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A weekly interview series, hosted by Marisa, featuring in depth conversations with creatives - intended to inspire, empower + encourage
A weekly interview series, hosted by Marisa, featuring in depth conversations with creatives - intended to inspire, empower + encourage
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May 18 update: Our 2nd Season 2 Trailer featuring Christine Haynes

Meet Christine Haynes; a Patternmaker, Author and Sewing Instructor in Los Angeles. An Art school graduate and Maker from the early days of our present Handmade movement, Christine has a lot of knowledge to share, including a reminder about one of the most important choices we can all make in our lives.

May 14 update: Our 1st Season 2 Trailer featuring Alissa Haight Carlton

15 seconds in, the best advice on how to approach balance from Alissa. This is my favorite part of the Kickstarter Campaign and the biggest reason why I LOVE creating this series; introducing you to new creatives and sharing glimpses of their story ~ to inspire, teach, encourage and empower - while keeping it real.

 

May 11 update! Thank you to our Early Backers! We're getting closer...here's a little Season 1 Outtakes video for you to enjoy

A behind the scenes look at what happens when 2 Creatives decide to produce a video interview series. The learning curve plus the realization that they desperately need a clapboard and a bath tub for a lizard named Frank! And it was all worth it to share these stories, knowledge and a daily affirmation we could all use ;) 

Who is Marisa? and why is she so passionate about creating this Interview Series?

I believe everyone is creative.

Hello! My name is Marisa, I’m a painter, designer and author living in Los Angeles. I’ve been an artist since I was a child, and my passion has not only been to live a creative life but to inspire and empower others to live a life they love.

In 2004 I started Creative Thursday, and realized my dream of owning my own business. Listening to other’s stories has always been tremendously helpful to me especially when I was starting out, and even now as I continue to find my way with a growing business. Knowing how someone else made it, is what keeps me going on the days when I can’t see how to move forward, and energizes and empowers me to always become more.  

Filming Season 1 photo by Bonnie Tsang
Filming Season 1 photo by Bonnie Tsang

This is why I started a web series interviewing and sharing stories of creatives, on location, and in their workspaces. In Season 1 I introduced you to bloggers, photographers, designers, illustrators and painters and we’ve barely scratched the surface. There’s so many more stories to share. I kept my promise, dug deeper, beyond the tiny sound bites, and shared some wonderful conversations {and outtakes to come!} exploring what it really means to live a creative life. I want to keep showing you what is possible, to inspire you, to get you thinking, whether you want to pursue creativity as a profession, or just add more of it to your daily routine. 

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, book and web series of the same name by Marisa Anne Cummings."

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 or season 1 of this series.

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 and with the success of my first Kickstarter Campaign the possibility became a reality! {thank you backers!!!} Season 1 is now live.

Wahoo! It's time for Season 2!

The success of this Kickstarter Campaign will fund the next 6 episodes set to air this FALL 2017 Creating season 1 was so much fun. Hearing how much you enjoyed the first 6 episodes, with frequent requests for more! left me committed to producing Season 2. I love interviewing inspiring creatives, and will continue to introduce them to you through the perspective of an actual working artist & entrepreneur interviewing other working artists & entrepreneurs. 

I cannot wait to share more stories and keep shining a light on amazing people and the work they are creating.

the rewards: YAY!! treats for you!

Besides getting 6 new episodes for Season 2! you also get gifties!

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, owning a gallery, filming a web series or just want some personal encouragement and guidance, Marisa is offering one on one consults to encourage and guide you to your next steps.

New Original Painting "The LOVE" Reward added 5/11/17 and new Print Choice!

"Let's Stand Together in Love" 8 x 8 Original Acrylic Painting and new Print Choice!
"Let's Stand Together in Love" 8 x 8 Original Acrylic Painting and new Print Choice!

