On streets filled with strangers, I have learned that people don’t always accept money or trivial services from others. However, what if the services offered are artistic and personal in nature, such as drawing their portraits. Would people more likely to accept or reject it? To find out, an emerging artist – Dominick Rabrun and I set out to do this rejection request.
For background, Dominick is a DC based artist who has reached out to me to interview and draw me at the same time. He has also experienced many rejections in his project to interview people and was looking for some advice. In this video, prepare to be amazed by what Dominick did:
Looking back, I don’t know how many of us would say ‘no’ to his request, since having one’s portrait drawn feels like an enormous honor, in both modern and ancient times. There is a reason royalties and politicians from the past all entertained paintings and sculptures of themselves.
In a way, because of his artistic skills, Dominick possesses the persuasive power that 99% of us don’t have. However, why did he still receive many rejections with his interview request? What can he do to increase his success rate?
Based on my learning from 100 Days of Rejection Therapy, here are three suggestions for Dominick to try:
1. Focus actions over outcomes, as described at 2’07 of the above video.
2. Start with why, as described at 2’25 of the above video.
3. Find a picture of the potential interviewee using Google Image, draw an unfinished version of the portait, and send it to him/her along with the interview request. Make it clear that the interview would be to complete the unfinished portrait, rather than to start a new one. Studies have shown that people are much more willing to continue and finish an existing effort than to start a new one.
Just like Dominick, we all have something special about us. It might not be artistic skills, but could be cooking, humor, swimming, talking to people, honesty, diligence, creativity… or rejection. We can all draw inspiration from this video: