Emily Schooley is creating fierce, funny, and sometimes terrifying female-driven media...
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patrons

... and a lot of photos of cats.

Hi there! Welcome to my Patreon page, and thanks so much for checking my work out!



Who am I? I'm an actor, writer, and filmmaker (sometimes photographer, and occasionally a model) who is committed to increasing diversity in contemporary media. The main focus of my work is to increase the depth and breadth of work of queer feminist content, and I hope to one day create a series that is bigger than Star Trek. (You know, NBD.) In the work I create and have creative control over, I always strive to have people of diverse ethnicities and diverse body types on screen.

My work is best described as "blending genres and pushing boundaries." I often - but not always - end up working in the horror genre, and often use sarcasm and satire to nudge my ideas along. All of my work features female-driven stories. If nothing else, I definitely live up to the fiesty redhead stereotype*.

My more recent self-created work includes:
Life and the Art of Lying (2017) - Trailer - HD from Laughing Cat Productions on Vimeo.
Life and the Art of Lying is a 26 minute short film, and features a cast with all female leads. (This project was crowdfunded separately, and completed over the past several years.) Right now, this film is making its rounds to film festivals around the world. It was produced under the working title Reset, and you can follow its journey on Facebook here.

You can check out my production company website for details on other projects that are in production or completed.

For those of you coming from Youtube, there's a few things you may have seen that I've created:
- Avengers Puppet Theatre, a semi-side project that gets updated when there's time.
- The BOOB Show, from much earlier days of vlogging (think 2010-2011). This was me with a FlipHD camera and very little post-production, as a semi-sketch caricature of myself. The series got over 100k views at the time I was producing episodes weekly.
- 30 Days of Dice Living, a docudrama series also from 2010 - 2011, shot on a FlipHD camera, and with slightly more editing and work put into it. 

For those who are more literary-inclined, I also have a poetry Instagram where I share various poems and excerpts from short stories.

At this point, with my future work I'd like to have more than just my face in front of my camera, to be perfectly blunt.

The work that YOU will help create by supporting this Patreon includes:
-"My Life With Freddie" (working title) - a comedic webseries about a woman whose cat turns human, and their subsequent adventures as roomates in a one-bedroom apartment.
-"Talking Shit" - an online Youtube series that dives into everything and anything. Nothing is taboo or censored, for better or worse. I will be bringing on diverse guests whenever possible, and all discussion will come from a feminist framework.
-A Lovecraftian-inspired horror feature film
-An as-yet untitled documentary about police misconduct and how the police are failing our current society, especially when it comes to women and feminized folk and people of colour.
-as well as the development and creation of other short and feature-length film work
-Original voiceover and scene study videos and audio clips
-Other exciting scripts, short stories, poetry, media critiques, and more


I am quietly plotting world domination as I sit here and look pretty.

Why help us fund our content?
You know that saying about good, fast, cheap? When work is rushed or done on the cheap, it often suffers in quality and doesn't get released on time. I'm not interested in creating or putting out work that isn't of high enough quality that I can be proud of, and I don't want to make my audience wait for years between my projects.

I strongly believe in being able to pay my cast and crew a living wage, and that is only possible when I have sufficient funds coming in. I do my best to get grants, find investors, run crowdfunding campaigns, seek sponsors, negotiate film deals, and find other ways to get money... but film, television, and webseries that feature diverse bodies and diverse voices (especially media helmed by queer women) is still drastically underfunded and undervalued by the people holding the purse strings at networks and funding bodies.

I also believe in constant learning and constant improvement, which is why I am always seeking to hone my craft as a performer and filmmaker. Taking the time to continue to train and practice is important to me, both within a classroom setting and on my own time.

Right now, I wear so many hats on my own projects in order to be able to pull film projects off on a small budget. I am often the writer, director, producer, craft services, editor, set decorator, props finder, toilet unclogger when accidents happen on set - and boy, do they happen! - and many other things. It's a bit Sisyphean at the best of times, and it's very exhausting. Most of my own projects are often shelved or delayed - even at the development stage - because I need to take paying work.

The freelance work I do for paying clients currently takes up a good chunk of my time. With this Patreon, I can hustle a little bit less and create projects on my production slate more frequently.



FAQ:
1) "What's with the cats?"
Well, my production company is called Laughing Cat Productions. Our logo is based on one of my furbabies, Yuki, who sadly passed away several years ago.
As of right now, I'm a proud cat mama of two of my own kitties, and I also foster and rehabilitate cats through a rescue group. So with our live or live-ish video content, there's a good chance you will see a cat wander through the frame at some point. I definitely have outtakes of cats meowing and scratching at closed doors. You get the idea.

