The Kickstarter campaign is live and something recently occurred to me. It may not be clear why I'm running a fundraiser for my project. I mean, the website is finished, the asset tracking technology is in place, and I've got the first few participants lined up. Can't I just relaunch the project now with the few heads I've got? The quick and easy answer is, yup. But I did that once, and it didn't go so well.
When I started the project in 2002, I had one mannequin head and an idea. I didn't know what to expect. I didn't know more than four hundred people would register to participate in the first six months; the waiting list would continue to grow. Seriously, a lot of people wanted to get a mannequin head in the the mail. Most of them would never get a chance. There were simply not enough heads to go around. In the end, 40 people, from 9 countries, participated, contributing more than 1,500 photos.
But, I had a bigger vision.
I envisioned an army of trackable heads, free-ranging the globe, from person to person, encounter to encounter. No waiting lists. No time limits. I've done most of the leg work. I'm ready to launch. I just need more heads. This is where Kickstarter comes in.
The money I raise on Kickstarter will be used to buy additional heads and, generally, make the project cooler. I promise I won't buy beer with it.
Kickstarter doesn't just give me money, however. They call it fund-RAISING for a reason. That's right, you guessed it. There's a pitch coming.
I need your help. Check out our Kickstarter campaign and pledge your support. Without it, I'm just a guy with a mannequin head obsession and that's just weird. For now, tell everyone you know about the project; especially your artsy friends! Email them. Text them. Share on social media.