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What a street performer may teach artists about asking


Musician Amanda Palmer learned to connect with patrons as a street performer, busking as the 8 foot tall bride. She believes that all musicians, writers, creatives need to learn to ask – for financial support, for gigs, for contracts.  “The perfect tools aren’t going to help us if we can’t face each other and give and receive fearlessly, but more important, to ask without shame,” said Palmer in this Ted video performance.  Though she no longer works as a street performer, she knows how to ask and connect. She encouraged fans to support her on Kickstarter and collected $1 million from 24,000 of them.

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Everybody is looking for someone to listen to them. Listening is by far the best networking tool.

Kevin Gardner, a Detroit designer, furniture maker and interior designer at a Mint Artists Guild workshop in May.