Revenge: Stage 1 COMPLETE!
We are defying ALL industry expectations. When the Indiegogo campaign stalled, I reached out to several industry insiders for their insights - was the problem with my campaign, or something more fundamental? The responses were soul crushing:
- I'd drastically overestimated the appeal of Skip Beat! - maybe 500 fans will get behind the project, but more than 1,000? Impossible.
- Shoujo fans spend money on the manga but not DVDs
- Skip Beat! is a niche, sleeper show; romance shows without fantasy or scifi are dead in the water
- If the fan base isn't out there, I should cut my loses and let this project have a quiet death
I felt like a fool. I'd fallen in love with Skip Beat! and had convinced TV TOKYO that there were hundreds, no thousands!! of fans (like me!) who would support an official release. It turns out everyone else in the industry knows better than me - shoujo anime doesn't sell.
But then I remembered why I fell in love with Skip Beat! in the first place. Kyoko grabs the lemons to make her lemonade. Horrible Love Me Section outfit? Wear it with pride and get noticed. Someone steal your idea during an audition? Get even by taking it to a whole new level. Need to convince a kid that her father really loves her? Give voice to the child's deepest fears, no sugar coating.
Skip Beat!, dead in the water?
We will get our revenge.
Next goal: 50% funding. Let's do it!
I know so many of you are sharing this campaign. Thank you!!! Your enthusiasm is our most powerful weapon for convincing other people that Skip Beat! is worthy of support. All of the comments on the campaign page are fantastic!!! There have been so many great ideas for outreach - please keep them coming! Have a brainstorm? Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org !!!
You are amazing and inspiring!!!
Ann/Pied Piper, Inc.