I don’t quite have the time to say my thank yous in the official format at the moment which is horribly remiss of me, but I have a day job to do and 8 minutes of material to write and rehearse by Tuesday so I hope you’ll forgive me if you’ve given and not yet received my personal regards.
31 people donated yesterday and I am so overwhelmed by the generosity of strangers, best and good mates (who really should know better), people I’ve only known all too briefly, people I’ve only ever spoken to on the phone, people I haven’t seen since 1993…that I want to make sure that I do it right. I hadn’t expected to have that many donations so quickly. I haven’t even had the company logo or the production’s artwork done yet (it’s on its way!) and I had been hoping to properly brand all my responses, but politeness and my astonishment at the kindness of so many people deems that I must say thank you, personally and soon. So I shall, just let me get my Shakespearean stand-up routine (Wilmington Arms Tuesday 19th February, Bright Club: Culture) out of the way and I’ll be up to speed again!
An immense thank you has to go to the person who nudged me in the direction of and researched crowd funding for me, Miriam, a tireless advocate of my work, the person who quietly suggests that I keep going and whose professionalism, enthusiasm and non-nonsense Lancastrianism never fails to keep me motivated. It was Miriam that found Sponsume (which I thought was probably right for me as if it works for Josie Long it’s probably up my alley). I’d like to thank my parents for not only donating, but also having the forethought to make sure I was born on a very convenient date – I suspect a couple of hundred quid was in genuine birthday presents!
As the numbers ticked towards £1000, my jaw dropped, I’ve never had such a generous birthday present. I will never forget yesterday and what it means to me in terms of trust, faith and encouragement…90% of the donations came through people I know personally, so whilst this is a collaborative effort, the production is rather more…’mine’ – my friends trust me to use their money to do something I believe in. I will eventually be sticking my financial neck out by around 6 times the amount raised yesterday…the exact amount of my MA tuition fees next year. So, yeah, I’m within my rights to feel a tad possessive about this. But self-awareness is all, the play will not shine like it did unless I relax…and the money from the crowdfunder is a very calming influence…it’s not just me now. There are 33 of us invested in this and that feels good.
Pre-production at the moment involves the second of my theatre contracts, inquiries about rehearsal space and sketching out the plans for the production’s launch party…as usual with all such things, I look to break even or make money rather than do things for the sake of extravagance…it’s the latent businesswoman in me, beneath this flaky veneer of creative flouncing, there lies a sharp-suited steely-eyed spreadsheet-scryer. But the party will be fun. The spreadsheet says so. Very soon once all the bills are paid and forms are filled (round about March 1st, I can truly concentrate on the important things, polishing the script, building my cast, and y’know – doing an actual play justice.