2) "Who's 'we'?"
The royal we I sometimes refer to are the other folks who help me out with Laughing Cat work, on-screen and off. Mostly, it's my partner Greg who has been an amazing help with all things audio, as well as my rotating cast and crew depending on the specific project at hand.

3) Why did you star the 'fiesty redhead' comment up above?
Oooh, you've got a good eye! I starred it because even though I am generally gingery and soulless, I often dye my hair other funky colors. Or sometimes boring ones, like gothy black. My actual superpower is that I can match any hair color to my skin tone.

4) What else have you done?
Now that, my friend, is a loaded question. If you want to see my practically complete film resume, I suggest you check out my IMDB listing. As of now, my time is split pretty evenly between acting and being behind the camera in some capacity. Unfortunately, a lot of the more recent work (including stuff that is higher quality) isn't yet available online. If you have a lot of hours to waste on the internet, you can check out a bunch of stuff I've acted in over the years, via my Youtube acting playlist, or you are welcome to scroll through my Facebook page where I post updates about acting projects.

5) You say you're a feminist. What kind of feminist are you?
Another great question! My feminism includes all female, female identifying, and afab folks. It includes trans women. It includes women of color. It includes sex workers. it includes disabled folks. It includes people struggling with mental illness. It includes women of all body sizes and types, with a focus on body positivity. It includes neurodiverse folks. And, surprisingly or not, it includes trying to undo everything toxic masculinity has created in our contemporary culture. I believe in creating a more healthy society for and with men and amab folks. I'm more of a social justice evil queen than a warrior, really, but I'm a gal who can do both if I need to.
Note: I will be the first to admit that I am still unlearning harmful ideas and behaviours, so please do feel free to call me in if I do or say something that is harmful.

I think that covers everything, but If you have a burning question you'd like answered, fire away and I will add it to the FAQ!

Also, as of the time of writing all this (March 2018) I am brand new to the platform. I may update perks and goals as I go, depending on my evolving needs and what my audience wants to see.
Tiers
Everybody wants to be a Cat!
$1 or more per month
Did you know that a group of cats is called a clowder? If not, now you know, and welcome to the clowder!


At this tier, you'll get access to my patron-only journals and photos.


You also get the warm fuzzies of knowing you are contributing to female-driven media creation.

Cool Cats
$3 or more per month
3 is a magical number, and you're a magical being, you rad person you!


Along with the warm fuzzies and access to my patron-only journals, I'll give you a personalized shout-out on my social media when you pledge. 


You'll also get exclusive early access to online projects, photos, and more.

Curious Cats
$10 or more per month
Want to know the nitty gritty of what I'm working on? 


Along with the above rewards, at this level, you'll have access to:

*exclusive snippets from scripts and other things I'm writing *exclusive behind the scenes pictures from projects that I don't post anywhere else 

*more dark and twisted thoughts (story ideas, rants, insider gossip) from my brain that I don't share anywhere publicly, coming to you in blog and/or vlog form


Historical Cats
$15 or more per month
Along with all the purr-ks (see what I did there?!) from the $10 tier, once a month I will share exclusive content from my personal archives.

Photos of me as a naked blue six-armed goddess? Scenes from films you can't get publicly? Erotic fanfiction I write anonymously? It's a mystery grab bag of fun!
Sociable Cats
$25 or more per month
You are a super-cool cat!

At this level, you get all of the above AND an invite to a once-monthly group hangout online. What will we talk about? Who knows! Maybe I will read from my teenage journals. Maybe I'll make our cats re-enact the Kitty Cat Dance on the spot. Life, the universe, and everything, probably.
Personable Cats
$60 or more per month
Meow! You and me, let's hang out. 


With this purr-k, you get all of the above rewards plus a private half-hour Skype session with me. Want to talk through a film issue you're stuck on? Want to talk about TV shows or movies you're crazy about? Just want to chat? Let's do it! 

Creator Cats
$150 or more per month
This is a super-exclusive tier, customized to YOUR creative needs. Looking for a custom voiceover? How about help with a script of your own, whether writing or editing?

Along with all the other purr-ks, you get:
*writing up to 3 pages of a short story or seven pages of a script OR
*script notes on up to ten pages of a script OR
*custom voiceover up to one minute in length
Goals
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The Cats Are Fed! - Meow! My clowder of hungry little monsters thanks you for your generous support. Now if only you could help them grow opposable thumbs so they can open those cans... 
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... and a lot of photos of cats.

