Creator Stories

How Peter Hollens Went From A Cappella Nerd To Internet Stardom
You might not recognize his name, but chances are, you’ve heard Peter Hollens before. No—you didn’t hear him on the radio. And he wasn’t on…
August 07, 2018Sean Baeyens
Inside the Mind of a Patron
Ever since Stefan Frandsen was a kid, he was obsessed with technology. Computers were primitive 40 years ago, when Frandsen was born, but…
July 24, 2018Madison Kahn
How I Turned Color Magazine into a $25,000/mo Business
Ann Kullberg’s marketing coordinator details the strategies they used to gather 100+ patrons during their Patreon launch in January 2018.
July 02, 2018Olivia Seitz
Everything I Learned Growing a YouTube Channel to 800k Subscribers & $3,200/mo in 2 years
Michael Tucker of Lessons from the Screenplay shares how he used Patreon to support the launch of his YouTube channel and transition into a full-time video essay creator.
June 27, 2018Olivia Seitz
600,000 Podcast Listeners Fuel this Non-Profit: Here's How They Did It
Sol Hanna shares what it’s like to run a Patreon page for a non-profit organization. Plus, how Patreon allows the Buddhist Society of Western Australia to tap into global funding.
June 20, 2018Olivia Seitz
Professor Steve Keen Lost $75k of His Research Funding: Here's How He Got it Back
Professor Steve Keen, an anti-economist creating “realistic economics for the post-crash world,” describes how he built an impressive $6,000+ Patreon page in only one year.
June 20, 2018Olivia Seitz
Creative Freedom: Why the ‘Great War’ Creators Are Going Independent for World War II
The Great War is a phenomenon. From July 28, 2014 — the centennial anniversary of World War I — to today, the Great War team has published…
April 12, 2018Olivia Seitz
YouTube and Patreon: How Suede Earns $3k/mo with Less Than 10k Subscribers
In 2015, William “Suede” DuFresne was underemployed and desperate for work.He’d been making reviews of anime and Pokemon on YouTube  since…
April 06, 2018Olivia Seitz
750+ Supporters: The Bitcoin Pub Built a Successful Business by Treating Patreon like a Product
John and Peter Saddington are engineers, educators, brothers, and cryptocurrency enthusiasts. They’re also the founders of the Bitcoin Pub…
March 23, 2018Olivia Seitz
Meet The Musician Who Sacrificed Fame to Pursue the Support of 1,000 True Fans
As 2010 drew to a close, Nate Maingard  walked away from a psychic, shaking his head. She had told him he could make a full-time living…
March 14, 2018Olivia Seitz
From Financial Distress to Monthly Income: Jack Lowe’s Journey as an Independent Creator
Photography. Lifeboats. The Sea. From those three words scribbled on a paper came the journey of a lifetime for Jack Lowe . Between the UK…
February 28, 2018Olivia Seitz
Patreon Lens: How 5 Creators Are Giving Patrons Behind the Scenes Access to Their Work and Life
Here’s something we’ve found in our years working with creators: Our most successful creators consistently provide awesome content for their…
February 27, 2018Olivia Seitz
The Comic Artist Who Walked Away from DreamWorks
Working for a big animation studio like DreamWorks should be a dream come true. But for Ava’s Demon  creator Michelle Czajkowski, reality…
February 15, 2018Olivia Seitz
How to Get More YouTube Subscribers: 20 YouTubers Share Their Story
We reached out to 20+ successful YouTubers—all people who’ve grown their channel from zero to at least 1,000 subscribers—to find out how…
January 18, 2018Cody Slingerland
How Noon Pacific Promotes Emerging Artists to 100k Weekly Listeners
After building an audience of over 100,000+ weekly active listeners, Clark Dinnison has to chase away investors ready to throw cash at his…
January 09, 2018Olivia Seitz
How to Make Money on YouTube (8 Examples from Successful YouTubers)
If you have a loyal subscriber base on YouTube but have struggled to earn money through advertising revenue, it may feel like you have no…
