Tue, 24 June 2014
In Part 2, Ryan talked with Andy, about "Making A Living Doing What You Love," and how Andy launched the XOXO Festival. The next XOXO is coming up in September, 2014 in Portland, Oregon. and you can register/view the speakers: http://2014.xoxofest.com/ Dan Harmon, Hank Green, and Kevin Kelly. (You can listen to Ryan and Earwolf CEO Jeff Ullrich, talk about Kevin Kelly's inspiring 1,000 True Fans article on Episode 7 of the Influencer Economy).
Andy chats about how a theme of the XOXO conference is about "going independent" as a creator, and how it is difficult to go independent, often the pros outweigh the cons. When someone by-passes publishers in the book/gaming/board gaming/movies world (all creative industries), it can be incredible to see how far people's ideas can go.
Ryan asked Andy about creating projects online (Kickstarter or otherwise), without having a large (pre-existing) fan following, and how one goes about that. Or if it's even possible. Andy said creators with free-standing ideas that are high concept can often succeed, if you tap into a subject that people care about.
Andy sites Indie Game the Movie as a great example of a project where you don't need a pre-existing fan-base to get off the ground. By inviting people into the story& engaging people through the creative process, you can build a base in the process, like the creators of Indie Game did. (You can listen to Ryan chat with VHX Founder Jamie Wilkinson about Indie Game the Movie on Episode # 8.
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