Well, it’s finally here and we couldn’t be more nervous, excited, thrilled, scared and anxious to deliver to you the first season of East WillyB. It’s been an incredible journey and one that we are enjoying and relishing each and every day. Running a crowd-funding campaign is no easy feat, and if you talk to anyone in the crowd-funding or fundraising industry, they’ll tell you that running one for $50,000 in 50 days is madness. But, with the love and support of our fans, families and friends, we did it. We did it because you believed in the power of what we are creating and you saw yourself in our project. You’ve experienced this gentrification in your neighborhood, your best friend reminded you of Ceci, or you just really love anything that Flaco Navaja creates. Whatever the reason was, you believed in us and we did it.
We are incredibly humbled by the outpouring of support and love that we have received from everyone because there were moments when we thought this wasn’t going to happen, and that we were going to fail. Launching a crowd funding campaign requires daily maintenance, tweeking, and optimism. It requires a calm mind and hopeful spirit that believes that anything is possible. It requires full support from our partners and loved ones in our moment of insanity. It is love.
Now, it’s here. And we couldn’t be more thankful to you for your support. This season is dedicated to you and to the American Latino who never gives up, finds possibilities everywhere and knows where they come from. We are uniquely connected to each other by our heritage, regardless of where we come from or where we live. This show does take place in Everywhere, USA because we have shared experiences that you can relate to.
Our last request to you is that you please share our show and our story with all your friends, families, networks, co-workers, compadres, comadres, and beyond. We are still on a journey and we hope you join us as we continue to spread the message of our show and our community. Help us show the networks that these stories are going to be told with or without your support because they are worth telling. Independent Latino shows can be successful because we’ll make the successful through the help of our communities.
Muchisimas gracias, for all of your support. Enjoy the show.
Welcome Back to Bushwick!
We have lots of events coming up and can’t wait to meet all our fans.
It’s no easy feat to run a Kickstarter campaign and it takes a great deal of courage, conviction, planning and love.
When the team sat down to discuss the type of campaign we would run, we knew we wanted to convey our story with passion and authenticity and show the challenges as well as our victories. I like to think that this is exactly what we have done so far.
We’ve spent a few anxious nights, waking up and checking our emails to see how many people have donated for the day. Some nights we can go back to sleep, other nights we continue to toss and turn with the thought of how far we have yet to go. But each morning we rise with a sense of purpose knowing that we can reach our goal. We promote and respond to our fans and friends via our Facebook and Twitter accounts so that every backer knows how much we appreciate them and their support. We can’t do this without the support from our networks and that is exactly why we decided to create our own Kickstarter campaign for $50,000.
We truly believe that our fans, family and friends can help fund this project because you believe in our vision to create a new powerful voice for the modern day young American Latino. We’ve seen our childhood neighborhoods gentrified and turned into boutiques and brasseries that cater to a different crowd. No longer are our neighborhoods called the North Side or Sunnyside; instead our they have names like LoHi, Highlands, SoCo, or BillyBurg.
There’s nothing wrong with change, but we are setting out to document the changes and the challenges that occur in these communities when our cultures clash. This is why we are hell bent on creating our first season of East WillyB. It’s been a challenging 25 days and we have another 25 days to go. We’ve stayed up late at night with our writers, our producers have been busy creating new video updates, and our editing team has been busy finishing our episode in Spain. We’re working hard on our end to ensure that you stay updated on our campaign and feel involved in the entire process. This is as much your campaign as it is ours and we want you to feel a sense of ownership.
As we look to the next 25 days, we feel anxious, we feel nervous, slightly scared but excited. We took a giant leap knowing that our community will be there to help us reach our goal. If starting a Kickstarter campaign was easy then we’d all be doing it, but it’s scary and nerve wracking. Still, it’s worth it. It’s worth all the anxiety and the sleepless nights because we trust you.
Help make the next 25 days incredible by sharing our campaign with everyone you know. Email, tweet and post our video to all of your contacts and say:
“Support my favorite Latino webseries by helping them produce a full season via Kickstarter http://kck.st/HzE3MT!”
Tell everyone you know about our journey, show them our videos, and share the love. We are challenging the roles for Latinos on mainstream media by taking on the industry and creating our own programming. We only have 25 days left to make a difference and we want you to be a part of our journey and a part of our success story. 25 days, here we come!