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This Is My Brave is a platform for people living with ‪mental illness to speak out in an effort to raise awareness and end the stigma.
This Is My Brave is a platform for people living with ‪mental illness to speak out in an effort to raise awareness and end the stigma.
This Is My Brave is a platform for people living with ‪mental illness to speak out in an effort to raise awareness and end the stigma.
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One in four adults - approximately 61.5 million Americans - experiences mental illness in a given year. But statistics show that only about 1 in 3 receives the treatment they need.

This may be due in part to the underlying stigma associated with mental illness.

Making its debut appearance in Arlington, Virginia {right outside our nation’s capitol}, This Is My Brave is a theater experience which will change your perception of what it feels like to live with a mental illness.

We’re busy networking in the community to uncover the personal stories and talent that will make up the show and already we have a growing list of people who are looking forward to auditioning in February. 

From the emotional intricacy of slam poetry by a teen with schizophrenia to the inspirational story of how a father helped his daughter come to grips with her disease and the importance of her treatment plan, to the powerful lyrics of an original rap song written by a young man living with bipolar disorder, this show will find you laughing, crying and nodding your head with an understanding that only comes from meeting these brave individuals.

This Is My Brave is a live presentation of touching personal essays, original music, and poetry performed by individuals living with {or affected by a close friend or family member living with} mental illness.

I’m choosing to stand up and speak out about mental illness as an advocate in order to help others and we're producing this show to give others the opportunity to join me.

The simplicity of This Is My Brave is what makes it so dramatic and moving. These are real people up on stage who have chosen to allow themselves to be vulnerable behind the microphone so they can share their stories with their whole heart. The power of the human connection through the telling of personal experience will grab hold of the audience for ninety minutes and beyond.

Here's the thing. Financially, I can't do this by myself. There is a ton of work that goes into producing a show and although my Associate Producer and I are willing to work for free, the parts of the puzzle we need to pull this thing together come with price tags. 

This is where YOU come in.

We've reserved the beautiful and intimate Spectrum Theatre at Artisphere for May 18th, but we're at risk of losing this fabulous space if we aren't able to pay the deposit soon.

Spectrum Theatre, Artisphere
Spectrum Theatre, Artisphere

Where the Kickstarter funds will be used:

  • Theater rental (Show day and Rehearsal time) = $3,500
  • Photographer & Videographer (to be able to upload the individual performances to YouTube so that we can extend our reach to those who aren't local to DC) = $1,000
  • Marketing & Advertising = $700
  • Reward Fulfillment = $800
  • Kickstarter/Amazon fees = $500
  • TOTAL = $6,500

Any funding over our goal {would be awesome and so appreciated!} will go towards marketing efforts to grow the awareness of the show so that we'll be able to bring it to more cities in the future.

'This Is My Brave' Limited Edition Supporter Bracelet
'This Is My Brave' Limited Edition Supporter Bracelet

Show Timeline:

  • Oct - Nov = promoting project Kickstarter via word of mouth, social media and guest blogging
  • Nov - Jan = reaching out to members of the community via networking and PR to encourage interested individuals to audition for the show
  • February = auditions held
  • late February = cast announced
  • Mar - Apr = sell remaining show tickets and cast members fine-tune their pieces with the Producer/Director
  • May 17 = rehearsal 
  • May 18 = It’s SHOWTIME, Baby!

Thank you so much for your interest in This Is My Brave! If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the project you can visit the show website and please check us out on Facebook to follow the show progress on the This Is My Brave the show Facebook page.

Simply Om Original 'This Is My Brave' 3-strand necklace
Simply Om Original 'This Is My Brave' 3-strand necklace

Risks and challenges

I've never launched a project of this magnitude on my own before. However, my passion for the cause of raising awareness for mental health issues and encouraging open dialogue in order to grow support for people who desperately need help is fierce. If this Kickstarter is successfully funded, I will work to grow this movement across the country. I have incredible support in the form of my Associate Producer, Anne Marie Ames, who has more than twenty years of experience in corporate marketing and event planning, and my mentor, Kate Coveny Hood, Producer of the DC Listen to Your Mother Show, a critically-acclaimed, national production created by Ann Imig. These amazing ladies are working with me and guiding me towards success.

But I also need you. I need you to join my support network to help me spread the word of the show. Together our voices are that much stronger.

The theater is on reserve, deposit yet to be paid. YOU will help us make this show a reality.

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    Might you be able to give up two lattes this month? We promise you'll be glad you did! You'll receive a personal shout-out thank you on Facebook and Twitter from the show's Creator/Producer.

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    Save Me a Seat! - A personal thank you note from the show's Creator/Producer, PLUS your name listed in the printed program on show day as a memento and one (1) ticket to the show on May 18th, 2014 in Arlington, VA. (transportation not included.)

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    I'm there in spirit! {for those who can't make it to the show} - A personal thank you note from the show's Creator/Producer, PLUS your name listed in the printed program on show day as a supporter and one (1) limited edition 'This Is My Brave' bracelet for you to wear or gift.

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    I'll be there with bells on! - A personal thank you note from the show's Creator/Producer, PLUS your name listed in the printed program on show day as a supporter and one (1) ticket to the show on May 18th, 2014 in Arlington, VA. (transportation not included.) PLUS one (1) limited edition 'This Is My Brave' bracelet for you to wear or gift.

