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The art of asking | Amanda Palmer

September 11, 2019


Translator: Joseph Geni
Reviewer: Morton Bast (Breathes in) (Breathes out) So, I didn’t always make
my living from music. For about the five years after graduating from an upstanding
liberal arts university, this was my day job. (Laughter) I was a self-employed living
statue called the Eight-Foot Bride, and I love telling people
I did this for a job, because everybody always wants to know, who are these freaks in real life. (Laughter) Hello. I painted myself white
one day, stood on a box, put a hat or a can at my feet, and when someone came by
and dropped in money, I handed them a flower — and some intense eye contact. And if they didn’t take the flower, I threw in a gesture
of sadness and longing — as they walked away. (Laughter) So I had the most profound
encounters with people, especially lonely people who looked like they hadn’t talked
to anyone in weeks, and we would get this beautiful moment
of prolonged eye contact being allowed in a city street, and we would sort of fall
in love a little bit. And my eyes would say — “Thank you. I see you.” And their eyes would say — “Nobody ever sees me. Thank you.” I would get harassed sometimes. People would yell at me from their cars. “Get a job!” (Laughing) And I’d be, like, “This is my job.” But it hurt, because it made me fear that I was somehow doing
something un-joblike and unfair, shameful. I had no idea how perfect
a real education I was getting for the music business on this box. And for the economists out there, you may be interested to know I actually
made a pretty predictable income, which was shocking to me,
given I had no regular customers, but pretty much 60 bucks on a Tuesday,
90 bucks on a Friday. It was consistent. And meanwhile, I was touring locally
and playing in nightclubs with my band, the Dresden Dolls. This was me on piano, a genius drummer. I wrote the songs, and eventually we started making enough money
that I could quit being a statue, and as we started touring, I really didn’t want to lose this sense of direct connection with people,
because I loved it. So after all of our shows,
we would sign autographs and hug fans and hang out
and talk to people, and we made an art out
of asking people to help us and join us, and I would track down
local musicians and artists and they would set up
outside of our shows, and they would pass the hat, and then they would come in
and join us onstage, so we had this rotating smorgasbord
of weird, random circus guests. And then Twitter came along, and made things even more magic, because I could ask instantly
for anything anywhere. So I would need a piano to practice on, and an hour later I would be
at a fan’s house. This is in London. People would bring home-cooked food to us all over the world backstage
and feed us and eat with us. This is in Seattle. Fans who worked in museums and stores and any kind of public space
would wave their hands if I would decide to do
a last-minute, spontaneous, free gig. This is a library in Auckland. On Saturday I tweeted
for this crate and hat, because I did not want to schlep them
from the East Coast, and they showed up care of this dude,
Chris, from Newport Beach, who says hello. I once tweeted, “Where in Melbourne
can I buy a neti pot?” And a nurse from a hospital drove one right at that moment to the cafe I was in, and I bought her a smoothie and we sat there talking
about nursing and death. And I love this kind of random closeness, which is lucky, because I do
a lot of couchsurfing. In mansions where everyone
in my crew gets their own room but there’s no wireless, and in punk squats, everyone on the floor
in one room with no toilets but with wireless,
clearly making it the better option. (Laughter) My crew once pulled our van
up to a really poor Miami neighborhood and we found out that our couchsurfing
host for the night was an 18-year-old girl,
still living at home, and her family were all undocumented
immigrants from Honduras. And that night, her whole family took the couches and she slept
together with her mom so that we could take their beds. And I lay there thinking, these people have so little. Is this fair? And in the morning, her mom taught us
how to try to make tortillas and wanted to give me a Bible, and she took me aside and she said
to me in her broken English, “Your music has helped
my daughter so much. Thank you for staying here.
We’re all so grateful.” And I thought, this is fair. This is this. A couple of months later,
I was in Manhattan, and I tweeted for a crash pad,
and at midnight, I’m on the Lower East Side, and it occurs to me I’ve never
actually done this alone. I’ve always been with my band or my crew. Is this what stupid people do? (Laughter) Is this how stupid people die? And before I can change my mind,
the door busts open. She’s an artist. He’s a financial blogger for Reuters, and they’re pouring me a glass of red wine and offering me a bath, and I have had thousands of nights
like that and like that. So I couchsurf a lot.