Hi there! Welcome to my Patreon page, and thanks so much for checking my work out!



Who am I? I'm an actor, writer, and filmmaker (sometimes photographer, and occasionally a model) who is committed to increasing diversity in contemporary media. The main focus of my work is to increase the depth and breadth of work of queer feminist content, and I hope to one day create a series that is bigger than Star Trek. (You know, NBD.) In the work I create and have creative control over, I always strive to have people of diverse ethnicities and diverse body types on screen.

My work is best described as "blending genres and pushing boundaries." I often - but not always - end up working in the horror genre, and often use sarcasm and satire to nudge my ideas along. All of my work features female-driven stories. If nothing else, I definitely live up to the fiesty redhead stereotype*.

My more recent self-created work includes:
Life and the Art of Lying (2017) - Trailer - HD from Laughing Cat Productions on Vimeo.
Life and the Art of Lying is a 26 minute short film, and features a cast with all female leads. (This project was crowdfunded separately, and completed over the past several years.) Right now, this film is making its rounds to film festivals around the world. It was produced under the working title Reset, and you can follow its journey on Facebook here.

You can check out my production company website for details on other projects that are in production or completed.

For those of you coming from Youtube, there's a few things you may have seen that I've created:
- Avengers Puppet Theatre, a semi-side project that gets updated when there's time.
- The BOOB Show, from much earlier days of vlogging (think 2010-2011). This was me with a FlipHD camera and very little post-production, as a semi-sketch caricature of myself. The series got over 100k views at the time I was producing episodes weekly.
- 30 Days of Dice Living, a docudrama series also from 2010 - 2011, shot on a FlipHD camera, and with slightly more editing and work put into it. 

For those who are more literary-inclined, I also have a poetry Instagram where I share various poems and excerpts from short stories.

At this point, with my future work I'd like to have more than just my face in front of my camera, to be perfectly blunt.

The work that YOU will help create by supporting this Patreon includes:
-"My Life With Freddie" (working title) - a comedic webseries about a woman whose cat turns human, and their subsequent adventures as roomates in a one-bedroom apartment.
-"Talking Shit" - an online Youtube series that dives into everything and anything. Nothing is taboo or censored, for better or worse. I will be bringing on diverse guests whenever possible, and all discussion will come from a feminist framework.
-A Lovecraftian-inspired horror feature film
-An as-yet untitled documentary about police misconduct and how the police are failing our current society, especially when it comes to women and feminized folk and people of colour.
-as well as the development and creation of other short and feature-length film work
-Original voiceover and scene study videos and audio clips
-Other exciting scripts, short stories, poetry, media critiques, and more


I am quietly plotting world domination as I sit here and look pretty.

Why help us fund our content?
You know that saying about good, fast, cheap? When work is rushed or done on the cheap, it often suffers in quality and doesn't get released on time. I'm not interested in creating or putting out work that isn't of high enough quality that I can be proud of, and I don't want to make my audience wait for years between my projects.

I strongly believe in being able to pay my cast and crew a living wage, and that is only possible when I have sufficient funds coming in. I do my best to get grants, find investors, run crowdfunding campaigns, seek sponsors, negotiate film deals, and find other ways to get money... but film, television, and webseries that feature diverse bodies and diverse voices (especially media helmed by queer women) is still drastically underfunded and undervalued by the people holding the purse strings at networks and funding bodies.

I also believe in constant learning and constant improvement, which is why I am always seeking to hone my craft as a performer and filmmaker. Taking the time to continue to train and practice is important to me, both within a classroom setting and on my own time.

Right now, I wear so many hats on my own projects in order to be able to pull film projects off on a small budget. I am often the writer, director, producer, craft services, editor, set decorator, props finder, toilet unclogger when accidents happen on set - and boy, do they happen! - and many other things. It's a bit Sisyphean at the best of times, and it's very exhausting. Most of my own projects are often shelved or delayed - even at the development stage - because I need to take paying work.

The freelance work I do for paying clients currently takes up a good chunk of my time. With this Patreon, I can hustle a little bit less and create projects on my production slate more frequently.



FAQ:
1) "What's with the cats?"
Well, my production company is called Laughing Cat Productions. Our logo is based on one of my furbabies, Yuki, who sadly passed away several years ago.
As of right now, I'm a proud cat mama of two of my own kitties, and I also foster and rehabilitate cats through a rescue group. So with our live or live-ish video content, there's a good chance you will see a cat wander through the frame at some point. I definitely have outtakes of cats meowing and scratching at closed doors. You get the idea.

