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Capturing and sharing the GOOD in America. 50 states, 6 months, 1 documentary.
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HELLO AND WELCOME to American Happiness.

A documentary highlighting the GOOD in America. 

It's time to make positivity louder, and put happiness front and center.

Hi everyone! I'm Michelle Wax. 

In January 2019, I'll be traveling to each of the 50 states in my Jeep Wrangler interviewing Americans from all walks of life on what brings them joy and happiness in their every day lives. 

Along with filming the documentary, I'll be sharing the journey on Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat each day - so you can experience everything in real time. 

Most people have told me this is crazy or insane...and I completely agree.

But the thing is...

We NEED more crazy and insane in the world -- when it highlights positivity and HAPPINESS. 

Because if we're not HAPPY, are we really LIVING?

Over the past four years, I've built two companies from the ground up, consulted dozens of people on how to start and grow their own small businesses, written a book on how to get past doubt and fear when starting out, and a bunch of other stuff...

Among all of this, I discovered my passion for capturing and sharing the GOOD in everyday life. I've received hundreds of messages from people all around the world on how they appreciate the positive messages I've created on my personal Instagram, and it's time to take it to the next level.

American Happiness will reinvigorate your spirit for America and for the American people.

The finished documentary will highlight happiness stories behind Americans from all 50 states, and also share the simple joys families and friends experience across the USA that bring happiness each and every day. 

The negative lense that's been put on the American people simply isn't true, and American Happiness is here to showcase that. 

We all strive to be happy and the majority of us are GOOD

I can't wait to capture and share the good all across America, and would really appreciate any support you're able to give!

#americanhappiness

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As a Kickstarter backer, you'll receive exclusive access to behind the scenes footage and the full documentary before anyone else! 

Choose a reward in the 'Rewards' column to become a backer!

You deserve only the best rewards, and we've got them for you.

Whether you're an American Classic or the Epitome of a Baller...we got you.

Reward #1: You're A Classic

Welcome to living the good life.

You get to watch American Happiness before anyone else! We'll send you the link to stream the finished documentary and access to behind the scenes footage.

You'll get a personal shoutout on our Instagram/Social Media as we journey throughout the USA and OBVIOUSLY your name will be listed at the end of the documentary in bold lettering.

Want to be A Classic?? Select Reward #1 to the right in the 'Rewards' section!

Reward #2: You're The Best

WHO EVEN GETS MAIL ANYMORE?

...YOU DO!

You'll get a postcard mailed to you from any state in the USA with a jolly note from Michelle on it! You get to choose the state!

You'll also get all the perks of Reward #1 above!

Want to be The Best?? Select Reward #2 to the right in the 'Rewards' section!

Reward #3: You Are LIVIN.

Start LIVIN and LIVIN WELL...all with a hat and ticket in hand.

The most highly anticipated hat of our lifetime.

1. You'll get a 'LIVIN' or 'AMERICA' hat, shipped directly to your doorstep.  You get to choose which one you want!

2. PLUS a ticket to the premiere showing of American Happiness, to be held in the Boston, MA area next year. Drinks, food, and a grand old time will be had by all.

You'll also get all the perks of Reward #2 above! A jolly postcard mailed to you from any state in the USA, shoutout on our Instagram, you get to watch American Happiness before anyone else, and you get your name listed in the credits!

Want to Be Living Large?? Select Reward #3 to the right in the 'Rewards' section!

Reward #4: You Know How To Live Life (YETI STYLE).

There are people who live, and then there's you

Welcome to livin life and livin it with a YETI.

You'll get this badass Yeti 20oz Tumbler which will keep your hot drinks HOT and your cold drinks even COLDER. 

I had ice cubes in one of these that didn't melt for 2 days -- yes it's wild. 

You'll also get all the perks of Reward #3 above! The most highly anticipated hat of our lifetime, ticket to the premiere showing of American Happiness, jolly postcard mailed to you from any state in the USA, shoutout on our Instagram, you get to watch American Happiness before anyone else, and you get your name listed in the credits!

Reward #5: You Are Amazing On A Billion Levels.

