Funding Your Pole Project With Kickstarter

Published on: Oct 10 2013 by
Funding Your Pole Project With Kickstarter

Ever thought about starting a pole related business but was short on cash? Maybe you want to open a pole studio, produce a pole performance or hold a competition. It’s frustrating when you have a great idea and don’t have the money to bring your dreams to life. Raising capital for a start-up business has always been a problem for me -until now.

Funding your pole project with Kickstarter could be the way for you to get your idea off the ground. Kickstarter is the internet’s largest crowd funding platform where creators and backers work together to bring projects to life. Creators pitch their projects in an online campaign typically lasting 30 days. Someone who donates to a campaign in return for a reward is a backer. The project creator sets their own rewards and price points for their products.

My Campaign

I’m currently running a Kickstarter campaign for my fictional book, Pole Dancer. If someone backs my project at the Drama Queen level they pledge $5. In return, they get a downloadable copy of Pole Dancer. Backers become part of the creative process and their advance purchases give creators the income to complete their projects and fulfill their dreams.

However, there is a catch. Funding on Kickstarter is all or nothing. I’ve set a goal of $15,000. If I don’t meet my goal during my campaign, none of my backers credit cards are charged and I get nada. It’s a pretty scary thought. It makes me work that much harder to raise the money I need to pay a publicist, web designer, and shoot professional looking videos to put on my website so pole newbies can really connect with what’s going on in the book.

To date, 44% of Kickstarter projects have been successfully funded and over $819 million has been raised for 49,000 projects. Of those projects, nine were pole dance related. Six were successfully funded. My book, Pole Dancer, is pole project number ten!

I would love to be able to add Pole Dancer to the list of successes. It’s going to take a lot of work. I have thirty more days to go. I’m on a mission to take Pole Dancer to the next level. Let’s see how far we can go.

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About Nikki St. John

After taking my first pole class at the Vertical Joe studio in Atlanta, I was hooked. Every time I learned a new move, I felt a profound sense of accomplishment, especially when I was able to master tricks I never imagined I would be able to do. The other pole dancers at the studio were supportive, encouraging, dedicated and progressive. This was the first time I had ever been around that many women and everyone got along! It was so refreshing.

I wrote Pole Dancer, the first fictional book about pole dancing, after spending three years as an avid poler and two years teaching in pole studios. Whenever I told people about my pole addiction, the entire room would give me their undivided attention. I could almost hear the voices of my theater professors in my mind. Wouldn't that make a great story?

I couldn't agree with them more. So I put my BFA in theater to use and wrote one.

I hope the book is just the beginning. I would love to take this story to a bigger platform and turn Pole Dancer into a play and eventually into a movie and show the world pole dance is here to stay!

Nikki St.John

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