My goal is to be the change I want to see in the world. What change do I want to see? Diversity. Diversity in the race of performers and the roles available to them. Diversity in the representation of women and queer people. Diversity in the ways in which we use art and entertainment to discuss the world. I want to use my platform as a performer to better the world and to give marginalized people hope for change. I think my work is important and much needed today. It takes an entire world to make Beyonce. Can you help make my work what it will surely be one day?
Here is an example of some of my original music:
Showbiz: Active Terrorism (A Multimedia Musical) is the fourth production and most ambitious effort by self-producing, Philadelphia artist Sebastian (Who Invited Jesus?, I Am Because I Am, Sorry I'm Just Human, Life on the Fringe).
Showbiz comedically tells the fictional story of Sebastian, a struggling Philadelphia performer in both the Theatre and Drag scene, and his rise to becoming a globally recognized sensation. Through this journey we learn, along with Sebastian,of the struggle to make it in Show Business as a queer black person and how difficult it is for someone in such a position to hold on to their integrity, both artistic and personal. The show examines the role the media plays in our interpretation of public figures, events and politics. Through this journey, Sebastian's eyes are opened to the hidden truth that we are but pawns in a system created to brainwash, placate and pacify the general public, in order to secure the domination of a select few. Sebastian fights to create work that is honest and thought provoking in a time when superficiality is promoted in an effort to prevent upheval and rebellion, upsetting "the powers that be." Subsequently, Sebastian becomes the target of a global campaign to discredit him as terrorist, in order to maintain the illusion of freedom, equality and justice in the world. Will the people buy into the slanderous campaign or begin to question the system that has ruined countless efforts to remove the wool from our eyes?
Fund Distribution and Qualifications
Rutgers University: Theatre Arts
Plays & Players Theatre: External Relations Manager. As External Relations Manager, I communicated and maintained relationships with the press, wrote press releases and weekly newsletters, managed the website, and performed outreach to increase constituency.
Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance: Phillyfunguide Coordinator. As Phillyfunguide Coordinator, I managed Phillyfunguide.com, created and managed invoices, blogged about Philly events, organized events, managed interns and created relationships with Philadelphia artists.
Sebastian: I have written, directed, performed, and produced 4 theatrical productions in Philadelphia on my own. I have performed as an actor, musician, and drag performer in over 30 other plays, concerts and events in the past three years. I am a working professional with the skills and drive necessary to produce a theatrical production of this caliber.
The money raised will go towards these costs, the rest I will pay for myself and with money made from the show.
4 performances: $1,200.
Posters & Postcards - $225, Ads: $475 = $700
Film and edit video projections: $800.
Risks and challenges
Potential struggles and challenges: there is, of course, the struggle to meet deadlines, get a significant amount of press, cast and rehearse actors and dancers in given amount of time, successfully collaborate with photographer and videographer and the overall challenge of matching my physical work with my vision, but these struggles and challenges are inherent in Theatre.
Setting deadlines is key, I make a calendar of when things should get done by. You, of course, don't always make every deadline, but the urgency is there and it is easier to keep track of what needs to get done. Using websites like Podio also help keep everyone involved on the same page and organized.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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