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My Facebook post today, on July 11th, 2018, is actually perfect to leave right here, to introduct you to my Patreon page, and so, here I will leave it.. Welcome!!!

Another LONG post, but hey, that’s what I do, and so, if you don’t want to be stuck here like that, I’m not mad at you ever for moving down the timeline, and have a beautiful day, but if you DO want to read me, here I go…….
Today, after some deep consideration, I launch my Patreon page. A good friend suggested this to me, and so, after checking it all out, and really thinking about why I would do this, and what Patreon is really about, at least to me, I am full speed ahead, and it feels like a great new place for me and my work. Because I am the embodiment of “Indie” artist, and wear that proudly. Because I don’t wait for anybody or anything to do my work when I believe in it. Because there’s not always enough room for people like me to find a place to develop work in the more conventional theater world, or the arts world in general. Because sometimes you just have to keep doing what you do and not allow the submission process to stop you. The waiting. The sitting there, sometimes for a year, for someone to say, “sorry, you’re awesome, but we chose someone else”. That can be paralyzing, but more importantly, it keeps your focus as an artist on the wrong things, meaning you ain’t thinking about making new art. New work. You’re not doing the work. You’re not growing. You’re wondering “why can’t I get an agent?” “Why can’t I even submit for anything?” You’re just trying to figure out how to “get in”, and that ain’t work. It’s not art. It’s stopping you. We, as artists need to keep working. Because, at least for me, it’s actually all about the WORK. And personally, I have seen that if I just continue to do what compels me, I can keep evolving. The fact is, I have been shown such incredible and generous support from people all over the world over the past twelve years, and it has been as a direct result of my commitment, my dedication, my content, my intentions, and my talents. I have developed all of my work in front of people. I don’t have these important “developmental” phases behind closed doors, only in front of other artists, I don’t keep it narrow like that, I include the community, meaning regular people like you and me, meaning anyone who is kind enough to show up when I make myself and my work available. I wrote my first play, BROKE WIDE OPEN for five years, and yes, I said I “wrote” it for five years, meaning I wrote every day for all of those sixty months, in the streets, in parks, in all kinds of alternative spaces that were turned into theatrical spaces, communal spaces, spaces for sharing my story, but also for sharing our collective humanity, and that’s why it became such a good play. I’m talking about like rehearsing in front of people along Riverside Drive, up around 151st St, who sat in lawn chairs watching me rehearse on a hot August day, and then doing a Q&A, stuff like that. I did that all over the country, and then across the pond out of the country, and then, thanks to this collective effort by me, my collaborators, and random people who had seen me do this kind of work all over the world, my show winds up Off Broadway, for eight shows a week, for as long as we could keep it running, and it was, at least at that time, the greatest experience of my life, and I honestly feel like it was also a completely and beautiful shared experience with, literally, thousands of people, including my 500 NAMES people, my fundraiser, my family forever, who were the producers of that work, as far as I’m concerned. It was a great experience for all of us. I certainly made some mistakes along with way, but I have learned from all of them, and continue to try and be better, not only as an artist, but as a human being, every day as a result of them. Then there was Brooklyn Quartet. The next five years of my life. Not a story about me, but a story about all of us. Honoring Sean Bell, even though the story wasn’t specifically about Sean Bell, but more a love story, a fictional tale, but a relevant tale about the day to day lives of regular people, and how race and privilege and gender and ptsd, among other things, affect all of us. I got to work with reg e gaines, my director, but more importantly, my friend, and learned more in a couple of years than I have learned in my entire career about being willing to be great. To be unafraid of reaching for brilliant, every second of every day, unapologetically. And I do. Along with you. There has been poetry, music, and of course, social media. I have such a complicated relationship with social media, but the fact is, Facebook and Instagram are my friends. Meaning all of you. Even those who I annoy. And of course those who have received my incessant and well meaning words, almost every day, my vulnerable heart has been splattered all over the page, and the stage, and the street, and the club, and the abandoned storefront, and the art gallery, the transformed gas station, the restaurant, the D train, the F train, the 2 train, Regents Park in the Uk, Central Park, Van Cortlandt Park, Ft Green Park, McCarren Park, Asbury Park, Nyack, Spring Valley, Trenton, Camden, Philly, Chitown, Oakland, San Francisco, Denver, Seattle, LA, and I could go on and on and on and on and on, and so, the point I’m trying to make is that, I am here because of us, not just me, although I am the engine of this train, but you are the gas and the coal and the nutrition and the water and the love that keeps me strong and engaged enough to continue to be able to find all that it takes, inside of myself, to do the kind of work that I do, I mean, I exist outside of the Labrynth’s and the New York Theatre Workshop’s and the Public Theatre’s and the Lincoln Center Theatre’s of the world, who are all AMAZING, but I’m not there, but that doesn’t mean I’m not here, that’s for sure, and so, like so many other people like me, I am here standing strong as an Indie artist, doing the best work I can possibly do, and it is absolutely because of my COLLABORATION with the community around me, meaning YOU, and so that brings me back to why I am here today. My new venture. My Patreon page. Patreon, to me, is a place where you can invest in artists whose work you feel should exist in the world. Whose work you feel makes the world a better place. Artists who you believe in, and who you want to be a part of. I think it’s actually an amazing concept, and so I am jumping on board. In any case, I promise to always do this work, to do meaningful, provocative and disruptive work, to take all of the tragedy and injustice and all of the complicated in the world, and do my best to try and turn it all into beautiful art, because at the end of the day, that is what I believe in more than anything on earth. That art heals. It grows our collective empathy. It inspires. More than any other from of information that we can receive, in my humble opinion, more than anything else, art is the thing. I’ll always do my part, and I am in a state of eternal gratitude for all of the love and engagement I have received along the way, over the past twelve years, such magnificent support and good energy has found its way to me and my work, and I love you for that, and also for still being here reading all of this, and that’s it for now, I’ll let you go back to your day, and have a beautiful day, a happy and healthy day, amidst all the madness of the day, and here’s to a better world, for all of us. Come ride with me. There is so much more work to be done, and did I mention??? I just wrote a new play??? So much “insider” stuff will be here at my Patreon Page, and so….. That’s it… and here we are…. Together. 
SUPPORT INDEPENDENT ARTISTS!!!!

