December 17, 2013 · Behind The Scenes

Top 5 Celebrities Who Funded Their Dreams of 2013


Indiegogo Top 5 of 2013

James Franco

James FrancoLocation: Palo Alto, California

“Pineapple Express,” “Spiderman,” or even the parody of Kanye West’s “Bound 2” might come to mind when you hear about James Franco. However, this talented man has been wearing all types of hats by publishing his first book in 2011 and running an Indiegogo campaign to turn those short stories into 3 different feature films. James Franco has promised that all the profits coming from those films will go to “The Art of Elysium,” a non-profit organization that encourages working actors, artists, and musicians to voluntarily dedicate their time and talent to children who are battling serious medical conditions.

Nick Carter

Evil BlessingsLocation: Los Angeles, California

More than a decade ago, we were all rocking our bodies to Backstreet boy songs. This year, band member Nick Carter tapped on his audience to share a lesser-known passion of his besides music: horror movies! He raised more than $150,000 on Indiegogo to produce Evil Blessings, a scary movie that he not only co-wrote, but also stars in. It was the crowd’s turn to make his dream a reality.

Shemar Moore

Shemar MooreLocation: Los Angeles, California

Besides being talented and handsome, Shemar Moore surprised us by being a romantic in real life and putting himself out there through his Indiegogo pitch: “After I put down the screenplay, The Bounce Back, I knew I had to make this movie simply because I believe in love all the way down to the fabric of my being.” His honesty garnered the support of more than 3,000 fans that contributed $638,983 to his campaign, so we can expect to see him produce this movie that will bring out the romantic in all of us.

William Shatner

Égard WatchesLocation: Los Angeles, California

Have you heard of Passages, a watch that works entirely based off the movement of your wrist and dusted with 100% authentic asteroid dust? William Shatner collaborated with Égard to create this masterpiece that is intended to be passed from generation to generation. By raising money more than $472,000 on Indiegogo so far, they will be able to cut the middlemen and make an affordable, yet limited-edition watch. You have until December 27th to purchase yours in time for holiday shopping!

Lil Wayne

Lil WayneLocation: Miami, Florida

Lil Wayne grew up in a Hollygrove, an infamous neighborhood in New Orleans. He realized early on that he was lucky in that he had access to music and education, which he knew would help him to get out. Now on the other side of the spectrum, Lil Wayne wants to empower other inner city kids that don’t have a lot of resources to have access to culturally relevant arts through after-school programs. He partnered with the nonprofit, The Motivational Edge, to accomplish just that and bring these programs to the youth across America.



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