Jamie Berger is creating 15 Minutes: a podcast about fame
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patrons

$44
per For each episode, to buy us some time to make this show!
Hello 15 Minutes Listeners, Friends, Newcomers,

Here's what Patreon tells me to put here:

"This is as simple as is sounds: who are you? What brought you to Patreon? This is the first thing potential patrons will see when they land on your page, so make sure you paint a compelling picture of how they can join you on this epic journey.
Your fans will appreciate seeing as much of YOU as possible - so authenticity and sincerity are the way to go. Remember, your community is excited to join you.You're giving them a chance to be directly involved in what you're making."

Here's what I have to say. Sorry. It's way too long. Feel free to jump around.

***

Here's an update on what we've been up to and are up to in the coming months, and below that, general info, and below that, a brief record of my experience doing creative stuff, more or less the dues I've paid to justify (to myself and to you) asking people for money to support a creative project of mine for the first time ever.

THANKS!

***

October 2016
15 Minutes: a podcast about fame is 15 episodes in!!!
(actually, at least 16 by the time you're reading this)

Guests have ranged from noted authors (Daniel Oppenheimer, Andi Zeisler, Jessica Abel) and comedians and other entertainers (John Hodgman, Eugene Mirman of Bob's Burgers) to Hearty White, to my dad, and a guy named Tim.

Upcoming guests include NPR reporter/producer and two-time James Beard Award winner Tina Antolini, music maker Matt Lorenz (aka The Suitcase Junket), fiction writer George Saunders, and poet, actress, and now director Amber Tamblyn.

15 Minutes: a podcast about fame
is exactly that. It's a podcast in which I, Jamie Berger (with the incredible assistance of sound engineer Ed Patenaude and designer of all elements visual, Anja Schutz) talk to people of all stripes about the beast called fame. It is not a celebrity-based endeavor, but more of a fun, but also incisive, maybe even theraputic, exploration of fame and what it means to us, how it helps and hinders, how it affects how we define success, . . . . . In our first four months - 15 episodes! - we've had on everyone from the relatively famous - Eugene Mirman, John Hodgman, Annie Duke - to the utterly anonymous - the point isn't (just) to hear from acclaimed folks, it's to address fame itself.



I call 15 minutes a podcast about fame, but really, it's about fame and success and dreams and collaboration and our public versus private selves, and about whatever other digressions happen in conversations with, yes, the relatively famous people I've mentioned so far, but also with decidedly unfamous people of all sorts, from high-school students to octogenarians, from those who dream of fame, to those who do their best to ignore its very existence. The show can be insightful, fun, silly, whatever, depending on where the conversation happens to go. 

For more:
http://15minutesjamieberger.<wbr>com</wbr>
Here's a recent article in our local paper, Greenfield Recorder, in which I go a bit more deeply into it.

http://www.recorder.com/15-<wbr>Minutes-4996757</wbr>

*** 
Why give me money:
Simply put, I work 50+ hours at, you know, jobs. I'm putting in another 10-15 researching, writing, recording, EDITING, and PROMOTING the show. The long-term goal of 15 Minutes in terms of funding "success" would/will be for us to gain sponsors and/or be picked up by a larger entity, perhaps one of the podcast networks that are growing like wildflowers (well, that or to remain utterly creatively independent and supporting a staff of 2 completely through people like YOU!). 

The short term goal, though, for as long as even the first few years of this, will be to allow Ed and me a bit more time to do more and better of the tasks you see above, to continue to grow and improve and make 15 Minutes a weekly endeavor (the goal for year one is to get out 40 episodes) that we can be proud of and you can enjoy.

The rest of the 15Mins Crew:

Anja Schutz
is a photographer and graphic designer based in Western Massachusetts. She has done all the branding photography, and videography for the show. She is also my wife, but that doesn't mean she shouldn't get paid for her amazing work - in fact, it probably means she should be paid DOUBLE!

Ed Patenaude
is a sound engineer and musician living in Western Massachusetts. I have no idea why he keeps putting up with me for free, so let's get him paid a little something!

THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU!!!!

