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A fundraiser to help Simon and Martina open the Eatyourkimchi Studio!
Simon and Martina Stawski
18 Facebook Friends
Video / Web
Korea, Republic of
1 Team Member

The Story

The two of us have been doing Eat Your Kimchi videos for over 4 years now. We started off just doing it as a hobby for our families. Now, we do it as our full-time job. We're trying to take Eat Your Kimchi to the next level, but there are a few hurdles along the way.

Living in Korea as a foreigner who is not hired by any company or married to a Korean person, is difficult. We've spent a lot of time trying to figure out how we could continue making our videos in Korea if we're not teaching. We've found that there's no one to sponsor us for a Visa, so we have to set up our own Business to get a Visa to stay here.

Setting up a business in Korea is a lot cheaper for Koreans, but for us, the price is very steep. Specifically, setting up a business here requires $100,000 just to get the paperwork started!

We've scrounged up our savings to apply for a business Visa. With our $100,000 we'll be able to put down key money for an officetel in Seoul (which is a lot more expensive than our apartment in Bucheon, because it's Seoul), get the registration process started for businesses in Seoul, pay the registration fees, pay the legal fees, and so on.

But that's only the first step. We'll be in no different position than we are now, except we'll be in Seoul with the required paperwork, but we won't have the office to set up our studio.

What's Next?

We're trying to set up a studio so that we can do a better job with our videos, and make Eat Your Kimchi something special.  Here are our goals!

  • Currently, we're pretty much shooting everything in our living room and kitchen, then sitting on our couches and bed all day editing, or spending hours in the coffee shops around Korea. We don't really have a work place. Having a studio will let us have all of our lighting, audio and video equipment, and our editing computers in one spot, so we can live in our home, and work at our office.
  • We'll be able to conduct interviews in our studio. We've been in contact with different music companies in Korea who are interested in working with us, and we'd like to have a place where they can come over, chat with us, and answer your questions. We don't have a place for this now (not like Big Bang can sit on our tiny living room couch). Setting up our studio is what we need to get this part rolling!
  • We'll be able to hire a full-time video editor. Currently, we work around 70 hours a week. We post regular segments Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, and random Open the Happy videos usually on Tuesday and/or Fridays. Altogether, we're working every day of the week and don't really get any time off. When we do take a couple of days off, just to recuperate, we disappoint our viewers with no video. Hiring a video editor means that we'll be able to get some decent rest while still putting up a video! And since editing is really 80% of the work we do - we'll be able to film NEW video segments we've always wanted to film, but just didn't have enough waking hours to create.
  • There are many of you we want to meet in Korea. We get your emails often, but we just don't have any place to have meet ups. We can't just overthrow a coffee shop, you know? In opening our studio, we'll finally be able to reach out to you, personally, and have a venue for us to have meet ups!  

If we can raise $40,000, we can put down the deposit for a studio, which is what we're asking for. If we can raise more than that, we could put furniture in it (haha!) and, more importantly, we could get that full-time video editor to help us keep these videos going. There's a lot we want to do with Eat Your Kimchi. We have the vision, we just don't have the funding for it.

Other Ways You Can Help

If you can't donate, we totally understand. We hope, at least, you can ask others to help us out with this. Like the video on YouTube, share it on Facebook and Twitter. If your mom and dad like us, ask them! If you're close friends with the President of Samsung, let him know, too! ;) Help us spread the word so we can get this studio up and running and take Eatyourkimchi to the next level! Cue music!

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raised by 3,636 people in 1 month
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$40,000 USD goal
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This campaign ended on October 20, 2012
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  • $5USD
    Nasty Wall of Fame

    For everyone donating $5 and up, we'll put your name up on our Nasty Wall of Fame which we'll make on our website.

    1367 claimed
  • $25USD
    Autographed Polaroid Picture

    We'll send you an autographed, ONE OF A KIND polaroid picture with up to three members of the Eat Your Kimchi team! One of us has to hold the camera...

    815 claimed
  • $30USD
    Eat Your Kimchi Music Album

    We're making you a mix CD and autographing it! We'll send you the Eat Your Kimchi greatest hits MP3 CD, with all of our songs, on a CD, including the I’m the Spudgy 2NE1 cover, Bunnies are Puffy, Eat Your Kimchi Style, and more!

    189 claimed
  • $40USD
    Autographed Picture + CD!

    We'll send both the CD and our autographed picture, in one special combo package! Wow!

    502 claimed

    Special Donor Song and Video!

    For twenty people only, we will make one super duper video shouting out all your names in thank you song format. We’ll post the final video to our bonus channel!

    20 out of 20 claimed
  • $100USD
    Super Special Sticker Pack!

    A 4x6 sheet of your very own limited edition EYK stickers. We only have 100 sheets to give + our autographed picture + our CD as well!

    111 out of 150 claimed
  • $150USD
    Care Package

    We'll put together a small care package of our favourite things from Korea! Including: snacks, cute stationary, things in Engrish, Wonderful Treasure Finds, and cosmetics!

    186 out of 200 claimed
  • $300USD
    Korean Beauty Product Care Kit

    Martina will head over to her favourite Korean cosmetic boutiques and make you a care package of her fav beauty supplies! Including: face masks, face packs, nail stickers, eye shadow, lotions, and more!

    11 out of 100 claimed
  • $500USD
    Music Monday Laptop Takeover!

    We’ll put in YOUR picture on our laptop for Music Monday (so long as it’s not and pornos or profanities you Nasties you) AND we'll send you a CD of the Kpop band we're reviewing for that Music Monday + the autographed picture of us!

    3 out of 5 claimed
  • $500USD
    Shout Out + Polaroid + CD

    We’ll give a personalized shout out to you, your friend, or your family member for an EYK episode of your choice (Music Monday, W.A.N.K, F.A.P.F.A.P, or TL;DR) Great for birthdays, asking someone to the prom, or marriage proposals! And we'll send you our autographed picture + CD!

    3 out of 5 claimed

    Evening with Eatyourkimchi!

    If you’re in Korea within the next 12 months, we’ll go out with you for dinner and Noraebang, and we can guarantee that this will quite possibly be the most entertaining Noraebang experience of your life

    5 out of 5 claimed
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