How Creators Can Make Money Online With 1,000 True Fans

How Creators Can Make Money Online With 1,000 True Fans – Even With No Tech Skills

What Is 1000 True Fans?

In 2008, Kevin Kelly, Wired editor wrote an essay called “1,000 True Fans,” predicting the internet would allow large groups of people to make a living off their creations, whether you’re an artist, musician, author, or entrepreneur:

“A True Fan is defined as someone who will purchase anything and everything you produce. You don’t need to become famous. If you can get just 1,000 people to spend $100 dollars a year, you can earn a very reasonable living.”

Kevin’s advice is to focus on values and lifestyles to attract your 1,000 true fans. To make a living with a micro niche, as a craftsperson, photographer, musician, designer, author, animator, app maker, entrepreneur, or inventor you need only 1,000 true fans.

True fans not only are the direct source of your income, but also your chief marketing force for the ordinary fans. It has never been easier to gather 1,000 true fans around a creator, and never easier to keep them near.

The Art Party collaborated with the Digital IMPACT Festival (July 16 to 19, 2020) with a reach of 1.7 million views from over 250,000 unique visitors! That was achieved partially through the principle of “1,000 True Fans”. There were over 100 artists (DJs, musicians, visual artists and performers) and 50 workshop leaders, each with their own fan base. We also had partnerships with other non-profits and sponsors with large audiences.


How 1000 True Fans Can Support Crowdfunding

One of the many new innovations serving the true fan creator is crowdfunding with fans financing your next product for them. The crowdfunding platform Patreon has become the embodiment of true fans for creators—and Kelly mentioned this platform in his 2016 update of “1,000 True Fans”.

Patreon enables creators to set up monthly, subscription-style payment tiers, with different pledges for different levels of content. For example, a patron could subscribe for $5 per month and receive early access to the creator’s content.

The Art Party co-produced the sold-out Crowdfunding Success Workshop to help 270 Creatives & Changemakers get their projects funded. The keynote speaker for the workshop was Daryl Hatton, CEO of Fundrazr.

Founded in 2008, Fundrazr was originally created to be a Facebook app for users to crowdfund money over Facebook. Since then, users are able to log in to FundRazr using several other platforms. FundRazr is passionate about providing an alternative funding source for startups, charities, and personal causes.

There are other crowdfunding platforms, including Start Some Good for creatives, changemakers, non-profits and social enterprises. It offers step-by-step video training to learn crowdfunding as an online fundraising toolkit. This enables you to raise funds you need, to validate a new idea and build community around your new project or venture.

To learn the basics of building your 1,000 True Fans, we’ve put together a short 6-page report on how to get started:

The Art Party Step By Step Guide To Make Money Online – Even With No Tech Skills.

Here’s an overview of what’s covered in this free guide:

  • Discover Your True Fans – You’ll Learn How To Find Your Tribe and Launch Your Brand
  • Meet Your True Fans – Use Mobile Marketing Tools to Gather Insights On Your Audience
  • Grow Your True Fans Quickly – Case Study With The Art Party Facebook Group for Local Artists
  • Start Making Money Online – With This Quick & Easy Step In Less Than 10 Minutes
  • Bonus Program To Earn Money Online – Even With No Tech Skills

We’ve used this strategy for our community-oriented and social entrepreneurship projects, including the Pandemic Pivot Story of IMPACT Festival 🌎 with a reach of 1.7 million and over $23,000 raised for good causes.

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East Vancouver Arts & East Van Artists

EAST VANCOUVER ARTS

East Vancouver Arts Neighbourhoods & East Van Artists

Vancouver has the highest concentration of artists, many in the East Van Arts Neighbourhoods. In Vancouver, artists make up 2.3% of the labour force with the broader category of cultural workers representing 9.7% (almost 20,000).  East Vancouver Arts Neigbourhoods include: Grandview, Collingwood, Hastings East, Hastings Sunrise, Mount Pleasant, Renfrew, Riley Park / Kensington, Sunset, Fraserview and Killarney. 


