About this project
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You funded us and we delivered! Episode 1 is now up on iTunes! Click the link above to have a listen!
SICKBOY IS MAKING WAVES!
Thanks to EVERYONE who has contributed so far! We're really excited about how far we've come! Not only have we received national news coverage but we we're also featured at the top of iTunes New & Noteworthy! And it's all because of you! Let's keep the ball rolling! Spread the word!!
My name is Jeremie Saunders and I’m sick. How sick? Well, in the grand scheme of things pretty darn sick. I’ve got this asshole of a disease called Cystic Fibrosis. It’s a genetic Lung Disease that I am slowly dying from. Had it my whole life. So in other words I’m pretty used to having it by now. In fact I’m so used to having it that I often find myself making fun of the situation. I mostly joke about my unfortunate situation with my close friends… together we’re able to laugh about the absurdity that is Cystic Fibrosis.
Laughter. For me it’s an incredible therapy. I’m able to get two birds stoned at once with a good chuckle. 1) It's actually spectacular for my lungs and 2) I'm able to laugh in the face of death. Sure, the death isn’t really that imminent. Could be another 10 years before I go due to lung failure, but still, to be able to accept that fate and laugh about it while I’m still breathing is incredibly freeing.
So that’s me. I’m sick and I like to laugh. Put those two together and sometimes you get some really inappropriate humor that can leave some folks feeling pretty uncomfortable. BUT more often than not you get some inappropriate humour that let’s people give off a sigh of relief and washes away any of the discomfort/awkwardness that for some weird reason comes with the territory of talking to someone with an illness. It’s those moments that I strive for.
Enter Sickboy. A podcast where the sick talk about what it’s like to be sick... and laugh. Hosted by your resident Sickboy, ME! I am joined by two of my best friends, Taylor, and Brian! Are they sick? Nope! Well… Taylor has a serious issue with sweaty palms. But other than that they’re pretty damn healthy. With my illness, their curiosity and our overall sense of humour Sickboy Podcast makes for a pretty entertaining conversation to say the least. Each episode we will tackle a different disease and we’ll chat with a different guest who is living with that disease to get their take on day to day life, how they cope, and their overall experience being ill. I know. Sounds like a huge bummer. But trust me, It’s a fucking riot.
If you want to get to know us a little better click here!
Our Goals And Dreams
Originally this started as a passion project where we wanted to record our conversations about living with sickness because we thought they were both hilarious and inspiring. Our short term goal was to share this with our friends. Thats it. But after receiving such inspiring feedback, and a huge outpouring of support, we quickly realized that Sickboy is much bigger than that.
Right now we have big dreams for where this project could go, but in the short term our goal is to produce one episode per week. One thing that we're excited about is not limiting ourselves to guests who live in Halifax, but rather opening it up to guests from all over the world. We've also talked about the possibility of every so often recording live episodes that can be streamed through the magic of the internet. As well as having an annual show recorded live in front of an audience at a venue here in Halifax. Like I said, big dreams.
Some of our long term goals include... ready for this? ...Touring the country in a mobile recording studio, talking to sicko's from coast to coast. HOW COOL IS THAT?!
Who knows, this could turn into a multi-podcast media group. Pumping out quality content covering a range of different topics and categories. Again, our dreams are pretty big.
Where Do You Come In?
We need your help! If we are going to take this podcast to a whole new level we will need sponsors. But to acquire sponsors we will first need our own gear. As of right now, we are using the wonderful recording studio available for use at our local library. It's all well and good, but we are at the mercy of their schedule. Which isn't conducive of pumping out one episode per week (which no doubt will aid in securing steady sponsorship). So step one - Record from home! Now unfortunately professional recording gear isn't cheap. So here is a list of what we need:
- Dynamic Mics (four of them to be exact) - $2000
- Mic cords - $100
- Mic stands & wind screens - $800
- Mixer - $2000
- a CPU to edit our content on - $1500
- Sound proofing costs - $600
- Episode Mastering - $100/episode ($1000 total)
- Marketing $1000
- Miscellaneous expenses - $1000
Now so far, we've recorded five episodes. Edited all five of them on our own. But after the editing process we need to have them mastered, that way our podcast doesn't sound like poop. We have a pretty nifty sound engineer in Charlottetown who's been mastering our episodes for us, but each episode costs upwards of $100. Which so far we've been paying out of pocket. Our goal is to become sponsored within the first six months of the release. Four episodes a month for six months. It adds up pretty quick.
You on Twitter? Great! So are we! https://twitter.com/sickboypodcast
Who isn't on Facebook... right?! www.facebook.com/sickboypodcast
We have a website and a nifty blog too! www.sickboypodcast.com
Risks and challenges
One of our challenges is securing sick people that are willing to sit down and have a chat. So far we've been really lucky in that we know a few sickos in our own lives. We also had a number of people reach out to us after an article about Sickboy Podcast was featured in Metro. Oh. You never read the article?! No worries. Check it out here! http://bit.ly/1fEUUET
Our goal is to launch the podcast in a big and bold way securing a vast amount of listeners from all over the world. In that we hope that other sick people will reach out to us to share their experience!
Another challenge is securing sponsorships. Ultimately this is what the whole kickstarter campaign is aimed at setting us up for. In order to be able to produce one episode a week we require the money needed to sink the amount of time necessary to pull that off. That money will come from sponserships. But in order to reach that point we need a healthy amount of listeners. Quality content = Listeners = Sponsorships = More Quality Content.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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