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Videos portraying the LGBT experience aren't a priority of major labels. They are to me. I want to tell our story.
Videos portraying the LGBT experience aren't a priority of major labels. They are to me. I want to tell our story.
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Music Videos That Tell Our Story (LGBT) - Tom Goss

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How did you first hear about my music? I bet it was a video wasn't it? 

These days, people don't discover musicians without strong videos. I've spent the past 7 years developing interesting and engaging music videos that speak to my listeners, make folks smile, and often tell a story that hasn't been told before. 

What you probably didn't realize is that I've been making these videos on shoe string budgets. As rewarding as it has been, it has been stressful financially, and has limited my ability, as an artist, to tell each story as beautifully as it should be told. Let's face it, the stories of LGBTQ men and women are as big and dynamic as any other story. I'd love to be able to reflect that. I'd love to be able to give your stories the justice they deserve.

I am currently in pre-production on two videos: 

Breath and Sound: I've enlisted the help of internationally known dancer and choreographer, Andrew Pirozzi, to help tell the story of 'Breath and Sound.' 

At it's core, 'Breath and Sound' is a love song, but a love that finds it's roots at the beginning of a relationship, at the onset of meeting someone you find intriguing. It tells the story of two individuals, who are revealing themselves to one another for the first time.

We are telling this story through a lyrical dance involving three couples. One is gay, one is straight, and one is a lesbian couple. This video will highlight how we all share the same emotion, we are brave enough to be intimate with someone for the first time. 

We will be seamlessly integrating dance, storytelling and cinematography to take you on a romantic journey.

Son of A Preacher Man:

We will also be shooting a video for the Dusti Springfield classic 'Son of a Preacher Man.'

For this video, we are re-imagining this story as seen through the lens of a teenaged boy, living in a religious family, in the deep south.

We will watch his joy and triumph, as he falls in love as well as his struggle when forces move to break them apart.

Falling in love is the most beautiful, innocent and selfless thing that we can do. This is magnified even further when we are young. That said, as gay men and women, we are taught something completely different. 'Son of a Preacher Man' aims to highlight the innocence and beauty of young love.

Risks and challenges

There are always challenges to making music videos. Last minute permitting changes, clunky rental equipment and of course the dreaded wardrobe malfunctions. But honestly, the greatest challenge I've faced making videos has been financial restrictions. With your support we can make this set of videos, telling stories about the LGBTQ experience, in a way that hasn't been told before.

Because of my history, I'm uniquely qualified to produce these videos beautifully and professionally while adhering to a strict production schedule.

A brief history of my video making.

2014 - Illuminate The Dark - https://www.youtube.com/watch…

2013 - Bears - https://www.youtube.com/watch…

2012 - Make Believe - https://www.youtube.com/watch…

2011 - It's All Over - https://www.youtube.com/watch…

2010 - Lover - https://www.youtube.com/watch…

2010 - You Don't Question Love - https://www.youtube.com/watch…

2009 - Till The End - https://www.youtube.com/watch…

2008 - Rise - https://www.youtube.com/watch…

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    You'll be thanked by name in the video credits (both videos)!

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    Digital copies of the videos for your iPhone or TV. You can take the videos wherever you like now. The park, the club, even church!

    Also thank you card with the sweetest little note inside, from me, Tom Goss! : )

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    The complete Tom Goss collection with personalized signed photo!

    You get everything, all my CDs, Videos, my live DVD and a personalized photo taken (and signed) just for you.

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    12 Months of Tom!

    OK, fine! Folks have been asking me to make a calendar for years, I guess peer pressure really does eventually work. : )

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    Become a Producer & Unlock the process!

    Get exclusive access to the video making process. That means private links to video shoots, editing bay and Q & A with those involved with the video process.

    Also, unlocks a private, request driven, live webcast. You tell me what to play, I will play it, then we all laugh together : )

    You'll get producer credit on both videos!

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    I help you record your song!

    Do you write lyrics? Have you always wanted these lyrics to be a song?

    I'll take your lyrics, turn them into a song! Everyone will marvel at your brilliance.

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    Private performance!

    I'll come to you and perform for you and your friends. Whether you want me to perform for a dinner of 4 while you eat, or 50 folks at a house party, I'm game! Let's work out the details.

    And of course, all of the above!

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    **I travel through, or near, most cities annually. If I'm nowhere near your city, travel expenses may be incurred.

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    Personalized song.

    Got a special someone? Want to give the best gift ever?

    You'll secure a victory in any gift-giving one-upmanship when you show up with a personalized song written and recorded, especially for your loved one!

    We'll chat, I'll learn all about this amazing person, then I'll go ahead and write the lyrics and music to your own personalized theme song.

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    A role in 'Son of a Preacher Man.'

    Always wanted to be in a video? Now is your chance! Now you can come to Los Angeles and be in a Tom Goss video. Super exciting right?

    And of course, all of the above!

    **Travel expenses to and from Los Angeles not included.

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    SUPER SPECIAL EXECUTIVE PRODUCER LEVEL!

    We'll make YOUR video!

    Got a song you want to make a video for? Want to write a song and then make a video for it? Got an idea you've always wanted to work on?

    It all sounds pretty amazing to me. You'll come out to Los Angeles and we'll record your song, and shoot your video. Then we'll edit it and release it.

    Now you're the star!

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    You'll also get Executive Producer credit on both videos.

    And of course, all of the above!

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    **Travel expenses to and from Los Angeles not included.

    **There are limitations to the budget for this video. The video will primarily be a green screen video. We must be able to shoot it entirely on location in Los Angeles. It will be amazing! Questions? Email me: tom@tomgossmusic.com

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