Hastings East, East Vancouver

Hastings East includes Canada’s largest Chinatown and North America’s third largest Chinatown by population, after San Francisco and New York. Located on the downtown east side of Vancouver, Chinatown, has grown into a proud centre of Chinese culture, home to traditional restaurants, markets, temples and gardens. Hastings East extends from Chinatown along Hastings East to Nanaimo Street. The region also includes Strathcona and within it, the Downtown Eastside (DTES), Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhoods. In recent years, Hastings East has experienced a renaissance, with trendy bars, shops and restaurants, along with new art spaces reclaiming historic spaces. Hastings East has transformed dramatically, with the young and cultured relocating and co-creating a trendy art scene.

Chinatown has a much higher percentage of retail businesses than average for Vancouver, with food stores being the most common. So not surprisingly, food stands are popular at the Chinatown Night Market on Keefer Street, open every weekend from May to September. Enjoy live music, storytelling, and Mahjong, as well as authentic dim sum treasures.


Hastings Sunrise, East Vancouver

Hastings Sunrise is located in the northeastern corner of Vancouver. Hastings Sunrise is best known as the home of the Pacific National Exhibition, at Hastings Park for over 100 years. The area is mainly residential, while the shops and services along Hastings Street’s are part of Vancouver East Village from Commercial Drive to Renfrew, as well as parts of Powell Street. The affordable Hastings Sunrise is an ethnically diverse and working-class area that in more recent years have attracted young professionals, artists and musicians. Most Hastings Sunrise businesses are ‘micro’ sized – less than 5 employees. Major business types include eating and drinking establishments, food stores, retail, automotive dealers, service and repair, as well as health and personal services.

Since 1910, millions of guests have enjoyed shows, exhibits, sporting events, amusement rides, concerts, cultural activities and, of course, the annual summer Fair at the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) in Hastings North. Since the first Fair, the event has become the largest annual ticketed event in the province, and continues to draw over 900,000 visitors during its 17 days. 

Hastings Sunrise is a young adult, mobile and ethnically diverse community. Reflecting their younger age and lower education levels, Hastings North residents have lower household incomes than the Vancouver average. Also reflecting their young age and lower incidence of full-time schooling, a high percentage of Hastings North residents are in the labour force.


Grandview, East Vancouver

The Grandview area in East Van includes Commercial Drive aka The Drive is known for over 300 shops, restaurants and cultural facilities along the long Commercial Drive roadway, mostly single-location and owner-operated. Most businesses are micro-sized – with less than five employees. Commercial Drive is also a mixed residential-commercial area with family-oriented parks, a large number of local ethnic stores and community groups, Edwardian-style heritage buildings, European-style cafes, bars, alternative shops and entertainment venues.

The Granview area is known for its East Van roots in arts and culture. Notable venues and events include: Havana Restaurant & Gallery at 1212 Commercial Drive, East Side Cultch at 1895 Venables, which is a gathering place at a former abandoned church re-developed into a diverse performance space with weekly showings, the Wise Hall at 1882 Adanac Street which supports local artists, performers and promoters, including flea markets with over 200 local vendors, The Drive Murals along Commercial Drive from Salsbury Park to Grandview Tire are painted by Vancouver artists and sponsored by Commercial Drive Business Society. And every November, the area is part of Vancouver’s Eastside Culture Crawl with over 300 artists participating and over 15,000 art-goers attending. The neighbourhood also hosts the annual Car-Free Day where over 10,000 Vancouverites gather to enjoy a day of celebration, shopping and eating along Commercial Drive.


Collingwood, East Vancouver

Collingwood is a large, culturally diverse and family-oriented neighbourhood in Vancouver, east of Victoria Drive, with a business community in several areas, as well as some of the fastest-growing residential sectors of Vancouver. It is the crossroads of Vancouver and Burnaby, with a shopping area that has served Collingwood’s needs for generations, reflecting a larger proportion of seniors compared to other Vancouver areas. Comprised of long-term family-owned businesses and shops such as bakeries, banking, professional and business services, health, beauty, hair care, clothing, deli, grocery and vegetable stores, most businesses in Collingwood are micro-sized – with less than five employees. Also higher than Vancouver averages are banks, motion pictures, holdings and other investments, as well as hotels and rooming houses.

Half of the Collingwood population claim Chinese as their mother tongue, then followed by Hindi and Punjabi. Household sizes in the area are larger than Vancouver average, with more married couples and more children per household, making it a family-oriented area to establish roots with home ownerships. The dominant lifestyle group of the area is successful middle-aged Asian families, with average incomes although an upwardly mobile lifestyle. Reflecting the higher percentage of seniors than average, a lower percentage of the Collingwood population is in the labour force, making the area ideal for multi-generational and family-oriented residents.


