things happen.  You don't want to lower the bar, but you don't want to make it so high that it will never be cleared.  

Wow, who turned this into a group therapy session?!

Apparently, "life is what happens when you're busy making other plans."  Tomorrow will be better, but only if we make it better and do things that matter.

[cue sound of timer going off]

That's either the end of this therapy session or the proverbial starting-pistol.  Or both.  I hope it's both.
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I'm trying my best to be thankful of the lessons of the past without focusing on it (some things that happened just a few months ago seem as distant as high school) and not having any expectations toward the future. Now is where things happen. Easy to forget.
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one-hour of bliss just because six-hours of bliss
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My favorite thing about winter? I get to help the good people over at the Switchboard Music Festival produce their annual short-run of featured artist podcasts and listen to a bunch of cool music I probably wouldn't hear otherwise. The first two episodes (with Odessa Chen and Gamelan X) are up and ready over on #SoundCloud  and #iTunes   - Enjoy!
#SF   #sanfrancisco   #newmusic  
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Doing may or may not equal knowing depending on your definition. But I know that nothing good comes from doing nothing.  Doing a little bit everyday is better than doing a lot only one day.  Not giving up, better than giving up... I could go on and on.  It all seems so obvious when it's said like that.  I think it really is like they say: actions are louder than words.  It's easy for me to say that I'm ____________ .  But should I really need to tell you?  
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This one is from one-year ago today....
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  • Indiana University
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composer | podcaster
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    Podcaster, 2009 - present
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