I just realized the title of my dating site profiles are less engaging! I’m Dorothy (DBliss) and I’m new here. I have created 2 failed web series. What I mean by failed is that I made them and nobody saw them. I was just about to start crowdfunding my 3rd attempt when I attended AFM’s workshops and heard Rich Botto speak. He’s the creator of Stage 32 and had written this book called Crowdsourcing for Filmmakers. His talk made me stop and realize I was just doing things blind. My first two web series didn’t fail because of content, but because I had no idea how to get anyone to watch it.
I bought his book and have pretty much destroyed it with earmarks. My next web series is about a vegan girl who ends up in a world where there are no plants. I know, sounds odd, but I promise it’s funny. What I’ve done for the last 6 months is target certain audiences including the vegan community. I’ve even spoken at some events live and on Skype, which has been super cool. Plus, without boring people, a couple of my characters are animal lovers, so I’ve targeted groups in that realm and asked people to contribute ideas to episodes and story lines. My goal is to crowdsource my audience so that when I crowdfund they will want to jump on board. Exciting news so far, I haven’t launched my campaign and I have already received commitments of over $3,000 from those I’ve been engaging with.
So my first question to the community is to ask if there are others here that would talk to me about how they sourced an audience for their projects. There didn’t have to be a crowdfunding aspect to this, but I just want to know how you created support for your projects before you launched. How did you target? How did you engage? I would love to hear your creativity.
Second is not a question, but a hope of bringing value for welcoming me. I just attended a Women in Film event in Hollywood and Rich Botto was speaking again. His book is now on audiobook on Audible and can be had for free. This tome literally changed my life. So I’m recommending it here with a link to the free version
Thank you for having me here! Can’t wait to hear your stories!