My bio:

Rock WILK
, award winning performance artist, writer, composer and musician-
Rock's first play, BROKE WIDE OPEN, was born as an independently released album in 2007, before being developed into a theatrical work, was workshopped at PS 122 in NYC as part of the Undergroundzero Festival, had 10 performances at The Camden Fringe Festival in London, England, a sold out performance at The United Solo Theatre Festival back in New York City, and was presented as a main stage production at The Passage Theatre in Trenton, NJ.
In November of 2012, BROKE WIDE OPEN enjoyed a highly acclaimed, Off Broadway run at The New Theatre at 45th Street, for almost four months.
In 2014, Rock appeared in his first feature film, Jamesy Boy, which stars James Woods, Mary Louise Parker and Ving Rhames.

A recipient of the 2016 BRIO award for acting, awarded by the Bronx Council on the Arts, Rock has most recently been immersed in his new play, Brooklyn Quartet, which is being directed by reg e gaines (Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk). After over three years of development; doing staged readings and performances throughout the country, including being a finalist as part of The Downtown Urban Theatre Festival in NYC, and also including a 10 performance workshop run at The Medicine Show Theatre in 2015, (also in Manhattan), Brooklyn Quartet had its official New York debut at Pregones Theatre, in The Bronx, in June of 2016.

Rock is currently looking forward to sharing his just completed four part mini-series of Brooklyn Quartet, in addition to looking forward to releasing a new book of poetry and all kinds of other forms of storytelling, which is really awesome, and then there is even more excitement, in addition to everything just mentioned, about beginning a new journey with a new play about his recent discovery of his biological mother's family, after spitting into a little tube, via Ancestry DNA. How crazy is that? That part is real life, and so, of course, it's time to write a new story, and yes, this is me writing this, in third person, which is really annoying, but I'm just gonna leave it anyway, since I admitted it, and I'm sure you'll all understand, and I look forward to more and more, and thanks for reading all of this, and here's to a better world, for all of us.


www.rockwilk.com
Tiers
Foundation
$7 or more per month
You are the next level up from the earth, as the house is being built, you're a part of the journey and you will receive a free NYC Haiku Booklet!
House
$11 or more per month
You are building upon what the earth and the foundation have provided, as the journey continues.. and you're going to get a free NYC Haiku Booklet along with a free BROKE WIDE OPEN CD!!
Community
$22 or more per month
You bring the earth, the foundation and the house together and connect all of us to the entire community... and you're going to receive a NYC Haiku booklet, a BROKE WIDE OPEN CD, and a pdf of the manuscript of my upcoming Poetry book...
Goals
0 of 100 patrons
My first goal is to have one hundred people putting air under my wings each month. 
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My Facebook post today, on July 11th, 2018, is actually perfect to leave right here, to introduct you to my Patreon page, and so, here I will leave it.. Welcome!!!

