There’s not much I hate more than having to ask people for money. It’s always awkward for everyone involved. The person asking feels embarrassed and nervous. The person being asked feels put on the the spot. That’s the single greatest benefit I can see of being crazy rich: you don’t have to ask people for money anymore. You do what you want.
As it turns out, I’m not crazy rich. And I’ve been in a ridiculous number of situations in which I’ve had to ask people for money. Some of these situations have been totally worth it; the vast majority, however, have not. I give you:
A Sampling of Situations in Which I Have Had to Ask People for Money and the Ensuing Awkwardness:
The point of all of this, is that I hate asking people for money. It’s the worst. And I’m sure you’ve heard by now that I have a Kickstarter, in which I am voluntarily putting myself through the misery of asking people for money every day for 30 days. I feel like this deserves an explanation, so here it is:
I believe you should make the art you want to see in the world. I’m not a fan of complainers who don’t bother helping to create. You don’t like all the inane shows on television? Then make a better one. And I don’t mean write a script and hire actors and buy a camera - although, if that’s your dream, then go for it - I mean do what YOU can do to make that happen. Watch the good shows. Talk about the good shows. Throw a fit when they fire Dan Harmon. And put your money where your mouth is. When you see someone working to make something you’d like to watch, and they ask you for a few bucks, throw them a few bucks. I’ve done it, and I’ve never missed that $5 bill.
A very smart lady once told me, “You’ll never regret the money you spend on art or books.” Clearly, this was before Fifty Shades of Grey happened to us. But I think she was mostly right. It’s a gift to live in a place and time that we can create art that makes us laugh and think and talk and argue. And I will never regret cutting back on my Starbucks spending for a few days in order help make that art happen.
Yes, I have a Kickstarter. I’m asking you to give me some money. If you click on the link, and watch the trailer we’ve created, and think “This is the absolute worst thing I have ever watched, oh god, my eyes, MY EYES” - don’t give us any money. I mean, SERIOUSLY - don’t give us any money. We’re clearly doing something wrong, and should come up with a better idea. We can handle it. But if you click on that and think “Hey, that wasn’t half bad, I wouldn’t mind watching that film” - throw us a few bucks. We’ll do everything in our power to make something worth watching. Because, honestly, there’s no way in hell I would go through the torture of asking all of you for money if I wasn’t desperately trying to create the art that I want to see in the world.
Thanks, and here’s the link:
I saw this guy the other day, holding a sign that said “JESUS PUTS D SONG IN MY (heart)” and dancing in the crosswalk at Hollywood and Highland. And he seriously looked as if he had d song in his heart. The man was ecstatic. At first, I didn’t even really see him. It’s Hollywood and Highland. To put this in perspective for those of you who are not from LA, on the opposite corner Elmo and Jack Sparrow were having a conversation with each other. This is Hollywood. There is very little that seems out of place. I’m glad I snapped a picture though, because the more I thought about it, the more I realized how crazy this place is, and how much I adore it. That’s right: I adore it. I don’t have a lot of patience for LA haters. The sun is shining, there are palm trees lining the streets, and Jesus has put d song in that man’s heart. What’s not to love?
Speaking of Jesus, he’s one of my favorite people I see wandering the streets on a regular basis. He keeps more toward West Hollywood, and he only really comes out when the weather is nice, but there he is. Posing for pictures with tourists and staring at traffic from below the Chateau Marmont.
I think it might be healthy to see a little bit of crazy every day. Unexpected, out of the ordinary, completely weird things. And LA’s good for that. To illustrate, I’m going to share with you some tweets from a source called WeHo Daily (WeHo, as in West Hollywood). They’re good for instant local news updates that you wouldn’t find anywhere else. Seriously though; you will not see this kind of news anywhere else. (If you do not understand how Twitter works, I cannot help you at this time. But call me sometime this weekend and we’ll start at the beginning…)
My Favorite Recent Tweets from @wehodaily (in Reverse Chronological Order):
Just to be clear, those are all tweets from the last two weeks. This is why people call it Hollyweird. It’s weird. And not ever boring. Just the way I like it. For reals - West Hollywood Jesus puts d song in my heart.