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A weekly web series, hosted by Marisa, featuring long form interviews with creatives - intended to inspire & empower everyone.
A weekly web series, hosted by Marisa, featuring long form interviews with creatives - intended to inspire & empower everyone.
A weekly web series, hosted by Marisa, featuring long form interviews with creatives - intended to inspire & empower everyone.
150 backers pledged $26,640 to help bring this project to life.

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October 3, 2014 - thanks to YOU! Season 1 is happening!! stretch goal: 33 hours left! let's make more episodes, if we reach $30,000 we will add on 2 more episodes to the first season! 

Thank you to our backers!!! for making this happen!

UPDATE #4 September 30, 2014 - 4 days left

We are committing to a full Season 1 of Creative Thursday. 

With the successful funding of this campaign, we will shoot 6 episodes. There are so many great creatives to feature, please help us reach our goal.

One more! A final preview featuring Karma Raines. 

"For me to connect with someone and share my love, that's one of the best things I can do." -Karma

This sentiment. It's what this series is about.

UPDATE #3 September 23, 2014 

Ok this is {almost} it. 10 days left. We're coming down to crunch time. Thank you to all of our new backers and to those you who've even raised your pledge amounts.

All I've ever wanted to do through my work is inspire people. I hope I can impress upon every one of you who visit this page, just how much I want to empower all of us, children, adults, men, women, all over the world, by sharing our stories through Creative Thursday. 

***just added***if you would like to support the campaign as well, by becoming one of our very first sponsors of an episode, we have added a new option to the rewards. With the combined influence of our featured creatives, we hope to reach a large audience from the start.

I've added another {longer} preview of my conversation with Laura Nelkin, along with more amazing creatives we hope to feature. Enjoy!

more of the amazing creatives we plan to feature! from London, to New York, to San Francisco, to San Diego, to Los Angeles
more of the amazing creatives we plan to feature! from London, to New York, to San Francisco, to San Diego, to Los Angeles

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UPDATE #2 September 16, 2014

22% and counting...!! Thank you to all of our new backers and supporters spreading the word! This week I have a second short video preview, and I'm excited to share the very first Creative Thursday interview in full, from my archives. Recorded September 2006, with Tracy Bennet, NFL kicker turned Set Photographer.

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Second video preview: features a short segment from my interview with Boulder speaker and soap maker, Lisa Gillespie.

First Creative Thursday interview from September 2006 :  a conversation with Tracy Bennett

meet the Creatives! we plan to feature - from Canada to Colorado to California to Vermont with more to come...
meet the Creatives! we plan to feature - from Canada to Colorado to California to Vermont with more to come...

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UPDATE #1 September 10, 2014

Heartfelt THANK YOU!! to all of our early adopters and backers so far! You have no idea how much this means to us to have your support at the beginning stages of this project.

I will be updating the campaign as we go along, with preview videos, special announcements and new reward options.

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First video preview: features a short segment from my interview with Los Angeles artist, Outi Harma.

Inspired by the launch of this campaign, I've also added a new, exclusive Kickstarter, print option from a painting created this week - along with new original painting choices for our backers.

Stay tuned for another preview, along with a reveal of the creatives who have just signed on to be featured in future episodes!

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The Creative Thursday Story

"What started out as one day a week, Thursdays, set aside to be a bit more creative while working a 9 to 5 job....Creative Thursday has become a full time business featuring the art, design and book of the same name by Marisa Anne Cummings."

From the beginning, my mission for Creative Thursday has been to inspire others to live a life they love, especially creatively. Over the past decade, I've set out to accomplish this through both my art and my voice, whether someone is touched by a painting, my fabric, a podcast, a class or a book.

In 2006 I started the Creative Thursday podcast, featuring thoughts from my own journey as well as conversations with creatives who inspired me. Since those early interviews, I've been imagining the possibility of creating a show like this.

this Kickstarter funds the first 3 episodes: airing May 2015

I want to make a web series interviewing and sharing stories of creatives, on location, and in their workspaces. I’ve been frustrated that a lot of interesting and inspiring artisans aren’t being seen because mainstream media isn’t featuring them, and I'm excited to introduce them to you through the perspective from an actual working artist & entrepreneur interviewing other working artists & entrepreneurs. From painters, sculptors/clayers, jewelers, designers, sewers, knitters, crocheters, cooks, writers, bloggers, musicians, dancers, actors/performers, photographers and filmmakers. Not only do I want to introduce them to you, but I want to take the time to dig deeper, beyond the tiny sound bites, where we’re always left wanting to know more. This isn’t about promoting someone’s latest project, it’s about having a conversation, where we explore what it really means to live a creative life. 

