Today officially ends my Kickstarter.com campaign to help raise money for the Barber Shop Project. And it would be quite easy to call it a total failure. On almost all accounts, that’s exactly what it is. I needed to raise $45,235 in order for the funding to through. I only raised $4,691. Not a great percentage. While there were some people in the Barber Shop industry that helped out, I received almost no support from the other %99 of it. In fact, I got negative responses from most companies within the industry or no response at all. Very sad, and a true indication of where things are headed for barber shops across the United States. However, these things can only make me think of the whole campaign as a success. My motivation from the beginning was to document a dying culture and a disappearing piece of American history. And the last month has shown me that it still needs to be done. The lack of support and interest from the barbering community has only pushed me harder. I know that the real shops, the hidden gems across the country which can’t be reached through the internet will be appreciative of my efforts, and they deserve to be seen. Their stories deserve to be told. Obviously, receiving the funding from kickstarter would be an enormous help financially, but I won’t let that hold me back. After every day of the last month I have grown more passionate about this project and more determined to see it through. Even if that means funding the whole thing myself. Most people would just say screw it, after not getting the necessary funding. I’m not going down that road. To me this project is far too important to just throw away. At this point I am so emotionally invested, that there is no way I won’t finish it. So, in late December I will be driving back to New York for X-Mas to visit friends and family. Hitting all the shops I can find on the way and on the way back. This will be just one of many trips I will be taking until I cover all of the lower 48 states. For now, I want to sincerely thank every person who has supported the project through a pledge, email forward, facebook share, facebook like, tweet, and everything else that has helped to spread the word. It received 928 “likes” on FB and the video was viewed 1,362 times. If nothing else, the project has been seen and the word will continue to be spread. I am so appreciative of everyone who has supported me over the past 30 days. It has been an incredible learning experience that I can only classify as a success. And I look forward to sharing the book with everyone when it’s completed.
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