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A very inspiring 13 minutes, regarding creativity, how it’s paid forward, how payment for it is received, & making a personal connection with fans.

“Amanda Pamer - The Art of Asking”

(*Long ramble warning.*)

This video has hit me in a very personal and moving place, as it nearly sums up my general approach to running a table at conventions, the personal exchange that occurs therein.

Even my choice in using my Artemis piece as my sort of “mascot”, emblazoned across my banner and on my business cards, has very much to do with the art of asking.

Artemis was not only the Goddess of The Moon and Hunt, Mistress of The Wild Lands, and Guardian of Childbirth, but she was also a “self-made” goddess.  Some time after crawling from her mother’s womb to help deliver her twin brother, Apollo, she went to her father, Zeus.  And “while sitting on the knee of her father, Zeus, asked him to grant her six wishes: to remain always a virgin; to have many names to set her apart from her brother Apollo; to be the Phaesporia or Light Bringer; to have a bow and arrow and a knee-length tunic so that she could hunt; to have sixty “daughters of Okeanos”, all nine years of age, to be her choir; and for twenty Amnisides Nymphs as handmaidens to watch her dogs and bow while she rested. She wished for no city dedicated to her, but to rule the mountains, and for the ability to help women in the pains of childbirth.” (source Wikipedia)

In some versions, she had to visit the isle of Lipara and ask Hephaestus, God of Fire and Smithing, for her bow.  She also had to ask Pan, God of The Forest, for hounds to be used in hunting.  She asked Demeter, Goddess of The Earth, for animals to hunt.  She then captured herself six golden dear to pull her chariot across the sky (the passing of the moon).  And once granted all that she needed by asking, she became Artemis Agrotera, Artemis of The Wild Lands, Goddess of her own making.

So when people thank me (like I mentioned in a previous post) for going out of my way to make that personal connection with them at conventions, to geek out with them, laugh with them, get excited with them, what they don’t realize is that my very being there in the first place is asking them to take an interest and to invest in me, as I invest in them.

I once had a friend try to kick me out from behind my table as she told me to walk around and to go “enjoy the con experience.”  What she didn’t realize is that meeting people, taking the time with those that chose to spend a few of their busy minutes with me, to find out who they are, what makes us similar, to tell them about myself, what makes me different, IS my con experience.

And to those that do stop to spend a minute on me, I hope they know I am always grateful.  You give me a reason to share what I love to do, even when I doubt its value.  And that’s something.

This is incredible, being that open to connection and trust. And to ask for help without shame. These are all things I struggle with intensely and this was an incredibly inspiring reminder of what my aims really are around interacting with people, including interacting with them around my art.

Thank you Sarah for this beautiful inspiration from both this video and your story <3.