Let the Kristina Wong Panhandling tour of 2012– Begin!
April 4th, 2012 → Leave a comment
Yet again, I shake my hobo cup out to cyberspace, bow to generosity of friends, fans, family and total strangers as I launch yet another Kickstarter campaign. This time to get my show Going Green the Wong Way up in my first international tour at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this summer.
This is the the third time in two years I’ve tried crowdsourcing and the first time I’ve tried to raise this much money. Oh believe me, I don’t take people’s generosity for granted. And I’m getting a little shy about doing this AGAIN after having just done this less than a year ago. I don’t like to be known as a cyberbegger, but what choice do I have? I’ve managed to get turned down for three funding applications in the last few months. My track record of “getting all the grants” is steering in an odd new direction of rejection letters and deferments. So it’s Kickstarter or debt.
It certainly is a lot of work to do a fundraising campaign. I am doing the work of a PBS telethon all by myself, including handsewing my perks. I went back and forth about whether or not I should try to raise this amount, or shoot for something that seemed more attainable. After a lot of thought, I decided to take a big risk and ask for the full amount of what this project will cost to produce. The prospect of 16k in credit card debt was motivation enough to get me moving in this direction. Even doing the math, a $5 contribution from each of my 3500 Facebook friends (some deceased, fake accounts I accidentally approved, and other profiles not in commission) will not yield what I’m attempting to raise. But I have a lot of faith that I’ve created an enticing campaign filled with perks galore. My parents have even volunteered to make thank you calls to donors at the $250 level!!
Right now, I need to average $266 in donations to stay on target. In two days I’ve raised 5% of my goal. I feel so lucky. And I’m letting that love energy from my supporters take me to the promised land. I wrote this blog last year about how I made crowdsourcing work for me. And I plan to document for xoJane what other levels of humiliation I will stoop in my pursuit of this goal. It’s all part of the plan baby. If I can do this, anything is possible.