-Jamie Berger












































































Hello 15 Minutes Listeners, Friends, Newcomers,Here's what Patreon tells me to put here:
"This is as simple as is sounds: who are you? What brought you to Patreon? This is the first thing potential patrons will see when they land on your page, so make sure you paint a compelling picture of how they can join you on this epic journey. Your fans will appreciate seeing as much of YOU as possible - so authenticity and sincerity are the way to go. Remember, your community is excited to join you.You're giving them a chance to be directly involved in what you're making."
Okay. So, here's what I have to say, and ask. Sorry. It's way too long. Feel free to jump around, click some links . . . .
***
Here's an update on what we've been up to and are up to in the coming months, and below that, general info. For the first time in my life as a writer and performer in various capacities for the past 30 years, I’m asking for financial support for a creative project. I don’t make this request lightly. Thanks for considering it.
***
October 2016 Update
15 Minutes: a podcast about fame is 15 episodes in!!!
(actually, at least 16 by the time you're reading this)
Guests have ranged from noted authors (Daniel Oppenheimer, Andi Zeisler, Jessica Abel) and comedians and other entertainers (John Hodgman, Eugene Mirman of Bob's Burgers) to Hearty White, to my dad, and a guy named Tim.
Upcoming guests include NPR reporter/producer and two-time James Beard Award winner Tina Antolini, music maker Matt Lorenz (aka The Suitcase Junket), fiction writer George Saunders, and poet, actress, and now director Amber Tamblyn.
15 Minutes: a podcast about fame
is exactly that. It's a podcast in which I, Jamie Berger (with the incredible assistance of sound engineer Ed Patenaude and designer of all elements visual, Anja Schutz) talk to people of all stripes about the beast called fame. It is not a celebrity-chat endeavor, but more of a fun, but also incisive, maybe even therapeutic, exploration of fame and what it means to us, how it helps and hinders, how it affects how we define success, . . . . . In our first four months - 15 episodes! - we've had on everyone from the relatively famous - Eugene Mirman, John Hodgman, Annie Duke - to the utterly anonymous - the point isn't (just) to hear from acclaimed folks, it's to address fame itself
I call 15 minutes a podcast about fame, but really, it's about fame and success and dreams and artmaking and teaching and mentoring and collaboration and our public versus private selves and the control we try to have over them and so much more, and about whatever other digressions happen in conversations with, yes, the relatively famous people I've mentioned so far, but also with decidedly unfamous people of all sorts, from high-school students to octogenarians, from those who dream of fame, to those who do their best to ignore its very existence. The show can be insightful, fun, silly, whatever, depending on where the conversation happens to go.
For more:
http://15minutesjamieberger.com
Here's a recent article in our local paper, The Greenfield Recorder, in which I go a bit more deeply into it.
http://www.recorder.com/15-Minutes-4996757
***
Why give us money:
Simply put, I work 50+ hours every week at, you know, jobs. I'm putting in another 10-15 a week researching, writing, recording, EDITING, and PROMOTING the show, and I could easily double that to keep improving. The long-term goal of 15 Minutes in terms of funding "success" would/will be for us to gain sponsors and/or be picked up by a larger entity, perhaps one of the podcast networks that are growing like wildflowers (well, that or to remain utterly creatively independent and supporting our production/promotion/development costs and a staff of 2 completely through people like YOU!).
The short term goal, though, for as long as even the first few years of this, will be to allow Ed (15 minutes engineer, not working, like me, as a volunteer) and me a bit more time to do more and better of the tasks you see above, to continue to grow and improve and make 15 Minutes a consistent weekly endeavor (the goal for year one is to get out 40 episodes, and we’re on pace to make it) that we can be proud of and you can enjoy.
If you enjoy the show, think it’s a worthy endeavor, and want it to continue, please pledge, as much as you can/want, or as little as a buck an episode. (you can always opt out later).
As we proceed, perhaps there will be t-shirts, coffee mugs, other more inventive 15-Minutes-branded materials to reward you with, but for now, supporting the show will have to be its own reward. ***Actually, as of this posting, there will be a reward, a beautiful 15 Minutes sticker donated by our friends at I Made This Vinyl (find them on Etsy).
I'm brand new to Patreon. In the past few years, though, I've dug deep to give something, even if it's just five bucks, to numerous albums, books, art projects through GoFundMe and Kickstarter and IndieGogo, and it has always felt great when the artists I supported reached that goal, printed that book, made that album, what have you. By supporting 15 Minutes, you can have that feeling nearly every week! I kid, but I also kind of mean it - I’d love to have you on the team, and I think you’ll like knowing you’re part of every episode.
Last, your pledge per episode, even if it's the tiniest amount, will let us know that you're out there, that you're listening and enjoying, and that is worth a ton in and of itself. With that in mind, and our future financial development, PLEASE pledge and also subscribe/rate/review us on iTunes or wherever you listen to podcasts.
Thanks for reading, thanks for listening, and thanks for pledging!
-Jamie Berger


















