Garlia Cornelia is creating a podcast, writing, producing theatre, taking photographs
37
patrons
$120
per month

Welcome to my Patreon Community!
Thank You for taking the time.

Whether we are complete strangers, acquaintances or friends, I hope that this tells you a little bit about what I'm doing and why it led me to Patreon.
 


Why Patreon?

  • My goal is to build a community of people on Patreon.  The larger the community the better!  I want everyone to be able to participate in our exchange which is why my entry-level will always be $1.  
  • Patreon is monthly support of the work that I do in exchange for a behind the scenes look, first hand news, photo gifts, candles and any other way I can possibly say thank you!
  • Think of it as an investment and belief that I am setting out to create things that touch other people - that have an effect on other people - that facilitate some sort of change within myself - within the world.  


... And WHO are YOU?

My name is Garlia.  I am a writer and Obie Award winning theatre producer in New York. I  have a stutter, but once comfortable, I can have the gift of gab.  Over the years, I have channeled this energy into writing articles and those articles were published. First in Howlround, a online theatre journal out of Emerson College, then Brain,Child, the magazine for thinking mothers, then The New York Times and The Washington Post.

You can read them here.


My goal was always to write and to produce theatre.  Another tier to that goal has been my devotion to telling stories from the Black experience throughout the Diaspora.  Judging by this article from 2007, creating events and opportunities to tell the stories of Blacks throughout the diaspora has never changed.

But why do you need Patreon?  

Aren't you paid for your writing? 

Don't Theatre producers make a good living if they have awards?

Yes.  The articles I write do pay at the end.  But I am at a crossroads.  While my writing is getting published, with two young children (4 and 6 years old), it is often squeezed in.  I write most of my work on my iPhone because it is the most accessible while running around with the kids.  Even when I am at my computer, someone is likely tugging at me, needing my attention while I might be in the middle of a great sentence.  

There have been and are more opportunities, but I simply need to be able to focus.  

A living wage will help me accomplish my writing and theatre producer goals quicker, providing more of the work that you already enjoy, share and discuss.  

My work as a theatre producer deals a lot in development and yes the organizations (Blackboard Plays and Harlem9) are growing, but we are often slowed by living expenses when the work is right in front of us.

Even before our Obie Award, Harlem9 was growing - now in our 6th year, we just self-published the anthology of plays on Amazon that have come from our 1st two years.  It is a blessing to be part of a producing collaborative like this.
(That is a very pregnant me in the blue.  I gave birth a week later on the sidewalk in front of our Harlem apartment building.)


There is a period in creation where one does sweat a little to prove themselves - the Internship period.  At 31, I took an unpaid internship as a social media strategist for a company I loved. I wished I could have stayed, but they could not hire another staff person and I needed to look for paying work.

Due to the reach of my articles and the theatre I have created thus far, I am past the internship phase and could be writing more longform.

The more writing, the more the pay from the writing and the more opportunities, but I need to get over this mini-hump where my energies are focused on the writing and my kids are given the attention necessary as with any parent who works everyday.  I have more writing coming, two pieces currently being written and scores of pitches. But as we know, the space to write is more than physical.

I originally came to Patreon  for my reading series, which is growing, but soon discovered the many artists I follow who have used Patreon to reach their dreams and goals.

Take Issa Rae: We met right when I began Blackboard Reading Series in 2008 and right before she left NY.  To watch her career has been exciting because she did it with the support of her audience and then I found her on Patreon.

Monica Byrne talks about how artists are not supported in our country's current economic model - how our work is taken in, experienced, seen and not supported so that we can continue to make more art and take care of ourselves at the same time.

From Monica to Issa and the scores of other artists on Patreon creating, we are taking the necessary steps to achieve our goals on our own terms.  We have pushed through, sometimes  suffering for the art, but in the end, we understand that art has a business side and we are working 40 + hours a week.

So what do I have to do?
1) CLICK or TAP "BECOME A PATRON"  above (or below if on your mobile)
2) CHOOSE your level and Reward
3) You're all set


I will be adding more levels and rewards over time, but for now, let's keep it pretty simple!

I was very nervous to do this. Concerned with what it made me look like or what people would think, but in the end, I would be creating regardless. Writing and producing - telling stories that matter to me - stories of the under represented / women, people of color, women of color. I have been doing it for years, it has always been my goal. But Patreon didn't exist. 
As artists we are sometimes embarrassed to say “I write poetry for a living or I write articles I’m an actor or musician,” but millions of people every day enjoy that art, the music, the article, the poem, the play, the story - art touches us all and so our jobs are just as valuable but not as often are we able to support ourselves on only the art we create that everyone enjoys or takes in, so then the art stops or is in-frequent, not because the artist doesn't want to create, but maybe they can't afford their rent or need to find a cheaper place to live or have student debt.

