Posts By Christine Donaldson

Meet Bing Futch, a musician who is producing music and videos all about the Blues and an intriguing instrument called the dulcimer. Location: Orlando, Florida Patreon Page: www.patreon.com/bingfutch Q+A with Bing Futch   Describe, in your own words, what it is that you create: Music and video! I play Appalachian mountain dulcimer, Native American flute, ukulele and keyboards, but mountain dulcimer is my main instrument. The “Dulcimerica” video podcast is a project of mine that’s going into its ninth year with over a million views so far.   How did you get your start as a Patreon creator? A buddy of mine, and fellow mountain dulcimerist/creator, Stephen Seifert, turned me onto Patreon back in 2014 and I leaped in with both feet, right into…

In an earnest attempt to prevent FOMO from our upcoming event (which you can still RSVP for), we asked the Portland Indie Game Squad (or PIGSquad) to share some of their biggest Patreon learnings with us. Here is some advice on how a non-profit is using Patreon for hosting live community events. Q+A with Will Lewis from PIGSquad In your own words, what's PIGSquad? The Portland Indie Game Squad (or PIGSquad) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the health and continued expansion of game developer communities in Portland, the Pacific Northwest, and online. We do this through meetup events, workshops, game jams, and networking activities for art and technology creatives to make lots of Portland gamedev connection possible! How did you…

“If we can arm future generations with the mindset that the planet is a valuable and singular thing, and that we need to be proactive about stewarding our relationship with it, we can prepare ourselves by raising generations that are defenders of this earth.” About the Creators Casson Trenor (the writer) and Caia Koopman (the illustrator) are creating a children’s book about ocean conservation, and they are sharing each step of the way on Patreon. Located in different cities with entirely different backgrounds, Caia and Casson are joining forces to accomplish one mission: to make this world a better place. Their story is called Umijoo. It’s the tale of a girl who lives on an island and feels disconnected from…

Meet Meg and Isa, a writer and an illustrator who joined forces to create the fairy tale adventure comic, Namesake. Members: Isabelle Melancon (Quebec, Canada) and Megan Lavey-Heaton (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) Patreon Page: www.patreon.com/namesake   Q+A with NameSake   Describe, in your own words, what it is that you create: Isa: Together, me and Megan make comics, often in the fantasy genre, and often inspired by fairy tale and literature. Our lead series is the fairy tale adventure comic Namesake.   How did you get your start as a creator? Isa: I’ve been interested in doing comics since I was a kid, my parents had a lot of French comics for me and my brothers to read. During college and University, I had a minimal…

Meet Cyrille Aimee, a professional jazz vocalist who, in addition to singing in 3 languages and releasing over 7 records, is making time to create online music videos. Location: Brooklyn, New York Patreon Page: www.patreon.com/cyrilleaimee   Q+A with Cyrille Aimee   Patreon: Describe, in your own words, what it is that you create. Cyrille Aimee: My main focus of creation is music, and videos to go along with it.   How did you get your start as a creator? CA: I discovered I wanted to make music when I met some gypsies in my village in France at the age of 13. One of them started to teach me the guitar and in exchange I would teach him to read.   What did it take to end…

Meet The Ginger Runner, a dream team of content creators who produce a popular blog, YouTube channel, and podcast all about their life’s passion: running. Members: Ethan Newberry & Kimberley Teshima Newberry (Yes, they're married!) Location: Los Angeles, CA Patreon Page: www.patreon.com/TheGingerRunner   Q+A with Ethan Newberry   Patreon: Describe, in your own words, what it is that you create. Ethan Newberry: This has been a pretty awesome journey to say the least! What started as a side-project youtube channel where I could spout off my opinions about various pairs of running shoes and running gear has blossomed into a full-on creative outlet for all of my passions. In addition to the unbiased and entertaining reviews of gear, I document and share some of…

Meet Monica Bryne, an American playwright and science fiction author who turned her passion into a career. Location: Durham, NC Patreon Page: www.Patreon.com/MonicaByrne   Q+A with Monica Byrne   Patreon: Describe, in your own words, what it is that you create: Monica Bryne: I make novels, stories, theatre, essays, protest, and visual art. But if I find myself alone with the right sort of person, I say I’m a servant of the other world.   How did you get your start as a creator? MB: Until age 24, I wanted to be an astronaut, and did all the “right” things--worked for NASA, got a pilot’s license, and went to MIT for graduate school. But I was really unhappy. I might have loved the work once,…

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