Amelia And JP

Amelia And JP

are creating Smile-Inducing, Inspirational Expat & Travel Videos

52

patrons

Our Unconventional Life

Hola Unconventionals!

We’re Amelia And JP. We sold everything we owned, converted our jobs to virtual, went vegan, moved to Cuenca Ecuador with our two dogs, and launched a YouTube Channel to document this crazy adventure.



Each week, we post new videos about our unconventional life as American expats living and working online in our small South American country. Join us for a few laughs, lots of smiles, valuable expat info and a bit of inspiration.

We enjoy sharing our unconventional life with you, and we encourage you to live yours, whatever that may be.

What It Means To Be A Patron

This is WAY outside our comfort zone to ask for help, but the practice of patronage isn't a new one. Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci had patrons, as did most other artists throughout history. Creating things that have real expenses, but intangible value like art, poetry and YouTube Videos, often require the generosity of others in order to become reality.



As a patron, you'll not only help us continue to create our entertaining, informational and smile-inducing videos, you'll also help us keep our videos free of annoying popup and interruption advertising. Our goal is to remain ad-free for the life of our channel, but we can only do that with your support.

Once you join our Band of Unconventionals, you'll also gain access to even more content, like a monthly Q&A video, plus behind the scenes videos, deleted scenes, blooper reels and live chats (depending on your patron level). Our top patrons will even get public recognition and a say in our recording schedule!



You'll also have our guarantee to respond to every single comment and question. We have been spending a LOT of time responding to emails, direct messages and comments on our YouTube and other social media channels. And we LOVE hearing from you so please don't stop!

But as our channel continues to grow, that's obviously not sustainable. We simply won't have time to respond to every comment and email like we have been. As a patron, your comments and questions will get top priority.

Why We Need Your Help

When we started our YouTube channel, we didn't realize how much it would cost us out-of-pocket as we grew. Our first videos were recorded with an iPhone and no external microphone. We quickly realized that wasn't a viable long-term solution if we wanted to grow our channel. So we bought a nice camera with an external mic. 

As my video editing skills improved, I realized the outdated editing software I was using wasn't good enough and neither was the free audio library. So we upgraded to a better video editing platform and a service that licenses the amazing music that we use in our videos.

Along with hosting for our website and cloud backup storage, we spend over $100/month on software and music licenses. That's $1,200/year! Yikes!

Our trips around Ecuador are also very expensive. Our recent trip to Vilcabamba cost us almost $1,000 for food, transportation and lodging. However, we get requests every week to show other parts of Ecuador and we think it's important to show you more than just Cuenca. This is an incredibly diverse country and we want to show you as much of it as possible, but travel is expensive so we're limited on the number of trips we can take.



Thankfully, we have Amelia's job to help cover all these costs because the filming, editing, publishing and promotion of our two videos per week, plus responding to emails and comments, is requiring so much of my time that I've stopped taking on new web design clients. I'm spending almost 40 hours per week working on our YouTube Channel, so I only have time to serve my existing web design clients, which has reduced our income. Reducing our income while increasing our expenses isn't a good situation for us to be in as time marches on.

Your patronage will help us continue to create videos about Ecuador and other interesting travel destinations. You'll help us spend more time creating videos so we can return to three per week at some point. You'll help us keep our channel ad-free. And you'll help us put food on the table (and in the dog bowls).



You'll also help us purchase better filming equipment (like a drone and a telephoto lens for my camera) so we can continue to enhance the quality of our videos.

And you'll help us visit more parts of Ecuador, like the coast, the Amazon, Salinas, Quito and other popular expat and travel destinations. Cuenca isn't the only place to expat in Ecuador (or south of the States). Depending on your personal interests, health and weather preferences, you may like another place better and we'd like to show them to you so you're more informed. Plus, you'll get to see more of Ecuador's diversity and unparalleled natural beauty.

Where Does Your Contribution Go?

Your pledge goes directly to the creation of more inspiring, entertaining and informational videos (except for the Patreon and credit card processing fees).

