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Help Eatyourkimchi: The Fundraiser

September 6, 2012

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Hey guise. Serious stuff here. Sorry for not putting up a fun or informative video today, because today we’re asking for your help, and starting a fundraiser

As some of you may know, we’re doing this blogging thing full time now. We started off blogging as teachers. Then Simon stopped teaching and worked on the site, and then, last year, Martina stopped teaching and worked on the site as well. We posted a TL;DR on it a while ago, and talked a bit about it in our interview with Groove as well.

Anyhow, we had a bit of a problem that we’ve been trying to work out for the past year: we don’t have Visas in Korea, since we’re not teaching. Currently we’re here on tourist visa’s which are indeed totally legal, but we’ve spent all our time since quitting teaching looking into how we can work in Korea and get a stable visa. We tried getting Entertainment visas, since we’re kinda entertainers, but those visas couldn’t be got without a company to sponsor us. And there’s no company to hire us for a business visa either, be it government or private.

Don’t get us wrong: we’re not complaining about not being hired by another company. We want to remain Indie and keep our voices. We don’t want our opinions to be influenced by our employers, so we work for ourselves. But, without a Korean employer, we can’t stay in Korea…unless we became our own employers!

So, after a year of trying to figure this out, we’re finally in the process now of setting up our Business registration in Korea, so that no one would own our site and videos, AND so that we could stay in Korea. Huzzah! Problem is, Korea doesn’t just hand out Business Visas to foreigners. In fact, setting up a private business here is very expensive. Specifically, you need $100,000 to do so. GARHRHHHH!

We spent this whole year saving the money and dipping into our savings, but we finally did it! YES! We’re setting everything up now to make “Eat Your Kimchi Incorporated!” EYK INC! Huzzah! But, that doesn’t solve everything yet:

We have to move into Seoul, if we want to register our business in Seoul, which is what we’re doing with a big portion of that money. Tomorrow, we’re going apartment hunting around the Hongdae and Mokdong areas. Yay! Problem is, apartments in Seoul are significantly more expensive than the apartments in Bucheon. Most of our money is going into putting down the deposit for this apartment.

Anyhow, the point of this all isn’t to complain. We’re doing this of our own will and we’re super excited about this change. We’re happy that we are taking steps towards doing more because we want Eatyourkimchi to grow and improve. What we’re asking for is your help in taking this to the next level.

Basically, we want to set up a studio. We’ve got many reasons for this, which we listed in the video. Major ones include:

a) Our apartment is overrun with equipment, and it feels like we’re more sleeping in our office than living in our home.
b) We want to have Kpop artists come over for interviews. We’re in contact with different labels who want to do work with us, but we have no legitimate place to do it. A studio would fix that, and it would make this legit, and give us more opportunity to interview people.
c) We desperately want to hire a full time video editor. We work over 70 hours a week, and work every day of the week. There isn’t a moment that we’re not working on or talking about the site and our videos. Having an editor would let us sleep! OH GOD! GLORIOUS SLEEP!
d) With the video editor, we’d also have time to do the other segments we want to do, but don’t have time to edit. We have a white board full of ideas that we can’t start because we’re too bogged down with editing. Editing is really 80% of our time. There are, in fact, opportunities that we have to TURN DOWN because we don’t have time. AWESOME INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES that we can’t make videos for, because we’re too busy trying to make our other videos. THE EDITOR WOULD HELP SOOO MUCH!

Really, we’re trying to make Eat Your Kimchi legit. We’re just two dorks who make silly videos. We want to have our own business so that we can keep that dorkiness and silliness, but we want to grow Eat Your Kimchi into something bigger as well, a legitimate spot for the international Kpop crowd to gather and make their voices heard and have their opinions expressed. We want to not only make Korea more accessible to the outside world, but we want to make the outside world more accessible to Korea, and – really – with just the two of us in our apartment, it’s proving to be a bit exhausting and tough.

