CrossCountry documentary about standup comics their success, shortcomings, & how I can find the proper path to becoming a known comedian
Why I need you: $35,000 is a big goal, but it’s the minimum that I need to make this film a reality. The way that Kickstarter works is that IF I DON'T REACH MY FUNDING GOAL, I DON'T GET ANY OF THE MONEY, and unfortunately this film will not happen. Before this project started I felt that this was a story that needed to be told, and I am even more convinced of this now. The outpouring of support for this project has been unbelievable and I know people want to know where comedians come from.
The Project: At the heart of this project is an adventure. In the beginning of July I’ll head off on a 2-month journey across the country from Phoenix to NYC and end up at the famous LA laugh factory. Before I go will book performances and find open mics to craft my trade. I will schedule interviews with comedians for the film as well as find comedians on the road like myself who have yet to make a name and are still trying to get discovered. I will Interview them to not only learn what they view as possible keys to success in the business, but i will also find out how they feel they have failed. Eventually this film will not only show you how hard the path to succes for a comedian is, but it will serve as a guide for future comedians to make it in the business.
The Budget: The goal of this project is to produce a feature length documentary film. It’s a big goal, and that’s why I’ve turned to the Kickstarter community to make this happen. The $35,000 that I hope to raise will go toward paying a production company, basic travel expenses, and compensation for one or two young cameramen or women to join me on this trip. For most of the 2 months, I hope to cut costs by either camping or staying with those kind enough to host me. $35,000 is the minimum that I can raise to make this trip work while producing a film that is of high enough quality to succeed in mainstream markets. With a film like this, the higher the budget, the higher the production value, but I’m trying to keep this trip as grassroots as possible and true to myself without compromising the final product. That’s why I’m looking to raise most of the money on my own. It lends me the freedom to make this project what I believe it can be. I am currently talking with various sponsors to help alleviate some costs of the trip, but I really want to raise this money here, on Kickstarter, building a community around this film, and starting a dialogue around these issues.
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This ambitious project is a labor of love, and I will need your help to get over the finish line. I view this Kickstarter campaign as an occasion to be creative and to help myself as well as future comedians pursue their dreams.
It is impossible to plan the whole project since spontaneity is where humor resides. That being said, I’m planning as much as I can to reduce any variables that could lead to failure. Before I leave I will have a route planned, clubs to perform in, places for myself and the crew to sleep, and multiple interviews arranged. I will not however, know all of the people that I will interview, and I can’t predict what they will tell me (Humor resides in spontaneity)!
I’ve left room in the budget for unknown costs, because obviously there are many expenses that I can’t plan or foresee.
It's an adventure, and although planning and preparing are essential to this project, there’s no substitute for going hard-nosed into an idea and making it work. Thomas A. Edison said, “The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.”
I believe this story needs to be told and I know that with your help, we can do it in an insightful, engaging, and profound way!