Adam the Alien

Apr. 4, 2011 at 12:19am

Adam the Alien needs YOU - YouTube grant at stake

You can help the Alien win a chance to get his life and career back on track.

Tacoma, I need your help. 

Many of you, especially here on FeedTacoma, are familiar with me and my videos.

Currently, I'm a semi-finalist in a contest for a grant opportunity from YouTube itself.

The 25 final winners will receive a $35,000 check, as well as an all-expenses-paid four-day training to upgrade their media skills. There are some other perks as well, but those are the big ones.

I've had a fair amount of struggling in the last couple years, and have frequently questioned whether or not I can afford to stay in Tacoma. I like it here, but I've been getting on by the skin of my teeth - and sometimes less. Sometimes a forced return to Oregon, and my parents' farm, seems inevitable, but I've resisted the inevitable thus far. If I ever leave Tacoma, I will leave victorious, of my own choosing, to travel where I will and with every opportunity to come back whenever I want. I will not allow bad luck and a bad economy to kick me out of a city I've fallen in love with.

This opportunity could turn everything around. I could upgrade my ancient, slowly failing equipment. I could properly fund the projects I'm working on - from short videos to the feature length films I have in pre-production. Best of all, I could make my turnaround on projects - both for myself and for clients - quicker, because at least for a time, I wouldn't have to worry about how to feed myself the next week while still meeting the bill payments. It's hard to work on things while you're trying to scrape enough money together to make it another month, only to see all but $5 vanish as soon as you have it.

The current phase of the YouTube NextUp judging process is public opinion.

This means that you can help me. Go to the link below and click the thumbs up button. You may need to be logged in.

By doing this, and turning that upward-facing thumb a fine shade of green, you have cast a vote in my favor. You can do this more than once, in fact. You are allowed to vote once every day now through April 8th. For those without a calendar, that's Friday, so please don't delay your voting. This could truly and honestly turn my life around, and Tacomans, especially would see an immediate result from this.

How? Well, those who have met me may have noticed that I like to record everything. EVERYTHING. There is so much going on in Tacoma, so many wonderful events and even more fascinating personalities. More and more, I've had to cut back on the videos I make due to money - both for equipment, for tapes (yes, I still shoot on tape - one of the first things I intend to fix should I win this thing), for file storage and even just transit costs. If I win this, I would no longer be encumbered by the harsh reality of living hand-to-mouth (or as hand-to-mouth as a filmmaker can before he has to give up his art entirely). I could go out and actually make all the videos I've wanted to make in this wonderful city...and without worrying whether I'm making a choice between a video and my next meal.

So please, click the link. Vote for me with that happy upward-facing thumb. It doesn't take long, and it could mean all the difference between turning my life around and just scraping by for another few years.

Click here and vote a THUMBS-UP for Adam the Alien.

comments [9]  |  posted under Adam the Alien, grant, News, Tacoma, videos


by LogJam on 4/4/2011 @ 5:29am
Just gave you the thumbs-up!

by Joel 413 on 4/4/2011 @ 7:58am
Thumbs up from me too. Keep reminding me on Twitbook!

by NineInchNachos on 4/4/2011 @ 12:55pm

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 4/4/2011 @ 4:19pm
You have my vote everyday until the voting is over. Good luck.

by L.S.Erhardt on 4/4/2011 @ 6:53pm
Doesn't work, I think? No place to vote for Adam, just a place to vote for a youtube promo.

Youtube is broken?

by L.S.Erhardt on 4/4/2011 @ 7:00pm
Man, this makes me feel like a troglodyte. Youtube is one of the few sites I use less than facebook. That and twitter. I'm proud that I've never been to that one.

by Adam the Alien on 4/5/2011 @ 12:57am
As I said, Larry, you may need to be logged in. I'm now certain that you have to be logged into a YouTube account to vote for my video - which should, following that link, show up ABOVE the YouTube promo.

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 4/6/2011 @ 12:01am
Keep voting for Adam the Alien. Adam, given that youtube is run by Google you might consider renaming yourself Adam the Android. Couldn't hurt.

by Adam the Alien on 4/6/2011 @ 5:35pm
Hah, thank you for the reminder, Crenshaw, and for the suggestion...if nothing else, I now have the idea to chalk Adam the Android one of these Fridays.

Thank you to everyone who has voted! Please keep voting every day; the contest ends at 5pm on Friday, so there's only a couple more days to vote. After that, the top 50 will go into private judging and if I make it into that round, I'll find out no later than the 18th whether or not I got it. So please help me make it into that top 50 and vote often! Tell your friends to vote! Spread the link around and with a little luck, I'll be one of the 25 to get the grant, the training, and the chance to fix the course my life is on!


My name is Adam J. Manley, better known in some circles as Adam the Alien. I make pretty things for your eyes. To see, not to wear. I don’t make glasses. Wouldn’t it be awesome if I did, though? Then I wouldn’t have to pay insane prices for a new pair. And they’d be magic. That’s right, MAGIC. Impressed? Yeah, I thought so.




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