The one who went knock, knockin


14:16 . I were never this person who knocked on doors, did networking and such, talked to people about my projects – but then I had to be this person. There was this call published by DG connect for the creation and the design of a one year masters module in arts and science – the kind of mix I am interested in! Anyway – I discovered this call and went to knock on the doors of Ars Electronica – you don’t know Ars Electronica? It’s an organisation in Austria – they run a lab, they have a museum – and they are THE organisation for arts, science and technology. I always thought it was very scary to talk to people in the industry about my ideas, even sending an e-mail to another organisation was scary and that is an e-mail, not even a face to face meeting! I was really scared pressing the button ‘send’ and then even more scared thinking: whoever reads this e-mail will probably laugh at me.
Since Ars Electronica, I changed my attitude. I am not afraid of knockin’ on any door. At that moment I simply thought – alright, just get your shit together now and go for it. What made me become this person? I was afraid of losing this opportunity, so I went out of my way and did what needed to be done.

(Camilla works for the Pearle, the European sector federation of live performance organisations. She is also a producer.)

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