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[All contributions that are funded will be strictly used for reward & trip expenses.] 

Hello! My name is Nik Koyama and I'm the creator of the Get This Kid Out of Here Project!

 I get a lot of questions about what this project is or what I am setting out for it to be, and the more I think about it, the further I get from the answer. The possibilities are so big that I lose track of where reality meets imagination; it could be anywhere. However, I can definitely tell you where the project started! It started as my life's work. I am a videographer who takes great pride with how I treat people & how my connections continue to make my life what it is today. (To read the original description, scroll to the bottom to the ***) 

[Updated January 15th 2014]

The process of a Kickstarter project has taught me things that I could’ve never have learned doing anything else. It started at one moment; a moment that I could track back to an exact second. These kind of moments hit you the hardest, but give you the opportunity to reshape yourself the most. I was robbed of my editing equipment that I use to do my personal videography projects. Projects that were very collaborative and full of a lot of different artist’s passions. They were all gone and not only was my work gone, but the work I was in the process of doing. 

That means debt. So I got knocked down hard; in ways I could’ve never imagined. I felt the consequences of a small tragedy and I made the decision, then, to do what I can do in society to simply make us better. This is where Kickstarter comes along. I realized this was a project so I had to focus in on how I can utilize what happened to do something very specific. It was hard being specific because there is so much I want to do and so much that I want to get accomplished under the hood of this project. So I chose collaboration. I kept wondering, “How can I use this project to teach our generation the importance of collaboration?”

 So instead of focusing on creating a special trip/project about me and my goals, I changed it. I made such a big change that the whole Kickstarter Project suffered for it. I am in full belief that we did not get funded simply because no one had a real grasp on exactly what I was doing. This was because I was changing dreams and the bars I was grasping on, kept getting pushed higher. At first it was music videos. Then it was talents. Then it was collaboration. The more I thought about it, the more I understood the project. The project can't be grasped, only understood. 

Jacob Silvas and I are taking a cross country road trip from West to East Coast, then back to the West. We will be collaborating with random talents from state to state! We will find these talents by conversation ONLY. Instead of differentiating the line between electronics being a “tool” or a “weapon”, we want to show our generation what things can be done without ANY OF IT. Through good old fashioned conversations and hand shakes. The great thing about this is it leads the way for sponsors; companies and people, just like you and me, who can come in and donate a product or money and let us do something with it! For example, if we find a talented break dancer. Well if he is with our movement, we will film a breakdance video for him! Except instead of just me and him collaborating, I might throw in one of the many sponsors we have already accumulated! So he might have some headphones from Boomphones inc. and a super light backpack from Airbac and I will shoot it using my Naneu Travel equipment on hand. This way, everytime you DO see a random talent collaboration, it will have the collaborative value of something planned out. Companies get film for their product, talent gets exposure, I get the good feeling of doing something right for society, (and society learns the importance of all of the above!) 

Wow. 

So we will be following Hopsin’s tour around the country and stopping in all of the towns he is in. Feel free to follow along with where we are at! We will be creating cool ways to get involved and stay in touch with all of you! Wish us luck on our trip and we will come back with a great new documentary! A documentary that will be a combination of everything we came across that could teach this generation to lay down the technology and get out and be human! To stay in touch, visit our website (which is temporarily down) GTKOH.com or email me directly, nkedit@aol.com Thank you for the support! Now lets collaborate. 

[***] (orignial kickstarter description)

Photo taken by Steve Miller
Photo taken by Steve Miller

This project was created because everything I had worked for was being threatened. September 28th, 2013 I made a trip to my old hometown to deliver finished video products. Once I arrived, I went to see my brother's new restaurant and while I was inside, my car was broken into and robbed. That incident put me thousands of dollars in debt to my clients and rendered me in complete shock. Brides would never see their wedding day, and artists would never see their performances. After just moving out of my small town, it was looking like, due to money problems, I would have to move back.

Despite all the negatives, I instantly felt unimaginable amounts of positive energy in the form of support coming from all directions, every angle, every friend, every connection. It literally felt like the whole town was looking for my work. So what's a kid to do with more energy than he can handle? That was the question I fumbled with every hour of those following days. People knew that I was on the verge of danger so I had a lot of money & equipment offers, and as much as I need it, I couldn't let them pay my clients for me. The longer I waited to form a plan, the worse things got. My bank account and amount of debt look no better today than they did that night. I don't do business like this and I had to come up with something before my worries ate me alive. My idea was to to direct all this energy into a single project; a project that is far bigger than myself. A cause that could contain all this energy and allow it to grow into something bigger. A cause to show the world how building connections the right way can save you, just like it was saving me. I felt like the very next move I was going to make with my life would be the most important.

