My main involvement with Team KP was with the production of the now infamous “Let’s Go and Meet John De Lancie” animation. I was the head of that entire project, and I stuck with it from the very beginning, to the very end. I was the director, an animator, audio mixer, and co-manager of the whole thing, and on top of that she had me edit some of her videos on the side. So needless to say, I was VERY involved with Team KP at the time. Back when she initially approached me about the project, KP did not have a team of editors/animators creating her videos. She was pretty much doing everything on her own, so if I wasn’t the first, I was definitely one of the first to work for her.
To put it succinctly, the production of that project was absolute hell. Whether it be gaining animators only to lose them, having to cycle through multiple musicians for the creation of the song, or generally having delays like no tomorrow, all of us were struggling to get this thing finished. It took such a toll on my physical/mental health, and I didn’t have the strength to quit while I was ahead. Because I convinced myself it was my responsibility to finish it; that the project would crumble without me, that I was the person keeping it together, and that if I finished it, it would reward me in some way. But it never did.
And all the while, she gave the team tons of false promises. Like “you’ll be creating something that John De Lancie and Tara Strong will see” or “you’ll have so many new fans after this”. JDL didn’t see that video for nearly 2 years after it’s release, Tara (to my knowledge) has no idea it even exists, and I didn’t gain any exposure from it.
When she first pitched me the concept for the project, I liked the idea behind it. I thought it was an opportunity for the community as a whole to band together, and show De Lancie that the fandom still cared. But the more I continued to work on it, the more I realized this had little to do with the community, and everything to do with her. If anything, the community was just a backdrop to populate a world that only revolved around her. And I regret wasting an entire year of my life helping to bring it into fruition.
But if that experience has taught me anything, it’s to never offer your services for free. No matter who it’s for, or what you think you’ll achieve from it. It won’t get you anywhere, and you’ll be wasting time that you could be spending creating your own works, or earning what you deserve from someone who will respect your time and effort.