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Do you know how to get paid to do the things you love?

Have you ever wanted to be a patron of the arts?

Stay tuned, because in this video I am going to discuss something that I am very excited about and, at the end, I am going to tell you how you can not only become a patron of the arts, but, if you are a creator, I will tell you how you can create art; such as drawings, paintings, video games, movies, and so much more, and find patrons of the arts who will help you while you pursue your passion.

So, first the exciting opportunity I have before me. For decades I have played video games and shared my passion with anyone who seemed as passionate as I was, but, I never really considered the notion of making the leap into making video games my life’s work.

Why not?

Two reasons… My equipment is not good enough and I was concerned I might upset someone with highly paid corporate lawyers.

Well, recent events in my life, and the passing of years, has made me realize that if I do not stop putting things off to when I have the equipment I want to have – I’ll never do the things I want to do. I need to make due with what I have here and now.

So, what do I have here and now? Not much, but, it is enough to get started as long as my listeners can tolerate the poor quality. I’m running this on an old HP home computer that was tossed off Wal-Mart’s display shelves for being too outdated, a PlayStation 4, the mic that came with the PlayStation 4, a mic my dad bought over 20 years ago, and an 8 gb thumbdrive I use to move the videos from the PlayStaion 4 over to the computer, where I edit them in Windows Live Movie Maker and upload them to here – YouTube.

Kind of explains the quality, huh?

I know, it sucks, but it is what I have to work with at this time. And this time is what matters, because there will never be a better time in my life to get started on making Let’s Play game videos than right now.

But wait… what about those high priced corporate lawyers? Well, it turns out that some of my favorite game developers are very awesome people and are fans, fans of fan-made things like Let’s Play videos of their games!

Who knew?!

Well, I have known they were awesome for years just based on the games they put out. I had not known they would, in some cases, encourage people like me to share our love for those games. (And I want to pause here to say that I have in NO WAY been paid or compensated to endorse any of these games or companies, what you are hearing here is my genuine love for some games that I own and have not regretted a penny of the cost or a moment of my time playing them.)… anyway, back to what this means.

I am taking my website, Phantascene dot com, back to it’s origins of some 30ish years ago and returning it to being a video production website. I will still have my writing there (I’m a bit addicted to writing), but the main focus of the website is going to be as the base of operations for my video production company – to create and share videos that focus on action RPG games from the perspective of a storyteller, hobby game designer, and 3D artist.

My main focus is to look at the storytelling, value, replayability, and content of the games through Let’s Plays, Walkthroughs, game reviews, tutorials, and product reviews. But in addition to those I plan to look at the artwork, modeling, level design and more, as well as to look at the products that are a part of the game’s merchandising side such as action figures, books, bobbleheads, apparel, and more.

I have big plans for this, plans that include a full on business proposal and uncounted hours of research into gaming, the creation and history of Let’s Play videos, the use of content, a background in online advertising copywriting, and 30 years of experience and education in understanding how small businesses are built and operate.

This is what I want to do for a living, and now is the best time for me to pursue this dream.

And not just because of the things happening in my life, but also because, financially, this is the best time to be an entrepreneur online. About a year ago there was an article in the Huffington Post that said: “The most dramatic positive change in our global economy is about to occur between now and 2020. 3 to 5 billion new customers are about to come online and provide a mega-surge to the global economy.”

3 to 5 billion in the next couple of years.

Add to that the estimate that YouTube has grown 50% year over year for the past three years, and I would be a fool not to get started now.

So, where do you come in?

I have created a Patreon page for this new business venture I am setting forth on and I would like to invite you to come along for all of the behind the scenes tears, fears, laughs, and celebrations as a patron of the arts helping me to see this dream become a reality. Patron support starts at as little as $1 a month and gets you a behind the scenes look at my struggles and triumphs. You will also get automatic access to my Dischord server, where we can talk in voice chat about my experiences chasing my dream career.

I had said I would tell you how you can get paid to create art, though, right? Well, here that is. Patreon is a website designed to help artists find patrons to support their art. If you join the site and create a creator page, then you too can seek out patrons to support your artistic dreams.

And full disclosure here, I was paid once upon a long time ago when I was an online advertising copywriter, to write my opinion of Patreon way back when they first started up. This does not, however, mean I am not sincere in my recommendation of the website. I have watched a lot of wonderful creators find the support they need to pursue their dreams thanks to the wonderful patrons they have found through Patreon.

And, if you click the link in the description below, it will flag me as having referred you, so Patreon will give me a bit of a commission if you create a creator page and collect patron support, but that in no way affects my recommendation of the website or my heartfelt hope that you will decide to come with me on my own journey of creativity as one of my Patrons.

Thank you, and have fun in whatever your passion is. I’m ShadesDaughter, also known as Shades, and I look forward to sharing this exciting journey into video production with you.

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