This project originally started (pre- Kickstarter) as a music video tour where I would travel around California working with various talents to demonstrate the meaning of collaboration. I would work day by day and have one video edited and released before I started shooting my next one. I wanted to work myself as hard as I could to show kids that negatives are reversible. I was going to have a local barbecue to raise gas/food money for my trip. The project was made so that I could raise my own money to pay off my own debts & teach a huge lesson to everyone. It started as one simple trip to complete one task. The more people heard about how I reacted to this disaster, the more they started to build my project and attach onto it. It started as me and that one goal and it has grown into a collection of different people, offering different things. I am reluctant to explain what the project exactly is right now as I write this, because most likely someone has come along and completely changed everything, that's the beautiful thing about true networking. Today is different than yesterday.  

One second I am pitching the idea to my former teacher and the next I am standing in front of hundreds of students just like me, teaching about positive energy and what can be done with it. I was making real life connections and teaching real lessons with students from my high school! It wasn't until later that day that I realized what I just did. Kids were contacting me, telling me that my energy caused them to change how they treated people, how they were seeing the world around them and how they treated themselves. Who could ask for a better feeling than that? This whole beautiful thing that just happened was simply because I told my cause to the right person in my network, Dr. Preston. The choice for me to ask for his help came right back and changed my life completely. It really makes you stop and think of what opportunities are hiding in plain view. My connections with these students inspired me to add talking with kids to my tour. I don't know how I am going to do it, but to set an example and teach a lesson, you have to put yourself in front of potential supporters. This event that took place made me rethink how I could reach an entire generation. I came up with the state to state idea but there was just simply no way to fund myself to do such a thing.  

Then I was introduced to Kickstarter! And all I can say is wow. Kickstarter allows me to take this cause I conceived to whole new levels, nationwide levels, with your support that is. With Kickstarter's collaboration I will not only be able to get the chance to reward supporters back for their support, but I can take this huge idea I had, and multiply it across the map!! The more people that support this, the farther we can work and the farther we can teach. Another HUGE thing that Kickstarter has allowed me to do is majorly involve supporters in my trip. I never would have thought that I would let anyone choose my route, but besides a couple planned collaborations, I am leaving it up to the supporters to choose where I go and who I work with! (via donation) 

 So what can you do? Well ,support the cause of course! If you don't have the money to donate, that's completely fine! Support comes in so many forms other than cash. What I'm really after is your unique energy and what can be done with it. If you believe in the cause and the network I'm building, I'd be honored to have your support! You putting any sort of energy in this project will elevate it that much higher. Whether its from simply telling me you support our cause, to blasting this movement through your entire unique network, everything is belief and that's what we need, belief. With that said, the more money we fund for this, the more we can build, and the more we can change. There are just so many ways any one person could help out. Your attention is support and I can't tell you how humbled I am to have it.

 This project isn't about saving my dreams anymore, its grown into much more than that. This project is about being the change you want to see in the world. I want to see a lot more collaboration, a lot more positive energy, and a lot more of asking for help. I want to see a lot more kids look disaster in the eye and reach out for help in the battlefield. I'd be more than honored if you decided to come along on this trip & help me change lives. Thank you and I'll see you there!

 

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge I'm going to have on this journey is staying 100%. I'm going to be shooting videos and releasing them between states & between shoots. I don't expect anyone, even people close to my career, to know exactly what that is asking of myself, but I am more than ready to do it. I have conditioned for this campaign my whole life and I didn't even know it. I've worked for days on end, I've made the sacrifices, I've cut the bad fruit out of my life. All I need is a cause I believe in to make use of all this sacrifice. Although I have risks & challenges, I hope you believe in me as much as I believe in myself. Thank you.

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    Hey thank you!! You are officially apart of the cause! I will be honored to put your name as a supporter in the Get This Kid Out of Here Documentary. Also, I will send you a mailing address in hope that you will send me a physical picture of yourself to be put on the wall of supporters! All backers will be shouted out on twitter & facebook for their support! Please send us your twitter handle if you have one!

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    Talking to new people has grown into one of my favorite hobbies, it's an awesome thing! I have so much fun doing it because these strangers end up changing my life. For donating 10$ I will go out and meet someone new and listen to what they have to say. After our talk, I will write down what I learned, take a Polaroid picture of us, and send you it all. You literally made the moment happen so I feel that it is important that you have full possession over it! Thank you, this will be fun.

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    Hello my electronic friends. I would love to electronically thank you by sending you a thank you email from my electronic of choice. After that, I would love to invite you to the electronic premier of the Get This Kid Out of Here Documentary! A documentary all about overcoming the bumps in life and working together to create your own happiness. We will all watch it as an electronic family and it will be life changing.. so much electricity will be in the air!

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    How are you doing tonight? You are going to feel a lot better when you receive a surprise, custom 5-20 second video clip (via email) of us saying thank you from wherever we may be, with whoever we might be with, doing whatever we may be doing! You will have your own custom piece of this project to store on the cloud forever!
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    There it is! You are officially ready to join the trip with me. I will be mailing you the exclusive Get This Kid Out of Here Documentary! You will ride along with us across the country as we collaborate and demonstrate the power of positive connections!
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    [The custom piece]
    I have 20 "Filmmaker of the Future" newspapers left. I am letting go of half of them to the 10 backers of this reward!!! They will be personally noted and addressed. Also, I will send you 5 of the GTKOH business cards! They are awesome and as of now, they are only included in this reward!! This package will also includes special email updates that tell about possible new directions for the project as they come up! Conversations, Meetings, Phone calls etc. (These updates are usually only presented to people that I work closely with on the project but I am willing to add ten more to this group.)

