Ross’s fun-filled Beg-A-Thon!

PATREON! Hi, I’m Ross Scott, the
creator of Freeman’s Mind, Civil Protection, Ross’s Game
Dungeon, and other videos. [zombie growling]
[“YEAH! HIT ‘EM WITH THE SHOVEL! [zombie growling]
[“THE SHOVEL! USE BOTH YOUR HANDS! [zombie growling]
[“THE SHOVEL!”] Now, this video is a little different because it’s not meant
for my usual audience. Over time, I’ve had at
least… seven people say I should set up a Patreon campaign
so they can pay me more money. …I don’t understand it either!
So, this is for you guys, at the expense of everybody else who
doesn’t want to see these kinds of videos. Now, if the image of some hairy
guy saying he’ll take your money is good enough for you, then here’s a link
you can click on and I’ll take you money. HOORAY! But, some of you may want
to know little things, like: Why is this not a Patreon link? What am I going to use this money for? Can you defeat me in combat? Excellent questions.
I’ll answer all that I can. Right now, I make most of
my income through YouTube. Let me be the first
to say: this is stupid. I sort of fell into this by accident. Before this, I worked many different
jobs. Most of them “hell jobs”. I’ve worked as phone tech support, a
kitchen steward, a security guard– [deep voice] Security! [regular voice]
–grunt work for an entomology department, and, under the table, yard
work and home construction. I can’t even say which one was worst because they were all awful
in completely different ways. For example, would you rather
be covered in ticks every day or only sleep five hours a night? So, making videos for a living
was never really my plan. This isn’t a Plan B. What I’m doing
right now is more like a Plan J or K. I’m kind of amazed I’ve been
able to keep it going this long. And you know what?
I think YouTube is, too. Making money from YouTube is
kind of like flying a sputtering plane that you think might crash but manages
to just barely stay above ground. Except nowadays, I feel like
the plane is also on fire. Now, some people can produce great
videos every week or every few days and I don’t know how they do it. I’ve tried every shortcut I can think of
and it never gets me to where I need to be. It’s been about three years since
my last big income drop on YouTube and the only time I’ve made enough to get
by comfortably and not worry about things, was last year, for one month, when I was
finishing the finale of Freeman’s Mind. During that time, I was spending
every waking moment on the videos. So, in other words, if I
work 80- to 100-hours a week, on my most popular series, during
one of the most popular months, then, yeah, I can get by okay, but anything less, no, forget it. It’s like jogging in quicksand. Aaaaaaah! So, this video is me pressing my luck. Honestly, I kind of hate
making videos like this. I mean, yeah, this
background is pretty sweet, but I’d rather make a video
more people want to watch, rather than going,
“Hey, how ’bout some money, huh?” Because everybody likes that, right? The thing is, I don’t think
I DESERVE money for this. I’m not practicing medicine
or building a bridge. I’m making strange comedies
and talking about video games. Oh, yeah. That’s real pillar
of society stuff right there. Y’know, at his trial, Socrates said he thought he deserved free
meals provided by the city and they sentenced him to death,
so it’s good to keep perspective. I took a personality test before that
stereotyped me as a mad scientist and, yeah, I can kind of see that. I sometimes focus on a project to the
point where I neglect everything else. Does this look like the face of a
man who is financially motivated? If Dr. Frankenstein runs out of funds, do
you think he’ll just give up on science? It would set him back. He’d have to sell the castle, fire Fritz,
but he would get a shack or something, and find some way to get more body parts
so he could continue his experiments. Well, I’m a lot like that. Right now, I have three basic goals in life: One– Make “The Movie”. For those that don’t know, I’ve been working on a full-length movie that I think will blow away
every other video I’ve done. It’s going to be a comedy-adventure
set in a medieval fantasy environment and contains some of my
absolute best material. If I could only make one
more video, this would be it. It is still years out, though, so
this is a real long-term thing. Two– Make more videos. I have all kinds of ideas for videos. In fact, most of the videos I have made are kind of tame compared to
all the stuff I have in my head. Problem is, usually the better the
idea, the longer it takes to make, so I’m compromising all the time. That’s kind of the idea behind
the movie. I won’t be for that. In any event, I haven’t gotten
to half the things I want to do. And number three– Survive. Now, believe it or not, these other two goals, don’t actually take that much
money. They mostly just need time. But, this third one here, that’s the
one that just keeps coming back at me. It messes with everything else. Sort of. Like, don’t even worry the movie. Even if this fundraiser goes to hell,
I’ll still find a way to make that happen, eventually, because I REALLY
want to make this movie. But, dammit, I want to eat
more. But only a little bit. Like, if I’ve eaten, I think,
yeah, I’d rather make the movie, but if I haven’t eaten, then… I’ve had some people think
that I’m a millionaire before. That’s not exactly accurate, but hey,
this video’s talking about money, why don’t I just
tell you how much I make? Well, the most money I’ve ever
earned in my life has been $36,000, so not quite a millionaire, but that
was just for one year, many years ago, under really specific conditions. Still, I felt like royalty
when I was earning that much. I wasn’t even accepting donations then. If I was earning anything close to that
now, I wouldn’t even be making this video. Nowadays, and for the past few years, my pay
has been hovering around $15,000-$19,000. Now, depending on what part
of the world you live in, that can still be a lot of money. For where I am, that means
I’m not quite making it. But what scares me is, with
the way YouTube is going, I think I’m going to
making half that next year. So, how have I been getting by? Well, any time I have a surplus of income,
it’s like a powerup in a video game. I make that last as loooong as
possible and just riiiide it out so I can hopefully bring
things back up again later. In fact, a lot of you probably
