Most of us grow up believing it's more important to fit in than to stand out. But there's something different about you...and it matters. What if your weirdness was the key to changing everything? What if the outrageous, imaginative, crazy ideas that live inside your wildest dreams are actually there on purpose, divinely preinstalled to help others?
Knowing what makes you weird is the best thing you can offer your art, your business, your friends, your family, and yourself. It's the essence of creativity, the stuff of movements, and the hope for humanity. It's time to quit painting by numbers, conforming to patterns, and checking off boxes. It's time to GET WEIRD.
CJ Casciotta (pronounced Cas·ee·ahta) is a writer, serial media maker, and author of the forthcoming book, Get Weird (Hachette, 2018).
CJ is passionate about helping people of all ages, shapes, and sizes discover and own their unique contribution to the world, in other words, what makes them weird. As a writer and communicator, he's traveled all over the world inspiring brands like Lululemon, The Salvation Army, and Charity:Water. As a media director and producer he's collaborated on projects with MGM Studios, The United Nations Foundation, and The Huffington Post. In addition, his ideas have been featured in publications like CBS Money Watch, MTV.com, The Boston Globe, and RELEVANT Magazine.
A native New Yorker, he now lives in Nashville with is wife, Kelly, and daughter, Selah. He loves vinyl records, cigars, and drawing monsters when he should be paying attention.
It's courageous and wildly creative, giving a voice to the misfit and make-believer in us all.?Richard RohrA soulful invitation to start imagining again and, along the way, rediscovering who we were actually created to be. What a gift!?Shauna and Aaron NiequistWhip-smart and full of heart, it is a needed wake-up call, an inspiring invitation to be unusual . . . I can't wait to see all the goodness that's unleashed in the world because of this weird and wonderful book.?Brad Montague, writer, director, and creator of Kid PresidentThis soulful and practical gem of a book will kickstart your imagination and embolden your heart. While the message in GET WEIRD will stay with you forever, you'll for sure give your copy away to a fellow weirdo. Better buy two now.?Ian Morgan Cron, author of The Road Back to YouA gifted poet who believes in the soul, CJ and his inspiring book teaches us gradually about our own special gift of weirdness and how it can help minds change and communities heal. It's a huge gift to read his stories and walk with him as he discovers that being a square peg in a round hole keeps you from sinking. You will be blessed by this work.?Becca Stevens, founder of Thistle Farms and Episcopal priest