Crowdfunding is a way to raise funds for a project, art piece, business or product by receiving contributions from people all over the world. With social media and the internet, the world has become a much smaller place and one that loves connection. What's better than helping to fund someone's dream?
I'd like to tell you a little bit about a campaign I am managing and it's something I really feel you will enjoy.
Client Yogi Roth is funding his documentary which follows him and his dad on a pilgrimage that took them across Portugal and Spain (The Way of Saint James). After finding out that his dad has prostate cancer, one day it just hit him, that his father, Will, might not be around for that much longer. Yogi asked his dad to meet him in Spain so they could have that time together to ask all the hard questions and find out who his dad really is. This film will be sure to reach you personally, as it has with most. It actually calls you to ask yourself, am I spending enough time with the ones I love?
I definitely have had a deep connection with this story. I went on a trip to Alaska with my Dad, Sister and Brother-in-law in the summer of 2013. For seven days in a one street town, we ate and drank and laughed and built an awning for a family business in Hope, Alaska. This time allowed me to see my father in a new way. It was also the longest amount of time I had spent with him since I was probably four years old. I got to hear amazing stories from his life and also learn more about him. He's a hard worker and a loving dad and I feel like without this experience I wouldn't necessarily know him in the same way. These kind of opportunities don't usually come along on their own. We have to choose to spend time with the ones we love and not put that off.
My dad surprised me out of the blue with this Alaska trip, and looking back, I am so thankful we had that time together. One of my biggest fears is too lose him. I am terrified that I don't know him well enough and I can't image him NOT walking me down the aisle at my wedding one day. Seriously, that would crush me. My dad and I have had ups and downs but I have made the effort as an adult to make sure we have time together. He's my first call now when I need help or a kick in the butt. He'd say, "you know what I always say," and I reply, "yes dad, you always have to have three irons in the fire." "and..." he says? "get your head of out your ass..got it, Dad." I know exactly that I need to "nut up or shut up." He means the world to me and I hate it that there are times that I have no idea what he's up to. I've lived in Los Angeles for over 10 years now and sometimes I feel so far away from my family. Not just with my father, but i know I need to make time for the people I love. Like my sister and her baby boy, my nephew, Nolan, who can changed my life completely. My mother, who with all her spunk, needs a who baby hug here and there.
Then there's my brother, Grant, who I definitely don't see enough. I feel as thought I will always fight my whole life to truly get to know him. At 17, he's not a little baby anymore. I've missed 10 years and that also crushes me. I hope he knows how much I love and adore him and I am so proud of the person he has become.
I want you to take a look at www.lifeinawalk.com and also to introduce to you, the world of crowdfunding. This campaign offers wonderful rewards in which a person can actually purchase an experience that brings people together and also support a film. Not only that, but I helped design these amazing hoodies and Tees that support the film as well as a super cool Journal for all the writers and doodlers out there. If you love football, there are some high level perks for you as well.
Yogi has become a friend and inspiration and someone whom I'd love see succeed in completing this meaningful film.
All I ask is that you join us on this journey and become a part of this film. donate that $5 or $5000 or whatever you wish to help make this dream come true. Really, truly, this film's goal is not just to tell a story but to encourage the masses to enjoy the present and to not let your valuable time, pass you by.
Please check out, LIFE IN A WALK!