29 episodes

Hear Thomas Umstattd interview Authors, YouTubers, and Podcasters who are funding their creativity using platforms like Patreon, Kickstarter. You will also learn about making money with advertising, sponsorships, merch, and other creative ways to make a living as an artist.

Creative Funding Show Author Media Podcasts

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    • 5.0 • 20 Ratings

Hear Thomas Umstattd interview Authors, YouTubers, and Podcasters who are funding their creativity using platforms like Patreon, Kickstarter. You will also learn about making money with advertising, sponsorships, merch, and other creative ways to make a living as an artist.

    Patreon vs Kickstarter (a Crosscast with Funding the Dream)

    Patreon vs Kickstarter (a Crosscast with Funding the Dream)

    In this episode, I do a crosscast with Richard Bliss from the Funding the Dream on Kickstarter Podcast. The episode will go out on both feeds and if you haven’t checked out his podcast, you really should.

    We talk about what it takes to lose your Patreon followers, how to get them back and a whole lot more.

    • 31 min
    Crowdfunding for Creatives with Jamie Jensen

    Crowdfunding for Creatives with Jamie Jensen

    Announcement: The Creative Funding Show will be going on indefinite hiatus soon. If you have a question you want me to address in a wrap up Q&A episode feel free to leave it as a comment below.







    In this episode, Jamie Jenson from the Creatives Making Money Podcast interviews me about crowdfunding. You can find her version of this episode here.

    • 46 min
    How to Get Advanced Patreon Analytics with Graphtreon

    How to Get Advanced Patreon Analytics with Graphtreon

    Tom Boruta (Baruta) is a Software Engineer who created Graphtreon because he wanted to follow the progress of Patreon creators.

    Questions:



    For our listeners who did not listen to episode 4, what is Graphtreon?

    Why are analytics so important?

    What is new about the new system?



     

    Links:



    Graphtreon

    • 19 min
    Finding Your Courage and How to Handle Haters

    Finding Your Courage and How to Handle Haters

    Michelle Kopper has helped thousands of creatives, small business owners and entrepreneurs embrace self-promotion and selling as serving. Michelle’s combines her journey overcoming crippling stage fright, with her performance background and her ability to intuit aligned marketing language to help clients share their transformational message with full confidence.

    Questions:



    * Why is fear such a challenge for so many creatives?

    * Has fear kept you back as a creative?

    * How did you overcome it?

    * What advice do you have for creators when it comes to fear of criticism?

    * Let’s talk about haters and trolls. What is a troll and how should creators handle them.



     

    Use Novel Marketing’s Patreon Affiliate Link to make an extra $50 for your first 30 backers.

    About Michelle:



    * Website: www.michellekopper.com



     

    • 34 min
    How to Reduce Stress & Increase Creativity with Kim Sutton

    How to Reduce Stress & Increase Creativity with Kim Sutton

    Stress and busy work are the biggest enemies of creative people. And today we have someone on the show to help solve that.

    Kim Sutton is the host of the Positive Productivity podcast, runs a team of 10 people and has 5 kids. So you can say she knows a thing or two about productivity.

    (Twitter handle, special requirements, etc.):



    * https://twitter.com/thekimsutton?lang=en

    * https://www.instagram.com/thekimsutton/?hl=en

    * https://www.linkedin.com/in/kimberlyannesutton/

    * https://www.facebook.com/kimberly.anne.buckley



    Question:



    * Let’s talk about Working with VA’s



    * What is a virtual assistant?

    * What are some tasks that VA’s can take off creator’s hands.

    * Where can creators find good VAs?



    * Upwork

    * Virtual Assistant Jobs on Facebook





    * Tips for working with a VA’s

    * Mistakes creators make when working VA’s.







     

    Use Novel Marketing’s Patreon Affiliate Link to make an extra $50 for your first 30 backers.

    • 30 min
    Pricing with Janene Liston

    Pricing with Janene Liston

    Your time, energy, and money are valuable, but many people struggle to assign a dollar amount to each. Creators running crowdfunding campaigns often need help deciding what to offer backers and how to price each reward level. 

    Janene Liston helps her clients build value and know what and how to charge their customers confidently. She reminds her clients that having a profit mindset in their businesses makes them smart, not greedy.

    Janene is a Certified Pricing Professional, experienced in value creation, and a European Public Speaking Champion. She believes each person possesses the wisdom they need to thrive in life, but sometimes they need help tapping into it. This belief led her to “pack up” her pricing experience to step out of the corporate world and into the entrepreneurial world.

    When I interviewed Janene, I asked her about pricing crowdfunding campaigns. 

    Why is pricing products and services so difficult?

    Thomas Umstattd, Jr.: For many creatives, pricing their products and services is the hardest part of launching a Kickstarter campaign or Patreon page. Why is choosing a price so hard?

    Janene Liston: First, it’s difficult because people fear rejection. For some reason, we attach that rejection to our personal value and worthiness, which brings up baggage from our growing up years. It can be very uncomfortable.

    Second, most people simply don’t know how to choose a price. They believe there is a specific method to follow, but they don’t know what it is. If they do choose a price, they often feel uncertain about whether they’ve chosen correctly. 

    Thomas: It’s particularly difficult for people who are offering a service. For example, a photographer who’s been taking photos for free will find it difficult to start charging. When they do set up a fee schedule, they often charge too little. 

    It’s hard to know what your time is worth, especially for people who struggle with their self-worth. Choosing a price point is more psychologically challenging than choosing a logo or writing copy for the page. 

    How do you know if you’ve priced yourself too low?

    Thomas: Whether you’re running a business or creating art, people often price themselves too low when they’re starting out. What are some signals that you’re not charging enough?

    Janene: It is a common problem, and there are several signs that you need to adjust.

    Customers Tell You

    If your customers tell you, “You should be charging more,” please heed their advice. Your customers know the value of what you’re offering. 

    Thomas: Sometimes they’ll use different wording and say, “Wow. This is a great deal!” If people always talk about your product’s price as a “deal” or “steal,” you may be priced too low

    Spinning Your Wheels

    Janene: If you feel like you’re working hard but making little progress, you probably need to charge more. For example, if you have loads of customers but you’re having trouble meeting your financial goals or needs, you’ve probably priced yourself too low, particularly for service-based businesses.

    For product-based businesses, if you’re delivering more value than your competitors but are still priced lower, you’re not operating with a healthy or profitable pricing strategy.

    Thomas: You might think you could put your competitor out of business with that strategy, but you’re more likely to put yourself out of business because you run out of cash.

    When I launched my first Patreon page, we had $2.00, $5.00, and $8.00 levels. The first 15 people to back the campaign chose the $8.00 level, which told us that we priced that level too low. It was supposed to be the luxury level that only a handful of people would want. It was a limited level, and it sold out. 

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

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20 Ratings

20 Ratings

The GTB ,

Thomas does it again!

This is a fantastic podcast to align your thinking about how to find your creative pursuits with the realities of crowdfunding and general support. Binge listen and go get started!

Michelle Kopper ,

OMG Great Value and Clarity for Creatives!

This podcast rocks. It's SO NEEDED. And I'm grateful to listen and learn. I'm sharing with all my creative clients! Keep up the good work Thomas! and Thank You!

The fun stuff ,

People Lean in to Listen to Thomas' Genius

Thomas is a great interviewer and conversationalist. I met him at The New Media Summit and everyone was rapt with attention when he shared his knowledge. Now, here, we can get it on demand. Bravo, Thomas!

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