Patreon is a gift to artists creating work through thick and thin. Now we can continue to create, pay our bills and take care of ourselves with ease and create more of the work you enjoy, because we know that you would enjoy it whether you supported us or not.

If you’re still reading, you're a trooper! I hope I have given you enough about me. I hope to be as transparent as possible and as I go forward creating, you will be part of that.

Tiers
Behind The Scenes: Unlock the Patron-Only feed
$1 or more per month 23 patrons
Get the patron-only perspective on my work.
  • Blog about my weekly inspirations that you will receive via a patron-only patreon post.
  • Patrons get updates on work before anyone else
Monthly Digital Thank You / Bi-Annual Macro - Photo Magnet!
$3 or more per month 6 patrons
Receive an Electronic / Digital Thank You note with my

photography.  A scenic photo or a monthly 

photographic roundup from the past month on the 

front!  


PLUS: A magnet with a macro-photography image every 6 months.  


It's the least I can do for your monthly support!

Monthly Snail Mail Thank You Notes
$5 or more per month 3 patrons
Handwritten Thank You notes every month!

Receive a handwritten Thank You note in the mail with my 

photography on the front:  a scenic photo or a monthly 

photographic roundup from the past month. 


AND OF COURSE, continue to receive access to the Patron-Only feed!


It's the least I can do for your monthly support!

Mini Thank You Notes (Set of 12)
$10 or more per month 2 patrons
Continuing with my macro-floral gifts, twice a year, your 

monthly Thank you note will be accompanied by a set of 

12 mini note cards. I am really in love with these sets.  

You will receive 1 set of 12 every 6 months at this level.  


Also includes:

 •Patron-Only content feed

 •Monthly Thank you in the mail


Your mailing list: Building your community
$15 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
Stumped by your mailing list?  Need to create one and don't even know where to start.


You've got my ear and skill for up to 3 hours a month.  One of my roles as a producer is managing the newsletter for Blackboard and Harlem9 (not to mention my own). I would love to help you where I can.


Whether it's helping you export from your email contacts and import into your newsletter service of choice or coming up with a plan to capture people and create a mailing list.  


Let's work together and build your community.

Mini Thank You Notes (Set of 24)
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
Want more mini note cards all at once? So be it!  


Once a year, you will receive by a different set of 24 mini note cards featuring my macro-floral photography. 


PLUS...

you’ve entered the bonus level!  Surprise Surprise, who 

knows what it could be...


Your support at this level is pretty amazing!


Also includes:

•Patron-Only content feed

        •Monthly Thank you in the mail


Your Newsletter: Connecting with your community
$25 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
Haven't the foggiest how to set-up your newsletter ?  Need a template to plug basic news into each month?


 Need to create one and don't even know where to start.


You've got my ear and skill for up to 3 hours a month.  One of my roles as a producer is managing the newsletter for Blackboard and Harlem9 (not to mention my own). I would love to help you where I can.  


Let's work together to reach the community you have in place!

Announcing: Sharing YOUR work with my communities!
$25 or more per month 1 of 10 patrons
Are you a writer interested in getting the word out about your readings or writing but not interested in paying for advertising or posting on sites that don't specifically cater to you / your work?


If my 10+ years as a producer and marketer within the theatre scene with a focus on organizations and people interested in the African Diaspora / Black Theatre is what you seek, then let me share you and your work to my lists.  


  • I'll send a monthly mailing featuring those within this limited category.  
  • I'll feature your work and twice a year, feature you on the blog for the reading series I founded for Black Playwrights in 2008, Blackboard Plays. 


Let's work together to get you to the next level and grow your community by introducing you to mine! 

Photo Gifts
$40 or more per month 0 patrons
I love photo gifts and at this level, I will share specific themed calendars with you!

Currently, I have Paris, Macro Flowers, Beach and Detroit Themes Available!  


Please indicate your theme and your calendar will arrive during your 2nd month.

Includes

  • Patron-only content feed
  • Custom Calendar
  • Monthly Handwritten Thank You Note
Super Patron
$5,000 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
This is a developing level, but so far, you will receive:

 

-Access to special posts, 

-Be name a sponsor on my podcast, "Playwright Conversations"

-You will also receive a special photo album at the end of the year

-A seasonal mini candle (winter, spring, summer, fall).


Special Invites to events / VIP Receptions will also be included.

