Hi, my name is Tema! First off, THANK YOU for taking the time to read about my project.
I'm a freshman at the Chicago College of Performing Arts where I'm getting a BFA in Musical Theatre. Outside of theatre, I'm a singer/songwriter, saxophonist, and jazz vocalist. I began singing when I was little, picked up the saxophone in elementary school, and taught myself piano my freshman year of high school. I was also in my high school's a cappella group for four years.
About My EP
Before graduating high school and starting the next phase of my life, I wanted to create an original EP to commemorate my high school experiences. I hoped it would demonstrate how much I’d developed as a person and a musician - both to myself, and also to the friends and family who’d supported and impacted me along the way.
I Didn't Come Here to Hang Out is two years in the making and is truly a time capsule of my last few years in high school.
The process of creating my EP has been one of the greatest and most rewarding challenges I've endeavored. It tested my musical abilities as I arranged parts for sax, trumpet, and trombone; it tested my management skills as I recruited musicians, organized schedules, and booked studio time; it tested my collaboration skills as I co-arranged string parts with my musicians; and it tested my financial organization as I took on new jobs and saved up in order to pay for my sound engineer, musicians, and studio time.
I'm so proud of the product, and I've walked away with much more than just recordings - in working on this project I’ve developed knowledge and connections that I could never have imagined.
I wanted to publish this Kickstarter with a nearly finished product so you’d know what you’d be paying for. I've already written and recorded the songs. Now, I'm in the final stages of post-production.That means that I’ve been covering all costs with my own money thus far. With your help, I’m hoping to make back a lot of the money I invested in the EP. I’m also hoping to cover future costs like CD and sticker orders, shipping fees, iTunes payments, and much more. With the help of this Kickstarter, I plan to release the music on iTunes in February of 2018!
Please contribute in any way you can - hopefully the rewards give you an incentive. And if you can't pledge money, please consider spreading the word and sharing the link on social media!
Recording Studio Fee: $600
Engineers Recording Fee: $1,487.50
Engineer's Mixing Fee: $1,102.50
Payment to Musicians: $460
Shipping fees, extra orders, misc.
Special thanks to...
- Kevin O'Connell
- Noah Harrington
- Ryan Park
- Cole Whitehouse
- Caleb Fried
- The Record Co.
- YCCA - West Suburban YMCA Center for the Creative Arts
- Vance Gilbert
- Katani Sumner
- Celina Siegel
- My parents, Steve Siegel and Theresa St.John-Siegel
Artwork designed by Celina Siegel.
If you want to hear acoustic takes of tracks that made it onto the album, check out my SoudCloud.
You can also check out my sister's and my shared YouTube account for covers and original songs!
Risks and challenges
As I said before, I have overcome many challenges already. The biggest one facing me now is to draw attention to my Kickstarter and to market my music.
I already have mailing lists to contact and many Facebook groups comprised of friends, old and new, to post in. I also have a number of social media accounts which I intend to advertise through, something I’ve already begun to do. Finally, I intend to reach out to former teachers, extended family, and friends from high school and college to help spread the word. I plan to bother anyone and everyone I can :)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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