About this project
PREPARE TO BE INSPIRED…
Engage has been developed to help you to follow your passion. Join us for free live classes in the areas of Business, Photography, Design, Branding, Videography, Cinematography, Art and Music.
SMART PEOPLE + YOU = GREAT BUSINESS
Founder Donal Doherty comes from a background in marketing and PR, but five years ago he made the move to become a photographer. He made a decision to connect with industry experts and they have helped him to develop a market leading photography business in his native Northern Ireland. While he loved watching live workshops it was difficult to participate live due to the time difference and sometimes the content shared was not 100% relevant to his European business and clients. Donal knew that some of the best trainers he'd heard from are based in Europe and wished there was a world-wide resource that blended their ideas and strategies with those of their US counterparts. But wishing didn't make it so. Two years ago, he made the decision to launch Engage, and began working to bring those experts together to help you to succeed in your creative business.
THE STORY SO FAR
Engage has already completed a 12 episode series on the Photography Business Plan. Here are some of the photographers featured in this course:
- Mike Colon
- Lindsay Adler
- Meg Courtney
- Matt Kennedy
- Kate Hopewell Smith
- Lisa Devlin
- Lisa Beaney
- Tim Kemple
- Nathan Holritz from Photographers Edit
- Jo Newman from Queensberry
- Hamish Symmington from Light Blue
We continued to improve our product and listened to our customers who repeatedly asked for a live Marketing Bootcamp. The live and free event featured Kevin Mullins, Melissa Love and Levi & Shayna Wiggins, and took place in December. The feedback was incredible! We asked people to vote on whether they would like to see more free, LIVE events in the future. They Engaged and responded with a big fat YES!
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
TIME TO ENGAGE - THE FUTURE
We are still building our course schedule for 2015, but boy do we have some incredible educators lined up for you. (Assuming you back this Kickstarter!)
Here are just a few of the trainers who are confirmed so far:
- Kevin Mullins
- Sasha De Paz
- Andrew Appleton
- Melissa Love
- Mark Seymour
- Tracy Willis
- Gerry Coe
- Glenn Norwood
- Levi & Shayna of Harder+Wiggins, USA
- Donal Doherty
We plan to run at least 16 courses in 2015 and 50 in 2016. Throughout the Kickstarter campaign we will be releasing more course details as we continue lining up more amazing trainers.
You can also shape the content and courses we are delivering – just drop us a line and let us know who you'd like to learn from!
RSVP for the courses you'd like to attend and then watch and participate live and for free. If you'd like to view again or you miss any of the course, a download is available to purchase and own, enabling you to watch how and when you want.
You'll also have the opportunity to apply to attend one of our courses in-person in our studio in Derry~Londonderry, Northern Ireland!
SO WHY KICKSTARTER?
I love what Kickstarter represents, because it gives projects with BIG ambition and small pockets the opportunity to bring things to life to create a sea change. Engage is one of those projects. This endeavour has been driven by the needs and desires of the creative community and your support on Kickstarter will enable us to continue listening to you and creating what you need as we move the project forward. Put simply, Engage won't happen without your support, so thank you in advance for your support!
WHAT WILL THE FUNDS BE USED FOR?
The funds raised from Kickstarter will enable us to cover a portion of the productions costs - the video, audio, live-chat and technical team. We also need to cover the post-production work for each workshop, turning the live education into content you can download. The funds will also help us to develop Engage into the resource creatives like you need to continue learning, growing and building your successful business.
Risks and challenges
The main risk to the project lies in issues around quality production, which is why we're reaching out to the creative community. You want this to be amazing, and the funds raised here on Kickstarter will go in large part to the production team to ensure they have exactly what they need to bring you the content you need at the broadcast video quality that you demand.
We will also take steps to reinforce our broadband provision to ensure the streaming is of the best quality possible. As we are based in Derry~Londonderry, we benefit from an extensive submarine and terrestrial cable deployment that directly connects Northern Ireland to North America, ensuring that we benefit from the fastest broadband in Europe.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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