Tiers
Every buck helps so much!
$1 or more per For each episode, to buy us some time to make this show! 1 patron
A pledge of $1 per epsidode (approx. 35/year) not only helps us make the show and plan to take it on the road in 2018, it lets us know you're out there and enjoying and support 15 Minutes!
Buddy!
$3 or more per For each episode, to buy us some time to make this show! 11 patrons
Three dollars an episode, around $100 a year, will really help us move toward making 15 Minutes a permanent, sustainable show! Thanks!
Star!
$5 or more per For each episode, to buy us some time to make this show! 0 patrons
Thanks SO much! 
A-Lister!
$10 or more per For each episode, to buy us some time to make this show! 0 patrons
Approximately $350/yer - moves us toward making this show for a chunk of our actual LIVINGS! That would/will be amazing and help us make the show better and better and do more live shows, events, tours, make swag (mugs, shirts . . . .), spend more time on it, the list really does go on!
MegaStar
$20 or more per For each episode, to buy us some time to make this show! 0 patrons
You are a hero. Your support will go SO far toward making this independent show not just survive but thrive!
Goals
$44 of $9,999 per For each episode, to buy us some time to make this show!
Hello Friends,

Here's what Patreon suggests I focus on here:

"Goals are financial checkpoints ("when I hit $1000 per month...") that will have a significant impact on your life and creations -even as straightforward as devoting more time to your work, buying key equipment, or hiring a team.
Your community is excited to help you! Paint them a picture of what you can work towards together."

That's all true. The short and sweet of it is that there is no specific initial goal. I (Jamie) have costs for equipment, various internet-related costs, and promotion that I'd love to recoup, but beyond that, as I said in the video, the money you pledge will help me devote more of my time to continuing to make the show, and make it better and better. And promote it, and eventually, promote and support other podcasts as well. And, who knows, maybe even make t-shirts and coffee mugs and hoodies for you all someday!

I can't really put a dollar amount on it all, but since Patreon made me, there's one, because 9 is my lucky number. Whatever I (and Ed, and Anja) make by making from this show we love will be a blessing. If you can help with that, or even help move us toward making it a profession, that would be amazing. Thanks!    -Jamie
1 of 1
Hello 15 Minutes Listeners, Friends, Newcomers,

Here's what Patreon tells me to put here:

"This is as simple as is sounds: who are you? What brought you to Patreon? This is the first thing potential patrons will see when they land on your page, so make sure you paint a compelling picture of how they can join you on this epic journey.
Your fans will appreciate seeing as much of YOU as possible - so authenticity and sincerity are the way to go. Remember, your community is excited to join you.You're giving them a chance to be directly involved in what you're making."

Here's what I have to say. Sorry. It's way too long. Feel free to jump around.

***

Here's an update on what we've been up to and are up to in the coming months, and below that, general info, and below that, a brief record of my experience doing creative stuff, more or less the dues I've paid to justify (to myself and to you) asking people for money to support a creative project of mine for the first time ever.

THANKS!

***

October 2016
15 Minutes: a podcast about fame is 15 episodes in!!!
(actually, at least 16 by the time you're reading this)

Guests have ranged from noted authors (Daniel Oppenheimer, Andi Zeisler, Jessica Abel) and comedians and other entertainers (John Hodgman, Eugene Mirman of Bob's Burgers) to Hearty White, to my dad, and a guy named Tim.

Upcoming guests include NPR reporter/producer and two-time James Beard Award winner Tina Antolini, music maker Matt Lorenz (aka The Suitcase Junket), fiction writer George Saunders, and poet, actress, and now director Amber Tamblyn.

