I’m so excited to introduce you to Shawnee Kilgore in this episode! She is an Austin, TX based singer-songwriter living a crowd-funding fairy tale.
In 2014, Shawnee launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund her fourth solo album, A Long and Precious Road. In her video message to potential backers, a tribute to Dylan's Subterranean Homesick Blues, she held up a card that said "I'm learning to ask for help." This vulnerable and honest phrase struck a chord for one particular music fan perusing Kickstarter projects on his rare off time Joss Whedon. Whedon, one of Hollywood's most prominent directors (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, The Avengers) loved Shawnee's music and her voice, and backed the project, taking the first step towards what would become the unlikeliest of creative partnerships.
Insights and Takeaways
Good things happen when you just “DO THE THING”
Crowdfunding a project v. ongoing fan support from Patreon
Creating a sustainable income with Patreon
Flexing our songwriting muscles
Why house concerts rock
Working on an EP with Joss Whedon
Links and Resources
Shawnee Kilgore and Joss Whedon Back to Eden
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