I've talked to so many people about crowd-funding this project. It's interesting how the supportive to opposing scale runs in direct correlation to a person's age. I guess it's not really surprising, but it IS a study in our rapid evolution. As you might imagine, the younger the person, the more supportive. The general vibe being: this is the beauty of social media connection! The older the person, the more leery and almost appalled. Folks like my mom and grandmother-in-law having the, why-would-anyone-just-GIVE-their-money-to-you? attitude. If I'm honest, I run the gamut between all of 'em.
In any case, ain't no turning back now! Either I make the whole $17k or nothing at all. I imagine this will be a daily practice in turning it over to the ol' higher power.
There is much I can do to help the project along over these next 30 days and the Kickstarter website has a lot of great tips. Additionally, my great friends Beth and Lisa have shared their extensive social media know-how to help me keep things fresh and engaging for backers and potential backers. So while the outcome may be out of my control, the footwork over the next 30 days is not. I'll be posting pics and videos in my Kickstarter Updates to the people who have already backed me. I'll be posting to FB and Tweeting, and generally trying to up my game in those areas, which is still a pretty sharp learning curve for me. I will continue to send out emails to my local mailing list, and offer incentives. Every increasing level of backing earns the backer a few more small, but heartfelt returns on investment.
I'll post my Kickstarter updates on here as well, so you can follow the flow!
In the meantime, my first trip to Baltimore to work with David Chance is looming on the horizon. I've sent him about 20 songs which I think have the best commercial appeal. It'll be so exciting to see what he thinks about how to approach them, and which ones to choose.