Our biggest monthly expenses right now are:

  • Video Editing Software
  • Music Licenses
  • Cloud Storage
  • Web Hosting

Some future expenses that we're expecting are:

  • Travel Expenses - transportation, lodging, tours, etc. for Mindo, Quito, Galapagos, Amazon Rainforest, Cotacachi, Baños, Salina, Playas, Las Esmeraldas, Manta, Guayaquil, etc.
  • Drone - for aerial videography (plus, it's cool and would bring a whole new dimension to our videos! And you'll get to see me learn how to fly the d*** thing! 😂)

  • Telephoto Lense - for distance photography and videography (birds, whales, mountains, etc.)



  • Video Editing Consultant - to free up some time so we can go back to 3 videos per week

What If You Can't Give?

We totally understand that you may not be in a financial position to help us cover the costs of creating our videos. Here are some other ways you can help out:


Whatever you can do to help support our creation of videos that inspire, entertain and educate unconventionals around the world is appreciated more than you can imagine! 

What If You Want to Contribute Without Signing Up for Patreon?

We get it. Maybe you enjoy our videos and want to support our creation of them, but you don't want to sign up for Patreon. We've got you covered. You can make individual donations via PayPal through our website Support Page.

Thank You!

Thank you for thinking about becoming an Amelia And JP patron and joining our Band of Unconventionals. We'll keep doing our best to deliver high quality, inspirational, informational, educational and smile-inducing videos for you. ¡Muchas gracias y buena suerte!


Tiers
The Band of Unconventionals
$3 or more per month

Join our Band of Unconventionals and hangout with Amelia And JP, as well as other Unconventionals from around the world. Plus, you'll get an extra Q&A video each month and access to our Cuenca Scrollodex.


At this level, you'll be a full-fledged Unconventional army member! At just 10¢ per day, this patron level is a steal!


Here's what you'll get:


•  Access to our Patreon-only Feed where we interact with our patrons and share exclusive videos, photos, posts, polls and more.


•  Access to our continuously updated Cuenca Scrollodex. That's our digital rolodex of English-speaking service providers here in Cuenca. We would have traded Alicia for this list before we moved here! Not really, but it's that valuable!


•  One Exclusive Q&A Video per Month that will only be available to patrons.


•  A Cuenca, Ecuador or Spanish word of the week to help you prepare or adjust to life abroad in a Spanish speaking country.


•  Access to our fun, private, safe and secure Discord Community that's just for our Band of Unconventionals (and not on Facebook!)


•  Our extreme gratitude for your amazing generosity! 

Includes Discord rewards
Unconventional Insider
$7 or more per month

At this level, you'll be an honored Unconventional Insider with special access to even more exclusive behind the scenes videos and content!


Here's what you'll get:


•  All the benefits from the previous level, PLUS...


•  One Exclusive Blooper Reel, Deleted Scenes, Behind the Scenes or Livestream Video per Month that will only be available to Insiders and higher level patrons.


•  An Insider Look at upcoming news and events heading our way that no one else knows about.

Includes Discord rewards
Unconventional Chatter
$13 or more per month

At this level, you'll be a cherished Unconventional Chatter with special access to a monthly Discord live group chat with Amelia And JP, and your fellow Unconventional Chatters and higher tier patrons. You'll be able to ask us anything and we'll respond in-real-time, and you'll get to make new friends and connections.


Here's what you'll get:


•  All the benefits from the previous levels, PLUS...


•  Meet other like-minded Unconventionals and make new friends.


•  A Discord Group Chat with Amelia And JP for one hour (or maybe even longer). You'll be able to text chat with us and your fellow Unconventionals on Discord. You can ask questions, make suggestions, comment on videos, tell us about your unconventional life, etc., and we'll respond right then in real-time!

Includes Discord rewards
Unconventional Supporter
$20 or more per month

At this level, you'll be a highly valued Unconventional Supporter. We'll add your name to the list of Our Unconventional Supporters in the description of every video we publish while you're active at this level. And your name will stay on those videos forever!


