How to Be a Broke-Ass Patron of the Arts
My personal life goal is to publish a book (and be among good company). Of course, the writing a book technically doesn’t cost any money, unless you count all the coffee I buy during my writing frenzies. In order to be serious about doing this, I will actually need the funds, to self-publish, to promote, and even to pay for two weeks away to sequester myself to get a majority of the book written. After I set up my campaign, I felt weird asking people for money, but now I think of it as giving people the opportunity to support me who believe in the subject matter (and believe me, it is a very, very niche interest.) Having the IndieGoGo campaign also keeps me accountable for actually getting the damn thing done- since people payed, they are expecting me to produce something! That’s a good kick in the pants to get me to finally write this thing if there ever was one.
Here are some of the most interesting campaigns I came across (aside from mine, of course!)
THEATER: Leaving Ikea: (Brooklyn) “A coming out gone wrong, an angry gnome, and two hundred pounds of Swedish meatballs: welcome to IKEA, friends. As two couples venture through their local Swedish superstore, they become trapped in a blue and yellow purgatory; unable to escape until they solve the problems in their ailing relationships.”
THEATER: Showgirls in Drag (Los Angeles): Because the only thing better than seeing this masterpiece is seeing it live. And with drag queens. “Do you like my nails?”
WEBSITE: Everyoneisgay.com: providing advice and support for LGBT teens through humor and education.
SMALL BUSINESS: The Can Van: a mobile canning service for craft breweries in San Francisco. Need I say more?
COMIC: Stiffs: The Apocalypse Party: “ Horror-comedy with the undead and a talking monkey. What more could you possibly want?” Not much.
You can even donate funds in someone else’s name- makes a great holiday gift (although you already know how I feel about gifts…)