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There's not wrong way or right way to raise money. They key is to be creative, think out of the box and do what your network, friends and family would find entertaining. We knew that our networks would pay money to make Rob eat tons of tacos. And they did.

There is no one way to find funding for your project.  Whether it's donations or investments that you're after, people still need to know the same thing.  Who are you?  What is your project/story?  What's your project's goal?  What is the budget?  What is the timeline?  And, what am I going to gain from this?  The answers all vary but this is what makes your story unique and important.  

Last year, you may remember, we produced the TACOathon.  This was an eight-hour fundraising live stream to raise money for two projects: A Boy's Life (short film) and Replaced Series (indie TV pilot).  I, Allison Vanore (Producer of both projects) and Rob Gokee (Music Composer for Replaced) went head-to-head raising money and eating tacos.  Every $50 donated to one of the projects would mean that rep would have to eat a taco.  Now this may seem strange, crazy or just plain stupid HOWEVER that day we raised close to $2,500 total for the two projects.  That's more in one day than any other day we were fundraising.  Why did this work?  It's because Rob and I have a large, supportive network online and offline, Rob also has a reputation for being taco obsessed and we can stream from our home for 8 hours without much technical support.  

What do you need to produce a TACOathon?

Graphics to support the show (Taco Count Photos for Twitter and Facebook)

Chat Room Moderator (Krista Vanore)

Twitter and Facebook Updater (Diane Beck)

A Guest Interview per Hour: Vianessa Castanos, Jamie Fishback, Alicia Ying, Robb Padgett, Heath Vinyard, Sheila Daley, Laurie Records, and Eli Benavidez (all of whom have a large social media presence and network to draw from)

Taco Ingredients prepped and ready to cook

Laptop w/ a built-in camera (and internet connection)

UStream Channel

Promotion to your networks at least a week prior

IndieGoGo Campaign

After our show aired we had a few friends and acquaintances try something similar.  One of which Rob actually took part in: The Destructathon (raising money for Hollywood Wasteland).

There's no wrong way or right way to raise money.  They key is, be creative, think out of the box and do what your network, friends and family will find entertaining.  We knew that our networks would pay money to make Rob eat tons of tacos.  And they did.

To watch the TACOathon, visit our YouTube Channel.

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On the day of the TACOathon, we make note of the IndieGoGo Campaign totals for each project. From the time we begin, 12pm Wednesday, January 12, 2011, for every $50 raised for each project (can be multiple donors), the corresponding rep will eat a taco. The max number of tacos for each project will be 20. Yes, 20 TACOS!!

TACOathon time!  Watch the Broadcast Here (not available until 12pm)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

12pm PST - 8pm PST

To Donate to Replaced Series click here

To Donate to A Boy's Life click here

Rob Gokee and Allison Vanore have set out to raise money for original series, Replaced, by Heath Vinyard, and for short film, A Boy's Life, by Eli Benavidez.  Why?  Well, why not?!  Allison is producing both projects and Rob is composing music for Replaced so it seems only fitting that we'd find some way to bring tacos into the mix to raise money for this great cause.  Here's the run-down:

On the day of the TACOathon, we make note of the IndieGoGo Campaign totals for each project.  From the time we begin, 12pm Wednesday, January 12, 2011, for every $50 raised for each project (can be multiple donors), the corresponding rep will eat a taco.  The max number of tacos for each project will be 20.  Yes, 20 TACOS!!

Team Replaced: Rob Gokee

Team A Boy's Life: Allison Vanore

Watch the Broadcast Here (not available until 12pm)

This exciting event will be broadcast live on U-Stream for 8 whole hours!  In order to keep things exciting and fun, we've invited familiar faces to join us!  Throughout the day you will not only hear from Rob and Allison but interviews with the following people:

Vianessa Castanos, actress in Just Jamaal & A Note To Etienne

Laurie Records, casting director for Replaced Series, SOLO The Series

Sheila Daley, actress in SOLO The Series, Brownie Points

Alicia Ying, actress/producer of It's Always Greener

Robb Padgett, actor/creator of Vampire Zombie Werewolf

Jamie Fishback, actor in End Result, 1000 Ways to Die

FEATURED GUEST: Elias Benavidez, writer/director of A Boy's Life

FEATURED GUEST: Heath Vinyard, writer/director of Replaced Series

and few other guests that may pop in!

Our goal is to raise $1000 for each project.  ALSO, the winning team will get $100 from the losing team.  Max prize is $1100!  Of course, if we get additional donors we welcome that as well!  We hope that by next Wednesday we have raised enough on IndieGoGo that our goals will be reached by the time we end our TACOathon!

In order for your donation to count toward the TACOathon, you must donate between 12pm and 8pm on Wednesday, January 12, 2011.  Of course, donations are greatly appreciated and encouraged between now and then as well!

This event is brought to you by Allison Vanore, Rob Gokee, and Diane Beck.