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Fearing the fur after killing the tiger

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Starting a cause like Help-Portrait has been a great experience. I started well in advance, to monitor the community pages and I determined that there was no single, strong group in Fort Lauderdale. So I started to actively recruit externally and from the smaller groups or individuals in the area. Once we reached a clear majority, people started to join us automatically.

We had our first meeting months ago and we have been making progress ever since.

Having assembled a motley crew of photographers was pretty good, but we had a problem.  We had no venue. "All dressed up, but nowhere to go", promised to be. Without a venue the event was a non-starter. We could not even advertise the event without knowing the "where".

So we started out by prioritizing the non-profit organizations in the area, and our first option was clearly The Salvation Army. I approached them after a bit of hesitation and I was pleasantly surprised at first by how approachable they made themselves.

Then, I had to calm down my enthusiasm when the manager on the phone promised to "get back" to me.

But I did receive the call.

The initial excitement of having both a venue and a source of subjetcs was quickly taken over by performance anxiety after our first meeting. Ms. Gallardo slowly walked us through their operations and explained that we may have in excess of 200 people! Now the priority shifted to recruiting more people to put up with the demand!

I grew up in Venezuela and they have saying there "You are afraid of the fur, after you have killed the Tiger", and that is exactly how I felt.

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