The purpose of this GoFundMe campaign is to finance the making of a drum lesson video (or videos if possible) and launch a website from which to offer ongoing lessons for purchase. Also to provide lesson videos on already established drum lesson sites, such as Drumeo or the like.
I have made a living from music for a good portion of my life, yet it was always from live performances and recording sessions. I have been working day jobs now for several years to actually make a living - doing everything from washing cars to construction, because living on Maui, Hawaii, there isn't enough live music for a drummer to make a decent living. I recently found myself without the day job I had been working for a few years, and after a couple of days of worry and stress, I had an epiphany... I realized it is time for me to make a living from my profession - once and for all.
I have been giving drum lessons in person, traveling to people's houses, shops & studios and I have been loving teaching - finally sharing my gift after almost 40 years of playing drums. I had taught several times over years but recently have finally gotten serious about it. I recently spoke with a student of mine - a guy who is successful at internet marketing and the sale of online videos, and the same day I just happened to meet a very talented young man who is an excellent videographer and musician, who also sells lessons online - and successfully at that. I am in the process of formulating a business plan with these 2 gentlemen, and my goal is to have a successful ongoing online business giving drum lessons from the unique angle of "Playing with Passion". There is more to it but I don't want to give away my secrets! Your donation will help me create a business that will be ongoing - passive income - once it is released and ready, and to realize my lifelong dream of making a real decent living from music. More specifically it will go towards the expenses of shooting a video (or as many as the budget permits), and the setting up of an online business with a website and all of the necessary tools for providing these lessons and receiving payment. I may also have to use a small portion of the funds for living expenses while I invest time into realizing this dream business. Only a small portion and only if absolutely necessary. I plan to allocate these funds towards building the business that I am hoping will turn my life around once and for all, and keep me out of construction for good! It is time for me to soar and I am humbly requesting your help in getting it off the ground, being that I do not have the resources to invest. Assuming I am successful at this business and wind up with a lot of subscribers, I will be more than happy to eventually repay everyone. I see it as a business investment. I have never attempted crowdsourcing/crowd funding before. I have been honing my energy, creativity, and musical skills for decades, and this is what all of my work in music has been leading towards. I am very excited about this plan! I am going to make this a success! I have a great team of experienced professionals at my back. I would love to be able to pay them! Please do what you can. This is my one big shot. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. My future students will thank you as well. :)
PS. The ice has been broken , thanks again to Joanne Hersom. I have over 1500 Facebook friends. . If only 2/3 of you donated $10 each I would reach my goal. Please consider helping me realize this dream?
Thank you sincerely,