 

New Original Painting "The Nurturer" Reward added 5/4/17

 

"Nurturer" 12 x 9 Original Acrylic Painting
"Nurturer" 12 x 9 Original Acrylic Painting

 

enamel pins
enamel pins

 

oracle card deck | memory game | postcards
oracle card deck | memory game | postcards

 

original acrylic paintings for the tinies reward
original acrylic paintings for the tinies reward

 

"going your own way"  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}
"going your own way" 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}

 

"love not fear" exclusive Kickstarter print for the PINKY the T-Rex Reward
"love not fear" exclusive Kickstarter print for the PINKY the T-Rex Reward

 

"we're in paris" | "faithful love"| "what if all your dreams came true" | "delightful dreamers" | choose from the 4 print images above for "The Lewis" "The Lila" "The Lola" and "The Oscar" rewards
"we're in paris" | "faithful love"| "what if all your dreams came true" | "delightful dreamers" | choose from the 4 print images above for "The Lewis" "The Lila" "The Lola" and "The Oscar" rewards

 

original acrylic paintings {sizes between 4" and 7"} for "The Fern" reward
original acrylic paintings {sizes between 4" and 7"} for "The Fern" reward

 

original acrylic paintings {sizes between 6" and 8"} for "the Sweetie Bear" reward
original acrylic paintings {sizes between 6" and 8"} 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

 

"a bunny, a bear, a giraffe and a bird on beautiful planet earth" original painting
"a bunny, a bear, a giraffe and a bird on beautiful planet earth" original painting

 

portrait examples for an original commission option in both the Portrait Sessions Level and the Lucky Elephant Level
portrait examples for an original commission option in both the Portrait Sessions Level and the Lucky Elephant Level

 

original painting "zinnia garden in blue" for the Zinnia Garden Reward
original painting "zinnia garden in blue" for the Zinnia Garden Reward

{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 by the Fall 2017}

the goal for Season 2

I know the story I want to share with each interview, which is why I have decided to continue producing Season 2 in house. Sean and I are still doing all the work to create this series from the filming, hosting, editing, lighting, graphics, sound, marketing and promotion. 

The goal with completing this season is to have a body of work, 12 complete episodes, ready to possibly pitch to a network. It's a dream to have Creative Thursday streaming on a platform like Netflix accompanied by a professional team helping to produce the next seasons {where we could also have a budget for travel to feature artisans worldwide}. Our other option is to keep producing it ourselves and begin to add to our team while we continue to grow our audience and seek sponsors. We are excited to take the quality of the storytelling and filming to the next level.

how you can help

Sean and Marisa are producing this together in house. Funding this kickstarter will help us to support our time filming and editing, creating and fulfilling kickstarter rewards, marketing season 2, the 5% kickstarter fee, as well as purchase additional equipment and software to complete 6 more 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 - that would be awesome!

We greatly appreciate your support, and to honor your investment we are asking for the most conservative amount possible to support {what we now know is} an extensive amount of time involved in filming and producing and marketing the final 6 episodes - each close to 1 hour long. Should we exceed our initial goal we can create more episodes! {with much less pressure} and grow to include travel to interview creatives worldwide, as well as outsource the team we need to get each season 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. And sign on to Marisa's email list @ creativethursday.com

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And if you're wondering who's arm is holding the clap board in the trailer above? 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 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.creativethursday.com

We cannot wait to share Season 2 with all of you!

THANK YOU!!

Marisa + Sean

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Risks and challenges

Since this our second Kickstarter Campaign, we know what to expect and plan for. We are confident we can meet our goal of launching the second season and delivering your rewards on time.

With that said, as first timers on Season 1, we could not have anticipated the time involved with editing in post production.
Even entering our second season there is still a learning curve which may cause unexpected delays with production and coordinating schedules with interviewees.

Caring for my supporters and customers, following through on the promises I make is who I am and how I've always run my business. Creative Thursday the business exists because of all of the support from you! My commitment to you continues to be one of my highest priorities.

Let us know if you have any questions!

thank you, again!

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    A CREATIVE HOUR

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    THE FRANCE EXPERIENCE LEVEL

    You will be the very first to know as soon as registration for the 2018 Creative Experience in the South of France with Marisa opens and you will be able to apply the amount of this reward toward your trip which will include 7 nights lodging, all meals prepared by a personal chef and all creative and painting workshop instruction lead by Marisa.

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