Casstronaut is creating art, film, and photography and needs two extra hands.
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Hello everyone! My name is Cassie Meder. Some of you may know me as Casstronaut. Some of you may not know me at all. That's great, nice to meet you!


↑ that's me on fire and saying hello ↑

Casstronaut is umbrella moniker to cover my many hats - because I can't seem to do just one thing.
I started modeling about eight years ago and that became my main source of support for keeping up on the creative avenues I am truly passionate about. In 2014
 I put aside modeling as a career to make room for my art career, as well as my film career - the two things that are most important in my artistic endeavors.




I love video. I would call myself a filmmaker, but that could mean a lot of things so I'll explain. I'm a cinematographer (meaning I actually handle all of my camera work and compositions), a director, editor, and producer. Sometimes, if no one else is available, I'll even play actress. With the exception of an assistant on set once in awhile,  some help here and there with audio and special effects, I'm a one lady show. Meaning I have *a lot* of information and interesting content to share with you concerning artistic video; pre-production and post production alike!





Now, I gave up modeling as a full time career, but I've been able to utilize that skill in front of the camera in recent years for some of my own photography projects. It's a very liberating feeling, to know that what you're posing for is for something personal with purpose. Photography has been a great way for me to help out my independent designer friends and to take reference photos for fellow artists. An industry and a people I deeply care about. I hope to find the time to continue my self portrait work in the future!




The very best thing for me is traditional art. I can remember painting and drawing since I was maybe eight years old and excelling in the arts in high school and college. It wasn't until I reached adulthood that I realized I could make a living from something I actually really enjoyed versus something I could just manage (I was working my way toward a degree in psychology at the time - something I wasn't super thrilled about). I've been working as an artist for several years mainly on a commission basis, but for the past couple of years I've been focusing on my own style and portfolio, elevating print making and gallery exhibitions to the priority list.



Pencils and film are my primary passions and I am so fortunate enough to be able to say that they provide a somewhat stable life for me. But trying to juggle "making a living" and "making art" has become a huge emotional and financial struggle. For any of you out there "doing it all on your own" you know that that sort of life is very isolating, draining, and even limiting. For an artist that makes films and art full time, "full time" really means making art maybe 10% of the time. The other 90% is hustle. Marketing, packaging, mailing, answering emails, advertising, planning, photographing products, managing product listings, running errands, ordering supplies, etc. Basically, making sure you have enough in the bank for the next project, or if you have enough in the bank to put hustling on the back burner so you can survive while only drawing 14 hours a day for two weeks and eating out for nearly every meal so you don't have to cook or get groceries and blah blah blah you get it.



Essentially, I need time more than I need financial support. But, financial support will allow for more time to focus on creating, rather than a focus on selling. So instead of cutting MORE out of my spectrum of work, I'm turning to you patrons for the little extra support I need to reach my larger, long term goals.

✧ Some of those larger, long term goals✧
First and foremost, I'd like to hire a part time assistant to alleviate distractions and non-artistic workloads. An intern would be great too, but I'd love to pay someone for their valuable time.
 - I need a damn website. I've been working on one for years, but I cannot find the time to fine tune or finish it. I'd love to hire some help to fully launch and maintain it for better viewing of my work.
- I'd like to find a great screen printer and start printing my work on more clothing of various styles.
-  A book! A sketch book would be wonderful, but I definitely do not have enough sketches at the moment to fill one (maybe someday), but more immediately, my husband and I have been planning a couple of art books and graphic novel books.
- A studio would be a dreeeam. Space in Los Angeles is limited and moving from house to house like millennials do makes it so hard to be comfortable enough in a space to create.
- A solo show! This isn't too far out of reach, but the "time off" it requires is absolutely not doable presently.
- To take the time to learn to paint again. I started out painting in watercolor, but something happened once and I think a ruined a piece with color, so since then I've been afraid to get back on the horse. Having a little time to stretch and to fail will be really helpful to get me over that hump.
- Bigger, better quality, larger edition prints. I'm on my way there, but I need another printer upgrade.
*This goal has been met!! Thank you! Prints are now available here: casstronautphoto.etsy.com
- Flesh out and carry out several short films I've had on the shelf for several years. These require a bit more resources than just myself, my camera, and my apartment - such as travel, actors, costumes, etc.
- Show my film work at more festivals. This is a surprisingly expensive endeavor. Not just due to travel, but most festivals require fees for submission and certain costly formats for projections.
- Hire musicians to score exclusive pieces for my films.
- And of course, to just sit down and make more art!

