How Would You Like to Invest in the Future of a Creator?

Jason Weiland

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I’m going to do something completely out of my comfort zone. I’m going to ask for help. My Generation X mind is screaming that I shouldn’t be a burden to my friends and family. I should be able to do it all myself.

But I can’t.

Elevator pitch:

I’m trying to create a future for myself and my family by building a creator brand. The things I’m trying to do include Medium, a blog, a YouTube channel, a book, and social media. I need help in the form of small investments so I can purchase the tools (laptop, camera, software) I need to create. I’ve tried to save for myself. Today is a crucial time for me, and I need to build now while the fire is hot.

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Want to find out my story? If so, read on!

When I moved to the Philippines eight years ago, I didn’t have a plan. All I knew was I wanted to change my life. I didn’t know how I was going to do it.

I started blogs, I freelanced. I quickly figured out that even though my illness was getting better, I still was unable to keep a regular job. Even the demands of freelance writing proved to be too much for my fragile mental health.

A year ago, I stumbled on Medium and soon found out it was perfect for someone like me. I could write when I was feeling well, and when an episode came on, I could take care of myself and rest. There were no deadlines. I published my best work whenever I chose, and I get paid for how many people interact with me.

The money hasn’t rolled in. My best month was July, where I made a little over $500. That went to the hospital bill for my son’s birth. I’ve been hovering around the $200 to $300 mark every month. Medium won’t make me rich, but I know with time, I can build it into one of my income streams.

I knew I needed to be building my personal brand. I tried to make all my channels uniform, like Medium, blog, and social media. I knew my next step was video.

When I started making videos for YouTube, I quickly realized the tools I had were subpar. I’d spent a year paying for the laptop I use. I paid through the nose in interest for a laptop that didn’t fit my needs but was all that was available at the time. It’s a great laptop for writing but cannot do what I need it to do with video.

I started anyway. I found free software that would run on my laptop, broke out my smartphone, and started putting things together. Because my laptop was so weak with video, it crashed every few minutes as I was editing the videos, but I persevered.

I knew I could go on like this and slowly build up until I was making enough money that I could afford new equipment. It would probably take a few years I didn’t have.

I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to get the computer, software, and camera I needed to take my brand to the next level.

But my finances are in a shambles.

Most of you know I receive Social Security Disability because I am severely mentally ill and can’t work. It’s been a great help to me because I was able to survive some very tough times when my health was terrible. I still have a lot of gratitude that I was able to get help when I needed it.

But SSDI puts a person in limbo. Any income you make has to be reported, and if you make ANY money for a few months in a row, you lose your benefits. If I continue to grow on Medium, I will be in danger of losing everything around the beginning of 2020.

I need to continue growing my brand and increasing my income because I don’t want to rely on SSDI when I can work, even if it is on my own terms. While I can’t yet work a “regular” job, my mental health will allow me to do what I’ve been doing the last year – writing and creating.

With the birth of my son in July, my finances were at a new low. I’d borrowed to pay the doctors. My bills weren’t getting paid, and I was behind. There was no possible way I could even manage to save a little money to spend on tools I needed to work.

It’s not possible.

It’s everything Flora and I can do to keep food on the table.

I know I need to invest in the things I need to create, but I just don’t have the resources. It’s taking everything I have to crawl out of this hole I’m in.

That’s where you come in. You could help me get the new tools I need and help me to stop relying on SSDI and start making enough money to thrive. Working and creating on my own terms – on the schedule that best supports my poor mental health – has been a dream of mine for a long time. I’ve been working that way, but the hurdles keep getting bigger and bigger.

I’m not good at asking for help, but this is the last thing I can try.

I’m not asking anyone to send more than they can afford. If you have a few bucks, send it my way. I will keep everyone updated on Facebook as to my progress and how close I am to reaching my goals.

So, if you can help, thank you. If not, thank you for taking the time to consider it. I know not everyone will agree with this approach, and some just won’t have the means to help.

Thank you anyway.

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