I want to inspire you, show you what is possible and shine a light on all the amazing people and the work they are creating.

the rewards: treats for you!

book | 2015 calendar | postcard set
book | 2015 calendar | postcard set
 

Every reward featured {named after the characters in Marisa's paintings}, is from the Creative Thursday studio, offered at a special price for Kickstarter backers. There is also an exclusive print, t-shirt and paintings from Marisa's private collection that are only available here on Kickstarter. We are even offering commissions where Marisa will create an original painting for you. And if you've been thinking about starting your creative business, or have questions from licensing to publishing to fabric design or just want some personal encouragement and guidance, Marisa is offering one on one consults to help you take the next step.

{When selecting one of the rewards with choices, please contact us directly to let us know your selection. If we do not hear from you we will choose for you. Also note the fulfillment dates listed on the rewards are when you will receive your products. Any part of the reward related to the actual airing of the first episodes will be completed on or before May 2015}

"creative together" exclusive Kickstarter print added September 10
"creative together" exclusive Kickstarter print added September 10
"sprouting" exclusive kickstarter print
"sprouting" exclusive kickstarter print
"jackalope and friends"| "lewis and oscar" | "love birds" | choose from the 4 print images above, the exclusive or one of the Creative Thursday classics for "The Lewis" "The Oscar" and "The Lola" rewards
"jackalope and friends"| "lewis and oscar" | "love birds" | choose from the 4 print images above, the exclusive or one of the Creative Thursday classics for "The Lewis" "The Oscar" and "The Lola" rewards
"the tinies" exclusive KIckstarter t-shirt featuring Marisa's characters, as seen in the video  {available in women's size S,M,L,XL - available in men/unisex size XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL}
"the tinies" exclusive KIckstarter t-shirt featuring Marisa's characters, as seen in the video {available in women's size S,M,L,XL - available in men/unisex size XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL}
original acrylic paintings {sizes between 4" and 5"} for "The Fern" reward
original acrylic paintings {sizes between 4" and 5"} for "The Fern" reward
original acrylic paintings {sizes between 5" and 7"} for "the Sweetie Bear" reward
original acrylic paintings {sizes between 5" and 7"} for "the Sweetie Bear" reward
original acrylic paintings {sizes between 8" and 12"} for "The Ei" reward
original acrylic paintings {sizes between 8" and 12"} for "The Ei" reward

how you can help

Sean and Marisa are producing this together in house. Funding this kickstarter will help us to purchase all of our start up equipment, from cameras, tripods, lighting, software, audio recording and music, as well as support our time and travel involved with creating the first 3 episodes in the quality and style we are envisioning.

You can also help by spreading the word of this kickstarter to your friends and family. We appreciate every dollar donated and every link shared. This series exists because of all of your support!

if we exceed our goal

Should we exceed our initial goal we can create more episodes! purchase additional equipment, fund the travel to interview creatives worldwide, and hire the help we need to get each episode to you faster.

stay up to date

Be sure to visit all of the Creative Thursday sites for regular updates on the web series and the kickstarter campaign.

facebook

instagram

twitter

And if you're wondering who the man is that I'm hugging at the end of the video? Meet Sean - my partner in life, creativity and this project. He has shown me endless support as I've built this business over the past decade and continues to do so by taking on the main role of filming and editing for our web series. 

A main company Groundling Alumnus, Sean has spent his entire career in the entertainment industry from acting, to writing, to teaching Improv at the Groundlings Theatre and School in Los Angeles as well as his own private sketch comedy writing class. 

Together, we share a passion for living the creative life and all things film.

And if you still don't feel like you know enough about me? Online since 2006, you can learn even more from my art, to podcasts, to video; everything is posted at my blog www.creativethursday.typepad.com

We cannot wait to share this series with all of you.

THANK YOU!!

Marisa + Sean

Risks and challenges

Funding the show, to purchase the start-up equipment, while also supporting the time and travel involved is the biggest challenge we face. Initially this will be created in house with Marisa and Sean working on all aspects of the creation process from filming to editing. As it is our first time producing this kind of show on location there will be a learning curve and there may be unexpected delays with production and coordinating schedules with interviewees.
With that said, nothing will keep us from creating this series!
Caring for my supporters and customers, following through on the promises I make is who I am and how I've run my business for the past decade. Creative Thursday the business exists because of all of the support from you! My commitment to you is one of my highest priorities.

