Jean Grae is creating EVERYTHING (and more)
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Who are you and what do you do, Jean? 
Hi. I'm Jean Grae. 
You probably know me from: For the past 20+ years, I've been making/releasing music. As a lyricist, producer, engineer and performing artist, I've traveled the world, released 9387938793 albums and done things independently. As the daughter of 2 legendary jazz musicians who lived a creative and independent lifestyle, I was pretty ready for it. 

Both adorable, and ready. 

It's been rewarding and difficult. I've been marginalized and critically acclaimed. It's been lucrative and broke city, y'all. It's been an amazing roller coaster, where the limits of my creativity have been bound by money and time constraints. Don't have the time, because you have to think of how to make money, to make more time to make more money, to make more things. Blech.

BUT

I've done the best I could and then challenged myself, with all my abilities put to use. Especially the ability to learn how to do things. Recording myself, mastering myself (heh) shooting/directing my own videos, editing... all the things. Knowledge and new skills are amazing (and always useful) but it's a bit hard to be in all of the places at once.
Okay, it's very hard. 
I have NOT learned how to make clones, due to a lack of funds AND the fact that they usually don't turn out well.

A shame, because I think I'd look quite distinguished with a goatee. 

I've always had the passion and the talent to do far more than things based in the music business.
I believe in living a polymath lifestyle and living up to, and beyond potential. That we should all be free to live a bunch of lives and feel limitless, regardless of what boundaries society places on us. 
Fuck those boundaries. Ptooey. Ew. Yuck. Hate 'em. 


Look at that eagle. He doesn't give a shit about boundaries.

What did you do about it, Jean? 
So, I've been doing a bunch of things.
Writing, producing, rapping, singing, directing, filming, editing, acting, comedy, hosting, cooking columns, (a lot of cooking) freelance writing, voiceovers, hairstyling, putting on plays, lecturing at prestigious universities, teaching children, hosting my own live talk show, live music shows, free hug stations, improv, scoring podcasts, playing the spoons... 
Okay. Not that last one, but, I'll take it up soon. That's me making a short list. 
In just the past 4 years, I've also released 15 self made projects on bandcamp.
This included a book and accompanying audiobook, that I scored and narrated. 


You can find all of these on my bandcamp site: HERE! CLICK ME! Kitten not available. 

I LOVE making things. Creating is the best. Even if the funds aren't there to do it, I do it anyway.
Simply, you can't just sit here and wait for things to come to you. So I kept making them.
However, even all of these things could have been better. Mixed better, recorded better, had live musicians besides just myself, had visuals, or new cool ideas I had surrounding projects that just couldn't get accomplished without any money. BOOO! 
For example: I've been telling the longest running single storyline (for 20+) about an assassin in all my releases, cameos, etc. It's incredibly cool, non-linear and deserves to live out its potential. 
I'd love to go back and delve into it. 
So, yes. Whether it's music, or something else, these ideas should have the opportunity to be fully realized, so that they can truly thrive and push the envelope.
Man, no one wants to see ideas die. That is so damn sad. * getting a tissue*

Look how sad. 


How can I make it NOT sad, Jean? 
Well, there's a monthly contribution, plus goals and of course, kick ass rewards. 
That's what we're talking about. 
I'll be able to make all the badassery of everything. With your help. 
I believe in supporting independent artists and independent ideas that break down doors.
If we all want to evolve, then we've all got to do it together! 
Now, you don't have to drain your pockets. 
Whichever tier works for you, I will be so grateful. There are a lot of super fun interactive rewards, cause I like being interactive. 
There are things that will be super exclusive for just patrons, because who doesn't like exclusive things? 
That's a real question, but you can answer me later when we chat. 
See? We'll chat, listen to new things together, watch new things together. Have story time. Make some food. Have some drinks. Talk relationships. I'll show you some DIY home and life hacks. We'll share skill sets. Maybe have a staring contest. 
We'll have the Imaginatorium Symposium. 
WHAT THE HELL IS THAT? 
Oh, it's fantastic and you will find out. 
I digress.
You'll get emails from me, maybe even a phone call, hey... I'd even come put on a show!
That sounds wrong. You know what I mean. 
We'll simply have the best time.
I want us to communicate, so we can grow together. 