I also crowdsurf a lot. I maintain couchsurfing and crowdsurfing are basically the same thing. You’re falling into the audience and you’re trusting each other. I once asked an opening band of mine if they wanted to go out
into the crowd and pass the hat to get some extra money,
something that I did a lot. And as usual, the band was psyched, but there was this one guy in the band who told me he just couldn’t
bring himself to go out there. It felt too much like begging
to stand there with the hat. And I recognized his fear of “Is this fair?” and “Get a job.” And meanwhile, my band
is becoming bigger and bigger. We sign with a major label. And our music is a cross
between punk and cabaret. It’s not for everybody. Well, maybe it’s for you. (Laughter) We sign, and there’s all this hype
leading up to our next record. And it comes out and it sells
about 25,000 copies in the first few weeks, and the label considers this a failure. I was like, “25,000, isn’t that a lot?” They said, “No, the sales are going down. It’s a failure.” And they walk off. Right at this same time,
I’m signing and hugging after a gig, and a guy comes up to me and hands me a $10 bill, and he says, “I’m sorry, I burned
your CD from a friend.” (Laughter) “But I read your blog,
I know you hate your label. I just want you to have this money.” And this starts happening all the time. I become the hat after my own gigs, but I have to physically stand there
and take the help from people, and unlike the guy in the opening band, I’ve actually had a lot
of practice standing there. Thank you. And this is the moment I decide I’m just going to give away
my music for free online whenever possible, so it’s like Metallica
over here, Napster, bad; Amanda Palmer over here, and I’m going to encourage
torrenting, downloading, sharing, but I’m going to ask for help, because I saw it work on the street. So I fought my way off my label,
and for my next project with my new band,
the Grand Theft Orchestra, I turned to crowdfunding. And I fell into those thousands
of connections that I’d made, and I asked my crowd to catch me. And the goal was 100,000 dollars. My fans backed me at nearly 1.2 million, which was the biggest music
crowdfunding project to date. (Applause) And you can see how many people it is. It’s about 25,000 people. And the media asked, “Amanda, the music business is tanking
and you encourage piracy. How did you make
all these people pay for music?” And the real answer is,
I didn’t make them. I asked them. And through the very act of asking people, I’d connected with them, and when you connect with them,
people want to help you. It’s kind of counterintuitive
for a lot of artists. They don’t want to ask for things. But it’s not easy. It’s not easy to ask. And a lot of artists have
a problem with this. Asking makes you vulnerable. And I got a lot of criticism online, after my Kickstarter went big, for continuing my crazy
crowdsourcing practices, specifically for asking musicians who are fans if they wanted
to join us on stage for a few songs in exchange
for love and tickets and beer, and this was a doctored image
that went up of me on a website. And this hurt in a really familiar way. And people saying, “You’re not allowed anymore
to ask for that kind of help,” really reminded me of the people
in their cars yelling, “Get a job.” Because they weren’t
with us on the sidewalk, and they couldn’t see the exchange that was happening
between me and my crowd, an exchange that was very fair
to us but alien to them. So this is slightly not safe for work. This is my Kickstarter
backer party in Berlin. At the end of the night, I stripped
and let everyone draw on me. Now let me tell you,
if you want to experience the visceral feeling
of trusting strangers — (Laughter) I recommend this, especially if those strangers
are drunk German people. (Laughter) This was a ninja
master-level fan connection, because what I was really saying here was, I trust you this much. Should I? Show me. 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. So a lot of people
are confused by the idea of no hard sticker price. They see it as an unpredictable risk,
but the things I’ve done, the Kickstarter, the street, the doorbell, I don’t see these things as risk. I see them as trust. Now, the online tools to make the exchange as easy
and as instinctive as the street, they’re getting there. But the perfect tools
aren’t going to help us if we can’t face each other and give and receive fearlessly, but, more important — to ask without shame. My music career has been spent trying to encounter people on the Internet
the way I could on the box. So blogging and tweeting
not just about my tour dates and my new video
but about our work and our art and our fears and our hangovers, our mistakes, and we see each other. And I think when we really see each other, we want to help each other. I think people have been obsessed
with the wrong question, which is, “How do we make
people pay for music?” What if we started asking, “How do we let people pay for music?” Thank you. (Applause)

