Derek Vasconi

is creating Films about Japanese idols, horror books, and horror scripts!

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Hey, join at this level and I'll send you got my absolute thanks and respect! Oh, and just to give you kind of an idea of how important even this kind of simple contribution is... only 1900 people need to give me a buck and ALL my bills are paid monthly! That's not too many people in the larger scheme of life, you know? So... why not help me out and be one of the 1900 who can push me towards financial freedom, which is the same thing as creative freedom for me. Think about it, and if it makes sense to you, send that dollar my way and lets get this party started! 

You'll also receive access to all my posts on here... these are where I spill the beans about who I really am and what I'm doing. Oh, and lots of private thoughts, private moments, private memories...

AUDIO Q&A

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So at this level, you'll get access to the posts and also you can send me up to five questions in a message here at Patreon. At the end of every month, I'll record an audio file which answers your questions and everybody else's questions for the month, and upload here at Patreon. You can ask me anything about the following topics: 
-idols
-idol culture
-idols I work with (to a degree. I will not share personal or private information about anyone I work with)
-my life here in Japan
-fun, wacky, weird questions. I enjoy them!

Two Random Chekis Sent to you monthly

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The titles says it all, doesn't it? Since I am the founder of Idol Underworld, I take a LOT of chekis of idols. I mean, a LOT of me behind a camera snapping away!

Well, I love Chekis, and if you love idols, you probably love chekis too. So every single month, I'll send you two random chekis of some of the idols I work with. 

Now, I realize you can go to Idol Underworld and purchase the same exact deal for much less, but here's the catch - these chekis will be the VERY BEST chekis I take of the idols, and will also include artists that I have chekis of but haven't put up on the site yet. For example, I have some idols who take some time to give me their buppan items to put up on Idol Underworld, but I already have taken chekis of them. You'll get first dibs and exclusive access to those chekis, plus your chekis will be set aside from all chekis I take of idols as I put them up on Idol underworld for sale. 

The best part? The idols will get the full amount for their chekis and not have to split it with me! So you'll also be helping idols out too. How cool is that?

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About Derek Vasconi

First, THANK YOU. Just for even taking a few minutes out of your life to check out my Patreon page, I can't begin to tell you how grateful I am. Even if you don't send a single dollar my way, that's okay. I am happy to just have you here.

Oh what's that? You DO want to help me? Right on! Then I probably should tell you about myself a little, and maybe give you an idea of what I'm trying to do here, huh? 

Here goes nothing:

My name is Derek Vasconi. I'm the former guitar player for the metal band, From a Second Story Window, and currently I'm an entrepreneur, horror author, movie script writer, and lover of Japanese underground idols. I'm also the author of the multiple award winning, best selling Japanese horror novel, KAI, which was released in 2016 to many accolades. For as long as I can remember, I've been on a mad rush every single day to produce and create. It's like I am buying into Terror Management Theory or something. I feel like every second on this earth I need to make count. And you know, I've never in my entire life asked anyone for money like this. I didn't even realize I could. I mean, I've always been super independent, save for maybe one very dark period in my life a long time ago, but other than that moment, I've been supporting myself with the work I do every single day. Whether it's working crappy real life jobs, or teaching people what I know about the things I know, or being creative, I have found a way to work on making my dreams come true without depending on somebody to help make those dreams come true.
Until now.
I'm at the point where real life has seriously encroached on me and my creative endeavors. And it's not like I'm poor and hungry and destitute. I'm not any of those things--- Yet! I don't plan to be in the future either, but basically, I'm hoping to free up time to devote more of my life to being JUST creative, and not so much a person who has to constantly find the next job to pay the bills. I hate living like that, even though there is a certain kind of freedom that goes along with working for yourself. But it's also like working 80 hours a week for myself to avoid working 40 hours for somebody else. It's just getting to be too much. 
Also, I don't feel entitled, exactly, to being allowed the chance for creative freedom every day. I want to earn it, and have no problem working my oshiri off to really make sure you understand that every penny you throw at me (well, please don't actually throw any money at me... that sounds like it might hurt!), I'm going to put to good use in the sense that it frees up time for me to do all of the following:
1. Finish my idol documentary! I'm in a very rare and special position to shoot a documentary on the underground Tokyo Idol scene. Now, if you don't know what that is, this is precisely why you should help me make this documentary! I can introduce you to this world that is really one of the happiest and best musical scenes I've ever been a part of. And I think I'm now more than just a part, as I'm a person who works directly with idols on a regular basis. I've helped Japanese underground idols come to the USA to perform, and I also help out at shows in Tokyo and attend as many idol shows as possible. And because so many Japanese idols now know me, there is a trust there between me and them that would allow me to take a camera into their lives and showcase what the Tokyo idol scene is really all about. There have been so many incorrect documentaries made about idols, as well as blogs and news reports, that all portray the idol universe as something it's not and something very negative. But my experience has been supremely positive, and I am currently filming the documentary to set the story straight, as well as discuss the concept of identity and why Japanese girls decide to become idols.  And much, much more!
2. Write! I have seven books I'm currently working on, including a trilogy that might end up being probably six or seven books when all is said and done. It's about a love story set to the end of the world, and while I know that sounds ultra cliche, I promise you MY take on this idea is anything BUT cliche. Ever hear of Pan Gu and the mythos surrounding it? How about Cryptozoology? Want a main character who had a girlfriend when he was just a little boy who turned out to be imaginary... or was she? Yeah, that's the primary concept behind this epic tale, which I'm going on several years now of writing and am up to a whopping 2000 pages... and I'm only on book one! There's over 100 characters in my story, and if I can be so bold as to equate my books to a series that is so amazing, it's like the modern day Game of Thrones. Think HBO's next big series in about three more years, assuming I get time to write and finish my story in this life and not the next!
3. Write some MORE! In addition to the aforementioned epic story I'm working on, I have about FOUR other books I want to write, all laid out, researched, and ready to go. Just need the time to focus on them. And since time equals money, well... do the math. 
4. Movies! Yours truly is a movie script writer. I have three movie scripts currently finished and one I'm working on, which happens to be an adaptation of KAI. And one of my scripts has actual name talent attached to it as well as a director and movie crew. I just need the money to make it happen. This is a huge investment though, so maybe not something for Patreon? However, maybe at the same time you would be interested in funding a movie? Let's talk about that one if you do have some kind of desire to see your name as an executive producer on a Hollywood film. I can make that happen!

I have more dreams, more ideas to pursue, but this is enough for now. I don't want to get too ambitious. As somebody who has never asked for this kind of help before, I don't know exactly what I'm supposed to ask from you, other than your patience in reading all of this! However, I do know that I have a lot of creative opportunities to share DIRECTLY with you if you support my vision and what I'm doing as a creative individual. Check out everything I'm offering okay? And if you see something that makes sense to you, then I sincerely hope to show you what I'm doing in exchange for your contribution. And again, THANK YOU. It means so much to me you even care. 


Goals
$744.05 of $1,600 per month
This amount covers my daily living expenses here in Tokyo. It allows me to breathe easy and focus solely on my creative art.
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