It was really exciting to push the launch button and send this campaign out into the world. I was really nervous, and of course wondered what would happen next. I tried not to stare at the computer screen, but it was really hard! Then it happened. I got my first backer! It was thrilling and heart-warming and I was beaming. Deb Dammann, my heart goes out to you for your support and for being the first. You made my day. Each and every backer after that was just as thrilling and by the end of the day, my face hurt from smiling. I even had some larger than expected contributions, which was very humbling, as well as some folks who gave to the campaign that I know don't have a lot of money to give. Every single gift means the world to me. I even had someone who lives in Spain see the video and contribute.
In addition to people backing the campaign, I also had a lot of loved ones "share" the campaign on Facebook. My aunt made a lovely comment about how I had grown so much since I was singing as a little girl - she hadn't heard my new music, until now. So many people told me how proud they were of me, how much they loved to hear my voice, and how powerful the song Monster was to them when they heard it on the video.
Today has been another amazing day and I'm already at 16% of my goal. I'm still letting my distant friends and family know about it and spending most of my day just being in this moment. I had no idea that this would feel so good. I am so moved by everyone's support, compliments, and love.
Tonight I'm so excited to be doing a photo shoot with the amazing Marla Smith. She has taken pictures of my family over the years and was there to take pictures of Pete and I for Vashon Events promotional use. She is a dear friend and I'm honored that she is supporting my campaign in this way.
I also have to give a special shout-out to Michael Monteleone who created my Kickstarter Video. He did an amazing job and I'm so grateful to him for the hours and hours he spent editing the video. I'm also happy to say that the footage of Monster seen in the campaign video is his work for my first ever music video. It has been fantastic to work with him. He makes me feel incredibly comfortable in front of the camera. Thank you so much, Michael.
If you have given to the campaign, you've already received an email or phone call from me, but thank you again. Anyone can help by sharing this with their friends and family, and if you can made a contribution, I will be very grateful.
Thank you so much for your love and support!