100 Comments

  • Reply Alessandro Fuselli April 4, 2019 at 11:37 am

    The art of bullsh- ahem, asking.

  • Reply dani c April 8, 2019 at 2:04 am

    This was really inspiring, as a traditional media artist who is afraid to open up to people, afraid to even try, and who struggles with motivation in my work because of it- I think I really needed to hear this. This has opened a new way of thinking about the value of my art, but not just the finished product; it's the value of my process, my inspiration, my creative decisions, my struggles, and the connections and history that brought me to that finished piece of art as a person. And to let people see that process and that person, I now understand, has always been an integral part of what you are bringing to the world as an artist. I never thought of my art as being community and communication.
    Thank you Amanda.

  • Reply scidamenge April 13, 2019 at 8:12 am

    Very nice lecture! You are very intelligent.

  • Reply Max Rensch April 19, 2019 at 3:05 am

    She asked for 100,000 got over 1,000,000- she came from a already successful band and was married to a millionaire author. She then offered the musicians that were to play live with her payment in the form of exposure… she hustled her fans then got greedy and refused to pay her bandmates… terrible excuse for a human being.

  • Reply Bastian Rivero April 25, 2019 at 1:58 am

    Shouldn’t have cut out the standing ovation

  • Reply deadSkrilla s•k•r•i•t•• April 25, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    Va va voooom that's one smart lady!

  • Reply Mai Mohamed April 26, 2019 at 11:25 am

    Thank you for inspiring✨

  • Reply Алекс Алекс April 28, 2019 at 8:32 am

    You had to become ashamed that you are the titular nation of your country, asked for illegal immigrants for the night. People living under the fear of deportation, working hard and hard on the assembly line of low-paid labor in your country, dependent on everyone around you and apparently paying police and other supervisory structures of bribes so that they would not notice them — they also harbor creative loafers generously and for a long time with a fantasy performance and installation to impress an idle audience. Due to the fact that you DO NOT want to WORK in the sphere of the national economy, making illegal money from Mesoamerica to increase the national social product and make the country rich and prosperous. And you and the rest of marginal artists will be letting your hat in a circle, begging from passers-by and from teenage fans who have not yet understood what real life and real earning money is for themselves and for the benefit of society!
    Тебе ДОЛЖНО было стать СТЫДНО, что ты титульная нация своей страны, напросилась к нелегальным мигрантам на ночлег. Люди живущие под страхом депортации, трудно и много работающие на конвейере низкооплачиваемого труда в твоей стране, находящиеся в зависимом положении от всех окружающих и видимо платящим полицейским и прочим надзорным структурам взятки, чтобы те их не замечали – ещё и великодушно дают кров креативной бездельнице трудно и долго фантазирующей каким бы ещё перформансом и инсталляцией поразить праздную публику. Из-за того, что ты НЕ хочешь РАБОТАТЬ в сфере национальной экономики, зарабатывать деньги на приумножении национального общественного продукта и делать страну богатой и процветающей это делают нелегалы из Мезоамерики. А ты и остальные маргинальные художники будете пускать по кругу шляпу попрошайничая у прохожих и у фанатов-подростков, не понявших ещё, что такое реальная жизнь и настоящее зарабатывание денег для себя и на пользу обществу!

  • Reply Old Books at Midnight May 3, 2019 at 2:48 am

    wow

  • Reply Threelly AI May 8, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    I hate it when this happens…
    https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/threelly-ai-for-youtube/dfohlnjmjiipcppekkbhbabjbnikkibo

  • Reply Nicole Tomko May 9, 2019 at 1:06 am

    I don't think I could have loved this anymore than I do right now ❤❤❤

  • Reply Bob Dilonardo May 9, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    What a beautiful talk! Thank you, Amanda.

  • Reply Peramoenus May 10, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    какая тоска

  • Reply Adam Martinez May 21, 2019 at 9:52 am

    We spend not because we're coerced based on our baser instincts but because of our joys.

  • Reply Samuel McCallister May 22, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    1) Be married to multimillionaire Neil Gaiman
    2) Already have an established musical career
    3) Ask fans for money anyways, and con them into believing it's empowering.
    4) Stiff some of your artists
    5) Act like you have some sage wisdom to share about being a shameless taker.

