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Crew Member – Amanda Fucking Palmer

Now with an title like that and an image like you see to your right you might be tempted to think the woman I’m about to describe is something of a cult icon.  You’d be right but I’m pretty sure she would say she’s not an icon…yet.  Also looking at the image to your right you would probably guess that she is an artist of some sort.  Again, you would be right.  Although she might better be termed an Empathist (that’s right folks now I’m making up words).

Empathize: (verb) meaning to identify with, understand, relate to, feel for, sympathize with, have a rapport with, feel at one with, be on the same wavelength

Empathist: (noun) a person with a unique capacity to empathize with the strange and unfamiliar world around them

As a singer she was the front woman (think Gwen Stefani and No Doubt or Amy Lee and Evanscence) for the band Dresden Dolls.  When the band was on tour and had problems with funding, resources, places to stay, etc. she took to crowd-sourcing what the band needed via Twitter in exchange for hugs, merchandise or beer.  The experience brought back the connections she felt and made when she was a street performer in her early days.  The experience taught her that what she gave could mean so much more than what she received and what she received could be so much more than what she gave.

This lead her to break from her record label and crowd-source her solo album, Theater Is Evil using Kickstarter.com.  Her request was only to raise $100,000 to produce her album, in exchange for a copy of the album and digital booklet.  Her effort resulted in nearly $1.2 million dollars raised by less than 25,000 donors.  With her relationships, with her music, with her connections to people and with her ability to be open and vulnerable she has shown there is plenty to gain by asking people to give as opposed to making them.

For an appetizer of Amanda Fucking Palmer‘s music, art and persona, check out her kickstarter video here

If you believe you are ready for a banquet of beauty, watch this talk (below) that Amanda gives at TED 2013 entitled The Art of ASKING.  It is a thing of wonder!


Author’s Note: I did not choose Ms. Fucking Palmer to join the crew because of her music, Punk-Caberet is really not my bag.  I chose her for what she represents as an artist, as an empathist (yes, you’ll be seeing me use the word again) and as a person.  Ms. Fucking Palmer, we salute you.

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I am a modern-day pirate. I travel the world and trade in today's currency, information. I sail through opportunity, comedy, history and strategy to turn turbulent into tournament, chaotic into cathartic, and embarrassing into emboldening. There are none who should fear me save two: Those who have what I want and those who get in my way. Are you done sailing your calm waters with strong undertow? Have you your fill of empty treasure and oasis destinations? Well good...come and join my crew! We're a lively lot from all over the world but be forewarned...anyone attempting to drop anchor will be thrown overboard, shot, harpooned and then marooned on an isle of cannibals. We move on! If you are ready...welcome aboard the Carpe Bootium!

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One thought on “Crew Member – Amanda Fucking Palmer

  1. Hell yeah!

    Posted by Waywardspirit | March 7, 2013, 11:28 PM

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