There was a time not so long ago in which you needed to either know people to get a break or to do something extraordinary in a particular time where someone in particular was there and this person would ‘discover’ you.
For you to exhibit your paintings, photographs, sculptures; to verbalise your ideas, to express an opinion, you needed someone who believed in your goals, talent, person and they would help you shine. Today, things are different.
Are you a photographer? Take photos and…post it…talk to people on the other side of the world in a matter of seconds. Literally. There’s no need to live with the anxiety of sending a letter in the mail and after 3 months of no response, wonder if the letter was lost or if they have simply chosen not to reply.
Today, I am in total awe with the technology and the possibilities this connected world offers. In less than 3 months, I have my son’s book published and being sold all over the world with a financial investment of less than AUD600. Now a little disclaimer: I’m not counting the infinite work hours I’ve done understanding the process of self-publishing, print on demand and distribution. Neither am I counting the time illustrating or doing the layout and of the book because I know how to do that, if you don’t, you might need to consider a graphic designer but I will speak about that another time. Coming back to my point, fifteen years ago, something like self-publishing would cost a few thousand dollars plus an incredibly difficult and expensive journey to market it to cut even.
Today, his book is available in two languages – I’m bilingual but it wouldn’t be difficult to find a translator to the most foreign of the languages – and the book has had copies alrrady sold in Brazil, England, The Netherlands, South Africa and today; Australia.
This is trully exciting!!! I hope I am managing to give a little boost of motivation into people’s projects.
Painters, illustrators, photographers, inventors, engineers, scientists can fund a project with the common people like you and I. No one needs to get a door open at a gigantic coorporation to accept funding their projects anymore. You don’t need the government to open a library, people create their own library right on the streets from each other homes.
Sure, we all need someone who can give us a great exposure and that is what I’m working on at the moment. However, there is an infinite amount of information and resources online to learn and a vast network of systems and processes that allow the world to be connected in a material form.
I have an incredible faith in this network of people and systems to give voice and wings to spread ideas. So whatever is your expression…look for it and you will find a way to be heard, seen, touched, acknowledged! Now, for perhaps the first time in History, be free!