Amanda Palmer: The art of asking | Video on TED.com

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via Amanda Palmer: The art of asking | Video on TED.com.

 

This is probably one of the most terrifying ideas I’ve ever encountered. The utter fearlessness and vulnerability that comes from asking people to support you without the framework of retail stickers or even a hard product. Music, art, blogging, connections that are made and lost in an instant – all of those things are beautiful.

But they are terrible too; in the true sense of the word. The idea of being vulnerable in front of thousands (I am not Amanda F’ing Palmer) shakes me to my core.

I’ve been flamed on-line for having opinions. I’ve been flamed for posting stories – free and clear without even a tip jar.

And at the same time, I have been praised and moved to tears by some of the responses to my work I’ve experienced.

So, I guess the bottom line is whether I’m going to let fear stop me.

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