Jafro

is creating Automotive Videos for Boost Junkies

300

patrons

$1,292

per video

About

Thank you for visiting my Patreon creator page!  I've been sharing my automotive projects on YouTube since 2008 in an effort to entertain and satisfy the automotive enthusiast in all of us.   People are busy... so I compress big jobs into relatively short videos that still include all the important details.   I think that showing the guts of a project spread out on a workbench takes the fear out of the job for people with the willingness to try it themselves.  I'm not ASE certified.   I'm not an auto mechanic by trade.  My background is in advertising, photography, higher education, and manufacturing.  I support Technology professionally, and have for over 23 years experience in my field of work.  Drag racing and wrenching in my garage is just how I like to unwind.  It's my happy place.  I film my happy place and share it with everyone on YouTube.  :)

My life's course and experiences have steeped my ability to create and deliver these videos and I'm lucky to have kept myself surrounded by brilliant, talented and creative people who have kept me challenged.   My content tells the stories of 4 turbo import car projects, and whatever else that provides me with inspiration.  I didn't want to be one of those channels that just uploads for the sake of a forced upload schedule with a rambling vlog or an incomplete video, I only upload material that's capable of satisfying my own high standards for entertainment.  I try to upload complete topics or series.  My technical content is typically delivered at the speed of spinning helicopter blades, and thick with information... like Neo's red pill education in The Matrix, plugged into a chair...   Downloading.  I do this to respect your time.  You know how tools work in regular motion already.

I set several goals, and as they are achieved I have decided to post updates here. Like this one...

I hope you enjoy this inside look at my production. This was my first goal... which was reached... and though it took a long time to locate the hardware I needed to do this, this video details it happening and what a difference it makes.  This is proof positive that my Patrons are making a difference in both my production, and my quality of life.

But before this upgrade occurred, I also added 2 external Drobo RAIDs (and 8 hard drives), and 8 more TB of internal storage to my server, and also added a newer-generation PCIe-based laptop to run modern A/V software.  Oh yeah, and the software.  Pro software licenses aren't cheap. All of these additions were preparations for the kind of material and volume of footage I will have to shoot in 2019. This is all equipment that I wouldn't need if I didn't make videos.  The cost of these upgrades exceed the cost of everything I still need to complete any single one of my projects, but they were necessary upgrades to support my video production.

There are exclusive videos here that YouTube viewers don't see.
Patrons get 24-48 hour early-access to my new uploads, and in addition to that, Patreon also offers a private forum where we can discuss my production, my challenges, and everything else without broadcasting it to millions of people.  The floor is always open here on Patreon to everyone who is invested in the continued production of my videos.

Why did I start a Patreon page?
For many years I insisted on making all investments in my production only out-of-pocket; the tools, the parts, the machining, and even the featured cars themselves.   I wanted to pay for every aspect of my production, and one of the ways I could do this was out of the ad-supported revenue this channel generates.  In the early days of partnership, the future looked bright enough that I expanded my project roster to 4 cars, and I invested in equipment that could deliver high quality 1080HD videos.  Perhaps I was a little overly-ambitious?  YouTube's monetization "algorithms" and priorities have changed repeatedly over the years, without warning or any logic, and creators have seen major declines in their revenue even as their content surges in popularity.  My channel has not been immune to any of this.  Everyone has felt it.

Many channels I loved watching have dried up and gone away. I understand why. My productions take an inordinate amount of time and work to create in comparison to what ad revenue generates. It's the lowest paying job I've ever had. So I don't treat it like a job (even though I'm always working on it). I operate at the speed of my equipment, my resources, and my creativity.  I keep it fun... because when people are having fun, people keep watching and coming back for more.  That's satisfaction 101.  I read every comment and answer all I can.  I know how much my videos are appreciated, so I feel really good about what I'm doing here, and I want to keep doing it.

Since the adpocalypse began in 2015 (some accredit this to 2017, but I assure you it started in 2015), Google has continued to receive a LOT of bad press... management problems, censorship issues, copyright issues, channel-culling issues, inflated view count issues, fake user issues, demonetization issues... and they continue "stepping in it" socially, offending people and causing boycotts.  All of these things ultimately hurt the entire platform, and it's coming from the top-down.  YouTube is a platform of creators, and it's the creators who make YouTube great.  Many YouTube channels have made videos about this.  I've mentioned it, but I'm not going to whine about it because it appears TO ME to be happening across all social media, and it has never "changed back" to where it was.  I doubt it ever will?  It seems that each social or political faux-pas Google triggers in the media always results in further losses to all creators.  Even the changes Google touts as solutions to these problems seem to make it worse?  All of these things have affected my ability to operate out-of-pocket and ad supported on the same monthly upload schedule that used to come easily to me.

Patreon has provided an opportunity to help me change this, and it's been an enormous help.  Especially to all the people who watch my videos.  For the past 2 years, it is only the generous people who have contributed to my production that have allowed me to continue making new content.  Don't thank me for making videos, thank my Patrons for funding their production.  They're the reason my gears are still turning.
Goals
$1,292.23 of $1,500 per video
My county says I need a 6-8' privacy fence in order to enjoy my hobby on my own private property.  If the fence were erected, I can turn in the tags of the long-term projects like the GSX, Galant and Colt and save $1400 a year on insurance and registration fees.  That's money I can put right back into completing those projects.  I could bring them all back home again where they're easily accessible to work on, and make better use of my garage space than long-term car storage.
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