This is the best gift you will EVER give.

Imagine this... 

A personalized compilation video for the person in your life that you love and appreciate the most. Maybe it's your brother, maybe it's your best friend, maybe it's your wife...all we know is that they deserve this reminder each and every day. 

Michelle will interview friends, family, etc of the person you choose and compile a heartfelt video on why they are absolutely amazing and why they light up your life.

Oh, you're also an Associate Producer now - WELCOME. 

You'll be listed as an associate producer in American Happiness. 

You'll also get all the perks of Reward #4 above! A badass Yeti tumbler, the most highly anticipated hat of our lifetime, ticket to the premiere showing of American Happiness, jolly postcard mailed to you from any state in the USA, shoutout on our Instagram, you get to watch American Happiness before anyone else, and you get your name listed in the credits!

Reward #6: You Are The Epitome Of A Baller. 

OH HEY THERE, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER.

We'll fly you out to any state in the USA to come along on the journey for 2-3 days and experience American Happiness side by side with Michelle. Get an exclusive look behind the scenes and be an active part of exploring happiness in America.

A once in a lifetime opportunity.

You'll also be listed as an Executive Producer, another once in a lifetime opportunity.

Please note this reward level is only for the highest of ballers, are you one of them? ;) 

You'll also get all the perks of Reward #4 above! A badass Yeti tumbler, the most highly anticipated hat of our lifetime, ticket to the premiere showing of American Happiness, jolly postcard mailed to you from any state in the USA, shoutout on our Instagram, you get to watch American Happiness before anyone else, and you get your name listed in the credits!

We're taking a very bootstrapped and lean approach to the documentary filming -- all contributions will be efficiently used to make the most out of the trip and filming experience.

I've bootstrapped two companies so know how to make a dollar stretch -- and recorded a podcast with Boston Knotlight specifically on how to bootstrap efficiently.

Feel free to check it out here!

Rest assured your support as a backer will be used in the best way possible to make positivity louder in America and put happiness front and center.

Funds raised will go towards: 

-Video Camera

-Camera Accessories (mic, tripods, etc)

-Food and Drink throughout the journey

-Car maintenance + gas throughout the journey

-Airbnbs or Hotels where needed (although we plan to stay with connections and people we know in most states to save on these costs)

-Any extra funds will go to post-trip production costs and marketing to promote the film across America.

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MEET MICHELLE WAX, motivational film maker and speaker.  

"Vibrant, optimistic, and endurance are words that come to mind when I think of Michelle. She never waivers in these qualities and is able to bring people who surround her up to her level. 

After spending 1 day rehearsing in front of her, I pitched my company on a stage in front of 400 people and won 1st place! That’s the kind of stuff that happens when you are around Michelle Wax."

-Berlin Crystal Kelly, CEO of Proud Pour

"Michelle commits herself wholeheartedly to anything she puts her mind to. Michelle is very go with the flow. I believe that’s what’s made her able to learn, grow, and scale her businesses in quick time with no experience.

 Michelle’s go-with-the-flow attitude makes it so she’s typically able to set aside any frustrations/roadblocks/setbacks and stay focused on moving forward. 

Michelle is amazing.. she inspires me everyday and I think that anyone would be lucky to have her in their life as a mentor and friend."

--Elise Beck, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Hubspot

"Once Michelle makes a decision, she’s puts everything she has into it and never looks back. Each thing is done at 110% and each thing is successful. Even if she moves on to another job, or role or endeavor she ensures that what she left is successful and sufficient. 

Some would say she is exponentially motivated, but I think it is that she always asks herself what is the point of doing something if you don’t do it all the way. 

There is no one better to be at the helm of any initiative then Michelle Wax."

-Rebecca Stone, Manager at PriceWaterhouse Cooper

50 States. 6 Months. 1 Documentary.

Thank you SO much for checking out our Kickstarter -- I really appreciate any support you can give or if you're able to share via email or on social media!

We're looking for people to interview all across America, so send us a message if you're interested or want to meet up along the way. 

We also have some sponsorship opportunities available, check them out here.  

