11 entertainers who sidestepped the usual avenues and found creative ways to make a living

March 15, 2013

Doesn't Fit Anywhere Else

Kristen Chapman Gibbons:

REQUIRED VIEWING

Originally posted on TED Blog:

Amanda-PalmerMusician Amanda Palmer has spent her career seeking out connection: first as a living statue on the street, who traded intimate eye contact and a rose for a passerby’s money; then, as one half of the band The Dresden Dolls, who didn’t hesitate to ask fans for support, either in person or over Twitter.

[ted_talkteaser id=1682] “I think when we really see each other, we want to help each other,” Palmer explains in her talk from TED2013, which has already surpassed a million views. Her experience bears out this theory: her fans are not just willing, but eager, to lend a hand in exchange for the reward they get from her music.

The Dresden Dolls built a loyal following, playing extra shows on their nights off from opening for Nine Inch Nails. Soon, they were picked up by a major label and sold 25,000 copies of their second…

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About Kristen Chapman Gibbons

Loosely connected facts: Curator of a Better Internet. Lifelong Politico. Social Media Maven. Creativity Evangelist. Performer. Storyteller. Decade teaching in Higher Ed. Master's Degree in Theology. Married to an Irishman. 3 darling kiddos. Preacher's kid. Creator of Content Worth Sharing. Digital Strategist. Appalachian. Music maker. Music devour-er. ENTP. Bohemian. Geeky. Obsessed with thrift stores and all things vintage. Lover of species.

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