I'm a professional trainer and performer of aerial and circus arts. I live in Atlanta, Georgia, and am a single mother with a daughter with special needs. I have been doing aerial arts for eight years, and was an amateur dancer and performer before I found trapeze.
This fundraiser has the ability to change my life and launch my first DVD into the world! I started this project about three and a half years ago. It has been an uphill battle but I learned so much about producing a fitness DVD. I thought I could do it with the money I was making as a performer, and then one day I finally got a budget drawn up by the director and was told this project was "a $25,000 project". WOW. Fortunately I am doing this video for a little less, but... not much. I have already put ALL of my savings into it.
I stalled and I was terrified, and I needed to reach out for support, and finally have. I kept watching the footage and every time was re-inspired. Life was getting in the way, and I finally had to get out of my day job to make this reality. No matter what, this video must get finished! I have some big bills to pay, but the DVD is finished and almost all the business pieces are together. I am no longer terrified, I am resolute.
At this point, if I can get contributions to reach my goal, I can have grocery money for my family AND start this new part of my career. And you get access to this DVD! If you give to the campaign, you can be one of the first to get your hands on the DVD! The newest Teaser is here: http://vimeo.com/70785507
All of the funding will go directly to pay the bills already owed for the editing and production of "A Basic Vocabulary of Trapeze" and the cost of this fundraiser. If the goal is not met, a higher percentage will be taken by Indiegogo and I will still have to use the rest of the funds to help with the business debt.
If you have no time and money to donate to this campaign. I can still use your help by spreading word on social media sites by using the Indiegogo share tools or word of mouth! If you are an aerialist, tell your studio, your performer friends, or student friends to come check out my site and contact me!
This video is groundbreaking for the aerial community. For years, other communities have been able to produce instructional videos for sale, even risky skills, like bullwhips and fire arts videos. However the aerial community as a whole has lacked any publications of real usability until recent years, none of them that address skills for trapeze. With very high quality videos and a script from an experienced, safety trained teacher, information can reach those students who just need to review what they learn in classes, or the students that live hours from any studio and can only attend workshops. It can also help spread technique, make vocabulary universal, or be a guide for other teachers.
The perks of giving to this campaign include reusable, functional schwag for an aerialist's lifestyle as well as a simple way to get your hands on this DVD first! Check them out!