Amanda Palmer TED talk on Crowd Sourcing
Amanda Palmer of the ‘Dresden Dolls’ and now of ‘The Grand Theft Orchestra’ set about to crowd source her new album after being dropped by her record label for $100,000. 1.2 Million dollars in donations later she found herself with the highest earning campaign in the Music section.
Here’s a very inspirational TED talk she did about the whole experience, and her life leading up to that point.
As a creator myself I often struggle with this concept of ‘Is this right’ and people telling me to ‘Get a job’ and as much as I brush it off and try to not acknowledge it, it does weight on your sub conscious somewhere.
For the record, I’m not a fan of either of Palmer’s bands, I honestly haven’t to my knowledge heard any of their music. And based on my own sense of musical elitism there’s even a good chance I wouldn’t like it anyway. But it doesn’t change the value of her words to me. Which I think is important, and ultimately the difference – a lot of people will hate her just because she’s different, they don’t like her music, they don’t like the weird way she dresses etc… and her words will be lost.
It’s an up hill battle as any kind of artist. You are immediately placing yourself into a niche, a sub culture a outsider clan. Being an artist often seems to carry the weight of being a self branded pariah. Our culture has devalued art, music and creativity.. he’ll even knowledge as lost value. Our government have almost completely forced it out of schools. Our society has scoffed at it, reduced it to a LCD and with the recession sold the public on the idea that they can’t afford it. Even artists themselves have done their part, over saturating the world with half finished bits and pieces through the ‘need to post now’ mentality of the internet and the million dollar machines of the reaggregated internets.
The struggle to find the time to create art and earn the money to live your life, pay your bills and support your family is a tough one.
Nobody expects everyone in the world to pay to read their blog, or watch their youtube video. Nobody expects you to pay a rose to bloom or a hummingbird to come to your window.
But you do have to water your garden, or hang a bird feeder in your yard if you want to see those things up close and personal. So why would you complain when a video maker monetizes their channel, or a blogger posts a simple Donate button their page.
You can’t support everyone, you can’t expect everyone to support you. But without your support things you love will disappear.
Jericho. Firefly. John Doe. Arrested Development. The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. The Lone Gunmen. Freaks and Geeks. Better Off Ted. Deadwood. Damages. My So-Called Life. Twin Peaks. Dollhouse. Life on Mars. – What if these had been crowd founded by fans? would they still be going today?
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