Without Patreon, I would be working 30+ hours at my day job every week. Every actor, every artist, out here who is at this stage of their career has a day job - it’s a fact. Even if they hide it. Mine is tutoring, which is a GREAT gig because it pays wonderfully, but it’s also incredibly time consuming. I work for myself, which again, yay, because more money, but I also need to always hunt for clients. It’s also not a job where I can check out; I’m 100% engaged 100% of the hour, mentally and physically. So when I’m done, I’m wiped out. And doing that for five hours every day, five back to back hours, is exhausting. Last year, around this time, I was coming off a grueling schedule and I realized: I’ve done NOTHING to advance my career other than work my day job. Enough.
So, after a trip to Europe, I sat down and started to REALLY plug Patreon. And as that grew, I cut my hours back slowly.
Rewards I based on other, more successful campaigns – but I’ll be honest, Patrons don’t sign up for rewards. They sign up because they love you.