#193 Reveal My Secret Project and Go My Own Way

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A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about working on a “secret project”.  Well, tonight I’m gonna go ahead and reveal that project.

I wrote a post about applying to something called the Awesome Foundation a couple of months ago.  The Foundation gives $1000 grants out for any sort of creative, fun and interesting project.  Mine was about making a video of me dressed up as a fake bike safety cop and handing out bike helmets to people riding bikes without one.

A month ago I found out that I won the grant.

I didn’t announce it right away because it didn’t seem truly official to me.  I had to figure out what bicycle shop I was going to partner with to get the helmets before they would give the money to me. The post I wrote about starting work on this talks about finding a bike shop to work with.  I was given some suggestions by the foundation but those shops didn’t work out.  Then I went out on my own and couldn’t find anyone either.

I think part of me was ok with this because I was delaying the real start of my project that involved the actual filming and giving out of helmets.

Because the truth is I’m really scared about doing this.  I was scared when I applied but I never thought I would win the grant. Now that I have to go through with it, it’s honestly one of the scariest things I’m gonna do.  Mostly because it’s other people giving me money to make something.  And I want it to be awesome and funny and great and I don’t know if I can do that.  I don’t want to let those people down.

But I finally told the foundation today that I was going to buy the helmets on my own. Amazon has cheap helmets and $1000 could go a long way. So I submitted my final budget and they approved it.  They have started putting the grant together and will send it to me soon.

Again, I’m scared out of my mind because the next stop is doing this thing.  Being out in public and trying to make something funny and inspirational just doesn’t sound like something I can pull off.  I’m gonna try though.  I have no choice!

It felt good though, to just go my own way.  I’m not beholden to any bicycle shop. I can say that I did this on my own (well, maybe with a little help from my friends).

I’ll post the video when it’s done.  Wish me luck.  I’ll need it.

2 Comments to “#193 Reveal My Secret Project and Go My Own Way”

  1. Mayura 15 September 2011 at 1:16 am #

    Yea I figured it out from your first secret project post. Still as mystified as I am was then, to why no bike company would partner up with you, for free publicity.

    • Greg 16 September 2011 at 12:27 pm #

      I know. I think a lot of them didn’t “get it” or think it was some sort of scam some how. A lot of bike shops have this weird attitude. I don’t know if they’re just bitter people in general or what.