that they had a money shortage; i said no

anonymous asked:

I'm not sure if it's about pouring resources into his female artists or having a female artist w/ an "it factor". I always refer to the interview that " Rick Barker" her first manager on paper did for pollstar in late 2014. He said so many young girls came to Nashville in cowboy boots/sundresses looking to be the next Taylor Swift but they lacked her work ethic. How many artists today would do a 13 hour M&G? It was such a great read.

Part 2.. I shut up a critic when he alluded that Taylor’s wealthy background was the reason for her fame w/this Rick Barker quote.. “Yeah, everybody likes to think her daddy bought her this or, because they had money, that happened. It’s all bullshit. There’s no shortage of daddies with money with daughters who sing. If that’s the magic pill, why don’t we have a 1,000 Taylor Swifts?”

I read this interview too and really liked it, and I do think the “it factor” is important. I also think the point about Dads with money matters — Andrea and Scott were lucky to be able to invest in Taylor’s career. But beyond moving to Nashville and buying a TINY stake in Big Machine (seriously, if you think what Scott spent is even close to $5k at the outset, you’re delusional), she put in the hard work herself, going to write songs after school and meeting with labels and recording demos and playing shows. 

I also think it’s interesting and noteworthy that Taylor dropped the traditional concept of management entirely and turned it on its head. I can’t think of many, if any artists of her (or lower) stature that are virtually self-managed. Just something to point out. 


First of all, THANK YOU! to all of you that shared or donated, you don’t know how grateful I am. 

However, this is not the kind of update I had in mind, sadly my cat died. I took her to the vet on Monday and he said it wasn’t an infection like I thought (I had read cats were prone to gingivitis when they eat soft food). He said something had stung her and that it was venomous, he started the treatment right away but still, she died the very next day. I’m beyond heartbroken right now. I feel like it is my fault.

But, I want to use the remaining money from the donations to buy cat food for my other cats. Due to the country situation (high inflation rate, and food, medicines, pet products shortage) I just can’t buy cat food, I’m giving them cooked sardines.

To illustrate, my mother earns 53.000 Bsf (per month) and a bag of 8 kg (16 lbs) of dry cat food costs 40.000 Bsf.

I searched on Amazon and the same bag costs only 12$, with what I have I could buy at least 4 bags but the shipping costs to Venezuela are insane. They charge between 4$ and 7$ per lb, which is just insane. 

IF you know of a shipping company (to Venezuela) that is less expensive or any organization that could donate me cat food that would be awesome! If you can donate cat food, that would be awesome, but I can’t pay the shipping costs to bring it to Venezuela. 

That is why I will leave my donation button open, everything, absolutely everything I manage to collect will go to either bringing cat food, or vet bills for my other cats.

Here is my donation link (click on the image):

If you can send it directly to my e-mail we could avoid losing the percentage that Paypal takes off of every single donation.

Thank you! I will be forever grateful for your help!

If for any reason the link doesn’t work, I have the donation button on my blog!

anonymous asked:

I have a question about GISHWES: the way I understand it, you do the items on the list, some of which require acts of kindness, money, and definitely time. But is there any part of the process where the participant donates to charity or something? Is the sole purpose of GISHWES to propagate doing acts of kindness, or do they aim to give money to charities as well? If so where does the money come from? (Not meant to sound critical, just curious)

GISHWHES is not a charity. GISHWHES is an art project. Like all art, it exists for its own sake. 

I’ve seen a lot of fans refer to it as a charity project, and though charity is involved, it’s not a charity. I don’t know where people are getting that notion. Do y’all just chuck money at something without reading anything about it first? No wonder KickStarter has been so successful.

I actually diverge from the opinion of those who thought that the sanitary napkin statues were wasteful. I understand that most homeless shelters have a shortage of tampons and pads and that the products that were used to make statues could have been donated instead, but that could be said of any art project. The kale people made wacky clothes out of could have been eaten. The money used to buy oil paint for your masterpiece could theoretically have been used to buy food for the homeless, etc. 

We need charity, and everyone needs food, but we need art as well. If we had a shortage of the materials used to make sanitary products, I might have a different opinion, but they’re mostly made out of cotton and rayon, which are not rare materials.

Some of the GISHWHES tasks do involve acts of kindness or donations to charity, such as #44 from GISHWHES 2013: 

IMAGE: Strike up a conversation with a homeless person, talk to them until you know their first name, where they are from, and what their favorite food is. Bring them that food and, if they give you permission, take your picture with them and their meal. 38 POINTS

or from GISHWHES 2014:

VIDEO (20 seconds). You (and a friend if you wish) enlist with a local volunteer organization and have yourself filmed doing one of the following: planting a tree, working at a food bank or soup-kitchen, collecting trash, or helping out at a retirement facility. You must be wearing something that shows you seriously know how to party. 51 POINTS

Not all the items do involve this, though, because GISHWHES is ultimately an art project. 

GISHWHES gets the money from participants. Participants pay a vaying fee to sign up. (The year I participated, it was minimum $15 or more for signup bonuses, like voicemails or postcards, sort of like Kickstarter. They also offered a “scholarship” option for participants who couldn’t afford the fee.) The money  pays for the costs of running GISHWHES, the prizes, the schwag shop and it pays the leaders of GISHWHES, including Misha, directly, I’d imagine. I can’t say for sure because it’s not a non-profit like Random Acts, so they don’t have to publicly disclose what they’re doing with their money.

I can tell you that they do make donations to Random Acts from GISHWHES. You can see the donations mentioned in the RA paperwork, and they’re a substantial part of Random Acts’ budget. That’s the connection between RA and GISHWHES.