Many of us hesitate to share our art with the world thinking our art is not good enough to show others. Amanda Palmer in her book The Art of Asking argues that our art is the gift that we can give to this world as a contribution.
Our first job in life should be to recognize the gifts that we've got, cultivate them and give them back to the puzzle of the world. Our second job should be to accept where exactly in the puzzle we are at each moment. The gifts can be in the form of love, time, and stories. By telling stories, we are essentially telling people that 'I understand you' and they understand you in return. Even though we cannot always give people what they want, we can always give them understanding. Here is a quote from the book that beautifully describes the point of sharing our gifts with the world.
The spirit of an artist’s gifts can wake our own. When the gift circulates, we feel the very essence of art and life not just in the words and songs, but also in our deep desire to share them with one another.
However, sometimes, it's hard to understand the economics of gift exchange. We are comfortable as long as there is money flowing in any direction.
People can understand a price tag, no matter what it’s stuck on. But some can’t understand a messier exchange of asking and giving—the gift that stays in motion.
This could be a reason many artists always involve middlemen (a.k.a managers) to stand behind the cash registers. Giving and asking is not as easy as it sounds. The essence of crowdfunding shows that times are changing and it's high time we became comfortable in this artistic exchange of gifts.
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