ONE Round Trip, crossing all 48 states and few miles over the border. My last 20s, before 30s. An Easy Quest, A Huge Challenge.
Keeping it simple.
1. I go on a road trip, cross all 48 states.
2. I take pictures and print out with postcard papers.
3. I send postcards to you.
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My name is Jadon.
I live in Los Angeles, California, recently moved to Orange county,
I am 29 years old, and I will be 30 in this coming september.
I was involved in art when i was kid, continued my art life and I studied in illustration as my major back in college-
I have been shooting pictures in digital for over 10 years and 5 for films, and it always has been my #2 hobby.
#1 was traveling.
I always dreamed this trip. But if you'd ask why now? It's because my life is almost settled down.
I married last year with my lovely wife, who i dated for 7 years, spent my 20's with,
and I am full time graphic and web designer, also web developer in one of rising e-commerce industry.
even this wasn't about travel, i would have tried to achieve before I really settled down.
It's more than my age. age.. is just numbers. it's beyond numbers. it's time.
Since I started to take pictures and go deeper, I also started to travel. by car. by plane.
I drove to Denver, Arizona, flew to chicago and east coast drove from DC, to pennsylvenia, new jersey, and new york.
I drove to San Francisco like i am driving to next town.
I've been to most of beaches near from san francisco to san diego.
And while I am traveling, imagine how many pictures I took and how many pictures that I left behind.
If all my pictures were just left in albums or in digital storage and kept to myself only, it would be mean nothing.
I think that's most important in any relationship - love, friends, families.
So I want to share with you.
as a stranger, to strangers.
I once received a post card from one of my photographer friend, but she was almost stranger - we've never met, but only knew each other's name.
One day I got a post card from her, with the picture that she took and her hand written message , it was pretty warm. very nice warm feeling.
it was a 'care'. a heart.
When was your last time receiving hand written something? a letter or a postcard?
I used to pen-pal when i was in high school,, that's back in.. before year 2000.
I hardly remember getting any hand written letters or even a card except my birthday or christmas.
I saw some kickstarter creators already tried and achieved what they dreamed of.
and I thought - why not. why not I do it.
i thought it would be awesome if I travel as i always dream of, and will be more awesome if i send out postcard with the picture that I took during the trip.
I know how to drive, i know how to create a website, i know how to print, i know how to take pictures, i know how to do everything that I needed to SHARE. SHARE what i CARE.
SHARE MY HEART, My DREAM.
SHARE MY memories, my moments.
My theme is 'before 30', because personally I believe that's the time when you get serious . really serious. start to think about 'life'. and take this life 'serious'.
Achievement. a Goal of your life. for your future. for your lover, for your family. for yourself.
time to settle down.
time to realize - sharing is loving. share what you have is loving.
I wanted to share to many as possible. so I aimed high. I set high funding goal, so I can share more. I wanted to share to enough people that this trip be more meaningful.
receiving from who is sharing, and from a stranger?.. it's totally different experience you will ever get.
Making road trip movie out of this trip is another story.
for now, if someone can receive that warm feeling inside with my post card that i shared?
it will be worth it. my trip, my project will be worth more than anyone can ask for.
so help me to make this trip shared, to you.
Thank you very much.
PROJECT IX - BEFORE 30
It took me a long time to plan this trip, changed the entire driving routes three times, and I think it is ready; I am ready.
WHAT IS KICKSTARTER FOR?
I AM READY. I want to share my adventure, my times with everyone. I needed a goal to gain more meaning of this trip than a simple accomplishment.
A trip always comes with great stories! and I am ready to explore beyond.
I am sure 'traveling' is most people's dream. Even not, they love to explore.
Using all skills that I have learned and have experienced past decade, now with the advanced technologies I can take pictures, print, write and send them anywhere at anyplace online AND offline !
Also great thanks to GPS technology, travels are made so easy, I will never be lost or don't know the name of the place I have just visited.
The time never stopped for me, so I must run harder !
My time is NOW. I think it is now or never.
I had few long distance driving trips, but I always had one in my mind; 'THIS LAND IS HUGE!!'. I want to, at least once in my life, travel my new homeland one time and meet new people, how each states' people live their lives, look towards into the 'life'. And, I thought that, it is how I can have my passion, showing respect, and patriotic.
WHY NOW? This project WILL CHANGE REST OF MY LIFE, NO DOUBT. I WISH I CAN INFLUENCE OTHERS TOO.
This can change my entire life and whole things in front of me, but it is a chance and an opportunity of one life than spending times on the road.
I LOVE TRAVEL !
My first road trip was to Denver, Colorado back in 2002 and it was my life-changed trip. It changed my perspective towards life; Better self esteem, and wider view of the dream; a vision.
Since then, I made quite a lot of travels (mostly L.A. to S.F.) and started to plan this 'round-roadtrip' as my 'dream'.
(I travelled to major cities like Chicago, Seattle, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, New York, New Jersey, San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, etc.)
Starting in 2009, I seriously started to plan this trip as making 'points' in Google map.
ART IS EVERYTHING !
Since I was small kid, I had a heart to art. I loved to draw and continued with my heart in it. I studied illustration when I was in college. However, the photography changed my perspectives towards the art and my vision.
I am interested in variety stuffs, but everything seems to be related to art for me. The ultimate goal is to create a motion pictures (movie or animation) and yet I am waiting for right time.
THE POSTCARDS AND THE PHOTO BOOKS ARE ONLY BEGINNING !
I am doing 'postcards' and 'photo books' for this time, but it is not only a goal of this trip. I WILL GET TONS OF INFORMATIONS, and through this trip, I will !! eventually make movies, art books, and more photography related ideas.
In this one project, I am planning more than 'postcard' and will produce about NINE projects; and this is only its first one.
THIS IS MY LEATHER BOOK CONCEPT DESIGN
WHERE WOULD FUND GO TO?
I will use funds to "fuel" my camera, my car, print and send out postcards, and print books.
'I set my pledge goal set higher to share more. More pledge means more share of my story.'
WHY FILM CAMERAS?
Because I like the films over digital. I will have my ideals, but to see its real result, i need to wait and develop. Doesn't it sound like similar?
"Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get."
- <forest gump>
Thank you for looking, for your interest, and for your support.
Heres are the samples of the postcard that I will be sending out during the trip. ( The pictures will be taken new during the trip, about the trip, and it will be printed out to send. )
I AM READY.
and here are the list of the movies that inspired me.
- Lost in Translation (2003)
- The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
- Into the Wild (2007)
- The Bucket List (2007)
- One Week (2008)
- Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
- Up in the Air (2009)
- Away We Go (2009)
- The Way Back (2010)
- Eat Pray Love (2010)
- The Way (2010)
“for the lord your God will be with you wherever you go – Joshua 1:9″
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
1. I have thought of this 'project', a long time ago. Planned it out and had it sit and made it dive into deep of my heart too long.
This is done myself only, and I am carefully building this project by getting inspired by few successful kickstarters and other travel project like 'where the hell is Matt?'.
I am doing this alone, but I might get sponsor, supporters or any friends who will travel with me. So far doing everything from sketch to finish, I am alone. I think that is a real challenge.
2. I will drive a car for the whole trip. I will have higher potential with getting involved in car accident, and flat tires etc. If anything goes wrong, I am not sure if I can make it on time, but whatever happens, I will FINISH this trip.
3. I am trying to reach and receive few major company's support on this trip. Vehicle, fuel, accommodation, and food are the important on this trip. So, hope I can get this project bigger and make to the spot light.
4. Accommodate. I will carefully plan out where I would sleep.
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