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Has Anyone Here Used Kickstarter To Fund A Project?

Posted by: Chuck Staley on 02/01/2013 - 3:07 PM

I'm just learning about Kickstarter from my daughter, who has put together a project with her photographer friend.

The way it works is you decide on a project, how much it would cost to complete, then ask for donations.

Here is her link, then from there you can look of Art projects and see what is out there.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1351800018/milf-mothers-id-like-to-follow-an-art-photography

 

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Posted by: PainterArtist FIN on 02/01/2013 - 3:47 PM

I looked at that a few months back. Would like to give it a try sometime as I have a children's book that I illustrated and would like to get published, Anyone know of other resources for that?

 

Posted by: Lynn Palmer on 02/01/2013 - 3:51 PM

I've heard of it and it sounds interesting but I can't say first hand how effective it is. If you try it please let us know how it works out for you.

 

Posted by: Chuck Staley on 02/01/2013 - 6:13 PM

My daughter is trying it, Lynn, so I'll keep this link up-to-date. Some people get even more money than they request--even double and more.

 

Posted by: Tatiana Iliina on 02/01/2013 - 8:36 PM

Hi Chuck, Looks interesting...

If you search for kickstarter in the discussions, 39 different threads come up...

Including one I posted a few months ago. You can look at it - it was about a successful project that I just happened to come across. It was somewhat interesting - not particularly mind-blowing - but the guy really seemed to have his ducks in a row.

Funny thing, the thread had over 1500 views and only one reply not from myself. I notice there is a near fanatical lack of response on all the "kickstarter" threads LOL no clue why(??)

Anyway, good luck to you daughter. BTW there are a lot of other "crowdsourcing" sites. From what I have seen, one of the better ones is indiegogo.

 

Posted by: Chuck Staley on 02/01/2013 - 11:22 PM

Interesting, Tatiana, I'll have to do a bit of research. Never heard of indiegogo, but then I never heard of Kickstarter until this week.

Reading through the Kickstarter goals, I would think it would be easier to just go get a job than to spend all that time promoting and trying to squeeze money out of people you know.

EDIT: "Indiegogo is an international crowdfunding site where anyone can raise money for film, music, art, charity, small businesses, gaming, theater, and more."

I sorta like this one: Let's Build a Goddamn Tesla Museum

We're trying to raise money to buy back Nikola Tesla's old laboratory, known as the Wardenclyffe Tower, and eventually turn it into a museum.

$1,370,461 Raised of $850,000 Goal (Closed and funded)

 

Posted by: Heather Applegate on 02/02/2013 - 10:32 AM

I did one a little while back to try and raise funds to publish my calendar, but only got part of the funding so it didn't happen.
You have to have a way to market the hell out of it so you can reach your goal, or have it be interesting enough to go viral.

 

Posted by: Chuck Staley on 02/02/2013 - 11:26 AM

I agree, Heather. My daughter and her friend want me to do a video to fund a project. I'd rather people send me money and I send them artwork.

I find it hard enough just getting "Likes" on my Facebook page. How hard is that to do???

 

Posted by: Tatiana Iliina on 02/02/2013 - 12:54 PM

That Tesla project looks amazing!

Another successful one that I followed from somewhere in its beginnings was Hybrid Vigor, a film shot in Latvia

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hybridvigor/hybrid-vigor-a-feature-film-shot-on-location-in-la

One of the features I noticed about this one was the huge number of twitter followers they had, now way over 200,000. Again, the founder appeared to have a strong basis of credibility in film to work from.

I agree with you Chuck about squeezing acquaintances for support and the amount of work involved, the Facebook likes, etc. My own approach is at present I have only a vague idea that I might possibly have a project worth pitching somewhere along the way - so am hoping to have at least a minimal critical mass of a (social media) network built up so that I could engage it when the time is ripe.

It may well not be for a kickstarter project - could be any other type of project, exhibition, etc...

btw interesting bio you have and love your work and range of styles and subjects..

 

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