Letter from Kristan

Dear friends,

I did it. I took the leap. I’m doing music full-time now. It’s scary, to be honest. That jump. What if there are rocks at the bottom? What if I break my leg? What if I, ya know, die? (I’m trying to postpone that bit.)

But… What if there isn’t? What if there’s something far better just waiting for me to finally just let go, throw caution and planning and foresight and fear to the wind and dive into these dreams? Maybe, just maybe, there’s a world of connection and creativity just beyond what’s proper and suitable and safe. As a recovering worrier, an overthinker, an introverted and shy little scaredy cat, doing this isn’t natural. But ever since I was a tiny thing, it’s always been of the utmost importance to me that I dive headlong into anything that scares me.

So that’s what I’m doing. I’m in the freefall. A trust fall. And I haven’t died or anything. So far, so good.

For those of you who believe in me and support this dream, I just want you to know that all of this would literally be impossible without you. Thank you so much. You’re beautiful, and you make the world more beautiful, and that’s amazing, and you’re amazing, and one of my degrees is in English but I still love run-on sentences and no piece of paper is going to change that. But I digress.

Some of you have asked how you can help me. Y’all know that music is this exquisite, fickle muse, worthy beyond words, but the industry side is hard, and a girl’s gotta eat. (Thank you for getting that, by the way.) In answer to that insightful and pragmatic inquiry, I gratefully accept donations.

You do NOT owe me. I know that. I respect that. Any connection in which one person owes the other is always awkward, stilted, unnatural. I don’t want that, anyway. I don’t like owing anybody, and I don’t want anybody feeling weird or guilted into this. But I do want to open a door to anyone who wants to enter. People – so many people – keep telling me to allow people to be a blessing to me. I’ve always felt more comfortable giving to others rather than receiving, but I’m trying to learn how to be more open to it. This is a big step in that direction.

My goal is to keep creating art and personally sharing it with you all, and I’d like to provide an opportunity for you to be a part of that by contributing to the “Don’t Let Kristan Starve” fund, AKA my account on Patreon.

It’s a safe and secure way to directly contribute to the creation of the songs I write to share with you, to the travel expenses of coming to sing them to you in person, to recording full studio songs and good videos and all sorts of adventures I can’t wait to share with you.

For more information about Patreon, click here. It’s legit or else I wouldn’t use it – y’all matter to me.

And if you can’t or don’t want to go through Patreon, you’re also welcome to make a donation through PayPal or in the form of a good meal, a hug, a funny story, or some useful advice. Those things are super important and useful, too. You’re important and useful whether you donate or not – that’s the big thing here.

So that’s it. I’m doing this. Trust fall time… Here goes everything!

Yours with love,