That last part was very sweet, Jean. 
I thought so too. Thank you. Thank you. 

Why is this important, Jean?
Guys, it's so important to me that imagination is able to be brought to life.
It's incredibly important to me that narratives and visuals involving and by WOC and POC are DIVERSE and NEW. Our ideas and stories should be as diverse and have the opportunity to be.
It's really easy to bring these new ideas to the "machine," and get turned down because they're afraid of presenting us in a way that currently doesn't exist.
I'm not afraid. I'm excited. VERY EXCITED.
I want change, I want it now, and I want to be able to inspire others to go even further. 
We all deserve to be pushed to reach for the stars. To be represented as worthy and limitless beings. 
Now, I've learned how to make things out of nothing, and even just the idea of having an actual budget to make things, makes my soul very tingly. So doing things with a budget, 100% creative control and 100% ownership... 

Man. People really just kept those smelling salts on DECK.

Whatcha gonna use the money for, Jean? 
Hookers. 
Alright. NOT HOOKERS. I'm kidding. Kidding. 
*New equipment: cameras, computers, gear. 
*Paying people: musicians, dancers, camera people, puppeteers, production managers...generally just anyone who is onboard for any project. People should get paid. 
*Marketing and promotion: I really love marketing, social media, new branding ideas, making commercials. Those things need the dollars too. Well, in order to be REALLY efficient. 
*Events/live streaming: From a talk show, to a play, to community events like the Hug Station, it would be awesome to share. 
*Generally having a budget for projects: going into something, ANYTHING with funding, is a responsible way to do things. That would be awesome.
*Not being sad: self-explanatory.

Is that all, Jean? 
For right now, yes. I guess so. 
So... are we in? Everyone's hands in? Steven, not your foot. Don't put your-- okay. There we go. 
Hell, yeah.
Let's change the world. Otherwise, what's the point? 

Rewards
Pledge $1 or more per month

INFINITY LEVEL 1

Thank you so much. I truly appreciate you. 
Punch and pie will be served, and you're helping to change the world.
Pledge $5 or more per month

INFINITY LEVEL II 

You'll be so glad you did this.
Access granted to my patron-only feed where there will be: 
COMMUNITY! 
Behind The Jean (see what I did there) videos: music previews, rehearsals, life bloopers, DIY hacks, backstage show stuff.
SECRET STUFF.
Emails about more things and secret stuff. 

Pledge $10 or more per month

INFINITY LEVEL III

Are you kidding? *tears of joy*
So, you'll get ALL the LEVEL II stuff, with the addition of my patron-only monthly video chat. 
What's gonna happen there? I'll answer some questions, give some advice and laugh and cry with you about things. 
It's going to be so nice to interact with you all in this way. So nice. 
Also, my Stop Doing That segment will live there. For this, I'll take on issues submitted by you.
Is there someone you want to get out of your life? A bad habit you want to break? Workout you wanna start? 
Well, we'll deal with it. 
I'm here to help. 

Downloadable whichever music/video/album/project thingamajig I have finished. It's yours! Mama, we made it!

Pledge $25 or more per month

TIME TRAVELER

What are you even doing? Wow, man. 
Ooookay! You, my dear, get all the LEVEL II and LEVEL III perks. 
AND
Access granted to the Imaginatorium Symposium: A monthly video from me, focusing on creative life elevation. 
Motivation that is helpful, forward thinking and based on bringing dreams to life. Adulting is hard, but it doesn't have to be. 
Also, you can watch this from the comfort of your own home, with a drink and no pants. I don't want to give away too much, but I think this is going to be really special. Totally more secrets in there too. 