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    I'm Bringing a Friend! - A personal thank you note from the show's Creator/Producer, PLUS your name listed in the printed program on show day as a memento and two (2) tickets to the show on May 18th, 2014 in Arlington, VA. (transportation not included.)

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    Wearing my Brave (and a friend will too!) - You can't make it to the show, but want to literally show your support by wearing a bracelet and helping us spread the word by gifting one to a friend. You'll receive two (2) limited edition 'This Is My Brave' bracelets. Also, a personal thank you note from the show's Creator/Producer, and your name listed in the printed program on show day as a supporter.

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    Wearing my Brave to the show! - Two (2) tickets to the show on May 18th, 2014 in Arlington, VA. (transportation not included.) PLUS one (1) limited edition 'This Is My Brave' bracelet for you to wear or gift. Also, a personal thank you note from the show's Creator/Producer, and your name listed in the printed program on show day as a memento.

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    Super Brave Supporter! - Four (4) tickets to the show on May 18th, 2014 in Arlington, VA. (transportation not included.) PLUS two (2) limited edition 'This Is My Brave' bracelets for you to wear or gift. Also, a personal thank you note from the show's Creator/Producer, a photo of the cast, and your name listed in the printed program on show day as a memento.

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    BRAVE ROCKSTAR! - Four (4) tickets to the show on May 18th, 2014 in Arlington, VA. (transportation not included.) PLUS one (1) beautiful, multi-layered and multi-dimensional 2-strand necklace made of Czech glass, wood and mixed metal beads; it's a statement in boldness and bravery, as represented by the "B" stamped tag on the corner of the necklace. A Simply Om original, the green in this necklace is a reminder of your commitment to raising awareness for mental health. Show your brave in this stunning piece. ALSO included is one (1) limited edition 'This Is My Brave' bracelet for you to wear or gift, a personal thank you note from the show's Creator/Producer, a photo of the cast, and your name listed in the printed program on show day as a memento.

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    BRAVE CRUSADER! - Four (4) tickets to the show on May 18th, 2014 in Arlington, VA. (transportation not included.) PLUS one (1) beautiful, multi-layered and multi-dimensional 3-strand necklace made of Czech glass, wood and mixed metal beads, a statement in boldness and bravery, as represented by the "B" stamped tag on the corner of the necklace. A Simply Om original, the green in this necklace is a reminder of your commitment to raising awareness for mental health. Show your brave in this stunning piece. ALSO included are two (2) limited edition 'This Is My Brave' bracelets for you to wear or gift, a personal thank you note from the show's Creator/Producer, a photo of the cast, and your name listed in the printed program on show day as a memento.

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    BRAVE BESTIE - Two (2) premium reserved (read: best seats in the house!) tickets to the show on May 18th, 2014 in Arlington, VA. (transportation not included.) Plus, two (2) limited edition 'This Is My Brave' braceletes to keep or gift. Also, a signed cast photo and your name listed in the printed show program as a supporter.

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    BRAVE ADVERTISER - A perfect way for your business or blog to show their support for This Is My Brave! Your 250px x 250px banner ad will run on our show's website. ALSO, Two (2) premium reserved (read: best seats in the house!) tickets to the show on May 18th, 2014 in Arlington, VA. (transportation not included.) Plus, two (2) limited edition 'This Is My Brave' bracelets to keep or gift. Also, a signed cast photo and your name listed in the printed show program as a supporter.

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    BRAVE SUPER FAN! - Three (3) premium reserved (best of the best seats!) tickets to the show on May 18th, 2014 (transportation not included.) PLUS a featured "Thank You" in a special section of the show program. Also, a show program and cast photo, each signed by the entire cast and an invitation to the wrap party after the show for a Meet & Greet with the cast. And three (3) limited edition 'This Is My Brave' bracelets for you to wear or gift.

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    WE LOVE YOUR BRAVE HEART! - Four (4) premium reserved (best of the best seats!) tickets to the show on May 18th, 2014 (transportation not included.) PLUS a quarter-page, color "Thank You" in the form of an ad featuring you and/or your business in the show program. Also, a show program and cast photo, each signed by the entire cast and an invitation to the wrap party after the show for a Meet & Greet with the cast. And four (4) limited edition 'This Is My Brave' bracelets for you to wear or gift.

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    BRAVO TO THIS IS MY BRAVE! - Five (5) premium reserved (rockin' seats!) tickets to the show on May 18th, 2014 (transportation not included.) PLUS a half-page, color "Thank You" ad featuring you and/or your business in the show program. Also, a show program and cast photo, each signed by the entire cast and an invitation to the wrap party after the show for a Meet & Greet with the cast. And five (5) limited edition 'This Is My Brave' bracelets for you to wear or gift.

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    BRAVEST OF THE BRAVE! - Six (6) premium reserved (Ultimate seats in the house!) tickets to the show on May 18th, 2014 in Arlington, VA (transportation not included). PLUS a full-page, color "Thank You" ad featuring you and/or your business in the show program. Also, a show program and cast photo, each signed by the entire cast and an invitation to the wrap party after the show for a Meet & Greet with the cast. And six (6) limited edition 'This Is My Brave' bracelets for you to wear or gift. PLUS, your name listed on our website and in the printed show program as a Founding Contributor. The ULTIMATE display of support to 'This Is My Brave' the show.

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Funding period

- (31 days)