Using the guitar-surgery video as a springboard, Carter initiated a Kickstarter account online. Kickstarter allows individuals to raise money for various projects from people willing to invest in the idea.
Though he wanted $60,000 to both record and produce the CD as well as film an accompanying video, Carter set a goal for $45,000, the cost of making the CD, to be raised within a limited amount of time.
He worked the fund as a full-time job during the month-long Kickstarter campaign. To raise the funds, Carter attracted item donations from celebrities to serve as donor prizes. In Valdosta, Ashley Street Station held fundraisers to contribute to Carter’s Kickstarter campaign to record an album of his music.
His deadline for this amount was last Thursday. By Tuesday, he met the $45,000 goal. By Thursday’s deadline, the amount surpassed $50,000 in pledges, but it was still $10,000 short of his hopes to raise enough to film the video on the sets where “Deadwood,” his favorite show, was filmed; however, he hopes to raise the additional funds outside of Kickstarter in the next few weeks.
Meanwhile, he faces other concerns.
The initial deep brain stimulation has not slowed the progression of tremors. The medical team is discussing a second procedure to adjust the placement of electrodes in Carter’s brain. Doing it again will be dangerous and may still not produce the desired results.
“It’s scary,” Carter says, “and I don’t take it lightly.”
Nor does he take lightly the support shown him by people on Kickstarter.
Brad Carter says the CD will be made. It will happen and happen soon. “There’s an end point to my skills,” he says, if the deep brain stimulation does not work.
He hasn’t reached that point yet, and he’s doing all within his power to delay that day as long as possible.
To reach Brad Carter or to donate to his cause, email firstname.lastname@example.org; or mail Brad Carter, 12012 Valley Heart Drive, Apt. B, Studio City, Calif. 91604.