If it’s any solace to Michaud and other everyman dreamers, even celebrities don’t always instantly reach their goals. With five days to go, “Extreme Realities,” a documentary about climate change narrated by Matt Damon, was still more than $30,000 short of its goal, and there was still one opportunity left to attend a studio session with Damon, in exchange for a $10,000 donation.
Many creators are not just watching their own fund-raising tickers. Like authors checking out a rival’s Amazon ranking, they’re keeping tabs on others’ donations. So who can blame Brighton’s Heather Bloss, the aspiring creator of acrylic cat charms, for envying another artist, Andrew Hussie, and the $2.5 million he’s raised to produce an illustrated, semi-animated story on the Internet, when she was still short of her $2,650 goal? (In a happy turn, she, too exceeded her funding target.)
“My friends [who like his work] are going to hate me for saying this,” said Bloss, “but how did he get that much?”
Meanwhile, if there’s one person more obsessed than Ralph Ranalli of Newton, a former Globe reporter, with his video project, “Beautiful: Teaching Girls Soccer the Boston Breakers Way,” it’s his mother-in-law, Beth Radsken, of Pittsfield. She checks his donation tally five or six times a day and can tell you down to the dollar how much he’s raised.
As of April 8, it was $18,601, of a $35,000 goal. “Sometimes I’m with friends and I think they’re thinking about it,” Radsken said, “but as the conversation goes on, I can tell they’re not. They’re thinking about their nail appointments and grandchildren.”
Or maybe pondering their own Kickstarter projects.