I apologize for the last minute nature of this request, but I am asking for your help in a very personal matter.
I am asking for you to vote in a poll/contest.
I completely understand if you don’t want to, but I really hope you will, and if you do, the sad thing is it pretty much has to happen tonight. Like, right now.
Here is the situation.
There is a website called Violaman.com
Violaman.com is a website devoted to encouraging the play of and passion for violas. There are forums and discussions devoted to the viola, and all things said it is a nice website run for those who are already devoted to the viola as a musical instrument, and they also try and encourage more people to pick up the viola and play for the first time.
Now, a while back in January, violaman.com started a contest, where people could submit a video they created themselves into a contest, and the most popular video as determined by a poll on the sidebar of the violaman.com website by a certain time would win an actual viola.
Of course, that final day is today. The last chance for votes is tonight.
Here we come to the personal part.
My brother-in-laws’ daughter, Jessica, is a college student currently studying her tail off to be a veterinarian here in Minnesota. She works full time to support herself and pay for her schooling, and while I have never personally been a struggling student, Cassie was, and I think a lot of you who I consider my friends know full well what that’s like.
Jessica, besides fulfilling her dream of studying to be a veterinarian, is also passionate about the viola. She played one in band for years, is ardent enough in her love of the instrument to be a member of the violaman.com website.
As you can imagine, she can’t really afford one of her own. For Jessica, this contest seemed like the perfect opportunity to try and earn one through her creativity and let her passion shine through.
She created a video for the contest using claymation, and submitted it back in January.
The contest ends tonight, yes tonight, and she is currently not doing very well.
I am only JUST NOW finding out that Jessica, who is really, gotta say, hellaciously smart and creative and hard working, was doing any of this. I had no clue that she was trying to unleash the power of the internet and friends and reach out to those who might cheer her on and so forth.
Yes, I know. You see, I am family, but this was one of those ‘word of mouth friends and family on Facebook’ things, and of course everyone just assumed someone else had mentioned it to me.
I’m not on Facebook. Go figure. I had no idea.
As you know, I don’t really know anybody on the internet, and there is no way I could find a friend or two to vote and help out. Oh, of course not. Sigh.
Now, it can be hard to find where the stuff about the contest actually IS on the violaman.com website. It seems in earnest, but for example it will be hard for people to judge and vote for Jessica, since over the last few months her entry got, well, no longer where it’s easy to find out of the three contestants.
That’s right, Jessica is one of THREE final contestants, but you can[‘t easily find her video to judge it on it’s merits.
I can help you with that. Here is the video Jessica created on her own for the contest;
The contest rules are supposed to be on the site somewhere, but it boils down that, in order to vote, you have to register as a member, and then you can vote once and only once on the poll on the side. You can’t vote more than once per email address OR IP address. This isn’t a contest to try and spoof the poll, it’s a simple “I liked this better so here is my one vote” situation.
I ask of you to watch the video Jessica made for the contest, and if you like it, I hope you will go to the violaman.com website, register, and then vote for Jessica in the poll.
I really, really would appreciate it. This would mean a lot to me.
Remember, please only vote once. But, and I’m serious here, if you watch the video and like it, please vote.
Thank you all for your time.