Jenni Tooley is creating a life that inspires
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patrons
$213
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I am Jenni Tooley- a performer, filmmaker, and maker of things. My most easily recognizable work as an actor was in Richard Linklater’s Golden Globe Winning/Academy Nominated film Boyhood or Wes Anderson’s first feature Bottle Rocket, I am also a self-taught award-winning filmmaker— you can check out my IMDB for more info on that and my full acting/filmmaking resume.

You have found me at an interesting point in my liife. I recently either walked away from or lost most of of the things that define us in America which means I can either freak out or start over. Being a maker of things I decided to start over and make a new life. What a great chance to join our Patreon Community because you will have the opportunity to walk alongside me while I do!

Last year I took a journey that was based in faith and trust. I took on my Higher Power as my co-producer and employer and decided I would receive rather than chase. I began the slow journey to believing that I have value for just being who I am.  By the end of the year I was “jobless” (although I had earnestly sought out conventional employment), was single, had moved out of my home, had stored everything I owned in my parents’ garage, and both of my cats passed within a few weeks of each other. After grieving all those loses, I have come to understand that I have a lot of freedom. I am interested to see what my Higher Power has in store— because I certainly don’t know. 
I would love to have you all on this journey with me.  During the last three years I have been able to accomplish some major feats because of my backers, supporters and patrons-- our little community can do some amazing things together!

This year what I need is time. Last year I spent 30% of my time raising money for projects, 50% on trying to earn my own money and only 20% on actually creating/producing anything. As a creative I need to be able to balance my time more efficiently so that I have enough of it to reflect on, develop, and produce the work as well as administer and hustle. That’s why I am here— to create a more stable income that would allow me to spend my time doing what I am best at— creating things— rather than sitting behind a computer administering things. And you can make that happen by becoming a patron.

But it’s not just patronage! You are a member of an exclusive community. I want this to be a reciprocal relationship— it’s important to me that you get something out of this adventure too. I will share personal stories, creative work, and creative/production process with you here. There will be a lot of opportunities and ways to participate— you can be a casual observer, you can have a voice and a vote, you can even show up in person at events and interact or be an audience member if you want to!

So what are we working on this year?
Right now I am focusing on filling a gap in our media culture— I can't keep filling my head with dark violent stories that focus on the negative but I get bored with most of what's offered in the world of uplifting stories, and their production values usually stink.  I'm also sick of either playing the main guy's wife or watching female characters who are lacking complexity.  So I am working on well-produced stories about women (and men) that ring true and that are life affirming but still edgy. I want to collaborate with, hire, and mentor as many other women as I can along the way.

STUCK (my first feature film):
  • This year we will be completing the film!
  • There will be at least one audience test and a premier to attend.
  • We will be taking the film to festivals— come and join us on the road!
  • We will work on getting it distributed— get the BTS, a real reality check.
SMART COOKIES WITH JENNI TOOLEY (web series interviewing female artists)
  • Help me revamp Smart Cookies! Will we slim it down so it is less expensive to produce? Or maybe take it full throttle to another city?
THE SECOND FEATURE FILM
  • When the first feature film is done and out there, you better have the next one ready to pitch!
  • Help me choose what to do next.
  • Have access to early script work and watch it progress.
  • Get access to readings or workshops.
  • Our community will collaborate on the graphic design, one liners, and pitch too!
I'VE GOT A MICROPHONE, LET'S MAKE A PODCAST
  • This is a new venture— I don’t know what it looks like yet, but I want it to be inspirational and go deep! I love talking to people and have a lot of interesting friends who also have interesting friends so who knows what may evolve!
TOOLEY'S TRAVELS
  • We are going where???  I don’t know but it should be interesting!
JENNI’S JOURNAL
  • Join me in the process of rebuilding a life. In the last three months I have lost pretty much every material thing— while steadfastly retaining my integrity. Follow me along on the journey of what exciting things are to come!
Practically speaking:  where does your money go?
In this model— your trust in me is key as I will make decisions about how to spend the memberships’ contributions on a case by case basis. Funds might go to paying my salary, purchasing equipment needed for a project, paying a creative contractor to do something I can’t do myself, paying a legal or accounting professional, festival submission fees, travel expenses to festivals…all kinds of things that run a creative business. I will be transparent and keep you updated!

