Brian James Polak is creating live theater
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In the history of art, arts patronage referred to the support that kings, popes and the wealthy provided to artists such as musicians, painters, and sculptors... and playwrights. This provided artists with the financial support they needed to do their thing.

That was history. The times we live in now are quite different...

Patreon is great:
I find this Patreon thing to be a pretty cool experiment in supporting the artists in our lives. You may not have the opportunity to support me in person because you live so far away, but now you have the chance to support from a distance. Perhaps somebody out there has discretionary income and is looking to use it to support the arts. You've always had the opportunity to make a donation and help sustain an institution, and now you can make a donation to help sustain an artist directly. That's pretty great for us artists.

The arts, I believe, are what make our little planet worth living on.

Most people know writing plays is not a way to pay the bills. Most playwrights have day jobs. My day job happens to be at a non-profit theater. So, not only do I not make much $ as a writer, but I also make a fairly low salary relative to a person my age. The challenge this creates is in being as authentic and successful a writer as I can be. Oftentimes that means travel to do research, or travel to meet with other theater people with whom I hope to collaborate. I earn enough vacation time from my job to allow me the time, but I often don't have the funds. That wasn't true in my 20s, before I became a writer. I was able to travel all the time, but now that I need it as much as I want it, I can't often do it. That doesn't mean this is a Brian James Polak Travel Fund. I consider this a subsidy to ease the burden of survival. Ultimately, I made my bed full of debt and low income. So I sleep in it. I suppose it just doesn't need to be that way. What's important to me is helping those around me as much as I help myself. I can't do that with money (currently) so I do it in other ways, such as through advocacy, making connections, giving feedback, attending events, etc. I'm hopeful there are others out there who share my spirit.

This is a challenging and humbling endeavor. I hope the passive nature of a page like this, and the anonymity it allows you (if you wish) will make it less icky. It can be humiliating to ask for support. And some people feel guilted into supporting others. Let there be no guilt here. I will never know you even looked at this page if you never tell me. 

If you're still interested, here is some more about who I am as a writer...

My Artistic Statement:
I go to the theater because I want to be moved. If something clever tickles my brain, or if I learn something new, that’s gravy. I do enjoy a good intellectual exercise from time to time, but theater is an emotional place for me. That’s why I write what I write. I am less inclined to write a play that yearns to be clever, provide a twist you never see coming, or teach you the way something was. I am more likely to show you the way things are from where I stand.

I find inspiration in the political, but prefer to tell stories from a micro point-of-view. I like to write about America, being an American, who and what America is to the rest of the world, but my preference is to tell the story through the eyes of the lowly and downtrodden. I love characters who want to live a happy life, but can't quite figure out how to achieve that seemingly simple goal.

I cannot relate to people in positions of power, people who are incredibly successful, wealthy, or amazingly intelligent. So I write characters who struggle. They struggle to achieve the mythical American Dream, they struggle for unattainable greatness, they struggle for impossible love, and struggle to simply be understood. These are my struggles as well.

Every single play I write is biographical, even when it takes place on an island 10,000 miles away, 30 years before I was even born.

I measure my personal success by how high I can lift myself while simultaneously lifting others. 

Thanks for reading this.
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Pledge $5 or more per month
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Read all the wonderful things I have to say on Patreon and lots of silent gratitude. 
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Gratitude, access to wonderful Patreon commentary, and complimentary life advice.
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Gratitude, access to wonderful Patreon commentary, complimentary life advice, and if you write a thing I will give you comments on it once/year.
Pledge $100 or more per month
0 patrons
Gratitude, access to wonderful Patreon commentary, complimentary life advice, if you write a thing I will give you comments on it once/year, and I will name a character in a play after you (or a name of your choice).
Pledge $500 or more per month
0 patrons
Gratitude, access to wonderful Patreon commentary, complimentary life advice, if you write a thing I will give you comments on it once/year, I will name a character in a play after you (or a name of your choice), and I will write a play every year based on your wishes.
Goals
$1 of $25 per month
The essential costs of maintaining a "business" as a playwright are:
1) website upkeep
2) fees associated with readings (for rehearsals, printing, etc).
3) submission fees (these are abhorrent, but necessary)
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In the history of art, arts patronage referred to the support that kings, popes and the wealthy provided to artists such as musicians, painters, and sculptors... and playwrights. This provided artists with the financial support they needed to do their thing.

