New York Film School Success

Hey mates!

Well it has been a long time since I started exploring crowdfunding ideas as I myself was hoping to inspire or rather, inspire OTHERS about my journey through a successful crowdfunding campaign to help get me into New York Film School. Well, guess what? It finally happened! I used the simple crowdfunding campaign called GoFundMe to help secure the funds I needed! 3380 Euros were raised in just a month!

gofund me crowdfunding

From my mum to my friends, to all their friends and beyond. This is how viral social media marketing works at its best, in order to help somebody pursue their dreams! You cannot imagine all of the success stories of families trying to get medical bills covered they could not before, or a business startup idea that needed just a little bit of leverage to get going, to MY DREAM OF FILM SCHOOL!

One of the neatest stories that came out recently had some New Zealand ties  and it is one that means you better get your tissue out.  Infertility or adoption fees are now a big push in the crowdfunding arena, and you can read about this couples amazing journey here

Couple looking for adoption support through crowd funding

The funds I have received are in order to covers my flight costs, a deposit on the flat I am sharing with another new student, and just enough funds to get my through the first month until I get a job while studying! Never give up on your dreams and follow my blog to see how things go for me and I will also keep sharing insights into crowdfunding around the world!.


A New World of Opportunity with Crowdsourcing

I’ve been going on and on about crowdfunding in my previous posts, so I thought I should just advice you that even though crowd funding is a super way to raise much needed capital needed for your  start up, it will require some thought like knowing which type of crowdfunding will be suited to your project. Certainly if your company’s resources are stretched to the limit, crowdsourcing and play an important role with your content marketing for instance.  It is important to research some projects similar to yours and look at the platforms they did well on. For instance we all know that Kickstarter is a popular crowdfunding sites, but you need to discover that there are drawbacks to using it such as their being no marketing help.

crowdfunding can do woders

Crowdfunding opens up a new world of opportunity to startups, opening up chances for capital to flow into a startups. This has benefits all round as new companies mean new job opportunities. If you’re a start up in New Zealand, there are open-format websites which educate the public on the topic of crowdsourcing, offering plenty of crowdsourcing resources and guides. I’ll say it again – creative crowdsourcing is a very useful tool and because content marketing is about people increasingly sharing online, it is important, if not critical to maintain fresh content to maintain sharing of ideas

Kickstarter it will Be!

Well, according to an article I found in New Zealand alone there are thirty-three Kickstarter projects going on right now! This is exciting news for me!

Since I had this dream since I was a young boy, there are loads of my family and mates that would help share the crowdfunding campaign.

But I need to really find out how much money it will require of me to get to New York City and add that to the costs of the air travel, the food, basic other supplies to help me survive the first month before I can for sure find a part-time job!

Oh my goodness, I’m excited just typing this out!

The Kickstarter Economy is a phrase that has been coined by many, and based on how many startups are bypassing venture capital and getting people, REAL PEOPLE, to help buy into and support their dream or vision is amazing!

So with this economic slowdown and banks becoming very leery of lending to anyone, much less a chap like me, technology is allowing anyone in the world with a clear idea of what they want, to RAISE FUNDS!

Next I’ll be working on my budget and let you know if I’ve been accepted, and began the process of seeing how this new economic boon that is “crowdfunding” can help me achieve my dream of being a filmmaker.

Kickstarter New Zealand Film Project

Crowd Funding Newbie!

Hey, if you are like me, you and all your mates are on the cusp of, well, everything. But I’ve never spearheaded any sort of crowd funding campaign, although they are EVERYWHERE!

A man in prison  was convicted unjustly had his bail posted, a child needing surgery whose parents could not afford it used crowd funding, animal rescue groups and ALL THE TOUCHING stories we hear.  But what about me?

I just don’t have the money to get to film school and pursue a dream.

So there are several great crowdfunding sites out there, and also great information on how to be cautious in terms of what site you use, how to go about it, and make sure your efforts to raise funds are genuine.  According to an article recently, there was a huge crowd funding drive that raised tons of money, but it turns out they could not find the real people behind these products and when questions emerged, there were problems getting money back to early investors in this idea.

My cousin who lives in the US, used a Kickstarter campaign to raise $30,000 in one month to expand his natural juice company and great brand into a full retail store in a very high traffic-good market just 30 miles north.

crowd funding ideas

Kickstarter is amazing, because your “investors” typically get something back, depending on how much they pledge. Also, if the goal is not reached, nobody is out any money. This prevents the fear that someone might be close, but not enough for me to go to NY Film School for example, but use the money any way I see fit.  A great story in Australia came  out that you can read about here.  

This sort of validates the crowdfunding idea and it’s venture capitalist meets social media generation way of raising funds for dreamers, just like me.