December 06, 2017Cody Slingerland
Youtuber and licensed therapist Kati Morton on how to care for your mental and emotional health as a content creator
Kati Morton  is a licensed therapist. And—with 240,000 YouTube subscribers —she’s also a prolific content creator. Kati knows the unbridled…
November 28, 2017Olivia Seitz
Why YouTubers Should Obsess Over Their Fans, Not Fancy Equipment: Lessons from Easy Allies’ Success
When Brandon Jones and his fellow video game reviewers lost their corporate sponsorship and most of their funding, he thought they’d lose…
November 15, 2017EJ Brown
How The Fantasy Footballers’ Podcast Grew Revenues To Support 4 Full-Time Creators
Andy Holloway, Mike Wright, Jason Moore, and Brooks Carmean are living the creator’s dream. They make a full time living. All year long…
October 26, 2017Nathan Collier
How ‘The Great War’ Co-creates Its Hit YouTube Show with the Help of a 700,000+ Member Audience
“It will be a great idea to start a Youtube Channel covering just World War I!” Said no one ever. That is, up until May of 2014, when Indy…
October 09, 2017Nathan Collier
Over 500 hours of Game of Thrones content to last you until Season 8
Season 7 has come to a close for the popular HBO TV series Game of Thrones. Lucky for GOT die-hards, there’s an ample amount of free content…
August 29, 2017Christine Donaldson
How Kinda Funny Built the Most Engaged Community on Patreon
In January of 2015, four video game vets quit their long-held day jobs at IGN to collectively work on a new project focused on nerdy…
August 15, 2017Ellie MacBride
How Danny O’Dwyer is Using Membership to Run his Video Production Business
Danny O’Dwyer has been making internet videos with his friends since before YouTube was popular. It all started as a means to an end for…
August 03, 2017Christine Donaldson
1 Reward Tier: How Musician Mike Doughty is Strategizing Membership on Patreon
The Committed Craftsperson Mike Doughty is an American singer-songwriter and author. He founded the band Soul Coughing in 1992, and has…
July 18, 2017Christine Donaldson
3 Ways Kameron Hurley Is Reinventing How Writers Get Paid
Kameron Hurley is busy. Aside from authoring  The Stars are Legion, The Geek Feminist Revolution  essay collection, as well as the God’s War…
July 07, 2017Christine Donaldson
How Illustrator Ty Carter Became a Digital Mentor on Patreon
Tyler Carter is a professional illustrator. He works in the movie industry as a visual development artist for feature animation (his film…
June 12, 2017Christine Donaldson
How Bing Futch Thrives as a Musician with Patreon
Meet Bing Futch, a musician who is producing music and videos all about the Blues and an intriguing instrument called the dulcimer…
May 15, 2017Christine Donaldson
How Four Full-Time Creators Leverage Motherhood to Inspire (and Monetize) Their Art
To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow. —Maya Angelou…
May 11, 2017Kati Holland
How Portland Indie Game Squad is using Patreon for Live Community Events
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…
April 24, 2017Christine Donaldson
How Illustrator Fran Meneses Went from Unemployed to Full-Time Artist (and How You Can, Too)
Patreon is like that dreamy cottage in the middle of the woods. If you’re an artist, you know exactly what I mean: We all want to be there…
April 17, 2017Kati Holland
How This Couple Earns $6k/Month Sharing Haunted Objects With A Tiny Fanbase
Many creators have this preconceived notion that the only way to make money with their craft is to amass a large following. However, this…
March 30, 2017EJ Brown
Creator Spotlight with Extra Credits
Meet Extra Credits – a video lessons series presented by game designer James Portnow, animator/narrator Daniel Floyd, and a talented team of…
March 20, 2017Christine Donaldson
Creator of the Week with Danny O’Dwyer