That was history. The times we live in now are quite different...

Patreon is great:
I find this Patreon thing to be a pretty cool experiment in supporting the artists in our lives. You may not have the opportunity to support me in person because you live so far away, but now you have the chance to support from a distance. Perhaps somebody out there has discretionary income and is looking to use it to support the arts. You've always had the opportunity to make a donation and help sustain an institution, and now you can make a donation to help sustain an artist directly. That's pretty great for us artists.

The arts, I believe, are what make our little planet worth living on.

Most people know writing plays is not a way to pay the bills. Most playwrights have day jobs. My day job happens to be at a non-profit theater. So, not only do I not make much $ as a writer, but I also make a fairly low salary relative to a person my age. The challenge this creates is in being as authentic and successful a writer as I can be. Oftentimes that means travel to do research, or travel to meet with other theater people with whom I hope to collaborate. I earn enough vacation time from my job to allow me the time, but I often don't have the funds. That wasn't true in my 20s, before I became a writer. I was able to travel all the time, but now that I need it as much as I want it, I can't often do it. That doesn't mean this is a Brian James Polak Travel Fund. I consider this a subsidy to ease the burden of survival. Ultimately, I made my bed full of debt and low income. So I sleep in it. I suppose it just doesn't need to be that way. What's important to me is helping those around me as much as I help myself. I can't do that with money (currently) so I do it in other ways, such as through advocacy, making connections, giving feedback, attending events, etc. I'm hopeful there are others out there who share my spirit.

This is a challenging and humbling endeavor. I hope the passive nature of a page like this, and the anonymity it allows you (if you wish) will make it less icky. It can be humiliating to ask for support. And some people feel guilted into supporting others. Let there be no guilt here. I will never know you even looked at this page if you never tell me. 

If you're still interested, here is some more about who I am as a writer...

My Artistic Statement:
I go to the theater because I want to be moved. If something clever tickles my brain, or if I learn something new, that’s gravy. I do enjoy a good intellectual exercise from time to time, but theater is an emotional place for me. That’s why I write what I write. I am less inclined to write a play that yearns to be clever, provide a twist you never see coming, or teach you the way something was. I am more likely to show you the way things are from where I stand.

I find inspiration in the political, but prefer to tell stories from a micro point-of-view. I like to write about America, being an American, who and what America is to the rest of the world, but my preference is to tell the story through the eyes of the lowly and downtrodden. I love characters who want to live a happy life, but can't quite figure out how to achieve that seemingly simple goal.

I cannot relate to people in positions of power, people who are incredibly successful, wealthy, or amazingly intelligent. So I write characters who struggle. They struggle to achieve the mythical American Dream, they struggle for unattainable greatness, they struggle for impossible love, and struggle to simply be understood. These are my struggles as well.

Every single play I write is biographical, even when it takes place on an island 10,000 miles away, 30 years before I was even born.

I measure my personal success by how high I can lift myself while simultaneously lifting others. 

Thanks for reading this.

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Tiers
Pledge $5 or more per month
0 patrons
Read all the wonderful things I have to say on Patreon and lots of silent gratitude. 
Pledge $10 or more per month
0 patrons
Gratitude, access to wonderful Patreon commentary, and complimentary life advice.
Pledge $50 or more per month
0 patrons
Gratitude, access to wonderful Patreon commentary, complimentary life advice, and if you write a thing I will give you comments on it once/year.
Pledge $100 or more per month
0 patrons
Gratitude, access to wonderful Patreon commentary, complimentary life advice, if you write a thing I will give you comments on it once/year, and I will name a character in a play after you (or a name of your choice).
Pledge $500 or more per month
0 patrons
Gratitude, access to wonderful Patreon commentary, complimentary life advice, if you write a thing I will give you comments on it once/year, I will name a character in a play after you (or a name of your choice), and I will write a play every year based on your wishes.