Goals
37 of 100 patrons
Thank You Video
Right now, this slot is empty and I want to fill it!  When I reach 100 patrons, I'll create a special Thank You video... children may be involved :)
1 of 4

Welcome to my Patreon Community!
Thank You for taking the time.

Whether we are complete strangers, acquaintances or friends, I hope that this tells you a little bit about what I'm doing and why it led me to Patreon.
 


Why Patreon?

  • My goal is to build a community of people on Patreon.  The larger the community the better!  I want everyone to be able to participate in our exchange which is why my entry-level will always be $1.  
  • Patreon is monthly support of the work that I do in exchange for a behind the scenes look, first hand news, photo gifts, candles and any other way I can possibly say thank you!
  • Think of it as an investment and belief that I am setting out to create things that touch other people - that have an effect on other people - that facilitate some sort of change within myself - within the world.  


... And WHO are YOU?

My name is Garlia.  I am a writer and Obie Award winning theatre producer in New York. I  have a stutter, but once comfortable, I can have the gift of gab.  Over the years, I have channeled this energy into writing articles and those articles were published. First in Howlround, a online theatre journal out of Emerson College, then Brain,Child, the magazine for thinking mothers, then The New York Times and The Washington Post.

You can read them here.


My goal was always to write and to produce theatre.  Another tier to that goal has been my devotion to telling stories from the Black experience throughout the Diaspora.  Judging by this article from 2007, creating events and opportunities to tell the stories of Blacks throughout the diaspora has never changed.

But why do you need Patreon?  

Aren't you paid for your writing? 

Don't Theatre producers make a good living if they have awards?

Yes.  The articles I write do pay at the end.  But I am at a crossroads.  While my writing is getting published, with two young children (4 and 6 years old), it is often squeezed in.  I write most of my work on my iPhone because it is the most accessible while running around with the kids.  Even when I am at my computer, someone is likely tugging at me, needing my attention while I might be in the middle of a great sentence.  

There have been and are more opportunities, but I simply need to be able to focus.  

A living wage will help me accomplish my writing and theatre producer goals quicker, providing more of the work that you already enjoy, share and discuss.  

My work as a theatre producer deals a lot in development and yes the organizations (Blackboard Plays and Harlem9) are growing, but we are often slowed by living expenses when the work is right in front of us.

Even before our Obie Award, Harlem9 was growing - now in our 6th year, we just self-published the anthology of plays on Amazon that have come from our 1st two years.  It is a blessing to be part of a producing collaborative like this.
(That is a very pregnant me in the blue.  I gave birth a week later on the sidewalk in front of our Harlem apartment building.)


There is a period in creation where one does sweat a little to prove themselves - the Internship period.  At 31, I took an unpaid internship as a social media strategist for a company I loved. I wished I could have stayed, but they could not hire another staff person and I needed to look for paying work.

Due to the reach of my articles and the theatre I have created thus far, I am past the internship phase and could be writing more longform.

The more writing, the more the pay from the writing and the more opportunities, but I need to get over this mini-hump where my energies are focused on the writing and my kids are given the attention necessary as with any parent who works everyday.  I have more writing coming, two pieces currently being written and scores of pitches. But as we know, the space to write is more than physical.

I originally came to Patreon  for my reading series, which is growing, but soon discovered the many artists I follow who have used Patreon to reach their dreams and goals.

Take Issa Rae: We met right when I began Blackboard Reading Series in 2008 and right before she left NY.  To watch her career has been exciting because she did it with the support of her audience and then I found her on Patreon.

Monica Byrne talks about how artists are not supported in our country's current economic model - how our work is taken in, experienced, seen and not supported so that we can continue to make more art and take care of ourselves at the same time.

From Monica to Issa and the scores of other artists on Patreon creating, we are taking the necessary steps to achieve our goals on our own terms.  We have pushed through, sometimes  suffering for the art, but in the end, we understand that art has a business side and we are working 40 + hours a week.

So what do I have to do?
1) CLICK or TAP "BECOME A PATRON"  above (or below if on your mobile)
2) CHOOSE your level and Reward
3) You're all set


I will be adding more levels and rewards over time, but for now, let's keep it pretty simple!

I was very nervous to do this. Concerned with what it made me look like or what people would think, but in the end, I would be creating regardless. Writing and producing - telling stories that matter to me - stories of the under represented / women, people of color, women of color. I have been doing it for years, it has always been my goal. But Patreon didn't exist. 
As artists we are sometimes embarrassed to say “I write poetry for a living or I write articles I’m an actor or musician,” but millions of people every day enjoy that art, the music, the article, the poem, the play, the story - art touches us all and so our jobs are just as valuable but not as often are we able to support ourselves on only the art we create that everyone enjoys or takes in, so then the art stops or is in-frequent, not because the artist doesn't want to create, but maybe they can't afford their rent or need to find a cheaper place to live or have student debt.