know I had a fundraiser before to get an SSD to increase
the quality of the videos. I was asking for $500 to make that happen, and instead, received
about $18,000! Holy crap! I am STILL riding off of that and
I think it’ll last me another year, so I’m fine right now. It’s the part AFTER that
that keeps me awake at night. And, this is an easy
target, but I love using it: compare that to the Kickstarter board game
“The Doom That Came to Atlantic City”. The guy in charge of that raised $122,000,
took the money, moved to Portland– because that’s economical– then ran out of all of it after a year
with absolutely nothing to show for it. Now, eventually, another company
picked up the pieces of his disaster, but the point is, the last
time I got money from people, not only did I make the
videos I said I was going to, but I’m about 17-times
more efficient with money than a fly-by-night Kickstarter
project with delusions of grandeur. So, what do you get if you send money? After all, Patreon campaigns
usually have prizes, right? Well, I’d love to give everybody
posters and balloons and puppets, but I’m kind of at a full
capacity with my time as it is. I think if I were to give everyone prizes,
I wouldn’t have time for the videos. I’m really not a businessman at heart. I always prefer to just give out
all the stuff for free if I can. I have to intentionally fight my instincts to
withhold something I made from the audience. So, yeah, I’m not very good at this
make-people-give-you-money thing, but what I will do is make some promises. First, I promise to keep making videos as
long as nothing catastrophic is happening, either personal or global. I say this because say aliens have invaded
and are scooping people up by the truckload. I may have to stop making videos so
I can train for guerrilla warfare. So, I don’t want people to think, “Oh, you broke your promise.
Now you’re fighting aliens.” I want to keep making videos for decades, so as long as nothing
life-crippling is going on, I’m going to keep making more. Second, I promise any money you send will
go towards either food, rent, or the videos. And no loopholes either. I don’t live an especially lavish lifestyle, I won’t use money for any extravagant costs, so if I ever need more than that, I should
get it another way. Not from your money. So, if you send me anything, I’m not going
to go out and buy gold spinners for my car. Third, this one isn’t a promise
so much as a general plan. If I’m taking money from people, I want to start having monthly
video chats with all the fans. I’ll let you know what I’m doing
and you can ask me any questions. I figure the best thing I can do is be
transparent so you know what’s going on. I’ll have more information on that later. Fourth, I try my best to personally
thank everyone who donates. Sometimes I get emails bounced back, so
I figure those people are secret agents and they need to cover their tracks, but I
figure it’s cool; they know they donated. Okay, I’m sure some people are wondering, if this is a Patreon campaign, why am I
linking to my website and not Patreon? Well, I looked into it, and due to
where I live and how my taxes work, if I were to go through Patreon,
I could have a LOT more paperwork, and would definitely get less money. In fact, I made a chart here. This shows how much money I
actually get to keep from Patreon versus just donating on my site. That’s kind of a big difference. I mean the whole point of this campaign
is to get more money to keep going. Like, if these were stats in an RPG,
you’d definitely go with the ax. Okay, so now I’m sounding like a damned
infomercial, but if you want to help, you can just go to the site and donate
once or do a recurring monthly payment. I mean, that monthly thing is nice
because then I can see the future– –but I’ll take whatever I can get. Now, I admit, these incentives are kind of
lame compared to other things out there, but hey, we’ll get to live chat each month;
maybe we can figure out something better. And, I’ve said this before,
but I want to say it again: If any of you are having financial
difficulty, don’t donate. Seriously. I’m happy for money but not if I have to wring it out of
people who need it more than I do. You get the videos either way. In fact, I don’t want anyone to
feel like they HAVE to donate. You don’t owe me anything. This here is just the last stop
before more extreme solutions. That said, there is one type of
person whom I DO want donate. When I was working on the
phones doing tech support, there was one person that called in who had
been paying for premium Internet access, I want to say about $110-$120 a month. They had been doing this
for two- to three-years, but their account showed that they
had never activated it before, so, in other words, they were finally getting around to
using their Internet for the first time after having paid thousands for it
for years, never using it at all. If this sounds like something you would
do, I want you to sign up immediately. Select the recurring payment option and
just pick a number you’re comfortable with. You can come back and check
the videos any time you want. Maybe you’re the kind of person
has all your bills automated; you have so much money you don’t even know
half the stuff you’re paying for each month. If that’s you, make a
recurring donation right now. You can do it once and forget all
about it! Everything will be fine. Finally, I want to say I really appreciate
just about any help people give me. Hey, a lot of you have played Half-Life. You know that part where you’re
swimming in this flooded corridor and you’re running out of air and
you think you’re going to drown, but then you find a room with
a pocket of air inside it? For me, every donation is like that. [gasps] I want to thank everyone who has donated
or will donate; it’s all more air for me. Okay, that’s it! I’d like to end this with a
quote that’s always stuck with me and it really captures the spirit
of what I’m trying to do here. In the game Vampire: The Masquerade –
Bloodlines, when making a character, one of the career backgrounds
is for a “Cut-Rate Party Clown”. Here’s what they have to say: “It was just supposed to be until you put
things back together after Evelyn left you. “Here it is 3 years
and 3,246 scotches later. “Somehow you’ve kept this gig
going without one repeat customer. “Truly, America is the
greatest nation on earth.” [music] [struggling, growling]
[Subtitles by danielsangeo]

