Your project is where your heart is (or perhaps should be) and a lot of people are using Kickstarter to fund their projects. See what I did there? Kickstarter is a website that allows you to find, entice, and reward backers for these projects. You set a monetary goal and list rewards at various dollar levels. Most importantly, you set a deadline and if you make your goal, by your deadline, Kickstarter gets a piece and you get the rest.
Like anything else in the creative space, there have been wild successes and utter failures. To define wild success, I’d say any kickstart that more than doubles its goal is pretty wild. I’m aware of one that very nearly earned ten times its two thousand dollar finish line in thirty days. There are others that likely disappear without so much as a whimper.
I wish I could tell you why some work and some don’t. I suspect that much of it revolves around community. If you’ve already laid down the time necessary to have people around you willing to back your plays and you’re smart about the goal and the premiums AND you’ve done due diligence in making a good video or taking good pictures of what you’re trying to accomplish, that will put you well on your way. If you fail in any of those areas, I suspect your kickstart will fail. You also have to, as with anything else, promote yourself and have others promote for you.
To that end, here are some projects I feel are worth you looking at. Some of them are fully funded, but don’t let that stop you. Check out the premiums and decide if it’s worth your money. Enjoy and let us know about your fund raising efforts and those of others we should have a look at.