• Marianne Orlando

"If You Don't Ask, You Don't Get"

Updated: Feb 28

I worked in a corporate setting: It was large, with many employees and my cubicle was on a major thoroughfare in the maze of grayness that made up our Marketing department.

More commissions started coming in, and I posted copies of my drawings as I completed them.

Eventually, I covered the entire outside of my cubicle wall with drawings of homes, pet and kids. Also awards -- I was published in a British journal article on William Schwenck Gilbert of Gilbert & Sullivan fame.

A couple of things happened. People would drop in my cubicle and ask me to do projects for them. Lots of projects: pet portraits, home portraits, caricatures of people who were retiring. Each more exciting and challenging than the others.

Then, I heard that a group of friends were putting on a production of Amadeus at the Concord Players. I pitched that I could do a caricature of the entire cast as a gift to their director, and I proposed my fee. All they could do is say No, right? They accepted.

We settled on a price that they could afford and that was fair to me.

Back in the day, I would wait around for people to come to me. Now I get it: You set an intention. You go outside your comfort zone.

Put yourself out there, and, with a little enthusiasm, the results may surprise you. Stevie Wonder was right.