I have a confession to make.
For a long time, I was kind of cautious about Out There. I wasn't sure I could make the show a success, so I held onto a part-time day job to hedge my bets.
Finally, last spring, I quit the day job. I decided it was time to take a leap of faith and truly commit to Out There.
For the past year, I’ve been working on the podcast full time, and I’ve been pouring everything into it. I want to make it the best show it can be, and I want it to grow and thrive and become a beloved household name.
I also want to be a good boss to the people who work with me. I want to treat them well, and compensate them for their time.
But the reality is that I don’t have the money to do that. Last year, I made less than $1.50 an hour from the show. And none of my colleagues fared any better.
We’ve made that work for a while, but it can’t work forever. We absolutely love making the show, but we also need to pay the rent and put food on the table.
My goal for the coming year is to raise enough money to pay myself and my team at least minimum wage.
Minimum wage is still … minimum wage. But it would be such a big step up from where we are right now.
So, if you’re in a position to help us out, we’re asking that you make a financial contribution to the show.
We have a goal of raising $3,000 a month on Patreon, which is a crowd-funding platform that lets you make monthly contributions to creative endeavors you care about.
You can pledge any amount – even if it’s just a dollar or two a month. Those little contributions really do add up, and we appreciate and value every single one.
We have several exciting new rewards to offer you as a thankyou for your support.
For a pledge of $20 per month (or more), you'll get to join our brand new Postcard Club, where you'll receive a handwritten postcard from me a couple of times a year.
At our highest pledge level, we’ll thank you by highlighting a nonprofit of your choice on the show. That way, you get to support Out There and give some love to a cause you care about.
If you're already a patron…
First off, THANK YOU. You’re the best.
Secondly, if you’d like to take advantage of the new rewards, here’s how to change the amount of your pledge. (It's super easy).