In the upcoming weeks, I am going to be sharing stories from different artists who are using crowdfunding to share amazing stories. First up is Nic Adenau.
GTYD: Tell us, who is Nic Adenau?
NIC: I’m a commercial and fine artist. I also consider myself an activist and advocate for human rights.
GTYD: What is LGBT20 and what prompted you to tell these stories?
NIC: If funded successful, starting this January, I will embark across the west coast to capture & share the stories of LGBT teens affected by peer bullying. I will be documenting 20 youth through the mediums of photography and verbal interviews. The end products will be a website, LGBT20.com, to share all of their stories and an art-book. 100% of proceeds will be donated towards combating the issue of LGBT Youth Bullying. The issue of LGBT youth bullying is a huge issue that has yet to be told through these young people’s voices. Everything I found on the subject was through the scope of journalism or promotional material. So, I wanted to see that changed.
GTYD: Why did you choose to use Kickstarter to raise the funds?
NIC: I like the pressure for both others and myself to get the project funded. It’s all or nothing. That is the type of pressure I work well under so it just made sense to use Kickstarter over other platforms.
GTYD: What is the biggest lesson that you have learned during your crowdfunding campaign?
NIC: I’ve learned that the hard hustle of social media works but a well crafted plan will work even better. Whatever you do, be smart about spreading your campaign!
Learn more about the LGBT20 campaign below and head over to Kickstarter to help support this project!