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Traveling 8,579 miles to document the passion and dedication of 250 everyday entrepreneurs
Brandy Shea
556 Facebook Friends
Video / Web
Austin, Texas
United States
1 Team Member

Imagine a world where success wasn't focused around financial gain, but instead, dedication and work ethic. Where status was based around effort, honesty, and one's ability to produce quality rather than output quantity.

These are the motives behind Quality Thrives.

Started by two young individuals in Austin, TX, Quality Thrives aims to document the passion, struggle, and dedication of 250 everyday entrepreneurs across America. In doing so, we hope to start a conversation about the value of effort and authenticity, as well as the need for more honest, genuine content distribution on the web.

What's the purpose of this project?

  • To encourage social equality and raise awareness about the need for more honest, genuine content distribution on the web/through the media
  • To celebrate passion, dedication, and hard work, as well as the individuals who define those qualities 
  • To provide relatable, raw insight for and from everyday entrepreneurs
  • To prove that anyone, regardless of social status, financial worth, age, gender, or ethnicity, is capable of achieving greatness

Chris Cerrone and Laci Urcioli, hosts of The Cerrone Show, explain the value of recognizing everyday entrepreneurs: 

 Interviews that will be released within the next two months:

Brandy chatting with Luke McCoy, Founder of Event Driven LLC

Kelly Curtis and Christine Stafford, Brand Managers for W3ll People Organic Cosmetics

Mike Schmidt, Co-Founder of Event Driven LLC

Maryna Marston, Founder of Square Earth Studio

Michaela Cour and Brian Rainey, Founders of Strikingly Fit

Kris Bushen + team, Bushen Racing Association of Texas

Starting in October, we'll be selling all of our material possessions and heading out on the road for a full year (or however long it takes). We'll be covering a diverse range of cities across the country including: 

  • Louisville, KY
  • New York, NY
  • Boston, MA
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Detroit, MI
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Omaha, NE
  • Bozeman, MT
  • Seattle, WA
  • Portland, OR
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Denver, CO

We estimate that we'll be driving a total of 8,579 miles and plan to do a minimum of 2 interviews per week. 

We'll be investing all of our savings towards this venture and plan to use it, along with any money raised, for the following: 

Equipment - As anyone in the film industry would tell you, video equipment is NOT cheap by any means. We've invested as much as we possibly can with the budget we have, however we desperately need to upgrade. Any funding made would go towards purchasing a higher-quality camera as well as audio equipment. 

Living Expenses - After enduring 6 months of all-nighters we've determined that the only way to manage this project + continue freelancing is to cut our hours back, which will obviously affect our income. We'll be relying on our savings and the funding raised to cover things such as lodging, food, and gas.

Advertising - We've been able to cover the design/marketing so far, and we've got the advertising plans in place, however we can't do it all on our own. We're hoping to eventually hire a part-time marketing freelancer/designer to take over some of the responsibility, which would allow us to focus more on the interviews. 

All interviews will be distributed on our website and promoted via Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram. We'll also be creating written versions of each full interview and distributing it through the Quality Thrives blog, as well as submitting select interviews as contributor pieces on websites such as  entrepreneur.com,upmyaverage.com, and medium.com

The Quality Thrives Incentive - Free branding services for startups and entrepreneurs

As entrepreneurs, we understand the difficulty of being able to afford quality design services when first launching a business, which is why we've decided to launch the Quality Thrives Incentive. This will involve us selecting one entrepreneur or business owner per quarter, and providing them with all essential branding elements such as logo and business card design, as well as design for popular social media platforms. Depending on the complexity of the project, we may also offer web design services.

There will be zero cost to the receiver however we will request that they provide a fair amount of promotion for Quality Thrives in exchange for the free services.

We're currently providing branding services for The Chris Cerrone Show as well as The Austin Phoenix Magazine as part of this incentive program.

1. Recap Book: "Quality Thrives - A Journey for Truth" 

This book will feature photos and insightful quotes from all 250 interviewees, and will be released after we've completed all 250 interviews.

Donate $55 and get a free copy of the upcoming Quality Thrives book + your name listed in the back! 

2. The Quality Thrives Podcast 

This podcast will be released on a weekly basis and will consist of us doing re-caps of interviews, as well as discussing things that we learn/experience through our travels. The podcast will be launching in late October.

We have quite a few more plans in the works, specifically involving entrepreneurial programs for high school students, but we won't be releasing further details until plans are definite.

Regardless of whether or not this project grows, our motives will always remain the same: to never give up, to continuously pursue our passions with 100% honesty and dedication, and to always provide both value and quality for society.


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  • $5USD
    Bumper Sticker

    Donate $5 and receive an "I Support Quality" bumper sticker.

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    Estimated delivery: November 2014
  • $12USD
    Drink On Us

    Donate $12.00 and we'll buy you a drink. If your city is within our route, we'll take you out for a drink. If it's not in our route, we'll send you a $5 gift card to the coffee shop of your choice.

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  • $25USD
    Quality Thrives T-shirt

    Donate $25 and receive a Quality Thrives t-shirt. Three different designs available, and sizes include men + women S, M, L, XL. Visit www.qualitythrives.org for a visual of the three t-shirt designs.

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  • $55USD
    Name Placement in QT Book

    Donate $55 and have your name listed in the back of our upcoming book "Quality Thrives - a Journey for truth", as well as a personalized copy of the book.

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    Estimated delivery: January 2016
  • $75USD
    Sticker, Shirt, Book

    Donate $75 and receive a Quality Thrives "I Support Quality" bumper sticker, a Quality Thrives t-shirt, name placement in our upcoming book, and a personalized copy of the book. All perks (excluding the book) will be delivered by November 2014.

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  • $150USD
    Mom's Homemade Cookies

    Donate $150 and receive all perks listed above, along with 1 box of mom's homemade cookies. Cookies will also be made by the Saratoga Sisters volunteer group (upcoming interviewee). 1 box = 12 cookies.

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    Estimated delivery: December 2014
  • $350USD
    1hr Photoshoot

    Donate $350 and receive a 1hr photo shoot shot by Bryndan and Brandy. Whether it's family pictures, head shots, or business photos, we'll come to your location (once we're in your area), conduct the shoot, and provide you with all edited and raw files.

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    Estimated delivery: January 2015
  • $750USD
    Promotional Video

    Donate $750 and receive a promotional video, shot by Bryndan and Brandy. We'll discuss the details of your videography needs prior to the shoot, come to your location (once we're in your area) and provide you with all raw and edited files.

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    Estimated delivery: January 2015
  • $1,000USD
    Design / Branding Assistance

    Donate $1,000 and receive the following branding/design assistance from Brandy: - 1 hr branding consultation - Logo (three options provided) - Business card - Cover graphics for 3 social media platforms To see Brandy's design portfolio visit www.mileonecreative.com. Note: Graphics will be completed on a first-come-first-serve basis and have a minimum 3 week turnaround time.

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