Meet Danny O’Dwyer, a producer who launched a full-time career creating video game documentaries! Location: Oakland, CA Patreon Page:   www…
March 13, 2017Christine Donaldson
How HBO’s Issa Rae Uses Her Patreon Page to Empower Creators of Color
A typical lunch at Patreon stars the daily New York Times Crossword. Every day at 12:30, you’ll find teammates crowding around the word…
March 09, 2017Taryn Arnold
Indie Devs Are Taking Over: The 10 Hottest Indie Games from GDC 2017
[ vc _ row ] [ vc _ column ] [ vc _ column _ text ] Indie devs are taking over. Every year at GDC, The Mix puts on a showcase of some of…
March 03, 2017Sean Baeyens
Creator of the Week with My Name is Byf
Meet James Byford, the mastermind behind “My Name Is Byf” who has forged a career producing videos about video game lore! Location: London…
February 27, 2017Christine Donaldson
Creator of the Week with Namesake Webcomic
Meet Meg and Isa, a writer and an illustrator who joined forces to create the fairy tale adventure comic, Namesake. Members:  Isabelle…
February 20, 2017Christine Donaldson
Creator of the Week with Cyrille Aimee
Meet Cyrille Aimee, a professional jazz vocalist who, in addition to singing in 3 languages and releasing over 7 records, is making time to…
February 13, 2017Christine Donaldson
5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Committing to Life as a Freelance Writer
In the early years of my writing career, I spent many hours daydreaming about working for myself. In those days I worked full-time…
February 08, 2017Marisa Belger
Creator of the Week with The Ginger Runner
Meet The Ginger Runner, a dream team of content creators who produce a popular blog, YouTube channel, and podcast all about their life’s…
February 06, 2017Christine Donaldson
Creator of the Week with Monica Byrne
Meet Monica Bryne, an American playwright and science fiction author who turned her passion into a career. Location: Durham, NC **Patreon…
January 30, 2017Christine Donaldson
Creator of the Week with Aubrey Sitterson
Meet Aubrey Sitterson, a podcaster and comic book writer currently running TWO Patreon pages for his separate creative projects. Location…
January 23, 2017Christine Donaldson
Creator of the Week with Amanda Lee
*Meet Amanda Lee, a voice actress and vocalist known for her English adaptations and covers of anime and video-game songs. * **Location…
January 17, 2017Christine Donaldson
Creator of the Week with Zach Weinersmith
*Meet Zach Weinersmith, a multi-talented illustrator, writer, and comedy show producer! * **Location: **Houston, Texas **Patreon Page…
January 09, 2017Christine Donaldson
These 35 Creators Earned Over $150,000 Each on Patreon in 2016 – Meet Them!
Finally, ”starving” and “artist” no longer need to be joined at the hip. Patreon is, hands down, the best place for creators to get paid. In…
January 06, 2017Taryn Arnold
Creator of the Week: The Attack
*Meet “The Attack”: a live streaming network featuring a variety of shows produced by Kevin Pereira and his team at Attack Media, covering…
January 03, 2017Christine Donaldson
Creator of the Week with Nate Maingard
*Meet Nate Maingard, a traveling singer-songwriter and modern day Troubadour. * Location:  South Africa Patreon Page: www.Patreon.com…
December 27, 2016Christine Donaldson
Creator of the Week: Stant Litore
*Meet Stant Litore, author of several acclaimed fiction series, including *The Zombie Bible and The Ansible Stories.** * When a sked what he…
December 19, 2016Christine Donaldson
Creator of the Week: Bite Size Vegan
Meet Bite Size Vegan, an activist and video creator who makes short, fun, informational videos about Veganism. (FYI: She might very well be…
December 12, 2016Christine Donaldson
Creator of the Week: Jim Sterling
Meet Jim Sterling, a video game journalist, critic, and video creator who launched his independent career with Patreon. Location…
December 05, 2016Christine Donaldson

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