A downloadable original song every month (produced by me) with all your names in it. You deserve a shout out. 

Pledge $100 or more per month

TIME LORD
I don't know if you hit the wrong reward button or what, but this is insane! 
Whew. Alright. What do we do here? 
All the everything from the above levels included, PLUS:

My first bor-- okay, not that. 
Instead, personal thank you from me. A phone chat. An email about my feelings for you, with a terrible sketch...also about my feelings for you. 
Always and forever guest list + 2 to any live show I'm ever doing, anywhere in the world, until I'm dead. 
So, this is kind of motivation to not kill me. If you were gonna do that. 
Don't. 

Download codes for my entire bandcamp discography. 
Are you in town? You should be in a video with me. Or project. Or play. WHATEVER. Come be in that. 

Pledge $1,000 or more per month

MAGICIAN
 
Bananas. This is bananas. That's what you get. No other stuff. Just a bunch of bananas. 
Kidding. 

All. Of. The. Above. Things. PLUS: 
Let's have a meet up dinner if you're in town. That would be so awesome. If you're not, maybe we can Skype dinner?
Technology, you know. I'd for real, like to get to spend some extra time with you, to say THANK YOU.
We might be friends forfuckingever. Wow. 

Pledge $2,500 or more per month

FUCKING HIGHLANDER
(just in case)


There's not any other reason I can think of you doing this, other than you're a highlander.
Or a very rich lobster.
Same thing. 

All the shit up there. Yours. Boom.

PLUS: 

An evening of a free livestreamed show. 2 hours performed by me. For you. Request whatever songs. Readings. Dramatic acting scenes.
Not like, sex stuff. You know. I probably didn't have to say that. Just making sure. But, yeah. A show. 

Goals
26% complete
Ohh, shit. 1. I'll be able to get a new computer that actually works. The one I have is from 1894 and threatens to spontaneously combust at every use. It will take productivity speed and productivity versatility to a new level. WOW. 2. The beginning of the first big project: "Dans." An 8 jam, 8 video, all slayage project. My return to dance (my 1st life) and all the life on everything. Release date. Rehearsal dates. DATES that I can make with full confidence and excitement. YAY!
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Who are you and what do you do, Jean? 
Hi. I'm Jean Grae. 
You probably know me from: For the past 20+ years, I've been making/releasing music. As a lyricist, producer, engineer and performing artist, I've traveled the world, released 9387938793 albums and done things independently. As the daughter of 2 legendary jazz musicians who lived a creative and independent lifestyle, I was pretty ready for it. 

Both adorable, and ready. 

It's been rewarding and difficult. I've been marginalized and critically acclaimed. It's been lucrative and broke city, y'all. It's been an amazing roller coaster, where the limits of my creativity have been bound by money and time constraints. Don't have the time, because you have to think of how to make money, to make more time to make more money, to make more things. Blech.

BUT

I've done the best I could and then challenged myself, with all my abilities put to use. Especially the ability to learn how to do things. Recording myself, mastering myself (heh) shooting/directing my own videos, editing... all the things. Knowledge and new skills are amazing (and always useful) but it's a bit hard to be in all of the places at once.
Okay, it's very hard. 
I have NOT learned how to make clones, due to a lack of funds AND the fact that they usually don't turn out well.

A shame, because I think I'd look quite distinguished with a goatee. 

I've always had the passion and the talent to do far more than things based in the music business.
I believe in living a polymath lifestyle and living up to, and beyond potential. That we should all be free to live a bunch of lives and feel limitless, regardless of what boundaries society places on us. 
Fuck those boundaries. Ptooey. Ew. Yuck. Hate 'em. 


Look at that eagle. He doesn't give a shit about boundaries.