It's a business too friends...let's make change for artists

In 2016 we shot my first feature film, STUCK, with a $25,000 cash budget. No one on the 120 person production team was paid and locations and most food was donated- amazing!. Last year I raised over $20,000 in grass-roots and grant funding for STUCK and my Smart Cookies web series. This time I was able to pay out over $15,000 in salaries to 10 artists and entertainment professionals-- that's progress folks:). This year I would like to continue the trend and be able to pay myself and others a moderate fee for our work— with the ultimate goal of paying people what they are worth and paying for all locations and services in the years to come.

I look forward to getting to know you all better and continuing to build up this great community!
Jenni

Tiers
Sneak Peeks
$1 or more per month

Thank you for caring!  Dollars add up!


You are on my gratitude list!


Get a glimpse inside of Jenni’s Journal, Tooley’s Travelogue, and Early Access to any  videos or podcasts before they go public.

Coffee Clatch
$5 or more per month

Once per month we will have a group video chat!


You will also receive rewards from all previous tiers!

Voice and Vote
$10 or more per month

Whenever we have a poll, feedback post or online audience test your voice and vote counts!


You will also receive rewards from all previous tiers!

Resonant Recognition
$25 or more per month

Not only will I give you a virtual shout out but I’d love to thank you in person at one of our quarterly events. They are usually in the city where I live but if I am traveling or one of  the films is traveling then we’ll see what inspires!


You will also receive rewards from all previous tiers!

Send Ya Something Super
$50 or more per month

I will send you a hand-written letter, post-card or some actual piece of something  through snail mail around Valentine’s Day!


You will also receive rewards from all previous tiers!

Creative Consultation
$150 or more per month

1 60-minute phone session per month for professional creatives, hobbyists, and people  who havent’ figured out that they are creative yet:). 


You will also receive rewards from all previous tiers!

Get Ya On The Guest List
$250 or more per month

(must be a member for 4 or more consecutive months to receive all rewards in the tier)


This may include an invitation to premiers, script readings, set visits, podcast visit or interview, a walk-on extra role when available, tickets to festival screenings, etc. 


This  also entitles you to a STUCK t-shirt and poster! And a 30-minute birthday visit on  Skype with myself and another member of our creative community! 


Includes all other patron level rewards except the $150 Creative Consultation reward.

Goals
$213 of $5,000 per month
All-Access pass! This is the "no-worry zone"!  At this point we can open up all posts to all patrons no matter what their membership level.  


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I am Jenni Tooley- a performer, filmmaker, and maker of things. My most easily recognizable work as an actor was in Richard Linklater’s Golden Globe Winning/Academy Nominated film Boyhood or Wes Anderson’s first feature Bottle Rocket, I am also a self-taught award-winning filmmaker— you can check out my IMDB for more info on that and my full acting/filmmaking resume.

You have found me at an interesting point in my liife. I recently either walked away from or lost most of of the things that define us in America which means I can either freak out or start over. Being a maker of things I decided to start over and make a new life. What a great chance to join our Patreon Community because you will have the opportunity to walk alongside me while I do!

Last year I took a journey that was based in faith and trust. I took on my Higher Power as my co-producer and employer and decided I would receive rather than chase. I began the slow journey to believing that I have value for just being who I am.  By the end of the year I was “jobless” (although I had earnestly sought out conventional employment), was single, had moved out of my home, had stored everything I owned in my parents’ garage, and both of my cats passed within a few weeks of each other. After grieving all those loses, I have come to understand that I have a lot of freedom. I am interested to see what my Higher Power has in store— because I certainly don’t know. 
I would love to have you all on this journey with me.  During the last three years I have been able to accomplish some major feats because of my backers, supporters and patrons-- our little community can do some amazing things together!

This year what I need is time. Last year I spent 30% of my time raising money for projects, 50% on trying to earn my own money and only 20% on actually creating/producing anything. As a creative I need to be able to balance my time more efficiently so that I have enough of it to reflect on, develop, and produce the work as well as administer and hustle. That’s why I am here— to create a more stable income that would allow me to spend my time doing what I am best at— creating things— rather than sitting behind a computer administering things. And you can make that happen by becoming a patron.

But it’s not just patronage! You are a member of an exclusive community. I want this to be a reciprocal relationship— it’s important to me that you get something out of this adventure too. I will share personal stories, creative work, and creative/production process with you here. There will be a lot of opportunities and ways to participate— you can be a casual observer, you can have a voice and a vote, you can even show up in person at events and interact or be an audience member if you want to!

