An entrepreneurial guide for the theatre artists that fills in the blanks between creativity and the world of business.
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Creating Sustainable Theatre Artists
Since January 1st, 2013, I've created a webcast called Dramapreneur TV. This website is housed on Dramapreneur.Com and has the goal of creating sustainable theatre artists. Here is the very first episode, recorded January 1st, 2013.
With this came many ideas, and it morphed into a thirty second video called "Epic Ideas That Might Just Change the World" which is this:
And finally we're here! This is the next evolution in Dramapreneur.Com. A book called "Endless Immensity: A Startup Guide for Dramapreneurs" which takes a lot of the ideas that have been incorporated in this webcast and blog and turns them into a startup guide for you and your new venture. Be it theatre company, film company, small business, or just managing your own brand, this is the book that takes you through all of that. This book will deal with the ins and outs of that career after college is over. How to become a sustainable theatre artist in the real world.
I've spent 20 years of my life creating this book, and now I'm finally putting it down on paper. This makes the perfect book for you, for a gift for that theatre nut in your life, or someone who is just creatively stuck in whatever they are doing. It's also a great book for those who are on the other side of the equation, those people who love the theatre but may be afraid to jump into it. Those wayard saints who have wandered off the beaten path of creativity.
I hope that this book is an awakening and a creative kick in the pants that everyone needs to succeed. That's where you come in.
Who's writing this anyway?
Starr Hardgrove is a theatre artist living in Chicago, Illinois. He received a Bachelor's Degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University and has created a major networking website, a film company, a theatre company and several other ventures including Falstaff Coffee Company and Dramapreneur.Com. Mr. Hardgrove has performed in over one hundred theatre productions and is also active in the technical side of theatre in the areas of lighting, set and sound design. When not doing all of these very time consuming ventures, Starr enjoys spending time with his wife Bonny and their two cats, Paris and Dublin.
And here's where you come in...
We're asking for 1k. One Thousand Dollars. In book launching money, that's not a lot. This is an independent project in every sense of the word, and we need your help to get it off the ground. To give you an idea of what the average Kickstarter book raises on the network, I've taken two at random that are similar to our project, first a book called "Start Here: Read Your Way Into 25 Authors" that has given itself a goal of $295. The good thing about this is that it will most likely reach that goal and Kickstart it's way over the top. The second book is a book called "To Be or Not To Be: That Is The Adventure" which raised about $580,985. This is an amazing feat for independent books and is a great success story. So where does the 1k number come from?
Well, I figured 50 books at 21 dollars. I love hardbacks, so I speculated that this one would sell the most. I was right and the book so far has been selling that level the most. The money will be used for the production of the book which I will be doing myself, and also go to a book trailer that will promote the book. I am actually looking for someone that is really good with book trailers, so if you know anyone that I could work with, let me know.
This is my first book, and I'm super excited to become an author and finally have my name on the cover of something. It's a joy to bring my love of entrepreneurship and theatre together in this book and I offer it to you guys. May it entertain, inform, and enlighten you to do great things.
Starr Hardgrove, Dramapreneur
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The possible delays for this book currently are formatting issues and registration. If I don't make the goal, then I will be forced to eat the costs of some of these and that will come with book sales. The setbacks will be minimal but i feel that they will definitely be challenges that I can meet head on. One of the precepts of being an entrepreneur is that you have to role with the punches, and that is the biggest one that I can think of at this time. Everything will be delivered in the time allotted. Thanks for your support.
Why 1k in funding? What are you going to do with that? Excellent question, and one that I had put into thought but didn't voice until today in an email, so here's how I reached the number and what I plan to do with it. Since this is my first book, I set a goal of 50 copies to sell. I came upon this number from the idea that if I can reach 50 copies, the word would spread from those people into more interest in the topic. I came upon the 21 dollar amount because I am making this book completely independent, and no one is helping me with the publishing. So I will be making the hard copies as well, the ebook copy will be made with a computer and is only six dollars. So hitting a mark somewhere in between would mean that the interest in the book is enough to take it further and begin the next project. Would I love to sell 10,000 copies, sure. That's another goal that I've put in the back of my mind, it would allow for an upgrade of website, camera, and other elements of Dramapreneur TV and Dramapreneur.Com that would just keep the conversation growing. But, ultimately, my goal is to help those who are struggling to stay creative to have a means by which to do so! To turn starving artists into striving artists. Thanks for helping me do so and thanks to Jimmy for the excellent question.
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