15 Minutes: a podcast about fame
is exactly that. It's a podcast in which I, Jamie Berger (with the incredible assistance of sound engineer Ed Patenaude and designer of all elements visual, Anja Schutz) talk to people of all stripes about the beast called fame. It is not a celebrity-based endeavor, but more of a fun, but also incisive, maybe even theraputic, exploration of fame and what it means to us, how it helps and hinders, how it affects how we define success, . . . . . In our first four months - 15 episodes! - we've had on everyone from the relatively famous - Eugene Mirman, John Hodgman, Annie Duke - to the utterly anonymous - the point isn't (just) to hear from acclaimed folks, it's to address fame itself.



I call 15 minutes a podcast about fame, but really, it's about fame and success and dreams and collaboration and our public versus private selves, and about whatever other digressions happen in conversations with, yes, the relatively famous people I've mentioned so far, but also with decidedly unfamous people of all sorts, from high-school students to octogenarians, from those who dream of fame, to those who do their best to ignore its very existence. The show can be insightful, fun, silly, whatever, depending on where the conversation happens to go. 

For more:
http://15minutesjamieberger.<wbr>com</wbr>
Here's a recent article in our local paper, Greenfield Recorder, in which I go a bit more deeply into it.

http://www.recorder.com/15-<wbr>Minutes-4996757</wbr>

*** 
Why give me money:
Simply put, I work 50+ hours at, you know, jobs. I'm putting in another 10-15 researching, writing, recording, EDITING, and PROMOTING the show. The long-term goal of 15 Minutes in terms of funding "success" would/will be for us to gain sponsors and/or be picked up by a larger entity, perhaps one of the podcast networks that are growing like wildflowers (well, that or to remain utterly creatively independent and supporting a staff of 2 completely through people like YOU!). 

The short term goal, though, for as long as even the first few years of this, will be to allow Ed and me a bit more time to do more and better of the tasks you see above, to continue to grow and improve and make 15 Minutes a weekly endeavor (the goal for year one is to get out 40 episodes) that we can be proud of and you can enjoy.

The rest of the 15Mins Crew:

Anja Schutz
is a photographer and graphic designer based in Western Massachusetts. She has done all the branding photography, and videography for the show. She is also my wife, but that doesn't mean she shouldn't get paid for her amazing work - in fact, it probably means she should be paid DOUBLE!

Ed Patenaude
is a sound engineer and musician living in Western Massachusetts. I have no idea why he keeps putting up with me for free, so let's get him paid a little something!

THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU!!!!