So, we’re asking for your help to let us take the next steps. We’re starting a fundraiser at Indiegogo to raise $40,000 within 45 days. With $40,000 we can put down the deposit for renting the studio. We’d be ecstatic if we are able to raise that much. We’ve got over 200,000 subscribers on YouTube: if just one in five of you gave a dollar, we’d be there! If we’re fortunate enough to raise more, we’d be able to put some furniture in the studio, for starters, and a video editor!!! Whatever you can contribute we’ll greatly appreciate, and whoever you can share this with we’ll greatly value. Sorry, all you Nasties, for asking for your help on this, but we could really use it here. And if we can reach this goal, then good things will happen in the future. Good things!

ps-> Also, you might have noticed our regular videos have been off schedule lately. We’ve been meeting with the bank, and immigration, and lawyers, and relators (etc) to get this started, so that’s thrown our schedules out of whack. Hopefully things will be back to normal soon, once we have this all settled :D

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  1. I cannot wait for Simon and Martina to see their goal already reached. I hope they get double that…or triple, by the end of their campaign. What a moving fan base. I am so glad I was able to contribute to their dream.

    7 years ago
  2. Yay!

    7 years ago
  3. Jay

    They reach the goal GO NASTIES!!

    7 years ago
  4. $40000!!!! FORTY FRIKKIN THOUSAND DOLLARS GUIZE!!!! WE DID IT!!!! in 7 hours!!

    I’m crying. I can’t believe this.

    7 years ago
    • And not many days after, we’re about to double that sum of money.

      7 years ago
    • Can I just say (please excuse my language) but HOLY SHIT! O__O

      7 years ago
    • you underestimate our POWER!

      7 years ago
    • We’ve been crying just about all day. Wait: ok – started crying again.

      7 years ago
      • Hopefully this gets to you directly S & M. I’m a Music Business Management major at Berklee College of Music, I’m currently in data and statistics and this week we’re going over crowdfunding costs and how to budget them. I’m wondering if you’ve made a budget for this fundraiser before hand or after? Could you post it on the website that’s tracking your progress on the studio? I’d like to potentially use it for an article I’m writing for the schools Music Business Journal on Kpop!

        7 years ago
      • Wow! Congratulations!

        It’s so great that you can actually do this! Good luck with the rest of it!

        7 years ago
      • Congrats guys! Clearly you see how amazing you are, way above your goal in 1 day =) You’ve clearly touched and connected with many people all over the world. See, we love you. Hope everything keeps getting better!

        7 years ago
    • So Awesome… And Nasty!!!

      7 years ago
      • Mother of God!!!……I cannot believe the generosity of all the nasties $1000 donations?!! You people are amazing…I made my contribution I want you guys to be massive GO EYK GO! Also so excited to see the new EYK and videos to map this next set of adventures xD

        7 years ago
    • I….I don’t know what to say. That’s a massive, massive amount of money (like, the annual wage of my entire family combined). Nasties are soooo amazing. I’m so gabsmacked – and I’m not even Simon/Martina, I’m just a random Nasty who helps them out for free….

      ALL THESE FEEEEEELLLSSSS!!!!! AAARRRGGGGHHHH!!!! 。:゚(。ノω\。)゚・。

      7 years ago
    • in one day!!! hahaha!!!!
      OHHHH WE SOOOO NASTY!!!!!!!!!!!

      7 years ago
  5. GOAL HAS BEEN MET!!!

    7 years ago
  6. WOW. im pretty prude right now! Go Nasties!!

    7 years ago
  7. Yey I got to contribute! We are 800 bucks away from the goal. Nasties we are awesome!

    7 years ago
  8. holy shit, you’re almost 40000 already!

    7 years ago
  9. 45 days? -goes back to donation site again to see progress- how about one or two days? XD Go nasties!

    7 years ago
  10. I am happy to cooperate.

    7 years ago
  11. You guise.. You guise, you.. You guise, you’re almost at your goal !!!

    In one day !!! OMG EAT YOUR KIMCHI 화이팅!! BAZINGA XDDD

    Butz rememberz… I wantz to donate twoez… If you reach your goal, can we still donate or will you guys be adding a new donation goal ? I dunz haz mah monayz yet… But, but I want to help! D:

    Srsly though, you guys are so amazing, thank you so much for everything you’ve done. You deserve this so much. :) :) :)

    7 years ago
  12. Time to upgrade the goal. We want you to have your apartment, studio,furniture, video assistant, the works! Goal is being met by less than 2000 nasties, so many more to give!

    7 years ago
  13. Wow!!! how many hours has it been? going near the 40000$ ! Donating a
    nasty 40$! you both (i’m talking about spudgy and meemers here! naahh…
    sorry spudgy… i should say you four?) worth a google’s $ and that’s
    like… a lot! =D

    7 years ago
  14. wao, S&M are gonna make their goal in a day. I’m seriously tearing up here…

    7 years ago
  15. I’m soooo sorry but I can’t donate anything because I’m a pour high school freshmen… But I love your videos and I will be cheering you guys on! I LOVE EAT YOUR KIMCHI!!!
    EAT YOUR KIMCHI FAMILY FIGHTING!!!!!

