It's all too easy to conjure up an idealistic version of yourself and project that onto an audience who wouldn't know any better than to take what you say at face value.
That's actually why I'm here.
I'm not the person I was a year ago. In fact, I'm not the person I was 6 months ago or even yesterday for that matter. And you aren't either.
Every day, you learn new possibilities and develop new tendencies that constantly shape you into who you are; the person you choose to be.
I believe in a future where all people are in touch with their unique self-development journies and actively pursue a life of understanding and purpose in both their professional and vocational occupations.
With an unwavering desire to help people understand themselves and their goals, an unshakeable air of positivity and a no bullshit approach to the lessons I teach, I aim to inspire others into taking action and encourage those who think they can't to make the changes in their lives that I know they can.
I'm determined to show that self-education and breaking convention is the way of the future and hope that by sharing my art, others will feel compelled to share theirs, too.
So why Patreon?
I'd be lying to you and myself if I didn't acknowledge that I thrive on instant gratification. It's something that always felt kind of wrong to me (it didn't help that I was being told "this isn't how life works" left, right and centre,) but I've learned to embrace it. It's a part of who I am and it's what makes me so consistent in my work.
Getting a $20,000 publishing deal is great and all, but there are a few reasons why this doesn't necessarily work for me:
1. I have to justify the art that I create to a corporate entity that sees me as a walking bag of money.
As an artist/engineer (Of which we are all, both) we should not be held at the mercy of a third party. The connection economy allows for us to build meaningful relationships with our fans, followers and subscribers in a way that negates the need for anyone other than you and I to be a part of this experience.
2. It goes against some of the core values that align with the mission statement I literally base my lifestyle around.
I'd be compromising my integrity if I encouraged people to live unconventionally and then preceded to live mine by the books. Pun enthusiastically intended. Here's an opportunity for me to prove that it CAN be done. You CAN find financial confidence in a way that suits you and you CAN be the person you WANT to be.
3. It's simply not sustainable.
I'm in this for the long-haul and the only thing that really succeeds a great book are more great books. Believe me, I love a good book but I'm all about that instant gratification and that's something you just don't get from spending a year writing 300 pages of word vomit. I've tried and, I'm not ashamed to admit, I failed. How do I combat this? I write shorter, more precise and, actually, more accessible eBooks as well as daily blog posts over on brynsblog.com. These are designed to target a specific problem that you might be experiencing and give you a range of tools to use in your efforts against them.
I also believe in independence and this platform allows me to do what I do in a way that suits us both. I see it as an amazing opportunity for me to connect with the people who like what I do and it gives you guys an opportunity to support me in my mission.
That's part of why I love this place so much.
You're not obligated to pay me anything. In fact, most of what I do can be found for free on brynsblog.com, various social media accounts, Youtube and Soundcloud. If you decide you'd like to change your mind, you can opt-out at any time. No hard feelings.
The thing is, not everyone wants to pay for art. That's fine, once it's published/shipped it's no longer my art, it's yours to take and give; to keep and share.
But for those of you that are willing to donate, it's not unreasonable for you to want to know where your money's being spent. Ideally, you want to know that your money, the money that you choose to share with me, is being used to benefit this project in a way that is evident in the quality of my work. At least that's what I would expect. After all, that's what this is all about. That's why I'm so committed to creating a series of pledges that will accurately define the changes you're making to my life's project. I hope to make these pledges fair and as rewarding for you guys as much as it is for me.
I think it's important for me to note that this is a huge experiment. Having watched Amanda Palmers "The Art of Asking" I felt it appropriate to do just that but whilst I'm quietly confident that this experiment will be a success, I'm sure there are still plenty of lessons for me to learn. Isn't that exciting?
Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a keen listener. I don't just listen to respond, (I hate that,) I truly listen in order to grow and develop. Even if you pledge $1, I want to know what you're loving and loathing about the work I present and the art we share. Don't hesitate to get in touch via comments here, on Twitter and Facebook, and on videos and podcasts wherever you happen to stumble on them.
Every single one of you is important to the community we're building and I'm so grateful that you've spent your time getting to know me and my work.
No matter how much you choose to donate, thank you!
Let's prove that art is worth investing in and let's start by investing in ourselves.
FAQ's (frequently asked questions)
If you have questions, please submit them on Twitter or Facebook or here on the patron stream once you sign up.
Q: "I have a question about your Patreon, who can I contact?"
A: Any questions can be sent to [email protected] and I'll personally answer any and all questions as quickly and as effectively as possible.
Q: "does Patreon accept PayPal?"
A: yes, PayPal is accepted!
Q: " I want to join your Patreon, but I don't have any idea how much to donate. What is your recommended donation?"
A: That's awesome! I would invite you to join whichever pledge best suits your financial situation:generosity ratio. I would NEVER ask anyone to pay more than what they can realistically afford in order to support this project. That's why I'm doing it this way instead of selling books conventionally. That's not to say real physical books will never be made, though.
Q: "when are you going to put out an actual book? Call me old-fashioned but I like to have the physical product in my hands or on my bookshelf."
A: I'm exactly the same. There is a lot to be said for the feel of a real book and although I don't have plans to publish one yet, I'm not ruling it out for the future. Whilst my books generally tend to be smaller in size, I like to think they ooze value on every page. Perhaps a series of smaller books or even a compendium? We'll see.
Q: "I'm not sure I can commit to monthly increments. What if I just want to donate money to you once?"
A: That's no problem at all! Firstly, thank you! Secondly, you can donate on the store page of brynsblog.com OR you can e-mail [email protected] and we can have a chat beforehand.