Mount Pleasant, East Vancouver

Mount Pleasant aka SoMa for South of Main is a vibrant and eclectic area known for its unusual stores, heritage buildings, artistic residents, and arts-focused festivals. The area is popular with urban professionals and families. Mount Pleasant is a young adult, well-educated and mobile community with a high population density. Most businesses are ‘micro’ sized – less than 5 employees. Recently, South of Main (SoMa) has transformed from a former working class neighbourhood into a cultured area with new upscale restaurants and bars along Main Street. There is a new area with commercial art galleries called near the 2nd Avenue-Great Northern Way route called The Flats.

Since 2004, The Drift Art Festival has included a wide range of arts and community-based events that occur in galleries, businesses, restaurants, open studios, community organizations and public spaces around Main Street from Industrial to 33rd during Fall. In more recent years, The Flats is now Vancouver’s hottest art district with galleries that have relocated to the affordable and large warehouse spaces along East 2nd Avenue and Great Northern Way. All within walking distance for convenience, galleries include: Catriona Jeffries, Chernoff Fine Art, Equinox Gallery, Gallery 295, Grunt Gallery, Macaulay Fine Art, Monte Clark, Winsor Gallery, WAAP and more!


Renfrew, East Vancouver

Renfrew is a dynamic, family-oriented neighbourhood, known for its active community spirit and remarkable diversity. Its residents value the area’s single-family neighbourhood, views from public places, and open sections of Still Creek and Renfrew Ravine. Comprised of long-term family-owned businesses and shops such as bakeries, banking, professional and business services, health, beauty, hair care, clothing, deli, grocery and vegetable stores, most businesses in Renfrew are micro-sized – with less than five employees.

Residents of Renfrew celebrate the Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival annually. The festival is a celebration of art, music, environmental stewardship, and community participation with lanterns, live music and walks along the ravine trails to Renfrew Park. It also celebrates the full moon and harvest abundance, honouring diverse cultural traditions.


Riley Park / Kensington, East Vancouver

Kensington has a wide social and demographic mix, as well as ethnic groups and artists in residential live/work studios. Kensington was predominantly working class, but rising house prices have changed the neighbourhood’s demographics. The area’s parks offer a community centre, pool, neighbourhood house, and community-policing centre. Kensington was largely rural until the beginning of World War I when a number of industries emerged. The majority of commercial shops and services are concentrated on Kingsway itself and most are micro-sized – with five employees or less.

The Illuminaires Lantern Festival is an annual summer event, traditionally held at the Kensington area’s Trout Lake. Illuminares started as a community festival in 1988 and it remains one to this day, relying on public participation to create its special kind of magic. The Public Dreams Society, a group formed in 1985 to encourage community events, puts on the event. Illuminares is a mixture of events put on by the society, such as fire-breathers and bands, and participants bringing their own homemade lanterns. Local lantern making workshops help people make their own personalized lantern. About 30,000 people come to this event on the last Saturday of July each year.


Sunset, East Vancouver

Sunset residents appreciate single-family neighbourhoods and cultural diversity. Memorial Park South and the Sunset Community Centre are well-used by families in the area. The Sunset aka South Hill-Fraser Street is a community where people come to settle down and raise a family. Residents are a multicultural mix of immigrant and young families, with a South Asian population majority. Fraser Street and Main Street are the commercial centres of the community, providing a range of shops and services. Most businesses are micro-sized – less than five employees. Sunset is one of the city’s oldest shopping areas, with commercial roots dating back to when a streetcar route ran over the Fraser Street Bridge to Richmond that once served as farmland. The area is a well-known destination for specialty ethnic foods and textiles as well as general supply stores.

Sunset has more than three times as many food stores and heath service businesses than the city and regional average, and double the amount of eating and drinking establishments, banks and personal services. Sunset is also home to “Little India’s” Punjabi Market, a commercial district and ethnic enclave six blocks along Main Street around 49th Avenue. The market has become a shopping destination for many weddings due to numerous Indian ethnic clothing and bridal goods. There is also a significant number of jewelry stores, making it the highest concentration of jewelers in Canada.


