05 Jul Meet Sickboy (and crowdfunding fairy godmother- Patreon)
Every Monday, the Sickboy trio brings to light the reality of living with disease- unfiltered. Jeremie Saunders, Brian Stever and Taylor MacGillivary make it their mission to present illness in a non-traditional way.
Recently, Sickboy was featured in an article on Patreon.com.
Patreon, founded in 2013, is a crowdfunding platform that allows artists to better connect with their fans. The platform allows creative professionals to garner financial support from subscribers on a consistent basis. With Patreon, creative professionals can offer rewards and exclusive experiences to subscribers (patrons). Patreon is a game changers from many creators, including the Sickboy trio.
In the article, Matt St. John gives a great introduction to the comedic podcast that has shifted our attitude towards illness, and illustrates the struggles of being an artist!
“The pressures of being an independent creator
… Sickboy has published 195 episodes (to date). The podcast gets 100,000 unique downloads per month and has close to 10,000 followers on Facebook. And, because of their large listenership, the hosts feel a real responsibility to publish thoughtful, weekly content for their fans, many of whom are going through illnesses of their own.
Despite holding day jobs outside of the podcast, the trio have only missed their goal of releasing a weekly episode once (and that was on Christmas).“So instead of actually putting an episode out…I did a recording of reading the Grinch and put that out instead.”
“If we get to a point where — shit, we’re two days away from Monday, and we don’t have an episode…then we just do whatever it takes,” said Jeremie. “And we provide that on that coming Monday because we’ve made a promise to tens of thousands of people that that’s what we’re going to provide.”
Still, despite all the time and effort the show takes, the podcasters enjoy the conversations they have on Sickboy so much that it hardly feels like work to them.
“The thing that’s most important to me is the fact that I look forward to every single conversation,” said Brian. “And I look forward to spending time with Taylor and Jeremie and meeting new people, so it doesn’t feel like work…it’s like, how do we find the time to do more of that and less of the other stuff?”
St. John, Matt. “Meet Sickboy, the comedy podcast that’s changing the way we think about illness (and life).” Patreon, June 28, 2019. View the original article here.