Iquo B. Essien

Crowdfund Your Dream

An online course and digital workbook for self-producing artists and creatives

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  • Learn how I raised $15K in 4 weeks
  • Set your budget and target audience
  • Draft campaign goals and timeline
  • Brainstorm rewards
  • Join my live Q&A session


crowdfund your dream DIGITAL workbooK

  • Intro: How I Raised $15K for my short film in 4 weeks
  • Part I: Map It
  • Part II: Manage Your Campaign
  • Part III: Make Some Noise
  • Part IV: Measure Your Success


Crowdfund your dream course+ WORKBOOK

  • Online coaching program
  • Crowdfund Your Dream Workbook
  • Email support
  • 24/7 Virtual community
  • Marketing plan and timeline
  • Graphics & video creation guide
  • E-mail, social, direct mail templates
  • E-mail list builder kit


Part I: Online Course

Coaching Program

A four-part live online coaching program plus Q&A sessions​

Course Workbook

A guide to help you map, manage, measure, and market your fundraising campaign

Virtual Community

Members-only access to a private Facebook group where you can trade tips and insights with other course participants​

Part II: Bonus Features

Marketing Plan & Timeline

A step-by-step marketing guide to promote your campaign with a strategy, messages, calls to action, and a timeline​

Outreach Templates

Copy the e-mail, social media and direct mail outreach scripts I used to raise $15K​

E-mail List Builder Kit

Use these 15 tools to build your e-mail list from scratch​

Graphics & Video Creation Guide

Follow these tips to create compelling graphics and a promo video for your fundraising campaign​

Part III: E-mail Support


Receive tailored support in between coaching sessions​

Virtual Coaching

Receive prompts and exercises to help strategize your fundraising campaign​


“Iquo gave me very nuts and bolts advice that I could use immediately on my crowdfunding campaign. I really appreciated how supportive she was and how she targeted her advice to provide guidance specific to my project.”
Jackie C.
"Iquo is a consummate professional with a fantastic eye for detail as well as the big picture. She led outreach for an annual giving campaign that raised more in one day than ever before in our organization’s twenty-year history.”
Michael L.
Theater Maker
“Iquo is an amazing coach. She is an accountability beast, gently steering you towards your creative goals, reminding you of why you are where you are, and what your goals are. Her creative coaching is an experience I'd highly recommend to others.”
Chisara A.
Writer & Actor

Register now for Crowdfund Your Dream and let's chart your creative journey.

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About Me

I’m Iquo B. Essien, Founder of Crowdfund Your Dream. With a degree from Stanford University, I got my start in global communications and marketing at nonprofits, startups, and Fortune 500 companies.

When I enrolled in NYU graduate film school, I never imagined what an uphill battle making movies would be—until I had to raise money to hire a crew for my second year short film. 

With no mailing list and a (pitifully) small web presence, I launched a crowdfunding, e-mail marketing, and letter-writing campaign that raised $15,000 in four weeks.

I was amazed at how friends, family, colleagues, and even an equity investor stepped up to support me. And since 2012, I’ve helped other artists and creative businesses raise more than $50,000 to fund their projects. I’m eager to share what I learned with you.

My Crowdfund Your Dream course teaches self-producing artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians, and creatives how to fund their dreams. Learn how to tap into your community, map your fundraising strategy, manage your campaign, and make some noise!

I’m committed to helping you live a life on purpose. Are you ready to follow your dream?

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Frequently asked questions

Hosted by Iquo B. Essien, Crowdfund Your Dream is a LIVE online group coaching course that teaches people with zero-to-intermediate fundraising experience how to raise money for their creative projects. The course employs grassroots strategies including, but not limited, to: crowdfunding, platform-building, social media engagement, e-mail marketing, direct mail, and networking. In the course, Iquo guides participants using the course workbook, bonus materials, and exercises, teaching them how to raise money, build community, and a solid platform for their creative goals. The course philosophy follows the mantra: It takes a village.

The group meets online for 1 hour per week for 4 consecutive weeks. Each group is capped at 10 participants per 4-week cycle. In addition to the coaching course, workbook, bonus materials, and e-mail support, participants gain access to the 24/7 members-only community on Facebook.

The Crowdfund Your Dream workbook, purchased individually, costs $89. The Crowdfund Your Dream course costs $497 payable at once, or in three installments of $199 billed monthly. If you’d like to work with me one-on-one, please e-mail Rates for individual consultation begin at $1500.

Should you be unsatisfied with the Crowdfund Your Dream course, you are entitled to a 50% refund within 30 days. This is equivalent to the course purchase price less the nonrefundable cost of the workbook and bonus materials (a $250 value). All sales of the Crowdfund Your Dream workbook and bonus materials are final.

“As a filmmaker and professional, I’ve helped raised more than $50K for creative projects. But in the crowdfunding world, there’s little understanding of the particular challenges faced by self-producing artists from marginalized communities.

I’ve watched countless campaigns fail because artists lacked access to basic fundraising and marketing tools, video production and copywriting resources, campaign best practices, and a plan for adapting their approach to meet their specific needs and communities. With so many colleagues reaching out to me for help, often in the middle of failing campaigns, I recognized the need for an intervention far upstream. That’s why I created Crowdfund Your Dream.” — Iquo B. Essien 

Satisfaction Guaranteed.

Take 30 days to implement the Crowdfund Your Dream course, workbook, templates, and strategies to raise money for your creative project. If you’re not satisfied with the results, e-mail for a 50% refund on your CYD course purchase. This is equivalent to the purchase price less the nonrefundable cost of the workbook and bonus materials (a $250 value). All sales of the Crowdfund Your Dream workbook are final..