I feel very strongly about making a substantial impact through my creative offerings during my lifetime. But, know that I’m not saying this from the mindset of, “I want millions of people to know who I am as a performer and artist.” Not at all.
Instead, my intention is this:
I want to make better the lives of millions of people, to inspire transformation through my creative and artistic services, and to address our world’s inequities through the healing and celebration of the joy to be found within the human spirit.
So, here’s the deal…
This Fall, I want to take a big stride down this path by immersing myself in cultures on other continents. To give you a summary of what I’m cooking up, read this little poem-ish thing:
I have a crazy travel
Which I have been
Into a crazy-detailed
For which I am
Corporate and individual
SPONSORS and LIAISONS
To help me realize it
So, what’s the IDEA?
Well, let me first share with you how it started: I am excited to say that I will be teaching on faculty at the 2nd annual Australian Tap Dance Festival this September 2014. I feel so grateful for this opportunity, and it will be my first time to Australia! Once this was on my schedule, I thought to myself, “How can I expand upon this opportunity to be overseas?” I saw this as an open door. My next question was, “What do I want to see on the other side of that door?” In other words, what do I want to create from this opportunity? First things first, I decided to plan a 2-week layover in Japan to meet and connect with the tap dance community there. But, what about after Australia?
In my mind, I banished all limiting thoughts and let my right brain go to town envisioning a “dream project” sparked by this wonderful Australian opportunity.
Here’s what I came up with:
Including Japan and Australia, I would like to go on a 13-country solo tour around the world, traveling around 5 continents over a span of 5 months while connecting with members of the global tap dance community, musicians, and youth in each location.
While on the tour, I would like to take both audio and video recordings of the land, people, culture – including music and dance, of course, and anything else that tugs at my spirit. I’ll share this with my online community via social media every step of the way. In the process, I will also film a global music video that involves people in every country and uses one of my favorite original songs from Seattle-based GRAMMY-nominated trio, The Teaching, called “Apex of a Beautiful Day.”
When I come home to Seattle, I will take 2 or 3 months to digest this travel experience while orchestrating the content into a shareable format for a mixed-media music concert featuring The Teaching and other local musicians and artist groups, which will also feature the premiere of the tour’s global music video. Additionally, I will integrate some of my travel stories into the presentation of 10 school assemblies which focus on teaching youth about the idea and power of entrepreneurship in following their passions and making a difference in peoples’ lives.
And, what’s the PLAN?
Just because I can articulate what I want to do doesn’t mean it’s actually going to happen, nor does it demonstrate that I have the ability to bring it to fruition. So… left-brain to the rescue!
(1) Check out my Visual Music World Tour website for a solid overview of what’s planned.
(2) I have partnered with a fabulous Seattle-based non-profit called The World is Fun (aka TWIF), so that I can offer tax deductions to all corporate and individual donors. Wahoo! TWIF is the coolest. I am so thrilled that they are on board. I literally screamed when I found out they were interested in being my fiscal sponsor. (I mean, come ON. Their name is The World is Fun!) TWIF is a charitable social club which gives local peeps an opportunity to make a difference in the community by volunteering their time for a plethora of causes and events. ‘Tis a beautiful thing. Dig it.
(3) Budgets, Proposals, Databases of Awesome People… You know. The goods, the meat of the project. Behind-the-scenes work, but totally necessary in giving weight to my sky-high dreams so that others (read: potential sponsors) feel confident that I CAN DO THIS!
(4) I have partnered with Fred Wilds of Excellence in Travel LLC for trip budgeting and booking purposes.
What kind of SPONSORS AND LIAISONS do I need?
SPONSORS: The most crucial ingredient of my remaining tasks is raising enough funds necessary to bring the full vision to life. The beautiful thing about this project is that if I do not raise the full funds, I can amend my tour schedule by decreasing the number of countries I visit. But, that said, I am going to work very hard to try to realize the full endeavor.
I am seeking approximately $50,000 to bring this to life, from start to finish including my 5 months of travel AND all culminating projects (the large concert, global music video production, and 10 school assemblies).
If you are an individual supporter interested in making a tax-deductible monetary contribution to this tour project, you can do so online on my tour website, or right here! (Donations are made directly to The World is Fun (501(c)3), after which they will send you a receipt for tax purposes.) Donations are accepted in any amount: $5, $100, $1,000… whatever feels appropriate to you is much appreciated. If you work for a corporation with a matching grant program, know that because I am partnered with this non-profit, you will be able to double your contribution directly through your company’s program if you so desire.
Note: If you would like to talk with me personally before making your contribution, please email me! I am happy to provide you with more information about my tour either over the phone, via Skype, or in-person. Thanks much.
I will also be connecting with specific corporations whose missions speak to me and which I feel are in alignment with my tour project and culminating offerings. If you own a business and this idea speaks to you, please let me know. I would love to meet with you and discuss the ways in which a potential partnership via my tour project can benefit your company from a marketing, social media, and community-building standpoint.
LIAISONS: While I DO need to raise funds in order to make this happen, that is not the only way people can get on board to help with the realization of this project. I would LOVE your participation in these ways: do you know dancers and/or musicians or other relevant connections in any of the countries I’ll be visiting? The more the merrier! Would you be interested in volunteering to help me put on a small fundraising event in Seattle at the end of July (which will also coincide with my birthday celebration!)? That would be amazing. I could certainly utilize helpers onsite at the event, and also people to help procure donation items from local businesses if we want to do an auction/raffle and so forth. Do you have any other thoughts or ideas about this tour that can help make it a success? I’d love to hear them! Please email me if any of this catches your interest.
COUNTRIES I PLAN TO VISIT: Japan, Australia, Thailand, India, Finland, Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Brazil, Argentina
So, that’s that!
I intend to write a tour progress post on regular basis, so if my planning phase is of interest to you, stay tuned! I’ll keep you posted as to how things evolve.
If there’s something you’ve always wanted to do, try, or create, I hope that in following my crazy attempts at manifesting my dreams I might be able to help you feel more comfortable doing the same. The irony is, the moment we embrace the notion of discomfort – in taking risks, trying new things, challenging ourselves to constantly learn and grow – is the exact moment our dreams start to become more tangible. A phrase I still carry with me from Professor Mike Gold at the University of Washington-Bothell Business School in 2007 is quite simply, “Embrace the Uncertainty.” Every class, he instilled this notion in our minds. And, you know what? Turns out it’s not just good entrepreneurial advice – it’s advice for LIFE.
Thanks for reading.