At about 7pm Tuesday night, as I sat in a bar sipping a beer and reading a book (I like to call this “location scouting”), I got the email informing me that we’d reached the 100% mark. I didn’t know whether to laugh or to cry. I still don’t. What I do know is that Live Through This will officially be funded!
Thank you so much to everyone who contributed financially or behind the scenes, who shared and shared and shared, and who cared about helping me make this thing a reality. My mind is blown. I’m ecstatic and so grateful. I want to hug all of you. Sadly, I will only get to hug some of you.
Now that we’ve reached the initial funding goal, we can work toward the stretch goals! Stretch goals, for those not familiar with Kickstarter terminology, are goals the project creator sets in excess of the original funding goal that, if met, will allow the creator to further expand the project. I have two in mind:
1. If we reach $22,683, I can bring in a filmmaker for one day of footage in each city I visit. This will work two different kinds of magic:
a). I can keep you all updated with a short video from every city! It’s like postcards from the road, but with less mailbox! I love the idea of collaborating with different filmmakers to bring you some behind the scenes action.
b). I’ll be accumulating footage along the way, which will [eventually] help me put together the documentary I occasionally reference wanting to make (always in the hushiest of hushed tones).
2. If we reach $25,000, I can have the website redesigned! With a more responsive design (optimized for all browsers and mobile devices), I can start to incorporate larger images and multi-media content, like video and audio in a more user-friendly, visually appealing way.
Truth be told, even if the stretch goals aren’t reached, I’m going to find a way to make them happen—eventually. It’s just how I roll, but it would be a lot easier (and speedy) if the funds were there to begin with.
A few things have happened on the press front, if you’re trying to keep up:
- Lillian Cohen-Moore interviewed me, wherein I talk a lot about the origins of the project, my ‘technique,’ and why it was important to share my own story, among other things: Learning to Live Through This
- We got some love from Upworthy: This Unique Attempt At Suicide Prevention Is Also Totally Beautiful
- LTT made HEAVY's list of 10 Kickstarter Projects That Deserve Your Money
- LTT gets a mention in the Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s Director’s Blog
- Cara Anna, editor of the American Association of Suicidology’s Attempt Survivors Blog, writes beautifully about the fundraising event at TUFFET, in case you missed it.
If you happen to be in Brooklyn on Sunday and want to avoid the disaster that is St. Patrick’s Day in NYC, you should stop by the BatHaus Coworking Space (279 Starr Street, off the Jefferson L Stop), where I’ll be talking about LTT at Presentation Party Night. PPN is a monthly lecture series founded on the idea that everyone has something to teach. BONUS: free beer by Brooklyn Brewery, free snacks from the Brooklyn Salsa Company. Doors at 7, Presentations at 8.
No matter what happens, I’m just so thrilled about this, and I can’t wait to get to work. I’ll see some of you as soon as 4/14 in San Francisco!
Thank you all so much.