me if you want to view feedback forms (firstname.lastname@example.org)
of clients I've worked with in the past. I will only disclose forms of
those who have given explicit permission--and your feedback form will
never be shown to anyone without yours.
discussions we had and the insightful questions you posed helped me
greatly in writing the Artist's Statement for my recent photography
exhibition. As a result, I have already received favorable comments
about the statement itself. One viewer said it was the "best Artist's
Statement I have ever seen; the way you connect abstraction and
landscape photography to the ideas of Alfred Stieglitz and Minor White
is unusually perceptive."
has ever commented on one of my Artist's Statements before. Working
with you really paid off and helped me to clarify what I wanted to
say. Thank you for your help!
--Eric Myrvaagnes, photographer, Newton, Massachusetts
Here's an ad I did for The Zodiac Lounge:
Try Out Four Healers in One Evening
Often people are afraid to take the leap. To go to a psychic. A nutritionist. And what is an “astrologen” anyway???
a big investment. Picking the right person, taking the time to get
there, the money, and the emotional risk. And what if the
person’s just a charlatan???
You don't have to do this all in one leap.
the Zodiac Lounge we break the leap down to the first step: we bring
the psychics to you. They sit at tables in the room like normal people,
not hidden behind a curtain. In plain view, where you and everyone else
can go and ask them questions. Have a chat. Purchase a $5
mini-session. Try it out, see how it sits with you over the next week.
Then, and only then, if it’s right for you, you’ve got the
number to call.
And entry to the Zodiac Lounge is ABSOLUTELY FREE. This is a community event, we're here to build togetherness.
can try four healers in twenty minutes! How’s that for getting to
work on your spiritual development? And if that doesn’t make you
happy, the vegan cake and champagne will!
nowhere else in New York you can try four healers in twenty minutes in
an alcohol-free, supportive environment. We know because we’ve
healers are not merely adequate. We know these people are good.
We’ve tested them. There are real psychics out there who do their
work exactingly and with passion, who are inspired to use their gifts
to make others’ lives more meaningful, more aligned with spirit.
Those are the people you’ll find at the Zodiac Lounge. We started the Zodiac Lounge because we want you to be able to take advantage of their services! It’s
so frustrating to see these talented and gifted healers getting
overlooked because the hacks have better visibility! These are people
who could be helping you realize your dreams and becoming more
effective at bringing your own gifts into the world! Why should you go
another day without the advantage of knowing the rhythms of your star
chart? Why should you waste effort trying to resist something
that’s about to bring you a blessing? Why should you be ignorant
about how the latest health food trends affect your individual body
type? The Zodiac healers will empower you.
But you don’t even need to rely on our word. It’s good to talk with other party-goers and fellow seekers.
when you come, you help build community. You’ll find people
laughing. We sing happy birthday to whoever’s sign is up this
month. Oftentimes the adventure is a moving evening full of tears and
warm smiles. Some have made new best friends in their healers or made
major life decisions with the help of an astrological reading.
you can just listen. Hear a talk from experts on money, love, or the
real art of astrology. Or share experiences with the other party-goers.
Or just chill.
And then we enjoy vegan cake, alcohol-free champagne, and soothing music from DJ’s like DJ 180.
think so many people miss seeing the magic in their own lives.
It’s all around them but they don’t see it. I started the
Zodiac Lounge because I want them to see that magic.” –Samuel Reynolds
do this work because my clients inspire me: a life coach with a vision
of a forum for discussion of the books that have changed our lives, a
poet who has allowed many other poets to reclkaim their true voices, an
who organizes an alternative healing/psychic bazaar, an organizer for a
conference on indigenous African spiritualities, a diviner who reaches
into the earth for her spirituality; a West African shaman who was
speaking at Harvard.
My first client was not an
ideal client for me.
he already knew a lot about marketing. And he didn’t have any
hang-ups about being big if it was going to serve his business and his
clients. He was an experienced businessman and comfortable being
aggressive. I was caught in trying to empower someone who was already powerful.
gave me a chance to write for him partly I think because of my star
chart (he’s a professional astrologer, and my stars say
I’m good at business—so there, Mom), and also
because he cares about nurturing young entrepreneurs.
at our first business conversation, I was nervous as hell. Surely he
was going to find out I had no idea what I was doing.
a little way into our talk I found myself riveted.
organizes an evening gathering called the Zodiac Lounge, a bazaar at
which holistic healers can offer small samples of their work, and
shoppers can try as many as four modalities and healers in twenty
minutes—much easier than schlepping to four different
healers, spending 90 minutes and twice as many dollars, only to find
out it’s not the right match. They also celebrate the
birthdays of everyone under the zodiac sign of the
month—Aries if it’s March, Sagittarius
(that’s me) in December. Then they eat vegan cake and
alcohol-free champagne and dance till late at night.
began telling me that “unexpected magic” often
occurs at these events. For instance, at the Scorpio party, thirty
people showed up suddenly in the middle of the evening. How or why is a
really grabbed me was his feeling of desire for community. He told me
that many of the people who come to these events are city-bound, removed from nature; many are Black and in some
ways have been surrounded by limiting forces and messages. Then he
began telling me about how one woman had cried while being sung Happy
Birthday to, how the room full of strangers had suddenly become a
community. “I want people to be energized, juiced, uplifted.
I think so often people miss seeing the magic in their own lives, and
it’s such a shame because there is so much there. I want them
to be able to see that magic.” At that moment I suddenly saw
the magic in my life, that here was a person I’d only met two
or three times before and had at the moment a business relationship
with, yet I felt profoundly moved by his passion. It was so joyful to
hear his vision in fact, to bear witness to it, that I finally felt my
whole day and my whole life had a purpose to it. Up to that moment
I’d been feeling anything but inspired, guilty about not
paying my bills or being a productive member of society when all I
seemed to be good at was writing poetry that no one would ever pay me
any money for. Now I’d listened to a great poem and been
that’s why, though I may not yet have
%100-scientifically-verified market data to prove it (no one can ever
cover all the variables, and any marketer who claims to be able to is
exaggerating), I have an indisputable gut feeling
that I have something to contribute and that there will be a real
increase of profit in the organizations I work with. I know these
techniques have worked in other situations, and I am confident they
will work here. I am doing this work so I can hear more of your
stories, your visions.
I have learned volumes more since that first
client. I have had the benefit of learning from a few mistakes and have
had some real triumphs, and I continually update my strategies to take
both into account. I keep a folder for interesting lessons learned from errors.