Jan. 13th, 2012

cwfilmbuff: (filmmaker)
I'm not big on New Years resolutions. Every year I say I want the next year to be better, but that doesn't have much to do with when we switch calendars, I just like the idea of life consistently improving.

But yesterday I was watching a youtube video of [livejournal.com profile] esyla performing an original song, after which she plugged her band's kickstarter, which got me thinking.

I watch a lot of movies. Between tickets and blurays I think it's safe to say I spend a good portion of my disposable income on film in specific and entertainment in general. There are a lot of people I know who work on independent creative projects, be it movies, music, artwork, writing, crafts, comics, etc. There are even more people whose work I enjoy because they share it online for free. So I just put two and two together.

My official, quantifiable, resolution for 2012 is this: With each paycheck I will support an independent artist.

This will include my friends, but not be limited to them, or even people I know. I will just find someone whose work I like and make sure a few of my dollars go their way. I was planning on starting with the kickstarter I linked above, but amazon's got some problem with my account and won't let me pledge at the moment. That's OK, there will be more paychecks between now and March.

So instead I used part of my first check of the year to buy a solo project by one of the band's members: Nothing is Ruined by Aaron J. Shay.

Oh, that's another part of it. Since so many of these people depend largely on word-of-mouth, I'm going to post recommendations when I find something really good. I listened to Nothing is Ruined on my way to work tonight, and it definitely qualifies as really good (especially Ragnarök Song). You don't have to take my word for it, you can click on the link and listen to the tracks for free if you like. And if you want to buy a digital copy, you can name your price for as low as $1 for the whole thing (or as low as $5 for a physical CD, and you still get the digital copies to listen to while you wait for shipping).

So in summary, going to be making an effort to support independent creative types, and when I find a good one I'll tell you about it. It's going to be a good year.


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