DIY fund raising and shameless self-promotion, a conversation with Philip Huang

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Artist and provocateur Philip Huang blew me away when I saw his stunning performance at the Dynamic Adaptability conference. He demonstrated his approach to fund raising by telling the audience to "get out your wallets," raising over $200 in 5 minutes for a series of street performances. Check out the video embedded below to see it for yourself.

Philip's message is simple: Artists aren't entitled to shit.  If you want it, you have to get your hands filthy, filthy, filthy.  Screw grants, residencies, galleries, theaters, arts institutions—make your own fucking way.  If you're good enough, they'll come knockin'.

In this conversation we'll discuss fund raising for individual artists, how to pitch a project, the differences between speaking to groups or individuals, and why your own fund raising efforts are more likely to be successful than the traditional approaches of grants, residencies and auditions.

Model-turned-actress Philip Huang is the founder of Dana Street Theater, a queer performance space based out of his Berkeley bedroom. Check out his awesome Youtube channel, Philip's Video Club.

Learn More about Philip Huang

  1. Visit Philip's Video Club
  2. Philip's Cultivating Shamelessness Workshop at the 2010 Creative Chicago Expo
  3. Shameless Self Promotion on the streets

Further Resources:

  1. Bre Pettis: The Cult of Done Manifesto
  2. Watch the videos below

Show Highlights: Excerpts From the Conversation

Once the transcription is completed I'll include some of the best portions here.

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