I’ve never been good at asking for money. My gift is not in fundraising and the thought of asking people to donate money makes me nervous. But to broaden the scope of the people I can help and touch the fundraising is a necessary evil.
Initially, when I came up with the idea to create a film about my bio-mom’s decision to have me aborted, I thought I could fund the project myself. When I sat down and started adding everything up it became very very clear that if I wanted to do this right I was going to have to ask for help. So I swallowed my pride understanding that to get to the next level, to respond to a calling that won’t let me go I had to ask for help.
Presenting the vision of the film to people is easy. I tell them the story of my mother approaching her sister to borrow money to have me aborted and right away people are enthralled and captivated by the story. When I explain my White mother was pregnant with me as a result of an affair with a Black co-worker in the late 60’s in Detroit people are riveted by the drama of the story. The point when I share that I was born in the wake of the Detroit riots in 1967; a biracial child in the midst of this racial tornado people are stunned.
The story is compelling and the messages that are hidden in it are endless. So many conversations are embedded in this juicy tabloid-like story. There is race, their is shame, there is guilt, there is drama, there is life, and there is death. It is a compiling story that could be the gateway to a higher calling. It is the reason why the story and this project just won’t go away. It has been in my mind for two year incubating, growing, and churning. I’ve tried to put it down, I’ve tried to walk away but it follows me like an haunting shadow. The good this film could do far outweighs my pride. So I humbly have to ask for support, and assistance.
Many have remarked at how they could use the film to impact people and right away they brainstorm about the effects the story could have and where it could be used. But the truth is, if it is not funded the good that it can do will never be achieved. The lives we could touch, the conversations we could start go quiet.
If you can help it would be wonderful. If you are not in a place where you can help would you forward this blog and link to anyone and everyone you know who may be interested in joining this Calling? Please take the time to view the Kickstarter page and see what great work has already been done in hopes that people will latch on and take the ride with us.