Interview with Misha Collins About Jacmel Children’s Center
@lawyerashley: What is the most rewarding part of seeing a project like this through? What is the hardest? How do you keep from getting overwhelmed?
Misha: It's great to see an idea evolve from concept to completion and see the tremendous impact it makes. That sometimes painfully slow evolution is also the hardest part, so I keep from getting overwhelmed by taking satisfaction from knowing that I've put countless hardworking staff and volunteers through the ringer to get our goals accomplished. Schadenfreude is a great stress reliever.
@fangirlingjess: Does raising awareness for causes like these become more difficult when there isn't an immediate crisis to respond to?
Misha: It does. People are incredibly generous, but there are so many causes and issues out there that it can be challenging to keep the momentum going then there's not an immediate crisis, and you need to be careful not to wear people out. Hopefully, people haven't gotten sick of me constantly reminding them of all the good work they're doing, though, because we have a long way to go.
@Castieluk: What was the most valuable lesson you learned from this project & how do you apply the experience to other projects?
Misha: That's a great question. I learned that when you're dealing with a big project, especially one that involves working within other countries, there are a lot of unexpected hurdles and red tape that can really slow you down. It sounds like a big, but direct and easy idea at the outset: "We'll build an orphanage in Haiti!"
But the reality is that even when the money is there to accomplish a goal, there are governmental hurdles and regulations and logistical issues that really slow that big idea down and often cause a lot of delays. That's frustrating, But luckily, we have a lot of people who work hard behind the scenes to get us through those challenges, because it's never the same from country to country and getting things done is always a moving target. So I guess the way I apply it is to just set my own expectations that things will always happen more slowly than I imagined at the outset, and I just need to suck it up and try to be patient.
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