  • Reply brandess sorrels May 24, 2019 at 6:01 am

    ✨WISE

  • Reply Rose Gedoria June 2, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    Awesome speech ever. Reality talk! Love her confidence and good heart…

  • Reply whatwillitellthedoctor? June 7, 2019 at 2:13 am

    The Benjamin Franklin effect: to ask for something is to establish positive connection.

  • Reply someone else June 10, 2019 at 12:21 pm

    Anyone else come here to plug their band?

  • Reply AppsCo Team June 10, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    This is a really interesting concept! It does initially seem risky, but the way she explains how she builds trust makes total sense.

  • Reply Alina K. June 19, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    amanda is angel

  • Reply Damsel Is Depressed June 21, 2019 at 11:28 am

    rewatching this now in 2019 and it's still the best Ted Talk I've ever seen

  • Reply Victor Donozo June 23, 2019 at 5:26 am

    This made me a fan instantly.

  • Reply anthony scully July 7, 2019 at 11:24 pm

    a true socialist

  • Reply Collin Meehan July 16, 2019 at 1:03 am

    my two favorite things combined: ted talks and amanda palmer

  • Reply Orange Digital Consulting July 17, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    Grea!

  • Reply Chi Nguyen July 18, 2019 at 3:27 am

    https://www.gofundme.com/my-pride-has-always-stopped-me

  • Reply Jingle Jungle July 18, 2019 at 9:44 am

    "A lot of people are afraid to ask"

    "I did not make them I asked them" She gave freely & trusted she'll find support

    "To ask without shame. There's vulnerability in asking"

    "Perfect tools are not going to help us if we're not going to face each other. & give & receive fearlessly"

    "I think when we see each other we want to help each other"

  • Reply Vinicius Gonçalves July 19, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    wouldn't work in a third world country, sadly its a first world thing

  • Reply Daughter of the Moon July 21, 2019 at 3:18 am

    Essa mulher é maravilhosa

  • Reply Jake Broe July 21, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    This reminds me of the 1000 true fans theory of celebrity. Microinfluencers are the future of endorsements and advertising.

  • Reply Nur Rois Savitri July 24, 2019 at 10:34 am

    I love her soul

  • Reply jam 168 July 24, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    Though I have heard her name, I'm not familiar with Amanda. I am so glad that youtube recommended this to me. By far one of the most touching and beautiful talks I have watched. So powerful!!

  • Reply Kristin Becks July 24, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    This was really kind of wonderful!! I’d like to meet her. Inspired.

  • Reply t s ó l a r i a July 25, 2019 at 1:22 am

    That was unexpectedly intense

  • Reply SZE YEE KWAN July 26, 2019 at 4:46 am

    I saw performance artists from different countries in HK. The acquaintance thinks they are selfish about doing things they like without producing tangible values to society. That's why we feel so empty inside by ignoring and depreciating the emotional demand of human being and blindly focus on money and survival. I understand because I am that kind of person, I am disconnected, lonely and self-hated because I think my art talent is useless. Anyone can tell me what to do?

  • Reply SZE YEE KWAN July 26, 2019 at 4:49 am

    Celebrities are the people we love from a distance. Share and trust a stranger requires ruthlessness.

  • Reply suger plum July 27, 2019 at 9:24 am

    I don't like her eyebrows

  • Reply rit art July 27, 2019 at 9:51 am

    That's how we are truly supposed to LIVE.😊

  • Reply rit art July 27, 2019 at 10:01 am

    This was in 2013?! Freak!! How did I miss this 😓

  • Reply Nik emko July 28, 2019 at 1:00 am

    THANK YOU AMANDA !

  • Reply J Ashton July 28, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    She's cool.

  • Reply Timothy Chizmar July 29, 2019 at 2:32 am

    Easy to say when you have a million fans…

  • Reply Toqa Essam July 29, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    Win their hearts so you win their money.
    I liked the last sentence ..
    What if we started letting people pay for money? ^-^

  • Reply The Undertaker July 30, 2019 at 8:50 am

    Now that's a true artist!❣️

  • Reply thomas bicket August 1, 2019 at 10:46 am

    AMAAAANDAAAA FUCKING PAAAAAAAAAAAALMEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEER

  • Reply Geoffrey Scheldt August 3, 2019 at 3:32 am

    Your crazy Amanda. Coin operated boy was great.

  • Reply onkar kulkarni August 5, 2019 at 9:38 am

    This was beautiful

  • Reply Bee Monné August 7, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    omg I got chills on the first two minutes and I NEVER get chills on anything, ever

  • Reply Dylan Walsh August 8, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    Came here after I watched the Between The Sheets episode featuring Amanda F***ing Palmer.

  • Reply Saturn Ivory August 9, 2019 at 4:00 am

    Still one of the best Ted Talks ever

  • Reply Daniel Johnson August 9, 2019 at 8:52 am

    This video is already making me not want to ask anyone anything. She should be stand up comedy instead.

  • Reply John Thomas August 9, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    What she's talking about here is community. It's what neighborhoods and churches used to provide before greed, covetousness, individualism broke us part and isolated us.

  • Reply Austin Vance August 9, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    As an artist, this is one of the most impactful TED talks I have ever watched.

  • Reply A. Ozzy Oswald August 9, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    I came from a show called between the sheets this lovely lady was on it. Between that show and this I see why she has people asking for more. She speaks her truth, yeah not everyone is going to like it but it reminds me of why I like working nights. Everyone that is true has a reason to be there. It is almost like their honesty of reason makes them a harder worker. I’m not saying this is only a night shift thing it just seems more apparent to me and my truths.

  • Reply shadowbolt7 August 10, 2019 at 10:48 am

    a favorite video that i often look back that is inspiring. thought i would re-watch it and share it

  • Reply Stephen Mataganog August 10, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    And this is why she is one of my biggest real-life heroes💜💜
    This talk reminds me of the all the talks I have shared about going back to a barter and trade system. It would connect the world and different groups of people. As well as resetting the scales. so that the people who do more work receive more credit. No more CEOs sitting around doing nothing receiving all the glory and goods.

  • Reply Metallifreak 42 August 11, 2019 at 7:14 am

    Hey everyone, if you liked this video, I highly encourage you to watch AFP's sit-down interview with Brian W. Foster and Critical Role on "Between The Sheets". Spoiler Warning: You made need to grab a box of tissues. https://youtu.be/5wwJqAI8tw8

  • Reply Paweł Łaszcz August 11, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    Didn't know how she deserved the f*ing in her name. Now I know. She's a badass

  • Reply Stella Mortis August 12, 2019 at 3:10 am

    I did not expect to cry so many times in a 14 minute Ted talk. AFP you beautiful genius.

  • Reply Chris Strompolos August 12, 2019 at 4:13 am

    Love, love, love, love this. .THANK YOU AMANDA!

  • Reply Chris Qiao August 12, 2019 at 8:45 am

    a goochie chainsaw!?

  • Reply Hobby Knight August 15, 2019 at 12:23 am

    For more on Amanda Palmer check out this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wwJqAI8tw8

  • Reply A VC August 16, 2019 at 2:09 am

    My first Ted talks…and I'm crying

  • Reply Mário Bertini August 17, 2019 at 1:35 am

    Amazing!

  • Reply Yu Li August 18, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    How does youtube make it? I watched the video few years ago and accidentally few days ago I remembered about it, and here I am. I didn't try to search it, it just came out in my suggestions. It's almost like carma 😀

  • Reply alex vera August 21, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    Omg with the tears 😭. Thank you Amanda fucking Palmer.

  • Reply Nandita Iyengar August 25, 2019 at 10:40 am

    What she is saying is good, logical…..but, she herself seems so scary, I guess artists are

  • Reply Grace Gonzalez August 27, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    Today on my schedule, is a meeting with a local food venue to ask them for donations for an amazing nonprofit. I am scared and feel shame to ask for things. I was dreading this morning. This video popped up in my feed & gave me a chance to sit with my fear & realize that's ok and fair to ask for things. If this isn't the universe checking in on me, I don't know what is.

  • Reply Peter Carter August 28, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    Check your privilage.

  • Reply Yunalesca August 30, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    She illustrates the vital purpose of community. I resent public schools and colleges for alienating kids from one another. We aren't encouraged to seek help and solace in one another. We're put against one another to compete and get a higher grade than our fellow, we're isolated in rooms working on problems that don't pertain to reality, and we do it alone. I think Amanda's philosophy can extend to children and encourage love between all people.