What did you do about it, Jean? 
So, I've been doing a bunch of things.
Writing, producing, rapping, singing, directing, filming, editing, acting, comedy, hosting, cooking columns, (a lot of cooking) freelance writing, voiceovers, hairstyling, putting on plays, lecturing at prestigious universities, teaching children, hosting my own live talk show, live music shows, free hug stations, improv, scoring podcasts, playing the spoons... 
Okay. Not that last one, but, I'll take it up soon. That's me making a short list. 
In just the past 4 years, I've also released 15 self made projects on bandcamp.
This included a book and accompanying audiobook, that I scored and narrated. 


You can find all of these on my bandcamp site: HERE! CLICK ME! Kitten not available. 

I LOVE making things. Creating is the best. Even if the funds aren't there to do it, I do it anyway.
Simply, you can't just sit here and wait for things to come to you. So I kept making them.
However, even all of these things could have been better. Mixed better, recorded better, had live musicians besides just myself, had visuals, or new cool ideas I had surrounding projects that just couldn't get accomplished without any money. BOOO! 
For example: I've been telling the longest running single storyline (for 20+) about an assassin in all my releases, cameos, etc. It's incredibly cool, non-linear and deserves to live out its potential. 
I'd love to go back and delve into it. 
So, yes. Whether it's music, or something else, these ideas should have the opportunity to be fully realized, so that they can truly thrive and push the envelope.
Man, no one wants to see ideas die. That is so damn sad. * getting a tissue*

Look how sad. 


How can I make it NOT sad, Jean? 
Well, there's a monthly contribution, plus goals and of course, kick ass rewards. 
That's what we're talking about. 
I'll be able to make all the badassery of everything. With your help. 
I believe in supporting independent artists and independent ideas that break down doors.
If we all want to evolve, then we've all got to do it together! 
Now, you don't have to drain your pockets. 
Whichever tier works for you, I will be so grateful. There are a lot of super fun interactive rewards, cause I like being interactive. 
There are things that will be super exclusive for just patrons, because who doesn't like exclusive things? 
That's a real question, but you can answer me later when we chat. 
See? We'll chat, listen to new things together, watch new things together. Have story time. Make some food. Have some drinks. Talk relationships. I'll show you some DIY home and life hacks. We'll share skill sets. Maybe have a staring contest. 
We'll have the Imaginatorium Symposium. 
WHAT THE HELL IS THAT? 
Oh, it's fantastic and you will find out. 
I digress.
You'll get emails from me, maybe even a phone call, hey... I'd even come put on a show!
That sounds wrong. You know what I mean. 
We'll simply have the best time.
I want us to communicate, so we can grow together. 

That last part was very sweet, Jean. 
I thought so too. Thank you. Thank you. 

Why is this important, Jean?
Guys, it's so important to me that imagination is able to be brought to life.
It's incredibly important to me that narratives and visuals involving and by WOC and POC are DIVERSE and NEW. Our ideas and stories should be as diverse and have the opportunity to be.
It's really easy to bring these new ideas to the "machine," and get turned down because they're afraid of presenting us in a way that currently doesn't exist.
I'm not afraid. I'm excited. VERY EXCITED.
I want change, I want it now, and I want to be able to inspire others to go even further. 
We all deserve to be pushed to reach for the stars. To be represented as worthy and limitless beings. 
Now, I've learned how to make things out of nothing, and even just the idea of having an actual budget to make things, makes my soul very tingly. So doing things with a budget, 100% creative control and 100% ownership... 

Man. People really just kept those smelling salts on DECK.

Whatcha gonna use the money for, Jean? 
Hookers. 
Alright. NOT HOOKERS. I'm kidding. Kidding. 
*New equipment: cameras, computers, gear. 
*Paying people: musicians, dancers, camera people, puppeteers, production managers...generally just anyone who is onboard for any project. People should get paid. 
*Marketing and promotion: I really love marketing, social media, new branding ideas, making commercials. Those things need the dollars too. Well, in order to be REALLY efficient. 
*Events/live streaming: From a talk show, to a play, to community events like the Hug Station, it would be awesome to share. 
*Generally having a budget for projects: going into something, ANYTHING with funding, is a responsible way to do things. That would be awesome.
*Not being sad: self-explanatory.

