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About

The Magazine

With simple yet fresh design, immersive stories, and honest and open discussions within the community- SEEN hopes to act as a platform for emerging artists and aspiring talent in the Kingdom.The desire of SEEN is to open the eyes of individuals from all walks of life to the incredible things happening in a country that has so much to offer, but has so long been ignored or acknowledged in a less than favorable light.  We have watched many magazines come, go, fail, and thrive in Cambodia-yet felt something missing in the publishing world that to us seems very important. We felt there were many still hungry for more.

This e-zine will be published monthly and printed tri-annually on quality matte paper so that pages rich with inspiring people, stories, and visions can be viewed repeatedly and will be available in e-format any time, all the time- in both desktop and mobile versions.

We want readers to have the ability to witness the things going on around them or across the globe without having to pay; to expose the underbelly of Cambodia-sometimes ugly but many times beautiful, in ways that interest a wide range of readers.

Since we are in Cambodia, it only makes sense to print in both Khmer and English! We want to be accessible to anyone and everyone either featured or interested in SEEN and find it extremely important that the ability to read in your native language is possible. We hope that with the increasing usage of technology and electronics, especially from young adults in Cambodia, that SEEN will reach many, especially those who rarely pick up a “regular” print magazine.

The Founders

We, Anna Mischke and Natalie Polson, met during a brief stint under an umbrella of financial safety from a publisher, but found that our combined interests, strengths, and connection to the country were directed towards something different than the project we were initially working on and with much thought and deliberation, branched off on our own as a team.

Both working in the publishing industry in very different roles, we two very different women share a vision that brought us together for something we see to be extremely important for Cambodia’s future: pushing the importance of art and personal expression.

Natalie, Khmer-American and Anna, an American expat- saw a small yet invaluable void in publishing in Cambodia.

Anna continues to work on several different publication projects and endeavors in fashion and lifestyle and Natalie pushes forward in a non-profit organization immersed in e-pub technologies.

The team continues to grow as SEEN discovers talented and like-minded individuals interested in bringing the project to life, whether it be Russell as our Head of Design or discovering the skills and gifts of up and coming photographers such as Chanda Cheng; there is plenty of dedication and zeal surrounding SEEN.

Our First Issue

We began brainstorming about SEEN in early Spring of 2013 and began reaching out to peers, sometimes strangers who eventually became friends, and family to get their opinions on our outline and overall proposal. After a healthy dose of positive feedback with added constructive criticisms, we decided that creating SEEN was an actual possibility.

The first issue of SEEN is slated to release via the internet at the start of the new year in January 2014. While we want to keep an aura of excitement around Issue #1, we can share that many of the subjects we had the honor of working with have been through hardships but come out on top, are ardent and passionate towards their work, and between all of them- have a vast range of life stories. Whether a piece on an ambitious young musician from a province of Cambodia or a striving Khmerican pop singer once featured on NPR trying to make it  in the states, to a daring female documentary filmmaker covering one of the first “outed” lesbian couples in Cambodia and the jolly man who allegedly makes the most delicious snails and clams in Russian Market- all articles are documented by individuals as enthusiastic about the topic they’re covering as their subjects are.

Many of the people  we come in contact with end up meaning something special to us, whether because of a few moments in passing or long hours of discussion about their lives, travels, adventures, and failures. We believe that wherever in the world you find yourself, you will find the same experience through SEEN and their contributions. We truly hope you do.

Each issue will range from 50-100 pages (we always have hopes to increase)  including a diverse offering of interviews, Q & A, photo essays, editorials, and artwork- hopefully inspirational in different ways for each reader that encounters SEEN.

Pricing

SEEN will be offered online for readers at no cost, whatsoever. We will print tri-annually (three months in one edition) on quality matte paper (shipping depends on location) available through our website and local shops in Cambodia. Each issue can be something to rest next to your favorite books, magazines, and knick-knacks and hopefully emanate a feeling of insight and warmth each time your eyes graze the cover.

The Campaign

We assume you’re wondering “where will my donation go?” and “why is Kickstarter your chosen route for initial funding?”

For Issue #1 of SEEN, we've pulled from our various resources, savings, and contributors and managed to put together something we really believe is great. To continue moving forward, we're going to need backing to grow what we've started.

We chose Kickstarter for a number of reasons but our main objective was to reach our friends near and far; whether in Salt Lake City, Tacoma, Glasgow, or Paris and to open their eyes to what this could be. We are a company that has yet to grow its set of wings- and hope that with support from those wanting to help, SEEN can take flight.

Startup & Legal Costs: Doing business in Cambodia can be the simplest of tasks for some and for others, a labyrinth of costs, fees, penalties, and frustrations. There are always initial start up costs in registering for a business and we've found that starting something in Cambodia is no exception. There are costs for achieving our small business license so that we can simply launch, along with patent licensing, fixing our taxes, registering our tax address, and filing with the Department of Commerce. While investing our personal assets can be difficult financially at first, it is funding we are currently putting forth so we can launch by our projected  date-but know we will need extra support as we begin this exciting adventure.

