this is your last day, and you are not the only one preparing to leave Paris. I am to pack my suitcase pretty soon and get to London!
Do I have a flat? I almost do. I managed to persuade a real estate agent that I am a responsible individual and to trust me with a two bedroom flat. This is why I look for a flatmate. To be honest, I can only afford half of it.
Then why not take a room in another’s flat? Because I didn’t like any of those I saw; and the studios on my budget were too expensive and ugly.
So I took a risk. Another one.
You are adventurous, told me the guy I met at the café on Saturday.
I had never thought of myself in that way. At least not when I have favorite hangouts in the city.
But he knew something about adventures, he had been travelling in 27 countries around the world.
today I had a meeting with a mentor- he has been organizing successful events for several years, but has evolved a little bit in the margins of the art world that is very closed and codified. How do I know he is a mentor to be? He seemed sincere and not just telling me what I would like to hear.
Now, his main point was that I need to make a difference. Once we have been around a place for a while, we become taken for granted. People stereotype us in a certain way.
It is like a former hair-dresser. I wanted to have longer hair, and she was cutting them short. When I complained she said: ” I just can’t imagine you with longer hair”.
Now, I have long hair, and needless to say, I have lost contact with this lady and her salon for the last years.
Staying with the wannabe boss would have been criminal and I would have been responsible.
But how can we change in the eyes of those who are used to take us for part of the scenery? Let’s say for example, that I am known in the art world as a serious but kind of “amateur” organizer, with interesting ideas but not very high-flying.
How can I change this? How can I attract attention in a positive way?
I need something spectacular, but at the same time something other people can relate to. And something with perspective 🙂