Patreon is a gift to artists creating work through thick and thin. Now we can continue to create, pay our bills and take care of ourselves with ease and create more of the work you enjoy, because we know that you would enjoy it whether you supported us or not.

If you’re still reading, you're a trooper! I hope I have given you enough about me. I hope to be as transparent as possible and as I go forward creating, you will be part of that.

Recent posts by Garlia Cornelia

Tiers
Behind The Scenes: Unlock the Patron-Only feed
$1 or more per month 23 patrons
Get the patron-only perspective on my work.
  • Blog about my weekly inspirations that you will receive via a patron-only patreon post.
  • Patrons get updates on work before anyone else
Monthly Digital Thank You / Bi-Annual Macro - Photo Magnet!
$3 or more per month 6 patrons
Receive an Electronic / Digital Thank You note with my

photography.  A scenic photo or a monthly 

photographic roundup from the past month on the 

front!  


PLUS: A magnet with a macro-photography image every 6 months.  


It's the least I can do for your monthly support!

Monthly Snail Mail Thank You Notes
$5 or more per month 3 patrons
Handwritten Thank You notes every month!

Receive a handwritten Thank You note in the mail with my 

photography on the front:  a scenic photo or a monthly 

photographic roundup from the past month. 


AND OF COURSE, continue to receive access to the Patron-Only feed!


It's the least I can do for your monthly support!

Mini Thank You Notes (Set of 12)
$10 or more per month 2 patrons
Continuing with my macro-floral gifts, twice a year, your 

monthly Thank you note will be accompanied by a set of 

12 mini note cards. I am really in love with these sets.  

You will receive 1 set of 12 every 6 months at this level.  


Also includes:

 •Patron-Only content feed

 •Monthly Thank you in the mail


Your mailing list: Building your community
$15 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
Stumped by your mailing list?  Need to create one and don't even know where to start.


You've got my ear and skill for up to 3 hours a month.  One of my roles as a producer is managing the newsletter for Blackboard and Harlem9 (not to mention my own). I would love to help you where I can.


Whether it's helping you export from your email contacts and import into your newsletter service of choice or coming up with a plan to capture people and create a mailing list.  


Let's work together and build your community.

Mini Thank You Notes (Set of 24)
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
Want more mini note cards all at once? So be it!  


Once a year, you will receive by a different set of 24 mini note cards featuring my macro-floral photography. 


PLUS...

you’ve entered the bonus level!  Surprise Surprise, who 

knows what it could be...


Your support at this level is pretty amazing!


Also includes:

•Patron-Only content feed

        •Monthly Thank you in the mail


Your Newsletter: Connecting with your community
$25 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
Haven't the foggiest how to set-up your newsletter ?  Need a template to plug basic news into each month?


 Need to create one and don't even know where to start.


You've got my ear and skill for up to 3 hours a month.  One of my roles as a producer is managing the newsletter for Blackboard and Harlem9 (not to mention my own). I would love to help you where I can.  


Let's work together to reach the community you have in place!

Announcing: Sharing YOUR work with my communities!
$25 or more per month 1 of 10 patrons
Are you a writer interested in getting the word out about your readings or writing but not interested in paying for advertising or posting on sites that don't specifically cater to you / your work?


If my 10+ years as a producer and marketer within the theatre scene with a focus on organizations and people interested in the African Diaspora / Black Theatre is what you seek, then let me share you and your work to my lists.  


  • I'll send a monthly mailing featuring those within this limited category.  
  • I'll feature your work and twice a year, feature you on the blog for the reading series I founded for Black Playwrights in 2008, Blackboard Plays. 


Let's work together to get you to the next level and grow your community by introducing you to mine! 

Photo Gifts
$40 or more per month 0 patrons
I love photo gifts and at this level, I will share specific themed calendars with you!

Currently, I have Paris, Macro Flowers, Beach and Detroit Themes Available!  


Please indicate your theme and your calendar will arrive during your 2nd month.

Includes

  • Patron-only content feed
  • Custom Calendar
  • Monthly Handwritten Thank You Note
Super Patron
$5,000 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
This is a developing level, but so far, you will receive:

 

-Access to special posts, 

-Be name a sponsor on my podcast, "Playwright Conversations"

-You will also receive a special photo album at the end of the year

-A seasonal mini candle (winter, spring, summer, fall).


Special Invites to events / VIP Receptions will also be included.