Thanks again, and have a great rest of the day!

Cheers,

Michelle

Risks and challenges

Of course there will be challenges and unexpected hurdles that come up, but we are prepared to tackle them efficiently! We will have backup plans for all interviewers in each state, and for accommodations as well!

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    YOU'RE A CLASSIC.

    Welcome to living the GOOD life.
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    You get to watch American Happiness before anyone else! We'll send you the link to stream and access to behind the scenes footage.

    You'll also get:
    - A shoutout on our Instagram stories as we journey throughout the USA.
    - OBVIOUSLY your name will be listed at the end of the documentary in bold lettering.
    - You can rest easy knowing you are LIVIN, and livin well.

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    YOU'RE THE BEST.

    WHO EVEN GETS MAIL ANYMORE?

    ...YOU DO!

    You'll get a postcard mailed to you from any state in the USA with a jolly note from Michelle on it! You get to choose the state!

    You'll also get all the perks of Reward #1 above! You get to watch American Happiness before anyone else, a shoutout on our Instagram, and you get your name listed in the credits!

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    YOU ARE LIVIN (with a HAT + a TICKET).

    Start LIVIN and LIVIN WELL...all with a hat in hand.

    1. The most highly anticipated hat of our lifetime.

    Choose from our 'LIVIN' or 'AMERICA' hat, shipped directly to your doorstep - check out photos under the 'Campaign' section!

    2. One ticket to the premiere showing of American Happiness, to be held in the Boston, MA area next year. Drinks, food, and a grand old time will be had by all.

    You'll also get all the perks of Reward #2 above! A jolly postcard mailed to you from any state in the USA, shoutout on our Instagram, you get to watch American Happiness before anyone else, and you get your name listed in the credits!

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    YOU KNOW HOW TO LIVE LIFE (YETI STYLE).

    There are people who live, and then there's you.

    Welcome to livin life and livin it with a Yeti (BIG TIME).

    You'll get this badass American Happiness Yeti 20oz Tumbler which will keep your hot drinks HOT and your cold drinks even COLDER. Check out a photo in the 'Campaign' section!

    You'll also get all the perks of Reward #3 above! The most highly anticipated hat of our lifetime, ticket to the premiere showing of American Happiness, jolly postcard mailed to you from any state in the USA, shoutout on our Instagram, you get to watch American Happiness before anyone else, and you get your name listed in the credits!

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    YOU ARE AMAZING ON A BILLION LEVELS.

    This is the best gift you will EVER give.

    Imagine this...

    A personalized compilation video for the person in your life that you love and appreciate the most. Maybe it's your brother, maybe it's your best friend, maybe it's your wife...all we know is that they deserve this video.

    Michelle will interview friends, family, etc of the person you choose and compile a heartfelt video on why they are absolutely amazing and why they light up your life.

    Oh, you're also an Associate Producer now - WELCOME. You'll be listed as an associate producer in American Happiness.

    You'll also get all the perks of Reward #4 above! A badass Yeti tumbler, ticket to the premiere showing of American Happiness, the most highly anticipated hat of our lifetime, jolly postcard mailed to you from any state in the USA, shoutout on our Instagram, you get to watch American Happiness before anyone else, and you get your name listed in the credits!

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    YOU ARE THE EPITOME OF A BALLER.

    OH HEY THERE, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER.

    We'll fly you out to any state in the USA to come along on the journey for 2-3 days and experience American Happiness side by side with Michelle. Get an exclusive look behind the scenes and be an active part of exploring happiness in America.

    A once in a lifetime opportunity.

    You'll also be listed as an Executive Producer.

    Another once in a lifetime opportunity.

    Please note this reward level is only for the highest of ballers, are you one of them?

    You'll also get all the perks of Reward #4 above! A badass Yeti tumbler, ticket to the premiere showing of American Happiness, the most highly anticipated hat of our lifetime, jolly postcard mailed to you from any state in the USA, shoutout on our Instagram, you get to watch American Happiness before anyone else, and you get your name listed in the credits!

    *Flight included from USA departure only, if you're international, please send us a message.

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