Is that all, Jean? 
For right now, yes. I guess so. 
So... are we in? Everyone's hands in? Steven, not your foot. Don't put your-- okay. There we go. 
Hell, yeah.
Let's change the world. Otherwise, what's the point? 

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Rewards
Pledge $1 or more per month

INFINITY LEVEL 1

Thank you so much. I truly appreciate you. 
Punch and pie will be served, and you're helping to change the world.
Pledge $5 or more per month

INFINITY LEVEL II 

You'll be so glad you did this.
Access granted to my patron-only feed where there will be: 
COMMUNITY! 
Behind The Jean (see what I did there) videos: music previews, rehearsals, life bloopers, DIY hacks, backstage show stuff.
SECRET STUFF.
Emails about more things and secret stuff. 

Pledge $10 or more per month

INFINITY LEVEL III

Are you kidding? *tears of joy*
So, you'll get ALL the LEVEL II stuff, with the addition of my patron-only monthly video chat. 
What's gonna happen there? I'll answer some questions, give some advice and laugh and cry with you about things. 
It's going to be so nice to interact with you all in this way. So nice. 
Also, my Stop Doing That segment will live there. For this, I'll take on issues submitted by you.
Is there someone you want to get out of your life? A bad habit you want to break? Workout you wanna start? 
Well, we'll deal with it. 
I'm here to help. 

Downloadable whichever music/video/album/project thingamajig I have finished. It's yours! Mama, we made it!

Pledge $25 or more per month

TIME TRAVELER

What are you even doing? Wow, man. 
Ooookay! You, my dear, get all the LEVEL II and LEVEL III perks. 
AND
Access granted to the Imaginatorium Symposium: A monthly video from me, focusing on creative life elevation. 
Motivation that is helpful, forward thinking and based on bringing dreams to life. Adulting is hard, but it doesn't have to be. 
Also, you can watch this from the comfort of your own home, with a drink and no pants. I don't want to give away too much, but I think this is going to be really special. Totally more secrets in there too. 

A downloadable original song every month (produced by me) with all your names in it. You deserve a shout out. 

Pledge $100 or more per month

TIME LORD
I don't know if you hit the wrong reward button or what, but this is insane! 
Whew. Alright. What do we do here? 
All the everything from the above levels included, PLUS:

My first bor-- okay, not that. 
Instead, personal thank you from me. A phone chat. An email about my feelings for you, with a terrible sketch...also about my feelings for you. 
Always and forever guest list + 2 to any live show I'm ever doing, anywhere in the world, until I'm dead. 
So, this is kind of motivation to not kill me. If you were gonna do that. 
Don't. 

Download codes for my entire bandcamp discography. 
Are you in town? You should be in a video with me. Or project. Or play. WHATEVER. Come be in that. 

Pledge $1,000 or more per month

MAGICIAN
 
Bananas. This is bananas. That's what you get. No other stuff. Just a bunch of bananas. 
Kidding. 

All. Of. The. Above. Things. PLUS: 
Let's have a meet up dinner if you're in town. That would be so awesome. If you're not, maybe we can Skype dinner?
Technology, you know. I'd for real, like to get to spend some extra time with you, to say THANK YOU.
We might be friends forfuckingever. Wow. 

Pledge $2,500 or more per month

FUCKING HIGHLANDER
(just in case)


There's not any other reason I can think of you doing this, other than you're a highlander.
Or a very rich lobster.
Same thing. 

All the shit up there. Yours. Boom.

PLUS: 

An evening of a free livestreamed show. 2 hours performed by me. For you. Request whatever songs. Readings. Dramatic acting scenes.
Not like, sex stuff. You know. I probably didn't have to say that. Just making sure. But, yeah. A show.