Amanda Palmer: The Art of Asking

Amanda Palmer on The Art of Asking.

Amanda Palmer on The Art of Asking.

Excerpts from Amanda Palmer‘s beautiful speech on the Art of Asking, community, and her perspective on Music, Artists & Musicians.

‘I love this kind of random closeness, which is lucky, because i do a lot of couch surfing.’

‘I am gonna give away my music for free, online, whenever possible, and i am gonna encourage torrenting, downloading, sharing, but I am gonna ask for help, because I saw it work on the street.’

‘The real answer is I didn’t make them, I asked them. And through the very act of asking people, I connected with them, and when you connect with them, people want to help you. It’s kind of counter-intuitive for a lot of artists, they don’t want to ask for things. It’s not easy to ask. And a lot of artists have a problem with that. Asking makes you vulnerable.’

‘For most of human history, musicians, artists, they’ve been part of the community, connectors, and openers, not untouchable stars. Celebrity is about a lot of people loving you from a distance. But the internet and the content that we’re freely able to share on it, are taking us back. It’s about a few people loving you up close, and about those people being enough.’

‘I don’t see these things as risk, I see them as trust. They’re the online tools to make the exchange as easy and as instinctive as the street, they’re getting there. But the perfect tools are not going to help us if we can’t face each other, and give and receive fearlessly, but more important, to ask without shame.’

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