The entrance to the radiation therapy room at Mercy Hospital, the start of my days for 8 weeks
Do you know anyone with cancer, depression or other debilitating conditions? Do you suffer yourself? Perhaps, like me you have a health condition yourself; and like me want to create something positive out of it, including coping strategies and fighting to find yourself back.
Would you like to be part of something that resonates with your values and help support me on this HAG (Hairy Audacious Goal)?
Yesterday I posted about Item #2 of 150 on my Life List inspired by Danny Dover author of the Minimalist Mindset, other books I have read like The Happiness Trap, podcasts like The Hidden Why by Leigh Martinuzzi, people I saw on TV programs like The Voice who had been on much tougher journeys than me and dared to dream of achieving lofty goals during the time I have been on my prostate cancer journey.
With the help of some good friends and family, some also still suffering from cancer I dragged myself out of feeling sorry for myself and decided that number #2 on my 150 long Life List of values based activities would be to created an EP and Video set of songs that were part of my catharsys and development, such that it will resonate with and help other cancer sufferers and their friends, family and support network.
I’m wondering if I have created a monster. How will I achieve this and 149 other things to boot, let alone find the energy for it, without detracting from my day job, which I can’t financially do without (and am passionate about)? How will I achieve this when I still frequently have to be woken up in the evening after my day at the office?
The answer, which is the same one as my cancer journey is that I can’t do it alone. In order to help other people, I need help from a team of people with a rich source of experience and some that can help with less specialist areas of support. Everything from project planners, musicians, vocalists, videographers to sound engineers, artists, production, social media, marketing and crowdfunding. Are you one of those?
I also just need supporters who can help spread the word, connect with members of the team, make cups of tea (or Texas Honey), run around after us and keep us on track and provide emotional support. We’ll need studio’s, technology, sound gear, meeting space, This is a pay it back or pay it forward exercise and should be a lot of fun.
Just since yesterday, I have already had firm offers of help from people, which is awesome and I will take them up on it. I’m going to need a pretty big team with a wide range of skills and it’s a labour of love, a not for profit venture.
Check out this short video with Danny Dover and see if it resonates with you. Is your life meaningful? For some of us it takes a reminder of our mortality and human condition to force change. Then you have to do something about it. You might like to take a similar journey and if you do, some elements may overlap. I’d love it to be this one.
So, this morning I started documenting what I am going to have to do in order to achieve this goal and it is huge. It could almost be a full time job in itself, which is intimidating, but if I can find plenty of experts in different fields who will support me and donate time and energy; and find funds for the parts that I have to pay for, I’m going to make this happen. I’ve done it before with The Wireless Forum, Glenfield Music Centre, parents committees, sport club committees, Auckland ICT, SMEI International and more, all while keeping down a job. Anyway:
This is what I came up with for starters and it’s by no means complete:
Plan for Cancer Music EP / Video Project
- Concept Document and elevator pitch
- What help do I need at each phase of the project
- How can I even do it while keeping my job and energy?
- Project Manager
- People or organisations that can help me
- People who have raised their hands
- People I would like to approach for help
- How much do I need?
- Where do I get it from?
- The songs
- Finish them
- Practice them
- Write a story about each one
- What do I need for each song
- Record basic demos
- Identify the sounds I want for each song
- What instruments / vocals do I want for them
- Find artists
- Find a producer
- Find a studio
- Record in conjunction with videos
- Video the entire process, not just the songs
- The video/s
- What is the story for the whole production
- What is the story for each song
- Find a videographer
- Write each song story
- Find an editor
- Production team
- Facebook Page
- Raising awareness
- Launch event and concert gifting the outcome to the Cancer Society
- How would they use or benefit from it?
- How will it reach patients and their supporters?
- How will it endure
Want to be on the team?