So, if you're still here, let's talk about what you get out of all of this. You get me. A little piece of me! Isn't that nice? But really, I'd like to make Patreon a safe, transparent, educational, and supportive space for all of us. I'd love to be more accessible to my supporters (something I admittedly fail at publicly), but privately I want to be here for you like you have for me. This intimate experience will include behind the scenes images and video, outtakes, question and answer sessions, google hangouts and/or private live sessions, discounts to merchandise, first looks for final products, exclusive looks at steps in a project's long progress, tutorials, time lapse videos, hi resolution images so you can take a closer look at my technique, private blogs, print proofs and product tests, commissioned work, advice and anything else you may come up with.

Thank you so much for reading and I look forward to getting to know you!

Want to follow along elsewhere? See all my public work and works for sale below:
www.casstronaut.tumblr.com
www.casstronaut.blogspot.com
www.instagram.com/casstronaut
www.shopcasstronaut.etsy.com


Tiers
Level 1
$1 or more per month
Thank you so much for your support! Every little bit means so much to me.

Level 2
$5 or more per month
Gain access to exclusive blogs, previews, works in progress, and behind the scenes bits! You will also be the first to be notified of new products in my shop as well as discount codes for specific products. 

Level 3
$15 or more per month
Previous tier + unlimited access to digital content - high res downloads, hangouts, question time, tutorials, etc. This is our play land where you can learn from me and my adventures!
Level 4
$25 or more per month
Previous tiers AND a 20% off discount code to both of my shops every time new products drop!

Level 5
$50 or more per month
All of the juicy previous digital tiers with a 30% off discount code to both of my shops every time new products drop!

Level 6
$100 or more per month
Everything below including the 30% off discount to both of my shops as well as an 8x10 of your choice (of prints available)  - this is one of the few physical rewards I'm offering at this time! Join the club!
Level 7
$250 or more per month
All previous tiers! Because this tier is larger than most and will definitely allow me a little bit more time to work on my own projects, I'd like to give back to you the gift of time. This time will be spent either skyping or chatting, whichever you prefer. This time can be used for art coaching, questions, walking you through any creative roadblocks, etc. It's up to you!

Level 8
$350 or more per month
Want a bit more? Same as previous tier, except you will have the option to suggest any work I can do for you or the rest of the community on a commission basis. You may commission a photo or a drawing of most anything that will fit in an 8x10! We can discuss this via email or during our fun skype session!

Goals
5% complete
This amount could either help me with just the basic costs of running my business and making art full time, or it could go toward hiring a small amount of help a couple times a week.
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Hello everyone! My name is Cassie Meder. Some of you may know me as Casstronaut. Some of you may not know me at all. That's great, nice to meet you!


↑ that's me on fire and saying hello ↑

Casstronaut is umbrella moniker to cover my many hats - because I can't seem to do just one thing.
I started modeling about eight years ago and that became my main source of support for keeping up on the creative avenues I am truly passionate about. In 2014
 I put aside modeling as a career to make room for my art career, as well as my film career - the two things that are most important in my artistic endeavors.




I love video. I would call myself a filmmaker, but that could mean a lot of things so I'll explain. I'm a cinematographer (meaning I actually handle all of my camera work and compositions), a director, editor, and producer. Sometimes, if no one else is available, I'll even play actress. With the exception of an assistant on set once in awhile,  some help here and there with audio and special effects, I'm a one lady show. Meaning I have *a lot* of information and interesting content to share with you concerning artistic video; pre-production and post production alike!





Now, I gave up modeling as a full time career, but I've been able to utilize that skill in front of the camera in recent years for some of my own photography projects. It's a very liberating feeling, to know that what you're posing for is for something personal with purpose. Photography has been a great way for me to help out my independent designer friends and to take reference photos for fellow artists. An industry and a people I deeply care about. I hope to find the time to continue my self portrait work in the future!




The very best thing for me is traditional art. I can remember painting and drawing since I was maybe eight years old and excelling in the arts in high school and college. It wasn't until I reached adulthood that I realized I could make a living from something I actually really enjoyed versus something I could just manage (I was working my way toward a degree in psychology at the time - something I wasn't super thrilled about). I've been working as an artist for several years mainly on a commission basis, but for the past couple of years I've been focusing on my own style and portfolio, elevating print making and gallery exhibitions to the priority list.



Pencils and film are my primary passions and I am so fortunate enough to be able to say that they provide a somewhat stable life for me. But trying to juggle "making a living" and "making art" has become a huge emotional and financial struggle. For any of you out there "doing it all on your own" you know that that sort of life is very isolating, draining, and even limiting. For an artist that makes films and art full time, "full time" really means making art maybe 10% of the time. The other 90% is hustle. Marketing, packaging, mailing, answering emails, advertising, planning, photographing products, managing product listings, running errands, ordering supplies, etc. Basically, making sure you have enough in the bank for the next project, or if you have enough in the bank to put hustling on the back burner so you can survive while only drawing 14 hours a day for two weeks and eating out for nearly every meal so you don't have to cook or get groceries and blah blah blah you get it.



