On Tuesday 9th January 2018, we had our first initial website meeting with David Hoe (Hoey). We had all the ideas and Hoey had the tools to put it together for us and out there into the world.
There was just one little (big) problem… we had absolutely no money to pay for it!
So, we did the only thing we could do… We went to Steep Street (the most glorious coffee shop in Folkestone, check it) and ordered three very large coffees. But we couldn’t stop thinking about it. The more we talked about it, the more excited we became, the more the coffee flowed, the more ideas developed; what could it look like, what types of pages could we include, how will the website help us get our work out there, the photoshoot…! This conversation went on and on, and it was during this moment we realised we were planning our future as a collective.
We had known for a long time, making creative work together was something we truly wanted to do, but having a website would make Between Creatives official. Like changing your status on Facebook official, but way more serious than that. It would be our way of connecting with other artists, performers, and audiences. It would be our way of promoting ourselves and our work, with our voice, on our own terms.
We had to do it!
So, we set up a GoFundMe account and set ourselves a target of £1000. This would pay for the website and help us put together the Between Creatives at White Post event. Creating a website is expensive, right? But for us, the best investment for our future.
Within the first hour of the GoFundMe page going live, and several posts on social media asking, (pleading) our friends and families to donate, we had THREE donations already! At this point, we were crying tears of joy into our coffee cups. Time for a refill!
On Wednesday 21st March 2018, we reached our goal. We had set out to achieve something that felt very important to us and we did it. But we didn’t do it alone. We are eternally grateful to everybody who contributed and donated to us. However big, however small, every donation felt monumental. You were saying you believed in our collective and that made us feel richer than any amount of money ever could. Between Creatives isn’t ever about making money, it is about making art. It is about three women following their life long dreams. If the industry was run on passion alone, we’d already be where we want to be, but it isn’t. Money is our biggest barrier, especially in these early days, but this website is a huge way of pushing past that.
This is more than just a website for us, it is our way of representing ourselves as artists and as a collective within an industry that can be very difficult and competitive. So, we want to make this an active hub to keep you up to date with our work. We also want to share with you our individual passions; writing, poetry, and music. We also have some exciting podcasts planned with some fabulous creatives and we have a book club and a film club in development too plus so much more…
Most exciting of all though, we have our next show in early stages waiting to be developed… stay tuned! This website proves to us we can achieve anything we set our minds too. Remember, no dream is too big. If you want something, something that makes you happy, something that you are extremely passionate about, make it happen. The world is waiting for you too.
For now, we will keep our GoFundMe account going. This will help with future projects, resources, rehearsal space and helping our dreams come true. So if you would like to donate, please hit the link below.
We have a few very special people we would like mention.
Rebekah Seaman (@makerbex) is a wonderful creative otherwise known as Maker Bex. She put together our very first website, created our logo and first business cards and helped us find the branding of Between Creatives. Not only that, this fierce lady is a huge supporter of the three of us and we appreciate you so much. Thank you!
Of course, we want to say a huge thank you to David Hoe for putting our beautiful website together. We came to his office as three women with empty pockets and a bag full of dreams, but you believed in us and our vision. It has been a joy to create this website with you, thank you!
And once again, thank you to Luke Tubbs. You are an extraordinary artist and the photographs you have taken for this website are wonderful and we adore them – thank you!
And finally, thank you to all of you. We hope you enjoyed browsing through our website, we hope you have enjoyed coming to see one of our shows, or perhaps you are one of our loved ones – probably one of our Mums having another read… thank you!
Your support means the absolute world to us.
All our love,
The BC Gals xxx