2) "Who's 'we'?"
The royal we I sometimes refer to are the other folks who help me out with Laughing Cat work, on-screen and off. Mostly, it's my partner Greg who has been an amazing help with all things audio, as well as my rotating cast and crew depending on the specific project at hand.

3) Why did you star the 'fiesty redhead' comment up above?
Oooh, you've got a good eye! I starred it because even though I am generally gingery and soulless, I often dye my hair other funky colors. Or sometimes boring ones, like gothy black. My actual superpower is that I can match any hair color to my skin tone.

4) What else have you done?
Now that, my friend, is a loaded question. If you want to see my practically complete film resume, I suggest you check out my IMDB listing. As of now, my time is split pretty evenly between acting and being behind the camera in some capacity. Unfortunately, a lot of the more recent work (including stuff that is higher quality) isn't yet available online. If you have a lot of hours to waste on the internet, you can check out a bunch of stuff I've acted in over the years, via my Youtube acting playlist, or you are welcome to scroll through my Facebook page where I post updates about acting projects.

5) You say you're a feminist. What kind of feminist are you?
Another great question! My feminism includes all female, female identifying, and afab folks. It includes trans women. It includes women of color. It includes sex workers. it includes disabled folks. It includes people struggling with mental illness. It includes women of all body sizes and types, with a focus on body positivity. It includes neurodiverse folks. And, surprisingly or not, it includes trying to undo everything toxic masculinity has created in our contemporary culture. I believe in creating a more healthy society for and with men and amab folks. I'm more of a social justice evil queen than a warrior, really, but I'm a gal who can do both if I need to.
Note: I will be the first to admit that I am still unlearning harmful ideas and behaviours, so please do feel free to call me in if I do or say something that is harmful.

I think that covers everything, but If you have a burning question you'd like answered, fire away and I will add it to the FAQ!

Also, as of the time of writing all this (March 2018) I am brand new to the platform. I may update perks and goals as I go, depending on my evolving needs and what my audience wants to see.

Recent posts by Emily Schooley

Tiers
Everybody wants to be a Cat!
$1 or more per month
Did you know that a group of cats is called a clowder? If not, now you know, and welcome to the clowder!


At this tier, you'll get access to my patron-only journals and photos.


You also get the warm fuzzies of knowing you are contributing to female-driven media creation.

Cool Cats
$3 or more per month
3 is a magical number, and you're a magical being, you rad person you!


Along with the warm fuzzies and access to my patron-only journals, I'll give you a personalized shout-out on my social media when you pledge. 


You'll also get exclusive early access to online projects, photos, and more.

Curious Cats
$10 or more per month
Want to know the nitty gritty of what I'm working on? 


Along with the above rewards, at this level, you'll have access to:

*exclusive snippets from scripts and other things I'm writing *exclusive behind the scenes pictures from projects that I don't post anywhere else 

*more dark and twisted thoughts (story ideas, rants, insider gossip) from my brain that I don't share anywhere publicly, coming to you in blog and/or vlog form


Historical Cats
$15 or more per month
Along with all the purr-ks (see what I did there?!) from the $10 tier, once a month I will share exclusive content from my personal archives.

Photos of me as a naked blue six-armed goddess? Scenes from films you can't get publicly? Erotic fanfiction I write anonymously? It's a mystery grab bag of fun!
Sociable Cats
$25 or more per month
You are a super-cool cat!

At this level, you get all of the above AND an invite to a once-monthly group hangout online. What will we talk about? Who knows! Maybe I will read from my teenage journals. Maybe I'll make our cats re-enact the Kitty Cat Dance on the spot. Life, the universe, and everything, probably.
Personable Cats
$60 or more per month
Meow! You and me, let's hang out. 


With this purr-k, you get all of the above rewards plus a private half-hour Skype session with me. Want to talk through a film issue you're stuck on? Want to talk about TV shows or movies you're crazy about? Just want to chat? Let's do it! 

Creator Cats
$150 or more per month
This is a super-exclusive tier, customized to YOUR creative needs. Looking for a custom voiceover? How about help with a script of your own, whether writing or editing?

Along with all the other purr-ks, you get:
*writing up to 3 pages of a short story or seven pages of a script OR
*script notes on up to ten pages of a script OR
*custom voiceover up to one minute in length