It’s not unusual to see that people recognized worldwide for their life and work have failed in crowdfunding. In fact it has been shown that even if a campaign is linked to someone famous, it doesn’t mean that it will be successful. For that same reason, today we’ll talk about 5 celebrities who tried to get financing but failed to do so.

Celebrities who tried to crowdfunding without success

Having fame and a lot of talent can definitely help you make great things. But when it comes to crowdfunding, nothing and nobody is sacred. Anyone would think that a crowdfunding campaign tied to a celebrity has a lot of chance to succeed. But this is a mistake. It takes more than a name, and these 6 cases show it very well:

The sequel to Left Behind, produced by Paul LaLonde

In 2014, the American actor Nicolas Cage starred in Left Behind, a reboot of the original film that came out in 2000. It’s an apocalyptic thriller about biblical prophecies, which is based on the homonymous book series written by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins.

The film was not well received by critics. However one of the film’s producers, Canadian scriptwriter and producer Paul Lalonde, wanted to make a sequel named Left Behind 2. And to finance it he began a crowdfunding campaign with the goal of $500,000. However, he only raised $80,000 and therefore the movie couldn’t be shot.

Kevin Sorbo and his Judeo-Christian film “The Christmas Gift”

He’s best known for having played Hercules in the TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. And in the Christian community for the role of Professor Jeffery Radisson in the movie God’s Not Dead. American actor Kevin Sorbo without a doubt has a long career in the film and television industry.

In 2015, the film producer Frank DeMartini invited him to star in a Christmas movie called The Christmas Gift. Which wanted to portray Christmas in a less banal way and for this, a campaign for its financing began. Unfortunately, it only raised $6,316 from his goal of $250,000.

The musical undertaking of Corey Feldman

Being a very famous star in his native country, American actor Corey Feldman is still remembered for his roles in The Goonies, Stand by Me and The Lost Boys. Among other TV and film productions that helped him achieve fame and win the affection of many people.

Despite having talent for acting, he started a crowdfunding campaign to finance the release of a solo album called Angelic 2 The Core. Explaining that he’s known as an actor, no record company would take his project seriously. But even so he barely managed to raise $14,902 from his goal of $105,000, the album was still released nonetheless.

Corey Feldman Angelic 2 The Core Crowdfunding
Corey Feldman with his “angels”, accompanists who perform with him on stage. Source: Willamette Week

Björk and her interactive app’s slip

Another victim of failure in crowdfunding was Icelandic singer Björk. In 2011, she released her seventh studio album titled Biophilia. Which included the launch of an application of the same name, which allows you to experiment with music, nature and science using ten tracks of the album.

It was developed by the artist Scott Snibble and the artistic duo M/M Paris, as part of the educational initiative for children of the Biophilia Educational Project. However, the app was only released for iOS, so the singer started a crowdfunding campaign to port it to other operating systems. It started with a goal of $498,130 but after just raising $20,414 in 10 days, Björk decided to cancel it.

Jay Gordon’s attempt to create Orgy’s new album

The alternative metal and electropunk band Orgy enjoyed great success and popularity at the end of the 90s and the beginning of 2000. Especially for the appearances of their music videos on MTV and their cover version of the song Blue Monday from British rock band New Order.

This musical group had a recess that lasted from 2005 to 2010. And in 2013, the band’s American main singer, Jay Gordon, tried to finance the launch of a new musical album with a crowdfunding campaign. Which unfortunately could only raise $8,739, from a goal of $100,000.

If something’s more than clear when observing these campaigns, it’s that it takes more than fame and recognition to be successful. Carrying out a crowdfunding campaign involves creating a close connection with potential contributors. In this case, the fans and followers of any celebrity. That’s why it’s important to consider their feelings when campaigning.

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