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Pantslessness. Twerking. The word "Booty". I'm making a music video featuring...none of these things!
Pantslessness. Twerking. The word "Booty". I'm making a music video featuring...none of these things!
50 backers pledged CA$ 2,000 to help bring this project to life.

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I'm not against a lady looking her best, there's just no place in my music video for a stripper pole, crop top or thigh-cut bodysuit.

Why, you may wonder? Well...

I can't remember the last wedding I went to with a bride twerking down the aisle. (The Walk)  Also, when you ask a woman what her "big dreams" are, does her answer usually involve giving lap dances? (Die With a Smile)  When someone wins the lottery, they don't start tearing their clothes off, they usually cry and hug people. (The Lottery)

I tend to write songs about chasing one's dreams. (One Step) I also write about loss and grief. Sometimes I simply write about love, (Touch Me) or something happy and fun (London Girl).  I just don't feel it is appropriate or necessary to punctuate these themes with a closeup of my butt!

In June 2014 I released my first EP, London Girl:

I put the "cover" in "album cover"!
I put the "cover" in "album cover"!

 ...which you can stream here.

And now I'd like to take the next step and make a music video!

I've recruited the help of the very talented videographer Alex Stephenson Alex has worked with other indie musicians to make some great videos.  Plus he does make some damn beautiful wedding videos.  

Alex's general demeanor
Alex's general demeanor

I've set my goal at $1000 for my project, which will go toward Alex's time and expertise.  At this stage, fancy things like set design, location shoots or special effects aren't in the budget because this is a grassroots, DIY kind of project!  I spent years as a makeup artist so I don't need to hire one, and I'm crafty with a needle and thread! (I made my own outfit for my CD cover too!).  

However, a small budget doesn't equate to a cheap video! If I were looking to make a cheap video, then I'd be going pantsless after all!  

THANK YOU for checking out my Kickstarter page, and if you want to support my twerk-free music video, you'll get some pretty great rewards for doing so! 

So tell your friends, share the link, tweet about it and post this instead of a cat video on Facebook!  There are no "butts" about it...together we can make something "bootyful". Just...not "full of booty".  

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Risks and challenges

Risks:
If I run an unsuccessful campaign then this page lives forever on the internet with "UNSUCCESSFUL" stamped on it, so whenever I'm feeling down about myself and need more ammunition for thinking I'm crap, I can just refer to this page. Also, people from high school will see that I was unsuccessful, and then I'll be embarrassed at the reunion. Or worse yet, I'll have to skip the reunion altogether due to the shame of it all.

Challenges:
I've never starred in a music video before. I will have to come to terms with how I look on camera, and that could be challenging. Also I think it would be challenging to get Benedict Cumberbatch to star as my love interest, with a budget of only $1000.

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    THIS NUT (NOT BUTT) IS FOR YOU! A London, Ontario pastime is to feed shelled peanuts to the squirrels in Victoria Park. I will feed a nut to a squirrel on your behalf while telling the critter who provided that tasty treat to her, film it & put it on Youtube! PLUS updates!

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    THIS THANK YOU CREDIT IS FOR YOU! I will happily put your name in the credits of the music video, with thanks! PLUS above rewards!

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    THIS HIGH FIVE IS FOR YOU!

    For this reward, I will high five the next best thing to the actual you... a fake plastic hand standing in for yours, with a sign that says "Hi <yourname>"! I'll take a photo of "our" high five and post it to my Facebook page, michelletomlinsonmusic! And if we meet in person, you'll get a real high five too! PLUS above rewards!

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    THIS CD IS FOR YOU! I will ship you a copy of my EP, London Girl! PLUS above rewards!

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    THIS AUTOGRAPHED CD'S FOR YOU!

    I will ship you an autographed CD copy of my EP London Girl. AND I will also send you a copy of my personal travel diary entry from Sept 16, 2006 when I travelled to London, England (which inspired the title track) and saw Wicked (starring Idina Menzel) for the first time. Story includes marriage proposal by a homeless man and itemized list of what I ate that day. AND I will also send you a photo of me at Freddie Mercury's house! AND I will send you a handwritten thank you letter! PLUS rewards 1-4!

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    THIS LIMITED EDITION LONDON GIRL T-SHIRT BAG'S FOR YOU! I will ship you a randomly selected, limited edition London Girl T-Shirt bag! AND I will send you a copy of my no-bake, can't screw up, totally delicious recipe for my hit party dessert: DEATH BY CHOCOLATE! PLUS updates, nut, credit, high five & autographed CD rewards!!

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    THIS BIRTHDAY PACKAGE IS FOR YOU! Tell me when your birthday is, and I will celebrate it by tweeting you a HB message, sending you a BD card, singing HB to you on YouTube, and posting a photo on Facebook with a HB sign! PLUS updates, nut, credit, high five & autographed CD rewards!

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    THIS SKYPES FOR YOU! Let's get to know one another through the magic of modern technology, and have ourselves a Skype date! For 30 minutes we will chit chat about music, movies, cleaning tips, Ikea hacks...or whatever else you want! I can sing a song or two for you, or we can go all Marina Abramovic and just stare at each other. It's your call! PLUS updates, nut, credits, high five & autographed CD rewards!

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    THIS ONE MONTH OF ME DRINKING FROM A MUG DEDICATED TO YOU IS FOR YOU!
    For one month, I will drink from a mug featuring a daily personalized message to the awesomeness that is YOU! I will Tweet the daily photo using hashtag: #cheersYOURNAME. Once the month is done I will mail the mug to you as a keepsake. Why a mug? Because London Girls drink tea, and mugs are what we drink tea from! PLUS updates, nut, credit, high five & autographed CD rewards!

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    THIS ONE YEAR OF SNAIL-MAILED CANADIAN HOLIDAY POSTCARDS IS FOR YOU!
    Give me your mailing address. I will snail mail you a postcard with a handwritten personalized message for major Canadian Holidays from Dec 1/14-Nov 30/15! Includes: Christmas, New Years, Valentines, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Canada Day, Labour Day, Hallowe'en, Thanksgiving. PLUS updates, nut, credit, high five & autographed CD rewards!

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    THIS CD-R OF UKULELE VERSIONS OF MY EP IS FOR YOU! I will record the 6 songs from London Girl with ukulele accompaniment, just for you! I will send it to you along with a handcrafted booklet that features ukulele chord charts, lyrics sheets and a "Behind The Music" story for each song I wrote...who it's about, why I wrote it and what inspired it. PLUS ALL REWARDS ABOVE!

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