Here's what you'll get:


•  All the benefits from the previous levels, PLUS...


•  Your Name Added to the Description as an Unconventional Supporter on every YouTube video we publish while you're active at this level. 


•  This benefit kicks in after the 1st of the month following your signup.

Includes Discord rewards
Unconventional Co-Sponsor
$50 or more per month

At this level, you'll be a high-ranking Unconventional Co-Sponsor. We’ll include your name (and only your name) in the credits of one video per month as a Co-Sponsor as long as you are active at this level. We'll also add your name as Our Unconventional Co-Sponsor in the video description. Your name will remain on those videos forever (and cannot be removed).


Here's what you'll get:


•  All the benefits from the previous levels (except Unconventional Supporter), PLUS...


•  Your Name added to the End Screen Credits of one video per month as long as you're active at this level.


•  Your Name included in the video description as Our Unconventional Co-Sponsor.  


•  This benefit kicks in after the 1st of the month following your signup.

Includes Discord rewards
Unconventional Producer
$100 or more per month

At this level, you'll be a top-level Unconventional Producer. We’ll give you (and only you) a shout out by name at the end of one video per month as long as you are active at this level. We'll also add your name to the video description as an Unconventional Producer. Your name will remain on those videos forever (and cannot be removed). 


And finally, you'll get a say in our recording schedule! We'll give you a few options each month via a poll and let our Band of Unconventional Producers decide what we record next!


Here's what you'll get:


•  All the benefits from the previous levels (except Supporter and Co-Sponsor), PLUS...


•  Your Name Shouted Out as an Unconventional Producer by Amelia And JP at the end of one video per month as long as you're active at this level.


•  Your Name listed as Our Unconventional Producer in the video description. 


•  Input into our recording schedule! Yippee!!!


•  This benefit kicks in after the 1st of the month following your signup.

Includes Discord rewards
Goals
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Choose Our Next Ecuador Trip + Livestream Announcement w/ Live Chat

We get requests every week from people wanting us to visit other cities in Ecuador like Salinas, Cotacachi and Quito so they know what to expect there. We'll give you several options and let you choose the next city that we go film. This is your chance to decide for us; the city with the most votes wins. Then we'll host a livestream with a live chat for all patrons to announce the winner. Tell your friends to help us reach this goal faster!

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Our Unconventional Life

Hola Unconventionals!

We’re Amelia And JP. We sold everything we owned, converted our jobs to virtual, went vegan, moved to Cuenca Ecuador with our two dogs, and launched a YouTube Channel to document this crazy adventure.



Each week, we post new videos about our unconventional life as American expats living and working online in our small South American country. Join us for a few laughs, lots of smiles, valuable expat info and a bit of inspiration.

We enjoy sharing our unconventional life with you, and we encourage you to live yours, whatever that may be.

What It Means To Be A Patron

This is WAY outside our comfort zone to ask for help, but the practice of patronage isn't a new one. Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci had patrons, as did most other artists throughout history. Creating things that have real expenses, but intangible value like art, poetry and YouTube Videos, often require the generosity of others in order to become reality.



As a patron, you'll not only help us continue to create our entertaining, informational and smile-inducing videos, you'll also help us keep our videos free of annoying popup and interruption advertising. Our goal is to remain ad-free for the life of our channel, but we can only do that with your support.

Once you join our Band of Unconventionals, you'll also gain access to even more content, like a monthly Q&A video, plus behind the scenes videos, deleted scenes, blooper reels and live chats (depending on your patron level). Our top patrons will even get public recognition and a say in our recording schedule!



You'll also have our guarantee to respond to every single comment and question. We have been spending a LOT of time responding to emails, direct messages and comments on our YouTube and other social media channels. And we LOVE hearing from you so please don't stop!

But as our channel continues to grow, that's obviously not sustainable. We simply won't have time to respond to every comment and email like we have been. As a patron, your comments and questions will get top priority.