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    Bow chicka Wow!! Thank you pal! I will send you a postcard from every state I hit with a custom, positive message on every one! (Great for hanging up in your living turf) You will also be sent exclusive behind/deleted scenes that will be personally emailed to you! Knowing me and my friends, they should be some awesome clips.
    Plus! Theres more? Of course. I will throw in the GTKOH stickers as they are designed into envelopes with your postcard in it!
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    Did you hear that? ... eh.. probably nothing. Wait there it is again! WE HAVE A POSITIVE REPRESENTER IN THE HOUSE!! You will receive reward #8 mentioned above with the custom Get This Kid Out of Here Tee shirt! Also, I will write you a personal letter explaining something I have come across that has changed my outlook on life, in hope that it'll change yours too! (everything is life changing to us). Truly, Thank you.

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    [The Creator] Okay, Let me try to clearly explain what you just did. You just sponsored an unknown talent to have a truly life changing experience. I will talk to strangers around the map, find unique hidden talent, and award them with my video services that you paid for. They might be awesome at jump rope or a master of origami, whatever the case, we will find them. If you pay me 250$ then we just partnered up to bring someones true uniqueness to visual life (which you will get full producer credit for). You pay, I work, they shine. I hope for this to be a popular reward because it not only brings unknown dreams to life, but you are also controlling my journey and where this project takes me! Thank you for considering.
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    [The Warmer]
    Simon says give me a hug. I am ultra appreciative of all my supporters, but if you chose to donate $300 I have to send you on your way as warm as your donation makes me feel! You will receive The GTKOH Documentary+ A custom postcard from every state I go to+ deleted/behind the scenes clips+ Get This Kid Out of Here Sweater to put on over your Tee shirt (ALSO + INCLUDED) when it gets cold :) I can't wait to write to you, send you videos, send you post cards, anything for a warm hearted supporter such as yourself! I promise whatever energy you put in to earning your money, I will emit through the connections I make across the country.

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    Take the wheel. Let us know of a place we should go anywhere across the nation. Whether if it's your old hometown or somewhere you met someone special. We will go there in our search for talent and collaborators! (US States)

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    I will start by jumping out of my chair and doing a dance that you will never see or hear of again. With that said, I would love to have the chance to rather a) Teach in a classroom (You'd be rather sponsoring the talk or possibly having it done where you would want it, depending on location) b) Shoot & digitally send you a silly short film that we come up with (made for you and only you) or c) I'd love to come to your city and just hang out with you! We can barbecue, play hacky sack, talk deep into positives, you can give me advice or just scheme out our dreams together! I promise that your money will be used to expand the minds of the stubborn. Deep down, we all want to be connected to those around us, we just need to be reminded how we do that in 2014.

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    [Connection Acquired]
    Where you at? Let's make this happen. My crew and I will drive to where you are & personally collaborate with the talent you have waiting for us! We can shoot a music video or showcase any other talent that you might have. Thank you, you are a true collaborator! (Your video will be done 4 days after it is shot. You are not only paying a good price, but you will have it done faster than a speeding rocket & you get to be apart a network of true collaborators!) That's a win win win win win win win win win!

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    I have lived in this small town my whole life. The thing about this small town is that it is getting bigger. Since the rise in population there has been a couple cool upgrades in our town! In 2013, our nice movie theater moved its location into our local mall. The old theatre is used for screening indie/b movies and with this money I will rent out apart of the theater for the Get This Kid Out of Here Documentary Premier! This would be too huge for our town. You will be put as an executive producer of the film & will be invited to join me as we watch history told in front of us. The dream reward is my dream. I want everyone to be able to come and take credit for the piece of the project that belongs to them.

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    Who are you.... if you send me $5,000 I literally will most likely cry. All jokes aside (for a second), this money will be used to buy better equipment & fund my dream of capturing greatness. So what can I do for you kind soul?
    I will simply send you an email asking what you need. Talking to kids, shooting a video, sending merchandise, hanging out, or just continue changing lives, I will make sure I do my best to carry out whatever you need of us! I am speechless writing this reward and no one has even sent me anything!
    If you decide to invest in me, then you are loved by the whole network. Welcome.

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    This is just too much. The first thing I will do is email you the next day and make sure you were completely sober when you did this. I'm not sure if I could accept this from one person because I don't really have anything else to give that's better than the above reward.. If you are this generous and you're not doing it for the reward, then I need to spend time with you. We will schedule it up & talk about what I can do for you or your community. Nothing like this happens without pure appreciation. Thank you.

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