Fraserview, East Vancouver

Fraserview is a large and multiculturally diverse area, including a large Indo-Canadian population. Much of the commercial development in the neighbourhood is focused along Victoria Drive. The area features a range of ethnic shops and services, with some of the city’s best prices for produce, and the greatest selection of local and exotic fruits and vegetables, as well as traditional European baked goods or any kind of Chinese dining. Most businesses are micro-sized – with less than five employees The neighbourhood also features a large park, Fraserview Park and a golf course, Fraserview Golf Course.

Fraserview residents enjoy Fraserview Golf Course, an old course feeling in a relaxed West Coast setting. Overlooking the Fraser River, this well-maintained and traditional-style course features topographical changes along majestic, tree-lined fairways. The Fraserview Clubhouse also provides a beautiful setting for hosting private parties, luncheons, cocktail receptions, banquets and other special events, all year round.


Killarney, East Vancouver

Killarney consists of Champlain Heights and Fraserlands, in the extreme southeast corner of the city. The area contains single-family residences, with a few multi-family homes as well as townhomes and high-rises. The area was largely rural until the 1950s and abundant green spaces are still visible between Killarney’s houses. Killarney residents shop at Champlain Square mall, which includes a large grocery store, fresh produce market, financial institutions and a library, as well as a variety of shops along Kingsway. Most businesses are micro-sized – with less than five employees. Everett Crowley Park with 40 hectares bordering Burnaby and Fraser River, offers walking trails and an off-leash area for dogs.

Casual, fast food and family-style restaurants abound in Killarney, along with sports and recreational offerings at the Killarney Community Centre, which includes a fitness centre, leisure pool and ice-skating rink. The area also boasts one of Vancouver’s largest public parks, Everett Crowley Park at 40-hectare or 100 acre, built on a former landfill. Located at Kerr and Marine Way, in southeast Vancouver, Everett Crowley Park is a unique place for recreation, nature appreciation, and wildlife habitat. The park rests on an escarpment and looks out over the North arm of the Fraser River. Nature trails and walking paths offer magnificent views for Killarney residents.


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EastVanStories.Art From Artists, Creatives & Changemakers

EastVanStories.Art From Artists, Creatives & Changemakers

The Art Party Photography Storytelling Project: EastVanStories.Art

Our EastVanStories.Art lead is Bob Garlick, an original member of The Art Party. Bob has been in the marketing communications industry for over 30 years. He is also an artist, graphic designer, art director, illustrator and photographer:

Bob Garlick: (Photographer) has been shooting all over the world for many years. His first camera was a Pentax K1000 film camera for a student exchange trip to Japan. He is now an expert on almost any format of camera and lighting system and continues to perfect his techniques even today. With over 30 years of experience working with magazine editors, agencies and writers, Bob has the background to develop and produce editorial style photographs that no other photographer can offer.

You can meet Bob Garlick on The Art Party Facebook Group, a social networking community for creatives and changemakers in Metro Vancouver. Arts and cultural news / events / workshops / Meetups are welcomed as long as they meet Facebook community standards.

Bob Garlick speaking in front of his fine art photography projection.

“Mask Up & Lockdown in the Downtown Eastside”, Bob Garlick 


First East Van Stories Meeting at The Brighton

Our first East Van Stories Meeting at The Brighton on East Hastings Street, Vancouver is Sunday, September 6 from 3pm to 5pm in the Patio which can fit up to 20. However, we’re only hosting about 10 to 12 guests due to COVID-19. After our meeting, we’ll have a live music jam with local musicians and artists of East Van.


East Van Stories From Artists, Creatives & Changemakers

The Art Party is based in East Vancouver, one of the highest concentrations of artists, creatives and changemakers in Canada. 

There are almost 20,000 cultural workers in Vancouver, of which almost 5000 are artists, the highest per capita in Canada. There are not enough collectors locally. Artists need skills training in digital technology  to reach a global audience. In Vancouver, artists make up 2.3% of the labour force with the broader category of cultural workers representing 9.7% (almost 20,000). Regrettably, 65% of artists (approx. 3,000) in Vancouver report a total income under $40,000 per annum and are living below the poverty line (Statistics Canada, 2011). 

Partial proceeds from the EastVanStories.Art project will support The Art Party Education Fund for online skills training. 

The Art Party Mission: We provide services that build and connect our communities with social networking, as well as space for arts cultural events and skills training for Creatives & Changemakers. This empowers them to make a positive social impact.

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