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  1. Just sent you the 10 bucks I promised. I hope enough people will send you money so you can make a living making videos 🙂

  2. You don't need to be starving to ask for donations. You provide us with something of TANGIBLE VALUE, which is entertainment, and you DESERVE to be compensated for your work. It doesn't matter if you drive a Ferrari and have four houses, or if you live in the cheapest apartment you can find and don't even own a car. If you're a producer, and people are consuming what you produce, you deserve compensation.

  3. Hey everyone: The first video chat will start on Nov 14th at 4pm EST. It'll be at

  4. Have you thought about some kind of lets play vids? quick to make and little editing.
    Could be a way to get a couple extra vids out, maybe on games that don't quite make the cut.
    We come for the content producer more than the content. 🙂

  5. Fuck Yeah Ross, I'm totally willing to start donating towards you as soon as I get myself a new job. On top of my Hulu subscription and paying Jim Sterling on his Patreon as well. I Absolutely love your content, and I've basically all but grown up as Freeman's Mind was being made. Hell, you playing it alone made me purchase the game on my first steam account, and got me into pc gaming in general. A nice 15$ dollars a month is coming from me Ross, Continue to make great content, it's always going to be appreciated!

  6. 8:58 Ross say he's not good at making people give him money, yet he must be doing something right. There are Youtubers with more subscribers who don't get nearly as much on Patreon as what he's been getting. I'm glad though. Ross's video are definitely worth the money.

  7. Okay… you start with Dawn of War music and continue with Fallout 2 music? Ross – you'll have my money the second I can get my hands on some. I mean it.

  8. sorry guys for asking but does anybody know where to find the chart demonstrated at 7.25? I remembre it from somewhere…

  9. You lost me at "I will not make videos in the event of an alien invasion".

    I would expect you to at least make an exist video with secret hints on how to join the resistance.

  10. This is how fundraisers succeed. You need to be a genuinely entertaining and creative human being that puts time and effort into their content. Ross is one of those guys.

  11. the end part where he's describing people who have too much fucking money on their hands is just glorious. It had me in tears. Oh man, never change Ross.

  12. I don't have a job right now, but I enjoy your videos so much, and I've been seeing them for so long, that I WILL donate as soon as I have the chance, I promise.

  13. I've watched this video for entertainment and surprisingly enough, it delivered! Hope Help Make Freeman's Mind HD! will not disappoint. 🙂

  14. As I'm rewatching this, I just thought I'd say that the reason you can't post as many videos as other youtubers is because your videos are of a much higher quality than theirs! Seriously.

  15. I'm so glad I refound this studio and everything. I remember finding the the Freeman's Mind videos from stumbleupon literally years ago, think I got to episode twenty something on a website but it died off. I just figured the creator left it or got hassled with life issues with money or legality nonsense. Hell, I still have a dead youtube account on my subs that had old Freeman's Mind episodes, but that one never updated. Finding these again on top of Rants and Game Dungeon is a real treat, all thanks to the Co-optional Podcast cameo.