-Jamie Berger












































































Hello 15 Minutes Listeners, Friends, Newcomers,Here's what Patreon tells me to put here:
"This is as simple as is sounds: who are you? What brought you to Patreon? This is the first thing potential patrons will see when they land on your page, so make sure you paint a compelling picture of how they can join you on this epic journey. Your fans will appreciate seeing as much of YOU as possible - so authenticity and sincerity are the way to go. Remember, your community is excited to join you.You're giving them a chance to be directly involved in what you're making."
Okay. So, here's what I have to say, and ask. Sorry. It's way too long. Feel free to jump around, click some links . . . .
***
Here's an update on what we've been up to and are up to in the coming months, and below that, general info. For the first time in my life as a writer and performer in various capacities for the past 30 years, I’m asking for financial support for a creative project. I don’t make this request lightly. Thanks for considering it.
***
October 2016 Update
15 Minutes: a podcast about fame is 15 episodes in!!!
(actually, at least 16 by the time you're reading this)
Guests have ranged from noted authors (Daniel Oppenheimer, Andi Zeisler, Jessica Abel) and comedians and other entertainers (John Hodgman, Eugene Mirman of Bob's Burgers) to Hearty White, to my dad, and a guy named Tim.
Upcoming guests include NPR reporter/producer and two-time James Beard Award winner Tina Antolini, music maker Matt Lorenz (aka The Suitcase Junket), fiction writer George Saunders, and poet, actress, and now director Amber Tamblyn.
15 Minutes: a podcast about fame
is exactly that. It's a podcast in which I, Jamie Berger (with the incredible assistance of sound engineer Ed Patenaude and designer of all elements visual, Anja Schutz) talk to people of all stripes about the beast called fame. It is not a celebrity-chat endeavor, but more of a fun, but also incisive, maybe even therapeutic, exploration of fame and what it means to us, how it helps and hinders, how it affects how we define success, . . . . . In our first four months - 15 episodes! - we've had on everyone from the relatively famous - Eugene Mirman, John Hodgman, Annie Duke - to the utterly anonymous - the point isn't (just) to hear from acclaimed folks, it's to address fame itself
I call 15 minutes a podcast about fame, but really, it's about fame and success and dreams and artmaking and teaching and mentoring and collaboration and our public versus private selves and the control we try to have over them and so much more, and about whatever other digressions happen in conversations with, yes, the relatively famous people I've mentioned so far, but also with decidedly unfamous people of all sorts, from high-school students to octogenarians, from those who dream of fame, to those who do their best to ignore its very existence. The show can be insightful, fun, silly, whatever, depending on where the conversation happens to go.
For more:
http://15minutesjamieberger.com
Here's a recent article in our local paper, The Greenfield Recorder, in which I go a bit more deeply into it.
http://www.recorder.com/15-Minutes-4996757
***
Why give us money:
Simply put, I work 50+ hours every week at, you know, jobs. I'm putting in another 10-15 a week researching, writing, recording, EDITING, and PROMOTING the show, and I could easily double that to keep improving. The long-term goal of 15 Minutes in terms of funding "success" would/will be for us to gain sponsors and/or be picked up by a larger entity, perhaps one of the podcast networks that are growing like wildflowers (well, that or to remain utterly creatively independent and supporting our production/promotion/development costs and a staff of 2 completely through people like YOU!).
The short term goal, though, for as long as even the first few years of this, will be to allow Ed (15 minutes engineer, not working, like me, as a volunteer) and me a bit more time to do more and better of the tasks you see above, to continue to grow and improve and make 15 Minutes a consistent weekly endeavor (the goal for year one is to get out 40 episodes, and we’re on pace to make it) that we can be proud of and you can enjoy.
If you enjoy the show, think it’s a worthy endeavor, and want it to continue, please pledge, as much as you can/want, or as little as a buck an episode. (you can always opt out later).
As we proceed, perhaps there will be t-shirts, coffee mugs, other more inventive 15-Minutes-branded materials to reward you with, but for now, supporting the show will have to be its own reward. ***Actually, as of this posting, there will be a reward, a beautiful 15 Minutes sticker donated by our friends at I Made This Vinyl (find them on Etsy).
I'm brand new to Patreon. In the past few years, though, I've dug deep to give something, even if it's just five bucks, to numerous albums, books, art projects through GoFundMe and Kickstarter and IndieGogo, and it has always felt great when the artists I supported reached that goal, printed that book, made that album, what have you. By supporting 15 Minutes, you can have that feeling nearly every week! I kid, but I also kind of mean it - I’d love to have you on the team, and I think you’ll like knowing you’re part of every episode.
Last, your pledge per episode, even if it's the tiniest amount, will let us know that you're out there, that you're listening and enjoying, and that is worth a ton in and of itself. With that in mind, and our future financial development, PLEASE pledge and also subscribe/rate/review us on iTunes or wherever you listen to podcasts.
Thanks for reading, thanks for listening, and thanks for pledging!
-Jamie Berger


















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Tiers
Every buck helps so much!
$1 or more per For each episode, to buy us some time to make this show! 1 patron
A pledge of $1 per epsidode (approx. 35/year) not only helps us make the show and plan to take it on the road in 2018, it lets us know you're out there and enjoying and support 15 Minutes!
Buddy!
$3 or more per For each episode, to buy us some time to make this show! 11 patrons
Three dollars an episode, around $100 a year, will really help us move toward making 15 Minutes a permanent, sustainable show! Thanks!
Star!
$5 or more per For each episode, to buy us some time to make this show! 0 patrons
Thanks SO much! 
A-Lister!
$10 or more per For each episode, to buy us some time to make this show! 0 patrons
Approximately $350/yer - moves us toward making this show for a chunk of our actual LIVINGS! That would/will be amazing and help us make the show better and better and do more live shows, events, tours, make swag (mugs, shirts . . . .), spend more time on it, the list really does go on!
MegaStar
$20 or more per For each episode, to buy us some time to make this show! 0 patrons
You are a hero. Your support will go SO far toward making this independent show not just survive but thrive!