    P.s Nasties are the best fans ever

    7 years ago
  16. We love you guys. You totally deserve it an more!

    7 years ago
  17. GYG

    in one day they’ve reached their goal!!! wow!!!!!!!!!!

    7 years ago
  18. $38,080 already? OMG :D (as of now. It keeps increasing by the second!)

    7 years ago
  19. Looks like I’m not the only one refreshing the donation page every 5 minutes and just spazzing out at how quickly it’s going up!!! xD

    7 years ago
  20. Since I’m a poor college student with no money I’ll send you guys 5 bucks for support! I hope you guys will hit really big and get more sleep now. :D

    7 years ago
  21. GYG

    wow…the power of the NASTIES!!!

    7 years ago
  22. Holy crap guys! You are almost there already!

    7 years ago
  23. $37,977, almost there.

    7 years ago
  24. i JUST got a job.. if i had /any/ money i would totally donate! D:
    but i /do/ have an idea for your meemers tshirt though!
    (and i’ll probably draw up an example later [after hw, eww])
    but i was thinking a head shot of meemers, like the spudgy one, and put some professional looking glasses on her, and either just say “Dr. Meemersworth” or some other little meemer-saying :]

    7 years ago
  25. Wake UP Simon & Martina! You are about to make your goal and we have only just begun the fundraiser! Go Nasties!

    7 years ago
  26. Can’t wait for you guys to get your studio so you can interview all your “YG biases”…and junsu :D <3 <3 Now c'mon Nasties! we're so close! Let's get the 40,000 for today and continue so they can put some furniture in their studio! Don't want it to look like SuJu MV! lol :)

    7 years ago
  27. I’m so exited I want to watch that studio hapening!

    7 years ago
  28. Wow! You guys are really loved,
    If you get your studio ready can you interview JYJ? Or will that get you shunned by the rest of the industry? (;_;)

    7 years ago
    • We’d love to interview JYJ. Question is, would JYJ want to come to the Nasty studios? CUZ THAT’D BE AWESOME!

      7 years ago
      • Write JYJ like “Come join us in the Nasty Studio! Let’s be Nasty together!” ….wait that might not be a good idea!

        7 years ago
  29. omg I just donated $45!! ♥♥ I feel so happy right now ^^

    7 years ago
  30. Yep. EYK’s Nasties are going to reach the goal by today. Shows how much we love you guys. XD

    7 years ago
  31. WOW. Less than $5,000 to go! I wish I could donate, but I’m broke and don’t have any way to send my money in (my parents won’t let me ㅠㅠ)… Still, best of wishes to EYK, congratulations on the decision and the money you’ve made so far, and lastly, 화이팅!

    7 years ago
  32. $35,075. So exciting! So deserved!

    7 years ago
  33. I dont need to read all the explanation!! We want you to stay in Korea and make more videos for us ’cause you are a w e s o m e ! ! !

    7 years ago
  34. Is it just me or did the video say it started tomorrow KST? It’s like 5k away and didnt even start yet, My Nasties I am so proud of our fandom.

    7 years ago
  35. As soon as I get home tonight, I’mma donate! You guys are amazing and the whole reason I even considered coming to Korea! I wouldn’t want to leave you flapping in the wind when you’ve done so much for me! Keep on keepin’ on!

    7 years ago
  36. …need to update credit card. MUST DONATE!!

    7 years ago
  37. PIC OF SIMON AND MARTINA CRYING FROM FEELS OF DONATIONS : http://yfrog.com/oed1mwcj

    7 years ago
  38. O.o) ~ I MUST become a kpop artist now…. I want to meet Simon and Martina! You guys are definitely getting that studio ^_^) ~

    7 years ago
  39. It will be pretty helpful if you make any stuff about EYK, cause hongdae is famous for unique fashion of youngsters as well as indie music. :) Seoul is EXPENSIVE as hell :p Hope you get a nice place!

    7 years ago
  40. Dear Simon and Martina, there is a good chance u will get ur goal within the day by the look of it, congrats. :D keep up the good work! :D

    7 years ago