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Chuck Staley

4 Years Ago

Has Anyone Here Used Kickstarter To Fund A Project?

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.

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PainterArtist FIN

4 Years Ago

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?


Lynn Palmer

4 Years Ago

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.


Chuck Staley

4 Years Ago

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.


Tatiana Iliina

4 Years Ago

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.


Chuck Staley

4 Years Ago

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)


Heather Applegate

4 Years Ago

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.


Chuck Staley

4 Years Ago

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???


Tatiana Iliina

4 Years Ago

That Tesla project looks amazing!

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

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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