Can I call you (Sugar) Daddy?
I have often joked about needing a Sugar Daddy. I’m not high maintenance. Or, at least not when it comes to finances. I might be high energy in other areas (wink wink). When it comes to finances I really don’t ask for much. But, I would like a patron. Someone who will financially support me so I can do that thing I love to do; research. Stereo-Typed doesn’t really tax me too much, but there is so much more I could do if I had the resources.
Sugar Daddy Patrons have a rich history
There is a long history of patronage in the arts. I don’t really consider myself an artist. Hell, I don’t really consider myself an “interviewer” either, but here I am interviewing people and doing this little radio show thing … and I could use a Sugar Daddy or a Patron.
In the past, it was very difficult for artists to get by on their art alone. The starving artist. This is still true today, especially when they were just starting out. Making ends meet in the arts has been a challenge for many an artist. Singers, actors, visual artists … if they don’t attain fame, they make a meagre wage.
Enter the old custom of a Patron. The Patron would offer financial support to the artist. The artist would get an allowance or gifts to help them do what they did best … create. The Patron, on the other hand, would get some sort of intangible reward. There was certainly the status of being a patron of the arts. They would often get special seating at performances, private performances, special commissions, and even a companion, so they could introduce their pet artist to society and increase the artist’s exposure.
I now find myself in the position where I do not just want a Sugar Daddy, I need one (or several). My little radio show is starting to grow. I am making some headway into the research community, which is where I want to be. I want to present interesting ideas about various aspects of Human Sexuality, especially those that can be classed as “alternative” or “kinky” … and the research community (whether it is institutional or private) is where I am going to find those people who have information to back (or counter) our ideas and beliefs.
With support, I can broadcast with more frequency
My goal has always been to produce a weekly show. When I started, I went with bi-weekly because I was worried that I would need to do all of the research each episode and present essay-like topics. My first couple of episodes are in this style. If I could not find compelling, informed guests, there is no way that I would be able to present the quality and quantity of information that this perfectionist would be happy with on a weekly basis. Having a learned guest takes some of the pressure off of me. I can do a more generalised review of the subject, giving special attention to their writings on the topic, and they are there to fill in the more technical gaps.
I gave myself six months to see if I could get my foot through the door. And, I did. However, I’m still not ready to go weekly. I need more. I need more leads, I need more topics (which usually involves more books or access to journals about Human Sexuality – I don’t rely on news articles, I read the actual studies) and I need more guests. And, I need better equipment, a dedicated broadcasting space (since I am currently evicting Hubby when I go on-air), and a more reliable internet connection. Which means, I need more money.
I can do a lot, but imagine how much more I could do!
A lot of the work can be done with my computer and the internet, however, I want to make an impression on the research community. Having a conversation with a psychologist, a sociologist, a researcher, or a philosopher, during a coffee break at a conference is more memorable than sending an e-mail (which might end up in a spam folder). Some of my guests and listeners have been sending introductory emails to people they know, which is great! My potential guest already has some idea of what I want from them. But there are still so many names on my list where I don’t yet have a warm introduction.
In the six months that I have been doing the show, I have already purchased a new laptop. It was necessary to run the Spreaker Studio since I have assumed the production duties on the show. I need a better microphone. Something that will filter out some of the background noise. I want to get equipment so I can do round table discussions off-site. My library is growing, as well. I believe in supporting the authors that come on the show to share their ideas with us. So, even when I do receive an advanced copy of a book, I want to support their work so they will continue to do the great work and possibly come back on the show to present their latest findings.
I told you I get around. Help me broaden my reach.
In the coming months, I will be attending seminars (locally) and a conference in New York City. Each of the presenters is a potential guest. In fact, the conference I am attending (AltSexNYC) has one former guest, one potential guest who I am already speaking with, as well as several others, who are presenting talks/papers that are relevant to the focus of Stereo-Typed. Some of the presenters are already on my hit list. Many of the attendees are also people who are knowledgeable and could be potential guests. Shaking their hands, passing them a business card and showing them my passion for this project face-to-face will have a greater impact than an email could ever do. Travelling to these events means increased expenses.
The financial equivalent of a Ménage à Many
I know that it is unlikely that I will find a single Patron to take care of all of my needs, but I can certainly crowd-source a Sugar Daddy (in a gender neutral sense). I have started a Patreon campaign to support Stereo-Typed.
You can show support for the show and help me reach my goals of an on-going sustainable weekly show for as little as a dollar a month. I chose to use the monthly contribution model, instead of per creation because it is my intention to increase the number of creations a month, and I want my Sugar Daddy Collective to be comfortable knowing that their pledge won’t increase unless they choose to do so themselves).
And in the spirit of patronages of old, you could get special access to “performances” that are exclusively for you. If you are especially generous, you could even learn and dine with me.
Other ways you can support the show.
Monetary gifts aren’t the only way you can support the show. You could also indulge the exhibitionist in me by giving Stereo-Typed some exposure. Share this writing on your social media platforms. Listen in live on Spreaker and participate in the chat. Subscribe on iTunes. Write a review of the show, in general, or a particular episode that gave you some food for thought. While this won’t get me to more conferences, it will certainly introduce the show to new listeners, and possibly some potential guests.
Can I call you Daddy, or Mommy?
Visit my Patreon campaign for more information on the rewards that are available for my Sugar Daddy Collective.