Here’s the deal. At 3:41 PM, my darling friend, excellent composer, and all around wonderful person Gabriel Lubell’s Kickstarter will have ONE WEEK left until its conclusion. I have been acting as Gabe’s unofficial campaign consultant and motivation expert and believe pretty deeply in his project, which aims to record, master, and release the first album of his music–both digitally and on vinyl. This is all nothing out of the ordinary for a Kickstarter campaign. The difference with Gabe’s project is that in addition to paying all the production costs, he also wants to pay over 30 young professionals (musicians, a conductor, and a visual artist) for their time and effort. He wouldn’t dream of doing this project without compensating them for their work, and so he’s chosen a goal that seems pretty daunting for any starving artist: $7500. None of that money, assuming he raises it, will go to him. He’s gotten a lot of support so far from his network of friends and family, but as you can see from the link above, he still has a ways to go.
But enough small talk. In a moment of whimsy, Gabe agreed that if I could enlist ten of my friends to support his project, he would credit me on the record sleeve and in the digital materials as a “magical unicorn princess.” Like most people, I have long felt that I embody the principles of magical unicorn princesshood, and have merely been waiting for this fact to be officially acknowledged. Once I am credited on his album as a magical unicorn princess, I will have received the institutional and cultural legitimation required to include this title on professional documents such as my resume and CV, if desired, in addition to receiving a much needed boost to my self-esteem.
The catch is that these friends can’t be people Gabe has ever met, which means that most of the friends I made in the past two years are right out.
So far, I have enlisted two qualified supporters in my endeavor. But I, like Gabe, have a long way to go. At the same time, I recognize that you may be asking, “Well what’s in it for me, aside from making a good friend very, very happy?” As such, I have decided to launch my own system of rewards (think of it as a Kickstarter within a Kickstarter). The reward system is the same for everyone—give any amount to Gabe’s campaign, as little as $1, and I will include you my magical unicorn court. As a member of my court, I will grant you a magical unicorn name. I will also Photoshop your face, complete with your new Unicorn Horn of Inclusion, into a picture of myself surrounded by the members of my court. (You may opt out of inclusion in the unicorn court portrait if you wish, but I will still give you an official unicorn name.)
Unlike with the Kickstarter, I will go through this effort even if Gabe isn’t successful in raising the money he needs, just to thank you for spending the two seconds to fill out your info on the page. However, we do need to reach ten donors, or else I won’t be an official magical unicorn princess and thus will have no authority with which to grant you unicorn court status. As I said, you can give as little as $1, but you can also give a little more (starting at $5) and get a reward from Gabe himself—so I hope you’ll take the time to check out his music and decide if that’s something you might want. It’s really all quite good.
**I feel a little bad that my friends that Gabe DOES know can’t be included in this effort, so I’d like to give anyone who falls into that category and has given to the Kickstarter the chance to be grandfathered into the unicorn court. Contact me if you meet that description and would like more details.