Another LONG post, but hey, that’s what I do, and so, if you don’t want to be stuck here like that, I’m not mad at you ever for moving down the timeline, and have a beautiful day, but if you DO want to read me, here I go…….
Today, after some deep consideration, I launch my Patreon page. A good friend suggested this to me, and so, after checking it all out, and really thinking about why I would do this, and what Patreon is really about, at least to me, I am full speed ahead, and it feels like a great new place for me and my work. Because I am the embodiment of “Indie” artist, and wear that proudly. Because I don’t wait for anybody or anything to do my work when I believe in it. Because there’s not always enough room for people like me to find a place to develop work in the more conventional theater world, or the arts world in general. Because sometimes you just have to keep doing what you do and not allow the submission process to stop you. The waiting. The sitting there, sometimes for a year, for someone to say, “sorry, you’re awesome, but we chose someone else”. That can be paralyzing, but more importantly, it keeps your focus as an artist on the wrong things, meaning you ain’t thinking about making new art. New work. You’re not doing the work. You’re not growing. You’re wondering “why can’t I get an agent?” “Why can’t I even submit for anything?” You’re just trying to figure out how to “get in”, and that ain’t work. It’s not art. It’s stopping you. We, as artists need to keep working. Because, at least for me, it’s actually all about the WORK. And personally, I have seen that if I just continue to do what compels me, I can keep evolving. The fact is, I have been shown such incredible and generous support from people all over the world over the past twelve years, and it has been as a direct result of my commitment, my dedication, my content, my intentions, and my talents. I have developed all of my work in front of people. I don’t have these important “developmental” phases behind closed doors, only in front of other artists, I don’t keep it narrow like that, I include the community, meaning regular people like you and me, meaning anyone who is kind enough to show up when I make myself and my work available. I wrote my first play, BROKE WIDE OPEN for five years, and yes, I said I “wrote” it for five years, meaning I wrote every day for all of those sixty months, in the streets, in parks, in all kinds of alternative spaces that were turned into theatrical spaces, communal spaces, spaces for sharing my story, but also for sharing our collective humanity, and that’s why it became such a good play. I’m talking about like rehearsing in front of people along Riverside Drive, up around 151st St, who sat in lawn chairs watching me rehearse on a hot August day, and then doing a Q&A, stuff like that. I did that all over the country, and then across the pond out of the country, and then, thanks to this collective effort by me, my collaborators, and random people who had seen me do this kind of work all over the world, my show winds up Off Broadway, for eight shows a week, for as long as we could keep it running, and it was, at least at that time, the greatest experience of my life, and I honestly feel like it was also a completely and beautiful shared experience with, literally, thousands of people, including my 500 NAMES people, my fundraiser, my family forever, who were the producers of that work, as far as I’m concerned. It was a great experience for all of us. I certainly made some mistakes along with way, but I have learned from all of them, and continue to try and be better, not only as an artist, but as a human being, every day as a result of them. Then there was Brooklyn Quartet. The next five years of my life. Not a story about me, but a story about all of us. Honoring Sean Bell, even though the story wasn’t specifically about Sean Bell, but more a love story, a fictional tale, but a relevant tale about the day to day lives of regular people, and how race and privilege and gender and ptsd, among other things, affect all of us. I got to work with reg e gaines, my director, but more importantly, my friend, and learned more in a couple of years than I have learned in my entire career about being willing to be great. To be unafraid of reaching for brilliant, every second of every day, unapologetically. And I do. Along with you. There has been poetry, music, and of course, social media. I have such a complicated relationship with social media, but the fact is, Facebook and Instagram are my friends. Meaning all of you. Even those who I annoy. And of course those who have received my incessant and well meaning words, almost every day, my vulnerable heart has been splattered all over the page, and the stage, and the street, and the club, and the abandoned storefront, and the art gallery, the transformed gas station, the restaurant, the D train, the F train, the 2 train, Regents Park in the Uk, Central Park, Van Cortlandt Park, Ft Green Park, McCarren Park, Asbury Park, Nyack, Spring Valley, Trenton, Camden, Philly, Chitown, Oakland, San Francisco, Denver, Seattle, LA, and I could go on and on and on and on and on, and so, the point I’m trying to make is that, I am here because of us, not just me, although I am the engine of this train, but you are the gas and the coal and the nutrition and the water and the love that keeps me strong and engaged enough to continue to be able to find all that it takes, inside of myself, to do the kind of work that I do, I mean, I exist outside of the Labrynth’s and the New York Theatre Workshop’s and the Public Theatre’s and the Lincoln Center Theatre’s of the world, who are all AMAZING, but I’m not there, but that doesn’t mean I’m not here, that’s for sure, and so, like so many other people like me, I am here standing strong as an Indie artist, doing the best work I can possibly do, and it is absolutely because of my COLLABORATION with the community around me, meaning YOU, and so that brings me back to why I am here today. My new venture. My Patreon page. Patreon, to me, is a place where you can invest in artists whose work you feel should exist in the world. Whose work you feel makes the world a better place. Artists who you believe in, and who you want to be a part of. I think it’s actually an amazing concept, and so I am jumping on board. In any case, I promise to always do this work, to do meaningful, provocative and disruptive work, to take all of the tragedy and injustice and all of the complicated in the world, and do my best to try and turn it all into beautiful art, because at the end of the day, that is what I believe in more than anything on earth. That art heals. It grows our collective empathy. It inspires. More than any other from of information that we can receive, in my humble opinion, more than anything else, art is the thing. I’ll always do my part, and I am in a state of eternal gratitude for all of the love and engagement I have received along the way, over the past twelve years, such magnificent support and good energy has found its way to me and my work, and I love you for that, and also for still being here reading all of this, and that’s it for now, I’ll let you go back to your day, and have a beautiful day, a happy and healthy day, amidst all the madness of the day, and here’s to a better world, for all of us. Come ride with me. There is so much more work to be done, and did I mention??? I just wrote a new play??? So much “insider” stuff will be here at my Patreon Page, and so….. That’s it… and here we are…. Together. 
SUPPORT INDEPENDENT ARTISTS!!!!

