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Benjamin BennettBy Benjamin Bennett
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Benjamin BennettBy Benjamin Bennett
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$298
pledged of $1,600pledged of $1,600 goal
10
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, June 1 2015 12:00 AM UTC +00:00

About

I sit and smile for 4-hour durations, and stream it live on YouTube. By the end of this Kickstarter campaign, I will have sat and smiled for 100 episodes, or 400 hours. I will soon be moving to another city, leaving my part-time job, and so will need a new way to support myself. It is my wish to turn Sitting and Smiling into my job, and this fundraiser could be the beginning of that. If viewers support this project, it would allow me to devote more time and energy to Sitting and Smiling, increasing the frequency and quality of the videos.

My goal for this campaign is to make $8 per hour of sitting and smiling for the next 200 hours. My deadline for completing the next 200 hours is August 31st, 2015. I am giving myself leeway because I am moving, but if all goes well with the move, I will be able to finish well before the deadline.

The money will go a long way, covering my bills and living expenses, which are quite low by most people's standards. I may also purchase a more comfortable sitting cushion, to replace my chunks of mattress foam. 

All of the videos are, and will be made available for free, and without ads, at www.sittingandsmiling.com and at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqW54i24PGw1q7IxciRmgTA.

Some facts about Sitting and Smiling:

  • As of this writing, S&S has received over 700,000 views, and over 3,000 subscribers.
  • It has been viewed in 202 countries, worldwide.
  • There have never been ads placed in or around the videos or the channel, and no money has been made from advertising.
  • I have received a total of $176 in donations.

A few of the e-mails Sitting and Smiling has received:

"Amazing Site"

I thought you were some kind of crazy dude with nothing better to do, even though i could tell how hard it is to do what you do. But then I thought of reading the comments on the youtube page and saw how people react to your videos and it was plain to see that they were unleashing all sorts of debates inside peoples's heads about perseverance, self-discipline, aesthetics, loneliness (or not), happiness (or not), normality, time and so on and on and on.... One seldom sees art that inspires so many people to question so many things. What perfect art you have created. I can't donate because in Venezuela it is forbidden to pay in foreign currency over the internet, but I hope you get all the support that you need.

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"Question"

why the f*** do you do this

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"hi man !"  

i'm really your fan . unfortunately i am not able to donate any money because we are in Iran . your project is very Radical i think . if you could manage it you should do it 24/7 . even sleep in that position . in 6 month , you will gonna be a millionaire . never give up on this project . even in the darkest times that you think you have no viewer be sure i visit your page , until the end of your life if the project continues .....

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"You Are Wonderful"

It's about time that someone showed the internet community that you don't need anything but your own acceptance of yourself, to be happy. I have dysthymia so i'm naturally depressive. But looking at your video..Is like looking at a person, who accepts me for all of my impections..and watching you smile..makes me smile, ever so brightly. I sit there with you for atleast 2hrs, 2x a week. You can say it's my form of meditation, that not many people could understand. Thankyou for showing me that i'm not alone in feeling that you don't need anything besides friends/family;love, to be completely content with life.

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"(no subject)"

Do something productive, you waste of oxygen.

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Risks and challenges

I will soon be moving to a new city, so I am leaving some extra time for moving, getting the electricity and internet set up, and any unforeseen problems. If all goes well, I should be able to complete the 200 hours well before my deadline of August 31st.

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Support

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    Download code for one of my solo albums on Bandcamp. Options are 'WIPERWILL', 'Spoilage', and 'The Young Don Forks'.

    Listen at:
    http://milmin.bandcamp.com

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    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    Download codes for ALL THREE of my solo albums on Bandcamp: 'WIPERWILL', 'Spoilage', and 'The Young Don Forks'.

    Listen at:
    http://milmin.bandcamp.com

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    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    Download codes for ALL THREE of my solo albums from Bandcamp AND your choice of one physical CD sent in the mail: "Tangle" or "Ingress" (you can preview them on Bandcamp).

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    http://milmin.bandcamp.com

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    Download codes for ALL THREE of my solo albums from Bandcamp AND physical CD copies of both "Tangle" and "Ingress", and a copy of of my 120-minute double-cassette recording, "Down To Earth" (read about it on my Bandcamp page).

    http://milmin.bandcamp.com

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    All of the above gifts, and a private performance of sitting and smiling. Your choice of private web-stream or live in-person (you cover transportation cost).

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Funding period

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