Let us know if you have any questions!

thank you, again!

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    "the Ruby" - Marisa will send you a handwritten thank you on a "the gatekeepers are gone. you are the one who will open the door to your dreams" postcard

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    "the Olive" - You will receive a set of 10 brand new postcards featuring the art of Creative Thursday

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    "the Simone" - You will receive the 2015 Limited Edition Creative Thursday Calendar featuring 12 art images + your name will be included in a special thank you post on the Creative Thursday blog

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    "the Lewis" - You will receive one 8.5" x 11" Creative Thursday fine art print {choose one from the 4 images posted} signed by Marisa + your name will be included in a special thank you post on the Creative Thursday blog

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    "the tinies" - You will receive one exclusive to Kickstarter backers T-shirt. {choose your size} + your name will be included in a special thank you post on the Creative Thursday blog

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    "the Lola" - You will receive one signed copy of the Creative Thursday book "Everyday Inspiration to Grow Your Creative Practice" + one 8.5" x 11" Creative Thursday fine art print {choose one from the 4 images posted}, signed by Marisa + 2 art postcards + you will be the first! to view the premier episode before it's official release online + your name will be included in a special thank you post on the Creative Thursday blog

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    "the Oscar" - also known as the whole Kit and Kaboodle reward! You will receive the 2015 Limited Edition Creative Thursday Calendar featuring 12 art images, one 8.5" x 11" Creative Thursday fine art print {choose one from the 4 images posted}, signed by Marisa + one set of 10 postcards + "the gatekeepers are gone..." postcard + you will be the first! to view the premier episode before it's official release online + your name will be included in a special thank you post on the Creative Thursday blog + and! your name will be included in the credits of the first 3 episodes

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    "the Fern" - one original painting by Marisa - acrylic on wood, ready to hang with painted edges ranging in size from 4" - 5" - {Choose from the images posted. Give us your top 3 choices and we will do our best to make sure you get your favorite one} + you will be the first! to view the premier episode before it's official release online + your name will be included in a special thank you post on the Creative Thursday blog + and! your name will be included in the credits of the first 3 episodes

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    "A Creative Hour" - One hour consult with Marisa via phone or Skype. Been thinking about starting your own business, need some encouragement, support and guidance to take the next step? From licensing to publishing to fabric design Marisa will spend one hour answering whatever questions you have about running your own Creative Business. you will be the first! to view the premier episode before it's official release online + your name will be included in a special thank you post on the Creative Thursday blog + and! your name will be included in the credits of the first 3 episodes

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    "the Sweetie Bear" - one original painting by Marisa - acrylic on wood, ready to hang with painted edges ranging in size from 5" - 7" {Choose from the images posted. Give us your top 3 choices and we will do our best to make sure you get your favorite one}
    + you will be the first! to view the premier episode before it's official release online + your name will be included in a special thank you post on the Creative Thursday blog + and! your name will be included in the credits of the first 3 episodes

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    "the Eli" - one original painting by Marisa - acrylic on wood, ready to hang with painted edges ranging in size from 8" - 12" {Choose from the images posted. Give us your top 3 choices and we will do our best to make sure you get your favorite one} + you will be the first! to view the premier episode before it's official release online + your name will be included in a special thank you post on the Creative Thursday blog + and! your name will be included in the credits of the first 3 episodes

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    "the Ruby" Marisa will commission your very own original painting in Creative Thursday style 16" x 16" + you will be listed as an Executive Producer in the first 3 episodes + you will be the first! to view the premier episode before it's official release online + your name will be included in a special thank you post on the Creative Thursday blog

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    "Sponsor #1" Your company, name and logo will be featured in one of the 4 initial episodes. Includes a graphic created for you + you will be the first to view the premier episode + your name and company will be highlighted in a thank you post.

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    "Sponsor #2" Your company, name and logo will be featured in a 10 second spot, created just for you in one of the 4 initial episodes + you will be the first to view the premier episode + your name and company will be highlighted in a thank you post.

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    "Speaker" Marisa will come speak at your event. The topic and program will be created exclusively for you from business coaching to creative inspiration and motivation. Travel is included within a 100 mile radius from Los Angeles. Any other location, travel will be additional + you will be the first to view the premier episode + your name will be included in a special thank you post.

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