Essentially, I need time more than I need financial support. But, financial support will allow for more time to focus on creating, rather than a focus on selling. So instead of cutting MORE out of my spectrum of work, I'm turning to you patrons for the little extra support I need to reach my larger, long term goals.

✧ Some of those larger, long term goals✧
First and foremost, I'd like to hire a part time assistant to alleviate distractions and non-artistic workloads. An intern would be great too, but I'd love to pay someone for their valuable time.
 - I need a damn website. I've been working on one for years, but I cannot find the time to fine tune or finish it. I'd love to hire some help to fully launch and maintain it for better viewing of my work.
- I'd like to find a great screen printer and start printing my work on more clothing of various styles.
-  A book! A sketch book would be wonderful, but I definitely do not have enough sketches at the moment to fill one (maybe someday), but more immediately, my husband and I have been planning a couple of art books and graphic novel books.
- A studio would be a dreeeam. Space in Los Angeles is limited and moving from house to house like millennials do makes it so hard to be comfortable enough in a space to create.
- A solo show! This isn't too far out of reach, but the "time off" it requires is absolutely not doable presently.
- To take the time to learn to paint again. I started out painting in watercolor, but something happened once and I think a ruined a piece with color, so since then I've been afraid to get back on the horse. Having a little time to stretch and to fail will be really helpful to get me over that hump.
- Bigger, better quality, larger edition prints. I'm on my way there, but I need another printer upgrade.
*This goal has been met!! Thank you! Prints are now available here: casstronautphoto.etsy.com
- Flesh out and carry out several short films I've had on the shelf for several years. These require a bit more resources than just myself, my camera, and my apartment - such as travel, actors, costumes, etc.
- Show my film work at more festivals. This is a surprisingly expensive endeavor. Not just due to travel, but most festivals require fees for submission and certain costly formats for projections.
- Hire musicians to score exclusive pieces for my films.
- And of course, to just sit down and make more art!

So, if you're still here, let's talk about what you get out of all of this. You get me. A little piece of me! Isn't that nice? But really, I'd like to make Patreon a safe, transparent, educational, and supportive space for all of us. I'd love to be more accessible to my supporters (something I admittedly fail at publicly), but privately I want to be here for you like you have for me. This intimate experience will include behind the scenes images and video, outtakes, question and answer sessions, google hangouts and/or private live sessions, discounts to merchandise, first looks for final products, exclusive looks at steps in a project's long progress, tutorials, time lapse videos, hi resolution images so you can take a closer look at my technique, private blogs, print proofs and product tests, commissioned work, advice and anything else you may come up with.

Thank you so much for reading and I look forward to getting to know you!

Want to follow along elsewhere? See all my public work and works for sale below:
www.casstronaut.tumblr.com
www.casstronaut.blogspot.com
www.instagram.com/casstronaut
www.shopcasstronaut.etsy.com


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Tiers
Level 1
$1 or more per month
Thank you so much for your support! Every little bit means so much to me.

Level 2
$5 or more per month
Gain access to exclusive blogs, previews, works in progress, and behind the scenes bits! You will also be the first to be notified of new products in my shop as well as discount codes for specific products. 

Level 3
$15 or more per month
Previous tier + unlimited access to digital content - high res downloads, hangouts, question time, tutorials, etc. This is our play land where you can learn from me and my adventures!
Level 4
$25 or more per month
Previous tiers AND a 20% off discount code to both of my shops every time new products drop!

Level 5
$50 or more per month
All of the juicy previous digital tiers with a 30% off discount code to both of my shops every time new products drop!

Level 6
$100 or more per month
Everything below including the 30% off discount to both of my shops as well as an 8x10 of your choice (of prints available)  - this is one of the few physical rewards I'm offering at this time! Join the club!
Level 7
$250 or more per month
All previous tiers! Because this tier is larger than most and will definitely allow me a little bit more time to work on my own projects, I'd like to give back to you the gift of time. This time will be spent either skyping or chatting, whichever you prefer. This time can be used for art coaching, questions, walking you through any creative roadblocks, etc. It's up to you!

Level 8
$350 or more per month
Want a bit more? Same as previous tier, except you will have the option to suggest any work I can do for you or the rest of the community on a commission basis. You may commission a photo or a drawing of most anything that will fit in an 8x10! We can discuss this via email or during our fun skype session!