  • Reply Rooted Reality August 31, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    I don't know "who" you are past the amazingly vulnerable human here… and the wisdom … Just 😍

  • Reply Natalia Golberg September 1, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    OMG!) you are so generous! MEGA Thanks 😘. your story is very valuable. Golden information)

  • Reply Evil DelBono September 2, 2019 at 6:14 am

    I just had a conversation in the last 24 hours about this. Today this popped up on my YouTube. This is the universe showing me my heart is right. ❤️

  • Reply Evil DelBono September 2, 2019 at 6:27 am

    This gave me an idea. Next Saturday I am going to take a ton of my hand crafted jewelry to our local flea market and not price it. When asked how much my response will be however much you feel it is worth to you. If someone gives me $1 I will thank them with a smile. If someone gives me $10 I will thank them with a smile. . . Let you know what happens.

  • Reply Ampeire Bridgette September 2, 2019 at 6:47 am

    Neil Gaiman's wife….makes sense . Beautiful souls❤️

  • Reply Tim Thibodeau September 3, 2019 at 4:07 am

    Thank you Amanda for everything you've done, and all you've yet to do. <3

  • Reply Dontjulytome • September 3, 2019 at 5:18 am

    First heard of Amanda Palmer when I saw Panic! At the Disco and The Dresden Dolls in concert…this is an awesome reminder of an awesome memory!!!!!

  • Reply Nuku Niku September 3, 2019 at 6:56 am

    Her standing job pays more than a programmer in the 3rd world country. //Confirmed //What is job exactly? doesn't it mean anything that not against the law and contributes to society and has something to eat and a place to sleep?

  • Reply Her Right There September 3, 2019 at 9:51 am

    Only clipped watch bcuz I thought this could help me be better at hypergamy 😅

  • Reply Grace London September 3, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    G

  • Reply LVioletta1 September 4, 2019 at 3:22 am

    I'm not sure why I'm crying. You are so beautiful and beautifully spoken. I love your connection with people to make them feel seen and heard.
    Thank you 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏💛💛💛✨✨✨✨✨

  • Reply K J September 4, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    I appreciate the message but it's easier said than done. Some people have had their trust violated again and again.

  • Reply Lucy A September 4, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    What an amazing woman! I'm here after watching your interview with Black Friday 🙂

  • Reply Perry Cooke September 4, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    Googling her and seeing her with better eyebrows was the most gratifying experience of my week

  • Reply Shut Up I'm Thinking September 5, 2019 at 2:32 am

    Dresden dolls is one of my favorite bands

  • Reply Shivangi Agrawal September 5, 2019 at 10:45 am

    I trust you this much.
    Should I? Show me.

  • Reply kitty phee September 5, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    I love you

  • Reply kitty phee September 5, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    Shameless plug witchiedaze.bandcamp.com and givingmoon.com

  • Reply Frances Donnelly September 6, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    "How do we let people pay for music?" =/= asking for highly trained musicians to play for for free at your gigs

  • Reply EllieJayden September 6, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    Wow.

  • Reply JC von Zijl September 7, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    Change my life

  • Reply TJ on Toast September 8, 2019 at 12:09 am

    AMAZING

  • Reply Suzanne Norton September 8, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    This was the best thing I've ever seen and heard. So many tears streaming down my face. This is where we see hope for humanity. This is humanity. Love and support. I'm trying to learn how to ask for help. Ask for support. It is so hard for me. Amanda is my inspiration. My guide. She is an awesome human. My heart is touched. Her story resonates with me as I have chosen a different path and there has been a lot of internal judgement from societal conditioning . ..get a "real" job. Make money. Be "successful." I love you. I love me. Let's take care of each other. Thanks Amanda for being an ambassador. ❤️❤️❤️

  • Reply Marija 24 September 8, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    Oh god i love this wonderful woman sooo much.

  • Reply SJ Cross September 9, 2019 at 11:45 am

    Her life sounds awesome. I hope I can find something that cool.

  • Reply Being Twenty September 9, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    That is how it's done ladies, gentlemen and our gender non-conforming participants.

  • Reply Eliana September 9, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    ❤️

  • Reply KaJ uN September 10, 2019 at 2:56 am

    So much joy in creating.
    So much joy in "just enough"
    Far more to be found in the people…😊🤗

  • Reply missjillyofthealley September 10, 2019 at 8:14 am

    Inspiring, Amanda!

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