So what are we working on this year?
Right now I am focusing on filling a gap in our media culture— I can't keep filling my head with dark violent stories that focus on the negative but I get bored with most of what's offered in the world of uplifting stories, and their production values usually stink.  I'm also sick of either playing the main guy's wife or watching female characters who are lacking complexity.  So I am working on well-produced stories about women (and men) that ring true and that are life affirming but still edgy. I want to collaborate with, hire, and mentor as many other women as I can along the way.

STUCK (my first feature film):
  • This year we will be completing the film!
  • There will be at least one audience test and a premier to attend.
  • We will be taking the film to festivals— come and join us on the road!
  • We will work on getting it distributed— get the BTS, a real reality check.
SMART COOKIES WITH JENNI TOOLEY (web series interviewing female artists)
  • Help me revamp Smart Cookies! Will we slim it down so it is less expensive to produce? Or maybe take it full throttle to another city?
THE SECOND FEATURE FILM
  • When the first feature film is done and out there, you better have the next one ready to pitch!
  • Help me choose what to do next.
  • Have access to early script work and watch it progress.
  • Get access to readings or workshops.
  • Our community will collaborate on the graphic design, one liners, and pitch too!
I'VE GOT A MICROPHONE, LET'S MAKE A PODCAST
  • This is a new venture— I don’t know what it looks like yet, but I want it to be inspirational and go deep! I love talking to people and have a lot of interesting friends who also have interesting friends so who knows what may evolve!
TOOLEY'S TRAVELS
  • We are going where???  I don’t know but it should be interesting!
JENNI’S JOURNAL
  • Join me in the process of rebuilding a life. In the last three months I have lost pretty much every material thing— while steadfastly retaining my integrity. Follow me along on the journey of what exciting things are to come!
Practically speaking:  where does your money go?
In this model— your trust in me is key as I will make decisions about how to spend the memberships’ contributions on a case by case basis. Funds might go to paying my salary, purchasing equipment needed for a project, paying a creative contractor to do something I can’t do myself, paying a legal or accounting professional, festival submission fees, travel expenses to festivals…all kinds of things that run a creative business. I will be transparent and keep you updated!

It's a business too friends...let's make change for artists

In 2016 we shot my first feature film, STUCK, with a $25,000 cash budget. No one on the 120 person production team was paid and locations and most food was donated- amazing!. Last year I raised over $20,000 in grass-roots and grant funding for STUCK and my Smart Cookies web series. This time I was able to pay out over $15,000 in salaries to 10 artists and entertainment professionals-- that's progress folks:). This year I would like to continue the trend and be able to pay myself and others a moderate fee for our work— with the ultimate goal of paying people what they are worth and paying for all locations and services in the years to come.

I look forward to getting to know you all better and continuing to build up this great community!
Jenni

Recent posts by Jenni Tooley

Tiers
Sneak Peeks
$1 or more per month

Thank you for caring!  Dollars add up!


You are on my gratitude list!


Get a glimpse inside of Jenni’s Journal, Tooley’s Travelogue, and Early Access to any  videos or podcasts before they go public.

Coffee Clatch
$5 or more per month

Once per month we will have a group video chat!


You will also receive rewards from all previous tiers!

Voice and Vote
$10 or more per month

Whenever we have a poll, feedback post or online audience test your voice and vote counts!


You will also receive rewards from all previous tiers!

Resonant Recognition
$25 or more per month

Not only will I give you a virtual shout out but I’d love to thank you in person at one of our quarterly events. They are usually in the city where I live but if I am traveling or one of  the films is traveling then we’ll see what inspires!


You will also receive rewards from all previous tiers!

Send Ya Something Super
$50 or more per month

I will send you a hand-written letter, post-card or some actual piece of something  through snail mail around Valentine’s Day!


You will also receive rewards from all previous tiers!

Creative Consultation
$150 or more per month

1 60-minute phone session per month for professional creatives, hobbyists, and people  who havent’ figured out that they are creative yet:). 


You will also receive rewards from all previous tiers!

Get Ya On The Guest List
$250 or more per month

(must be a member for 4 or more consecutive months to receive all rewards in the tier)


This may include an invitation to premiers, script readings, set visits, podcast visit or interview, a walk-on extra role when available, tickets to festival screenings, etc. 


This  also entitles you to a STUCK t-shirt and poster! And a 30-minute birthday visit on  Skype with myself and another member of our creative community! 


Includes all other patron level rewards except the $150 Creative Consultation reward.