I am a firm believer in enthusiasm–I think it is contagious, and that if you are passionate enough about something great, other people will catch on sooner or later. Last Saturday, I was able to see this happen with my own eyes. The Beholders book launch was amazing, and I was reminded of why it was, exactly, that I started doing this whole MoarBooks thing. I won’t go too into the details here, because if we have a play-by-play of it on our blog, but here are a couple of photos and thoughts that ran through my mind while we were there.
Photos in this post are by Nico Pascual and Yza del Valle.
It’s important to know when you’ve done a good job. A lot of the time, I can be very hard on myself. Even if sometimes, things go wrong because of external factors, I think that a lot of it is my fault. And sometimes, even when things go right, I’m always just waiting for the other shoe to drop–this is horrible because it keeps me from enjoying the things that I work hard for. I realized that night that things were going quite well, and that in the end, all of the effort we put into making the launch happen were definitely worth it.
The person in this photo is my friend Chubz, who without fail, goes to almost every event that we host.
You are who your friends are. This has its limitations, but for the most part I think that friendships are tied together by more than just what you have in common or what it is you like to do. Friendships are tied together by a sharing of vulnerabilities (as my friend Joelle is very fond of saying). While we met in college, Lia and I have only become close lately; throughout this whole process of making this book and putting it out there, I was really able to see Lia’s passion for her work and the accompanying fear of whether or not the work will be well-received. I came away from last Saturday’s launch with a real good friend. I’d like to say that along with shared vulnerability is also the need for shared joys and accomplishments. This was definitely one of them!
Also, I was able to see how some of the oldest, most enduring friendships are so extremely special. Two of my dearest, oldest friends Joy and Marz were able to be there (although, sadly, we don’t have a photo together) and it really meant a lot to me. It’s incredible to have people who have known all the different facets of who you are. Keav was also there; I am one lucky gal. I realize he has been tagging along to these things since 2012! I am very, very grateful.
Anyone who says art is useless is stupid. After the program, I got to hang out with some of my friends at the exhibit on the second floor. My favorite pieces by far were from Mitch Shivers, an industrial designer and artist who gives vintage things new life. For example, he turned this old phone into a bluetooth-capable speaker. Whaaaaat. He also made a frog statuette into a speaker, and a cassette tape into an mp3 player.
I was also very happy that my friends from work were able to attend! Speaking of building friendships, and shared vulnerabilities, it’s really one hell of an experience to be able to share who you are outside work with people who you see on a day-to-day basis. Since moving jobs, I’ve met some of the most incredible and big-hearted people ever! [If any of you are reading this, thanks guys! :) ]
With Freesia, Yza and She (L-R)
With Freesia, Nina and She (L-R)
Build it and they will come. This was our first time working with Artery Art Space, and from the first time I headed over there and saw the “At the right place, at the right time” wall, I knew that working with them would be an incredible experience. While I know it’s important to research your market, and study statistics, I believe that a big part of success is being willing to build, to take chances. If you love something hard enough, it becomes almost impossible for other people not to see why.