Social experiments and challenges range from dangerous things you should never try, to silly things most of us don’t have the time or money to try. There are a few that are cruel and crude.
On Artist Cafe Utica, we limit social experiments to things that may benefit our fellow artists in some way, either by giving out money saving or money making ideas, or serving as a prompt or encouragement for a project.
This year, there are two challenges in progress.
Fundraise for things you cannot afford
Back in January, the “fundraise for things you cannot afford” challenge was launched. The idea was to approach things you don’t have the money for as projects you need to fund rather than giving up on them. In the five months that followed, I have begun looking at things that way, but did not create and carry out any fundraising projects. There wasn’t anything I needed money for that would necessitate raising funds. Over the past several weeks, a few things have come up, so a project or two will be launched soon.
Apply to 100 jobs
The “What really happens when you apply to 100 jobs?” challenge was launched thirteen days ago. In that time, I have applied to three jobs.
The second application yielded the most interesting result so far. The company was “confidential,” but they wanted to hire an “entry-level staff writer” to work on fiction writing under their brand. My resume generated an invitation to send them a 2,000 word fiction sample based on a long, detailed prompt they sent me. I was told that if they liked that, I would be interviewed. I did not send in a sample. Two-thousand words is a long novel chapter, and this is to be written to their specification. As a rule, if someone wants a usable sample of your work as part of the hiring process, they’re just gathering ideas or material from unsuspecting applicants and have no intention of hiring you. Reputable writing jobs ask you for samples of past work that has already been published, copyrighted, or sold.
My own “it has to be feasible” rule has been my biggest stumbling block. Most offline jobs require a driver’s license. I don’t have one, and I can’t get one. I was told I had “poor depth perception” when I was a child, and that it might be hard for me to drive later. Both times I tried, it was not only hard, it was impossible. I would later learn I actually have no depth perception, and it’s also dangerous for me to drive.
There is no time limit for this challenge, so it continues.