Why We Need Your Help

When we started our YouTube channel, we didn't realize how much it would cost us out-of-pocket as we grew. Our first videos were recorded with an iPhone and no external microphone. We quickly realized that wasn't a viable long-term solution if we wanted to grow our channel. So we bought a nice camera with an external mic. 

As my video editing skills improved, I realized the outdated editing software I was using wasn't good enough and neither was the free audio library. So we upgraded to a better video editing platform and a service that licenses the amazing music that we use in our videos.

Along with hosting for our website and cloud backup storage, we spend over $100/month on software and music licenses. That's $1,200/year! Yikes!

Our trips around Ecuador are also very expensive. Our recent trip to Vilcabamba cost us almost $1,000 for food, transportation and lodging. However, we get requests every week to show other parts of Ecuador and we think it's important to show you more than just Cuenca. This is an incredibly diverse country and we want to show you as much of it as possible, but travel is expensive so we're limited on the number of trips we can take.



Thankfully, we have Amelia's job to help cover all these costs because the filming, editing, publishing and promotion of our two videos per week, plus responding to emails and comments, is requiring so much of my time that I've stopped taking on new web design clients. I'm spending almost 40 hours per week working on our YouTube Channel, so I only have time to serve my existing web design clients, which has reduced our income. Reducing our income while increasing our expenses isn't a good situation for us to be in as time marches on.

Your patronage will help us continue to create videos about Ecuador and other interesting travel destinations. You'll help us spend more time creating videos so we can return to three per week at some point. You'll help us keep our channel ad-free. And you'll help us put food on the table (and in the dog bowls).



You'll also help us purchase better filming equipment (like a drone and a telephoto lens for my camera) so we can continue to enhance the quality of our videos.

And you'll help us visit more parts of Ecuador, like the coast, the Amazon, Salinas, Quito and other popular expat and travel destinations. Cuenca isn't the only place to expat in Ecuador (or south of the States). Depending on your personal interests, health and weather preferences, you may like another place better and we'd like to show them to you so you're more informed. Plus, you'll get to see more of Ecuador's diversity and unparalleled natural beauty.

Where Does Your Contribution Go?

Your pledge goes directly to the creation of more inspiring, entertaining and informational videos (except for the Patreon and credit card processing fees).

Our biggest monthly expenses right now are:

  • Video Editing Software
  • Music Licenses
  • Cloud Storage
  • Web Hosting

Some future expenses that we're expecting are:

  • Travel Expenses - transportation, lodging, tours, etc. for Mindo, Quito, Galapagos, Amazon Rainforest, Cotacachi, Baños, Salina, Playas, Las Esmeraldas, Manta, Guayaquil, etc.
  • Drone - for aerial videography (plus, it's cool and would bring a whole new dimension to our videos! And you'll get to see me learn how to fly the d*** thing! 😂)

  • Telephoto Lense - for distance photography and videography (birds, whales, mountains, etc.)



  • Video Editing Consultant - to free up some time so we can go back to 3 videos per week

What If You Can't Give?

We totally understand that you may not be in a financial position to help us cover the costs of creating our videos. Here are some other ways you can help out:


Whatever you can do to help support our creation of videos that inspire, entertain and educate unconventionals around the world is appreciated more than you can imagine! 

What If You Want to Contribute Without Signing Up for Patreon?

We get it. Maybe you enjoy our videos and want to support our creation of them, but you don't want to sign up for Patreon. We've got you covered. You can make individual donations via PayPal through our website Support Page.

Thank You!

Thank you for thinking about becoming an Amelia And JP patron and joining our Band of Unconventionals. We'll keep doing our best to deliver high quality, inspirational, informational, educational and smile-inducing videos for you. ¡Muchas gracias y buena suerte!


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Tiers
The Band of Unconventionals
$3 or more per month

Join our Band of Unconventionals and hangout with Amelia And JP, as well as other Unconventionals from around the world. Plus, you'll get an extra Q&A video each month and access to our Cuenca Scrollodex.


At this level, you'll be a full-fledged Unconventional army member! At just 10¢ per day, this patron level is a steal!