My bio:

Rock WILK
, award winning performance artist, writer, composer and musician-
Rock's first play, BROKE WIDE OPEN, was born as an independently released album in 2007, before being developed into a theatrical work, was workshopped at PS 122 in NYC as part of the Undergroundzero Festival, had 10 performances at The Camden Fringe Festival in London, England, a sold out performance at The United Solo Theatre Festival back in New York City, and was presented as a main stage production at The Passage Theatre in Trenton, NJ.
In November of 2012, BROKE WIDE OPEN enjoyed a highly acclaimed, Off Broadway run at The New Theatre at 45th Street, for almost four months.
In 2014, Rock appeared in his first feature film, Jamesy Boy, which stars James Woods, Mary Louise Parker and Ving Rhames.

A recipient of the 2016 BRIO award for acting, awarded by the Bronx Council on the Arts, Rock has most recently been immersed in his new play, Brooklyn Quartet, which is being directed by reg e gaines (Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk). After over three years of development; doing staged readings and performances throughout the country, including being a finalist as part of The Downtown Urban Theatre Festival in NYC, and also including a 10 performance workshop run at The Medicine Show Theatre in 2015, (also in Manhattan), Brooklyn Quartet had its official New York debut at Pregones Theatre, in The Bronx, in June of 2016.

Rock is currently looking forward to sharing his just completed four part mini-series of Brooklyn Quartet, in addition to looking forward to releasing a new book of poetry and all kinds of other forms of storytelling, which is really awesome, and then there is even more excitement, in addition to everything just mentioned, about beginning a new journey with a new play about his recent discovery of his biological mother's family, after spitting into a little tube, via Ancestry DNA. How crazy is that? That part is real life, and so, of course, it's time to write a new story, and yes, this is me writing this, in third person, which is really annoying, but I'm just gonna leave it anyway, since I admitted it, and I'm sure you'll all understand, and I look forward to more and more, and thanks for reading all of this, and here's to a better world, for all of us.


www.rockwilk.com

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Tiers
Foundation
$7 or more per month
You are the next level up from the earth, as the house is being built, you're a part of the journey and you will receive a free NYC Haiku Booklet!
House
$11 or more per month
You are building upon what the earth and the foundation have provided, as the journey continues.. and you're going to get a free NYC Haiku Booklet along with a free BROKE WIDE OPEN CD!!
Community
$22 or more per month
You bring the earth, the foundation and the house together and connect all of us to the entire community... and you're going to receive a NYC Haiku booklet, a BROKE WIDE OPEN CD, and a pdf of the manuscript of my upcoming Poetry book...