This Friday is the one year anniversary of the successful completion of our Kickstarter fundraising campaign. That means it's officially been a year since the studio became a really-real thing. That moment of triumph has carried us through continued uncertainty and lots of growing pains. Now we are on the threshold of trying to transition from the somewhat predictable safety net of our day jobs to having at least one of us work full-time at the studio. Though it's not our preference, it looks like we'll need to get an operating loan to make this possible. For me, taking on additional debt is a huge and risky thing, as I have a mountain of student loan debt from undergrad and grad school, and have been mostly working at non-profits since graduating (i.e., not exactly mega-money coming in). But sometimes you have to take a deep breath and just hope that when you come up for air, you'll find it.
No matter what the next year brings in our professional or personal lives (or anything in between), I'm going to make a real effort to speak in an authentic voice here. So when we are triumphant I will celebrate, and when we're facing challenges I will reach out. If this connects with even one person it will be worth it. We can't make the studio happen without all of you, and I wouldn't have the luxury of "getting real" here if it wasn't for the support and kindness we've received from our friends, neighbors, and family.
Here's to the future! GO TEAM PAPER!!!