Here's what you'll get:


•  Access to our Patreon-only Feed where we interact with our patrons and share exclusive videos, photos, posts, polls and more.


•  Access to our continuously updated Cuenca Scrollodex. That's our digital rolodex of English-speaking service providers here in Cuenca. We would have traded Alicia for this list before we moved here! Not really, but it's that valuable!


•  One Exclusive Q&A Video per Month that will only be available to patrons.


•  A Cuenca, Ecuador or Spanish word of the week to help you prepare or adjust to life abroad in a Spanish speaking country.


•  Access to our fun, private, safe and secure Discord Community that's just for our Band of Unconventionals (and not on Facebook!)


•  Our extreme gratitude for your amazing generosity! 

Includes Discord rewards
Unconventional Insider
$7 or more per month

At this level, you'll be an honored Unconventional Insider with special access to even more exclusive behind the scenes videos and content!


Here's what you'll get:


•  All the benefits from the previous level, PLUS...


•  One Exclusive Blooper Reel, Deleted Scenes, Behind the Scenes or Livestream Video per Month that will only be available to Insiders and higher level patrons.


•  An Insider Look at upcoming news and events heading our way that no one else knows about.

Includes Discord rewards
Unconventional Chatter
$13 or more per month

At this level, you'll be a cherished Unconventional Chatter with special access to a monthly Discord live group chat with Amelia And JP, and your fellow Unconventional Chatters and higher tier patrons. You'll be able to ask us anything and we'll respond in-real-time, and you'll get to make new friends and connections.


Here's what you'll get:


•  All the benefits from the previous levels, PLUS...


•  Meet other like-minded Unconventionals and make new friends.


•  A Discord Group Chat with Amelia And JP for one hour (or maybe even longer). You'll be able to text chat with us and your fellow Unconventionals on Discord. You can ask questions, make suggestions, comment on videos, tell us about your unconventional life, etc., and we'll respond right then in real-time!

Includes Discord rewards
Unconventional Supporter
$20 or more per month

At this level, you'll be a highly valued Unconventional Supporter. We'll add your name to the list of Our Unconventional Supporters in the description of every video we publish while you're active at this level. And your name will stay on those videos forever!


Here's what you'll get:


•  All the benefits from the previous levels, PLUS...


•  Your Name Added to the Description as an Unconventional Supporter on every YouTube video we publish while you're active at this level. 


•  This benefit kicks in after the 1st of the month following your signup.

Includes Discord rewards
Unconventional Co-Sponsor
$50 or more per month

At this level, you'll be a high-ranking Unconventional Co-Sponsor. We’ll include your name (and only your name) in the credits of one video per month as a Co-Sponsor as long as you are active at this level. We'll also add your name as Our Unconventional Co-Sponsor in the video description. Your name will remain on those videos forever (and cannot be removed).


Here's what you'll get:


•  All the benefits from the previous levels (except Unconventional Supporter), PLUS...


•  Your Name added to the End Screen Credits of one video per month as long as you're active at this level.


•  Your Name included in the video description as Our Unconventional Co-Sponsor.  


•  This benefit kicks in after the 1st of the month following your signup.

Includes Discord rewards
Unconventional Producer
$100 or more per month

At this level, you'll be a top-level Unconventional Producer. We’ll give you (and only you) a shout out by name at the end of one video per month as long as you are active at this level. We'll also add your name to the video description as an Unconventional Producer. Your name will remain on those videos forever (and cannot be removed). 


And finally, you'll get a say in our recording schedule! We'll give you a few options each month via a poll and let our Band of Unconventional Producers decide what we record next!


Here's what you'll get:


•  All the benefits from the previous levels (except Supporter and Co-Sponsor), PLUS...


•  Your Name Shouted Out as an Unconventional Producer by Amelia And JP at the end of one video per month as long as you're active at this level.


•  Your Name listed as Our Unconventional Producer in the video description. 


•  Input into our recording schedule! Yippee!!!


•  This benefit kicks in after the 1st of the month following your signup.

Includes Discord rewards