I realize that not everyone is as proactive as I am. Most people—creative people especially—wait until the last minute to deliver work. I'm of the "under-promise and over-deliver" school of thought. It's served me very well. But more on that in a different post.
Lately (and I apologize if it seems this way to you too), it seems like all I've been thinking about, tweeting about, and updating FB statuses about is the HOW Veterans Grant. And no, it's not a grant for veterans of armed forces—although that would be cool too. No, this grant is funded by HOW Design Conference veterans, like me, who want to send a newbie to the conference for free—including airfare, hotel and a Big Ticket. (I even sank so low as to spam a message with #AdobeMAX attached. *sigh) Why a newbie, and not one of my HOWies who can't afford it this year? Because there has to be a value in it for the nice people at HOW to want to back the idea, which they do, thankfully. The newbie who is selected is interviewed throughout the conference about his/her experience as a newbie at HOW. That's valuable marketing material for the HOW folks. (If you can think of an equally-valuable way to send someone who's already been, please let me know!)
Ok, back to my point of being proactive. The deadline to apply for the grant is THIS FRIDAY! And as of right now only one person has submitted an application. ONE! That means he/she has a pretty damn good chance of going, no? Hopefully it's because creatives sometimes work best with a firm deadline. Which this one is. (There will be no late applications accepted. Midnight Friday is the cutoff.) But contributions to the grant will be accepted all the way up until June 14th or so, I can't remember the exact deadline—don't worry, I'll blog again with that info.
So, what I'm saying is that if you want a chance to attend the most inspiring, life-changing, creative conference out there, on somebody else's dime, then now's your chance! APPLY FOR THE GRANT!
Thanks for reading!
Good juju-spreader, storyteller, graphic designer. I'd love to hear from you!