Staff: SEEN wants to provide a safe, fair working environment for our staff. In a country where many employees are extremely underpaid and where work environments can be dangerous- we want to make sure that anyone who joins the team feels cared for and appreciated. We have found through our own experiences that when employees are treated well,  they put forth their best and can feel proud of their work.

Web Development: To achieve the user friendly, yet attractive format we want for our web based magazine-we must find a web designer who can create a site that is easy to navigate, be aesthetically appealing and sustainable over time.

Production Costs: Overall, it costs money to produce content- whether paying freelance writers, photographers, or travelling to the subject of the story. We need help raising initial funds to get SEEN off the ground so that we can pay our staff fairly, find an enriching workplace, equip our team with the tools they need to succeed (example:  Dictaphone for interviews), printing costs tri-annually, and to make sure that the future of SEEN has as solid of a foundation as possible. Every dollar, every cent, every riel-counts towards this project.

SEEN is looking to raise $6,500 to cover the above costs. Nothing from our Kickstarter campaign will go into our personal pockets, it will all continue to help towards creating more issues of SEEN along with additional meaningful content and pushing forth in a community that so desires an outlet for their skills, talents, and endeavors.  

Our hopes are that as SEEN grows, so will the awareness of the arts in Cambodia along with art itself. We have faith that ultimately, the gap we initially saw will gradually begin to close as more people open their eyes to this truly magnificent and currently healing place.

We understand that not everyone has the extra funds to help crowd-source a project, but if you are interested in contributing in some way-whether it be your skills as a writer or photographer, a story, or even just a connection- we are interested and grateful. Please contact us if this is what you are called to!

What’s to Come?

Even though we have yet to release our first issue of SEEN, we have already begun to plan for our upcoming issues, compiling information, and reaching out in the community to feel how we can continue to grow and reach more readers, find more people who share the same interests, and build SEEN continually. While publishing SEEN as an e-zine feels like the most positive and risk free route at the moment, we would eventually like to print monthly rather than tri-annually.

Until then, we hope to grow our online and physical presence in the Cambodian community while uncovering those little stories some might just look right over and hit the nail on the head when it comes to meaningful individuals and pieces.

We want to offer our readers something unique, something new, and something enticing that they can count on for years to come.

Risks and challenges

Being in the publishing and design industries, we are familiar with the hardships that can arise: especially in a foreign country. When creating such a project from scratch, there is always the possibility of failure. While SEEN has received only positive feedback thus far, we know there are bumps in the road-some that are specially reserved for Cambodia- and it is possible that eventually, SEEN may not be sustainable.

With our combined efforts, we are staying confident and encouraged. As time goes on and the number of wonderful contributors begins to increase and as we receive confident reactions, we continue to believe that what goes into SEEN and what we offer to our readers is invaluable.

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    Your generosity really counts! We’d love to send you an 8”x10” print of a photo of your choice (we'll keep in touch via e-mail) from Issue #1 on high quality photo paper (shipping cost outside of Cambodia not included) along with a mention of thanks in Issue #1.

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    We’re so grateful for your support and helping bring this project to life. With this donation we'd like to offer you a print copy of our first three issues (one 8 ½ x11 bound issue) on high quality matte paper (shipping cost outside of Cambodia not included) along with a mention of thanks in Issue #1.

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    We see success on the horizon-thank you for helping to make SEEN something tangible. With your donation, we want to give you a print copy of our first three issues (one 8 ½" x11" bound issue) on high quality matte paper (shipping cost outside of Cambodia not included), a SEEN branded krama (a traditional Cambodian garment with dozens of uses: scarf! bandana! decoration!) along with a mention of thanks in Issue #1.

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    Thank you x100 for your donation towards SEEN. In thanks we would like to offer you a print copy of our first three issues (one 8 ½" x11" bound issue) on high quality matte paper, a SEEN branded krama (a traditional Cambodian garment with dozens of uses: scarf! bandana! decoration!), an 8”x10” print of a photo of your choice (we'll keep in touch via e-mail) from Issue #1 on high quality photo paper, along with a special mention of thanks in Issue #1.

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    Let’s get this started! With your donation of $200 or more, we want to send you a print copy of a compilation of our first three issues (one 8 ½" x11" bound issue) on high quality matte paper, a SEEN branded krama (a traditional Cambodian garment with dozens of uses: scarf! bandana! decoration!), along with a hand crafted, fair trade SEEN bracelet and a mention of thanks in Issue #1. In addition, at the end of our first year of e-publication, we will send you a private high quality e-video of some of our projects and where they are and what they’re doing along with a “hello” from our team!

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    We can’t wrap our heads around the support we’ve gotten; we’re completely blessed. With this donation, we would like to send you our first three printed issues (three 8 ½" x11" bound issues) over the course of our first year in publishing. Along with these, we want to include a SEEN branded krama (a traditional Cambodian garment with dozens of uses: scarf! bandana! decoration!), along with a hand crafted, fair trade SEEN bracelet and a mention of thanks in Issue #1. In addition, at the end of our first year of e-publication, we will send you a private high quality e-video of some of our projects and where they are and what they’re doing along with a “hello” from our team!

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Funding period

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