Last month I created and posted a Halloween experiment called WITCH. The purpose of this was to compel viewers to use their imaginations. The biggest thing I learned from this experiment is that it is one thing to use your imagination and another to act on it.
Results: 10% of those who viewed told me their tale.
The stories I received – primarily by email, were fantastic! The variety of observation was astounding from standing up for the witch to family history to urban decay. My own imagination was giddy and somewhat on overload. And I am very grateful to those who responded for trusting me with their inner thoughts and feelings. Thank you!
At the same time, I was a bit surprised that more didn’t respond. Or rather who. Only 2 people in my “creative circle” – those who are creative for a living, or a passion they want to make into a living, or I collaborate with – told me their tale. There were a lot of likes, and retweets and comments leading into the experiment, but once it actually started, most remained silent – or skipped around the one thing the project asked of its viewers. I’m sure there are a variety of very good reasons for this. But what I notice the most is that it is not exclusive to acting upon your imagination – I see it with all kinds of aspects in life – that we can like, comment, tweet until our thumbs are sore, but when it comes times for actual action – most of us remain silent. That can be anything from human rights to wanting to dress with more individuality. Regardless, I am thankful for those who do take action, for those who are inspried to move to sing to dance to preach to volunteer, help a friend, tell a tale, defend a witch, — those who get out there and Follow Through; who do not let “reasons” or Reason get in the way of risk or bliss or taking the time to be who they truly are every day of the week, every moment whether others are watching, tweeting, commenting – or not. Those folks inspire me. And in this experiment I found many of those people in places I hadn’t before, and realized my work touches people I didn’t know were watching. It gave a me a new perspective on “Who” and “How”. And for that I am so very grateful and excited.
Thank you to EVERYONE – to those who told me a story and to those who didn’t. You all made this experiment a success. And I learned an awful lot about myself too – there are some things to change, you’ve helped me grow as an artist and person. A thousand thank you’s!
Next year is “Bride” – we’ll see what happens. In the meantime, WITCH is up. She will remain so. You can watch on your own time, and she will always be there to hear your story…