What's Next For Hard-ish Bodies
’m a filmmaker based out of Austin, Texas about to launch a crowdfunding campaign for my next project. The campaign hasn’t even launched yet and there’s already so much I can say about the process. Before I spill my metaphorical guts out on the interwebs, a little bit about myself and the project…
Hard-ish Bodies started as a live improv show I created because I was tired of looking in the mirror and hating what I saw. I’m a big guy. At 285lbs, I rarely had candid moments where I felt sexy. However, I am and always have been a fan of the “fake it ’til you make it” adage, so fake it I did. On Halloween in 2014, I dressed as Chris Farley from the SNL Chippendales sketch. I was scared shitless to be showing my bare chest, but throughout the night I started feeling more and more confident. By the end of the night, I felt like I was the sexiest thing since sliced bread (wait…what?). I had been involved in improv comedy for a little over a year at this point and had been looking to develop a show. From that fateful Halloween night forward, it was clear. How could I create a show that was funny but also made me feel sexy?
There’s a whole lot about the live show that I will talk about in next week’s blog. For now…
…skip to today. Hard-ish Bodies has sold out two full seasons and multiple one-off shows, headlined a comedy festival, and took home Austin’s highest honor for a show like ours. All because people were connecting to our message. Too fat. Too skinny. Too ginger. Too old. Too whatever. You are sexy. Be Sexy.
Since our last live show, so many people have been asking me, what’s next for Hard-ish Bodies? So here it is. Because of my background in film and a deep love for the characters that were created, it was a natural progression to take this body positive comedy and turn into a short film. I’m excited to announce that Hard-ish Bodies is coming to a small screen/film festival near you! Or at least, that’s the plan. Now all that’s left is to finish planning it, shooting it, editing it, and a thousand other things. That brings us full circle to crowdfunding and why we need to do. We’re looking to raise $7.5k, but in reality we really need about $10k. Because I don’t know a single person that can provide that amount, we’re reaching out to find multiple people to contribute to this project. This money will help us pay & feed our cast & crew, rent equipment, and go towards making this production the best it can be.
TOO FAT. TOO SKINNY. TOO GINGER. TOO OLD. TOO WHATEVER. YOU ARE SEXY. BE SEXY.
Crowdfunding can initially look like a popularity contest or a “who has the most friends who have $25 to give” contest. You’re publicly asking for help from friends, family, acquaintances, and strangers with the bulk of the contributions generally coming from the former two. The fear comes in with thinking “what if no one wants to help?” or the ever-dreaded… ”what if people don’t think I’m good enough?” It’s been tough to push through those initial mental hurdles, but I know I can’t be alone. So in the defiant spirit of this project, this fear of failure is (partially) motivating me to write this blog. I’m scared to fail. I’m scared to look like an amateur in front of the world. But instead of letting that fear overtake me and keep me from creating, I will be documenting the process so no matter what happens, I will have learned something. My hope is that this can stand as a guide of sorts for those in the future trying to do the same thing but are letting fear keep them from taking the next step.
This is my first of a series of blogs that will document my experience with the Hard-ish Bodies short film, the crowdfunding campaign, and every other random thing that comes up along the way. If you want to join me on this journey, I’ll be posting blogs about the process and experiences of taking the Hard-ish Bodies short film from start to finish.
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