Kickstarter

Today I’m making bits of progress on my Kickstarter fundraising campaign.

Kickstarter is a “crowdfunding” platform that essentially lets you raise money for projects by having people purchase in advance. The project that I want to raise money for is a professional-quality, studio cast album of my musical Broadcast.
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In order to raise money effectively, though, there’s a lot of advance planning that has to happen. This includes making a budget, and since numbers are not one of my strong points, I am grateful for friends who possess the skills that I lack.

Today I reached out to my friend, the multi-talented Farah Alvin. In addition to being the nutritionist who helped me to lose 70 pounds so far, she was also one of the actors who performed in our workshop of Broadcast at the National Music Theater Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in 2013.

Farah has performed on a lot of recordings, and is going help as a kind of consultant on the recording side of this project.

My first question: How much should I be paying my actors? Some people would be willing to do this for free, but I am a firm believer in paying people for their work.

Her first suggestion was paying $100 per song. That sounds like a lot of money, but once you factor in rehearsal time, practice time at home, and time in the recording studio, it doesn’t work out to much of an hourly rate.

So… if I paid every actor $100 for each song they perform in, that would work out to… (gears grinding as I attempt to do math, and then give up and set up a spreadsheet) …$6400.

Gasp.

That took my breath away at first. And while further discussion brought that number down a bit, it was a reminder of how much it actually costs to make a professional recording—and of why we will need to be fundraising for it in the first place.

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