  16. Not to sound whatever, it 'just' crossed my mind how we definitely could use some financial help in general 'cos that 'thing' of 'worrying about later' is a real dilemma for a lot of us lately. ('lately')

  17. during the part where he says "heyyy, how about some money, huh?" I couldnt help but think of the part in This is Spinal Tap where the band is singing 'gimme some money' I couldnt stop laughing. I know the shitty job thing all too well, and am finally finding something I like that pays ok. When my wife and I are on our feet, I will probably donate a little. I love your vids and even content like this is entertaining. kind of sucks that freemans mind is over, I grew up playing that game. But you make plenty of other videos I get laughter from

  18. You're probably the most honest and hardworking YouTuber I've ever seen. I'm amazed by your humility and dedication.

  19. sending moral support because I am at the economical sittuation, Stiller better than nothing for this awesome channel

  20. Its taken me until NOW for me to be able to donate. That sentence doesn't read right but whatever.

  21. Uhm, guys, why, if I donate 3 bucks, he will receive less money (in percentage) than if I'll donate 5 bucks?

    Why is that?

  22. That's a Fallout 1 and 2 soundtrack at the beginning there, Ross. When do we get that sweet FO2 game dungeon…oh yeah, you hate turn based combat. Never mind 🙁

  23. Hey Ross. I'm aware that this is an old video, but have you ever considered using Teespring? They do short term crowd-fundraisers by selling custom t-shirts. I've bought shirts from them before, and can vouch for the quality, but I'm not sure how much food money that would net you.

  24. I'm surprised that somebody as intelligent, well-spoken and all-around inspired as Ross is making between $9000 – $15,000 a year. Sad that such a person as outstanding as him is struggling so much.

  25. Ross, i think your awesome. . found your channel by randomly clicking on an older vid game i care about review . watched several more as i found myself laughing and agreeing about so many things.. i sincerely pray your future doing this kind of stuff is retirement worthy. honesty without fear is a rare commodity these days indeed

  26. This video relates to your robots video. You're thinking too old fashioned if you think you don't deserve money unless you do a traditional job. I had a similar issue when I began doing free lance translations. Also, this is probably what humans will be relegated to, entertainment and so on, when the robots have every job. Sex will always sell, we're all going to be whores, because creating a human like replica is still too far into the future, as in, way farther than robots taking our jobs.

  27. I got this silly mental image when listening to your video.. I imagined donating like, $20 and then five years later a letter shows up with a handful of un-inflated dollar store balloons and a note that says "thanks"

  28. Considering most of the awful youtubers are making 50K a month making goddawful content and generally feeding off of kids, it's nice to see someone with a good head on their shoulders on here. Not to mention there's not many for video games that actually discuss the detailed aspects of video games beyond superficial stuff. Keep up the good work.

  29. I'm just waiting for that day, when my youtube feed has a thumbnail of a 2 hour long video titled "The movie". Fingers crossed.

  30. I'm seriously looking forward to the movie. Once it drops I'll be buying all my friends a copy of it.

  31. Hey Ross, most of the people who have time to make constant videos on YouTube actually pay editors to help them with their content creation. Although they usually do a lot of the editing themselves, the amount of work they have to do is usually overwhelming if it's secluded to one person.

  32. I don't know what Twitch does, but YouTube has Super Chat for live streams and people make stupid money off of that.

  33. Ross, i promise you this, the day i start making enough for myself (right now i just make $500 a month and can only keep 150 to keep myself through the whole month) I will donate on monthly basis to you. you have no idea how many hard times you have gotten me through, you have no idea how entertaining you are to me. I have watched all your content more than 3 times now, and I haven't done that with any other YouTuber maybe Airforceproud95, but dude, you are a hidden gem, who should be recognized more. If I were to have met you in real life, I would have made you my best friend but i am getting side tracked. What i was saying is that you are awesome. So dont sell yourself short. Freeman's mind got me through my father's death, through my job crisis stage, and my frustration from family. because i kept laughing on it and used to think, hey, if that idiot can get through I can too, maybe i should treat everything like he does… and you know what? it worked somehow for me. IT REALLY DID. So yeah. this comment is 4 years late and by chance you read this, know this, if you ever come to Pakistan, you have a place to call home, brother.

  34. Oh crap, love the UT music in the background. I can't afford to give any money to my favorite youtubers, but I'll do what I can to help topple the current regime and bring about a new world order that will provide you with universal basic income.

  35. Coming back to this, and seeing how much they raise for you is inspiring! sadly i can't donate. i don't have a job that gives me enough money to saving .

  36. Ross this is probably an unrealistic suggestion but I recently had a friend move to Thailand to live with this wife and child and where he lives he says he can live comfortably for 200 USD a month.

    Moving to a different country is a huge commitment but if you're ever suuuuuuper desperate theres always that option. Youtube can still be your source of income and their internet is pretty good, he and I play PUBG together regularly and I'm on the East Coast over here.

    Oh wow this is an old video why did it show in my recommended

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