It’s difficult to be friends with lots of artists, I know. Because they’re all always doing something, and chances are, they’re going to ask you for money to help them make that something. Deep down, you’d love to say yes – they’re your friend after all, and you love good art – but where do you draw the line? You can’t very well give to everyone’s film or go see everyone’s play or help fund everyone’s album.
Well, to set your mind at ease a bit, here’s the great thing about Patreon: you can give whatever amount you like. Literally, any amount. Being a Patron doesn’t “start” with a particular amount, you can just type one in. Like, I recently became someone’s Patron for $0.50/month. You can become a Patron with $0.01/month! Sure, you might not get any rewards at that level, but if there’s an artist that you want to show support, those pennies add up (especially if you can get other people to join you!), and I can’t even begin to express how your moral support bolsters a creative person, who really just wants to know that they’re not screaming out into the void!
But even better? If for some reason you’re really strapped that month and can’t part with that $0.50 (and believe me, I’ve been there! Sometimes getting myself ramen is more important than supporting other artists. I get it!), you can cancel individual pledges if you do it before the month is up! So, you remain a Patron…you just forgo that one payment. And it’s fine.
Artists aren’t trying to bankrupt you. But they are trying to get paid for their job the way you get paid for your job. And I tell ‘ya what – you try pulling this “flexible payment, whatever-amount-you-want, cancel your payment anytime” thing with your mechanic, and see how far that gets you. 😉
But seriously, Patreon is designed to be as convenient and easy financially for you as possible. So, if there’s an artist whose work you enjoy (like, oh, I don’t know, me?), know that if you give through Patreon, you’re not making a life-or-death commitment. You’re just supporting art you enjoy when and as much as you can. 🙂
Check out my Patron page by clicking HERE. And thank you!