One week into the Live Through This Kickstarter campaign, and we’re already nearing the $10,000 mark! I’m shocked and amazed by the outpouring of support. It’s nice to see that suicide awareness means so much to others out there—sometimes it’s hard to hear questions like, “but why do you want to focus on something so dark?”
We’re in the midst of last minute preparations for the fundraising party at TUFFET, which goes down Thursday night, 2/28, at 7:30pm. TUFFET is located off the L train at 286 Graham Avenue in Brooklyn. Large-scale prints of the portraits will be on display, the amazing DJ Ashleigh will be spinning tunes, we’ve got drink specials, and several of the attempt survivors who’ve shared their stories will be on-hand. We’ve also got some really cool raffle prizes: CDs signed by Henry Rollins; jewelry by Nina Loren; mini-portrait sessions from Danfredo Photography; a 10 minute phone conversation with Charlotte Martin; a signed book by Neil Gaiman; art by Jason Sho Green; a signed Backstreet Boys canvas; swag from The Watson Twins; vegan skincare products from Level Naturals; and prints by me. Everyone who donates $10 or more at the event will get a super cute, super-secret LTT trinket (sponsored in part by Brooklyn Charm). You can RSVP on Facebook here.
The project has gotten a little love around the web in the past week, and it’s only right for me to link to that stuff here: Resource Magazine, the improvised life, Rose Runs Wild, and Snailbird. Bam!
Just yesterday, I booked tickets for my first LTT-related trip! I’ll be in San Francisco from 4/14-4/19. If you want to be a part of the project and haven’t contacted me yet, email me. I’ll start scheduling interviews/shoots in the coming weeks.
Our success so far has been due mainly to getting the word out via social media, namely Facebookand Twitter (click either of these links to share). The sensitive nature of the the project seems to be making it too cumbersome for the media to pick up, which means we have more work to do! We’re $5,942 short of the funding goal, so share the link (http://bit.ly/livethroughthis) everywhere you can (GOOD, Reddit, StumbleUpon, on forums, in comments on related blogs—anything you can think of). Every single dollar helps!