Tales from a Playboy Staff Photographer: David Mecey Book
An autobiographical book documenting the life and thoughts of Playboy staff photographer David Mecey
"One lucky guy..."
My fans, friends, and family (many of you are all three!) have long told me I need to document my life, my stories, and publish them into a book. I have heard you all!
Some of you are aware about what has happened over the last two years. This will be news for some of you. The bottom line is this: I am alive and kicking with much more to accomplish, and I want you to partner with me in my next project.
As you will see in the video below, my story is still being written. The book I will be writing is more than an expose about my time at Playboy (though there will be plenty of stories about those times in the book). It is more a reflection on how my perspective and approach to life has evolved (though there will be elements of that in the book).
What I know is that now is the right time for this book to be brought to life. I have been honored and privileged to live through decades that have seen tremendous cultural changes. Even now we are experiencing a new arc of evolution which makes the stories, thoughts, and discussions I will be exploring in this book all the more important.
And while the book will be about me and the relationships I built over my lifetime, it can not be completed without the support and belief of you, the backers.
I am excited about engaging with this platform and to help you make your decision, we have put together a total plan to totally knock this out of the park! This page will answer your key questions:
- Who am I?
- What are we making?
- Where did this project start and why is it important to me?
- What is our plan and schedule?
- What is our budget?
Who am I?
I've been a 3rd Baseman for the Boston Red Sox
I've been a chauffer to world leaders
I've documented multiple A-list celebrities
I've photographed a multitude of Playboy Playmates®
The list goes on! But it all traces back to these simple facts: I am an East Texas boy that reached for the stars and grabbed one.
Now it is time to tell my story.
Other team members:
I am working with a project coordinator as well for this Kickstarter campaign. The administration, planning, production and management of this effort are being coordinated by this individual.
The other team members are you, the backers. I cannot do this without you!
What are we making?
That story will take the form of a book. As I've been working on the book and pouring through the past, the images I had not seen for years are flooding my brain with memories I cannot wait to share with you.
Why did the project start and why is it important?
The video below tells the story better visually than I can with words (and sometimes, as you will see below, words fail).
In short, December 2016 was a pivotal time for me. The last two years have given me an opportunity to reflect on my life and what is most important. Had I written this book before December 2016, it would have been incomplete. The time to write it is now.
What is our plan & schedule?
Our goal is to release the book by the end of April 2019. The timeline looks like this:
- Kickstarter Campaign: 1 month (through August 7, 2018)
- Finalize Draft for Editor/Publishing Submission: 4 months (through December 2018)
- Editing & Final Draft: 2 months (through February 2019)
- First Printing: 1 month (through March 2019)
- Reward Fulfillment: by end of April 2019
What is our budget?
Why a $38,000 target?
This is the bare minimum to get the book drafted and submitted. The more we raise beyond this, the more we are able to improve the quality of the publishing and project overall. Our better case scenario would be to hit $54,000; however, the $38,000 target is bare minimum to make sure we can put the effort forward to produce the book.
Our projected costs at the $38,000 level are as follows:
Draft Development/Fact Checking: $22,500
- I will be taking time away from my commercial work to develop the book, fact check, conduct interviews, secure rights, etc.
- This is a 5-month budget for writing the original material
Reward Fulfilment Costs: $11,500
- This is based on the Costs of Goods, shipping & handling of each reward level
- Kickstarter Fees
- Payment Processing Fees
- Based on blended effective tax rate of 11.5%
- If our campaign blows away our goal, this is the piece that could increase depending on the resultant tax bracket
*All of these projections were considered to meet our funding goal and deliver the project. Any extra funds beyond the goal will go toward fulfillment and additional work to upgrade the quality of the print.
What should I know about the Rewards?
All of the rewards are pretty-straightforward in their descriptions.
Rewards 1-7 all include products in them that are inclusive of a book and various pieces of wall art and sizes.
The last two rewards include experiential components.
Reward 8 includes tuition to one of my Las Vegas workshops where you will learn my style of lighting, posing, interaction and get to work with a selection of some of the most stunning models in the world.
Reward 9 kicks it up a notch by offering a private, Playmate® experience and you get to choose from one of three options depending on the type of experience you want:
- Maybe you want to see what it is like to be a Playboy Photographer for a day: one option is to have a private workshop with me and a Playmate® for a day
- Maybe you want to observe a pro in action: another option is to watch me work my magic for a day with a Playmate®
- Maybe you have someone in mind you want to provide a Playmate®-style experience for: the final option is to step in front of camera or nominate someone to step in front of camera and experience what it is like to be photographed like a Playmate®
Reward Image Selections
What people also notice is that Rewards 2-9 all have a wall art component to them based you selecting from one of my favorite images. Here is a selection of some of those images (a survey will be sent out at fulfillment for you to make your final selection). These represent 50% of the images that will be available to select from.
*Nudity is censored in some of these images, but will not be censored in final prints.
Risks and challenges
The number one risk, especially after you watch the video describing what started in December 2016, is maintaining my health. The good news is, I am kidney stone free in my one and only kidney! I am working with a world-class physician and my prognosis is optimistic.
The second risk is publishing timeline: some publishers will want to release in the Spring. Others in the Fall. If our publisher decides to release later than April 2019, there could be a delay in receiving your reward. We are working with publishers to mitigate this risk.
The final risk is in regards to supply chain: all our costing is based on current commodity costs. In the event there are global forces that drive costs up with our current vendors, we would need to seek new vendors that can meet our fulfillment goals. Seeking new vendors could add additional time. We are optimistic about this risk not being a major factor due to a reasonable timeline that should not allow commodity prices to spike.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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