My First campaign with the most popular crowdfunding platform, Kickstarter

This weeks blog I dedicate to my first crowd-funding attempt. My campaign was launched on January 31 and ends this Sunday, March 2nd, 2014.

I am grateful i live in New York city. Not only i enjoy to be around my immediate family (my little brother) but also because of the available resources. There are networking meetings on a daily basis, covering every topic one can imagine! By attending only one meeting i met about a dozen of experts, bloggers and organizers of crowdfunding platforms.

I was fortunate to meet two Indiegogo specialists that were very generous with their time. I scheduled an additional  meeting where i learned more about the realities of crowdfunding and the best practices for filmmakers.

I chose to place my first campaign with the most popular platform for creative projects, Kickstarter. The link below describes my film project in detail:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/393555151/my-life-in-black-rock-buffalo-new-york?ref=discovery

This project will only be funded if at least $3,000 is pledged by Sun, Mar 2 2014 11:46 AM EST.

Please copy and paste the URL at your social media platforms and announce it. I can really use the support!

If the project looks appealing to you, please feel free to pledge. I chose the rewards very carefully, they are best quality products!

Thank you for your consideration!

Sincerely,

Nefeli Soteriou

 

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This and that: write, complete and share the post

My week was full of fascinating events and i wanted my new post to reflect the richness of one personal experience. But the more i tried to focus one one theme, the harder it became.

Today i decided to give in and simply write, complete my post and share it.

MY LIFE IN BLACK ROCK BUFFALO NEW YORK

I am happy to announce my campaign reached Popularity ranking #20 at Kickstarter. I am grateful people can find out about my work. I am new to the promotional aspect of film-making but i enjoy every step of the process.

https://www.kickstarter.com/discover/advanced?category_id=30&sort=popularity

Please feel free to share my campaign at your social media posts. I could use the support!

INTIMACY

I had a very contemporary viewer’s experience at Acorn theater last night. The play is Intimacy, a comedy written by Thomas Bradshaw and directed by Scott Elliott. It describes the relationships of three different families that live in a small town. For in-depth details about the plot, visit Acorn theater’s website at:

http://www.theatrerow.org/theacorn.htm

A sign inside the theater explains Intimacy contains nudity. I consider myself a liberal person. Was i shocked and felt unease? Certainly. Did i crack myself up with the absurdity of the characters? I did.

Several people left during intermission and i was not surprised.

I thought the playwright had a goal to remind audiences of their vulnerabilities and idiosyncrasies as human beings. We may still judge others based on our own perceptions of reality regarding religion, gender and race. I felt the play successfully provoked me into thinking about becoming more tolerant and accepting of the different.

I liked how the cast was orchestrated to move in the stage, overall i felt the directorial decisions were smart. And i loved how the characters were present on stage -no curtain- right before the beginning of the play. At around 8:00pm the lights went off and the show begun. I took a still from my i-phone five minutes before the beginning of the play that i paste below.

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I don’t know how i know what i know sometimes

I put on many hats in my career span and worked at extraordinary positions here and abroad. I experienced  the good and the bad in working in different industries. I had great times with fun people at work, from higher-ups to co-workers. Sure, from time to time i ran into unscrupulous business tactics that i learned to either cope with, or seek new employment. In the Taoist approach, the good-bad distinctions and other dichotomous moral judgments are perceptual, not real.

I don’t know how i know what i know sometimes, but i felt i will find new work this month.

My job search begun a year prior to my relocation, but real progress took place when i met my career coach. The New York Public library offers the service for free, New Yorkers we are lucky!  I put the time in and read two books as advised. I completed several assessments and marked down my specialized skills. My coach helped me target my search and i know now, i can be an even greater contributor based on my specialized skills.

“It will happen in February” i shared with a friend this past October. “What are you a psychic?” my friend replied doubtful. “I don’t know how i know what i know sometimes, but i know, i will find new work in February”.

“Dream on”, my friend said.  And it was her doubt that blocked my intuition temporarily. Thankfully i snapped out of it quickly.

When doubt  kicks in because of external factors, question it. Or even better, ignore it. Is not possible that others know what you deeply feel and know. Continue to trust and take the steps necessary to reach towards your goals. Share to more supportive friends if you need to, accept that your perception for life varies from others and leave it at that. Whatever it is, don’t dwell on others doubt, at the end you may mistake it as your own.

I am grateful for the gift to know what i know. I currently discuss two part-time jobs.

My life in Black Rock Buffalo New York

I would like to announce that i launched my first Kickstarter campaign! My Life in Black Rock Buffalo New York is a documentary that celebrates life! It is a lively conversation about mothering, migration and notions of happiness. I dedicate this project to my mother Mirianthi, for she has worked hard all her life to support my education. I love you mom!

A description of the film and the creative process is described at the link below:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/393555151/my-life-in-black-rock-buffalo-new-york

Please feel free to announce the campaign with sharing the above link to your professional groups, friends and family locally and elsewhere around the world. Only when i manage to raise my funding goal in the given time-frame -30 days-, i will be able to receive the funds. I can really use the support.  The rewards I carefully selected for best quality. Thank you again!

P.S. I  am trained to be behind the scenes not in the front line. It may not be obvious in my presentation but i really-really pushed myself to get out of my comfort zone in order to film a short video segment and publicly ask for support for My Life in Black Rock Buffalo New York.

Thank you so much for your support! Your help really means a lot to me!