We support one another, we cheer each other on through every success, and help out when one of us stumbles over a hurdle. This platform lets us collaborate, create, and share works of passion with our audience.
A Nerdy Entertainment Network
Founded in March 2018 from a Burbank hotel room, we are a community of creators and entertainers who encourage and motivate each other. All Nerdsmith shows can be accessed for free, and our creators are supported by their audience. We are here to celebrate all things positive and nerdy, and share it with the world!
…a platform that creates digital entertainment
.…a community of creators and entertainers who promote each other’s work
…a creator resource for music, branding, guests, advertising, and guidance
…a positive environment where people encourage and motivate each other
…run by a small “board of directors” who are also Nerdsmith creators.
…generously supported by voluntary fan donations and an annual subscription drive.
…NOT an investor
…NOT interested in owning the Intellectual Property of our shows and creators
[Nerdsmith] means family. The best kind you really can’t be born into, but the one you find along the way. It’s one of the most inclusive and loving places I’ve ever been.
Celebrating Our Differences
Marginalized creative voices deserve to be heard and supported. Nerdsmith is an LGBTQ+ ally, and we seek out creators who add positive representation in the nerd community. When we act with inclusivity, we are rewarded with a richer and healthier Nerdsmith family.
…Providing free, quality, nerdy entertainment
…Supporting creators in realizing their passions and ideas
…Putting some Good out into the world through entertainment and charity
…Learning from mistakes and growing together
…Promoting and highlighting diverse, creative voices
…Inclusivity and kindness
Nerdsmith is one of the best things to happen to me because it introduced me to a family of really amazing people and creators who have a whole host of skills to bring to the table.
A Community of Kindness
Our ever-growing group of nerdy individuals is dedicated to creating an atmosphere of acceptance, inclusion, and encouragement. We learn from our mistakes and foster each other’s personal growth. We promote tolerance and treasure acceptance.
In addition to our line-up of fabulous shows, the Nerdsmith family seeks every opportunity to promote positive change in the world. We celebrate the generosity of the greater nerd community with Nerds Giving, our annual charity fundraising drive, and a number of our shows use their subscriber revenue to directly support charitable organizations throughout the year.
Nerdsmith gave me my players. Without that, The Land Above would never have got off the ground. The experience shared by the directors and other creators and the resources made available to me, be it art or music or a streaming platform, are invaluable.
Our Fearless Leaders
Nerdsmith is run by our team of five directors. Not only is each one dedicated to giving their time and effort to supporting creators, they are content creators themselves. The Directors handle the day-to-day administration of the network, but also understand the everyday issues that creators face. They are a driving force and support system for members of the Nerdsmith family.
NERDSMITH IS HOME to...
…caring and respectful people who are supportive of other creators’ successes. When one show on the network succeeds, we all benefit.
…creators who are motivated and self-sufficient. They have passion for their show ideas and can spearhead and produce them on a reliable schedule.
…existing shows and creators who are looking to expand and connect with their industry. They are passionate about making their art but don’t want to do so in a vacuum.
…artists and entertainers who may not have a show of their own but want to use their technical, creative, or professional skills to help create great entertainment.
…creators with passion projects, who are in it for the long haul.
A Forge Fueled by Talent and Passion
Creators are the heart of Nerdsmith, whether they are amateurs honing their craft, enthusiasts looking to make their passions into careers, or professionals seeking a community to grow with. They promote each other’s work, collaborate on projects, and create exciting shows for our audience.
Interested in becoming part of the network? Entertainers and content producers are always welcome to apply below!
Frequently Asked Questions
The network features all sorts of creators: musicians, streamers, artists, cosplayers, storytellers, and more! Nerdsmith is an eclectic community of creators curating a ton of nerdy content. We want to explore what “nerdy” means to you!
Network-produced content is supported through Nerdsmith’s Patreon, as well as our Twitch subscribers.
Creators also have merchandising and sponsorship opportunities through the network.
Self-Produced shows and are free to monetize and funraise however they see fit!
That’s great! Nerdsmith doesn’t ask that you shut them down. We don’t even ask that you stop promoting them!
We hope that what you find our community and resources valuable enough to direct your fans to support Nerdsmith on Patreon, but we are not interested in restricting how you support your art.
We do ask that during Special Events (such as our Subscription Drive for two weeks in April) that you refrain from promoting your other revenue streams in favor of Nerdsmith.
Nerdsmith is a community where Creators come together to learn and grow while building their brands as content creators. The network offers many services as needed and as time permits, like music, graphic design, branding, advertising, and guests.
In addition to our network services, when you join Nerdsmith, you don’t have to create in a vacuum: many of our Creators collaborate on projects, or trade skills and services.
Nerdsmith Creator Tiers
These are shows produced directly by the network. Often, one of our directors is is directly (hah) involved in the production or running of the show, and it is hosted on Nerdsmith’s Twitch channel or podcasting host. These shows are monetized to support their creators, share profits with Nerdsmith’s Patreon or Twitch supports, and benefit from direct technical assistance from our livestream producers.
These are shows produced independently by our community of Nerdsmith creators. They are free to monetize however they wish (or not), and benefit from our sponsors and community opportunities. In exchange, the showrunners of self-produced shows provide monthly bonus content to our Nerdsmith Patreon and support our community.
Friend of the Network
A Friend of the Network does not have the responsibilities of our in name only, only responsibility is to name drop being a Friend of Nerdsmith in your content/website/etc. In exchange, your show/channel will be listed on Nerdsmith’s website as a friend! Basically, we’re allowing shows to join in our circle of friendship, promoting each other with links/logos.
These tiers allow membership and workload to be a little more flexible and the opportunity to change your status without leaving the network puts less pressure on you when life gets crazy or whenever you find you have more time to commit to contributing to the Nerdsmith community. Shows have the capability of moving up to higher commitment tiers or reducing their position in the network on a case by case basis.
Creators own all the rights to the content they create. Nerdsmith will never look to own any portion of a Creator’s intellectual property they bring to us. We only require limited, non-exclusive rights to distribute the show, create merchandise, and to setup advertising contracts.
We are always looking for talented and/or passionate individuals who want to come on board to help out or bring their show to the network.
If you would like to apply to join Nerdsmith, click the button below, and let us know which of the following applies to your application:
An Existing Show or Brand
This option is for people who want to bring their show or brand onto the network
A New Show Concept
This option is for people who have a concept for a show, but are looking for a little help getting the ball rolling. We can help get them connected to others who are looking to do the same as well as our Contributor network of artists, V/O artists, and other talented individuals.
My Skills and Passion
This option is for those who don’t have a show (or don’t want to be on one) but still want to help contibute to shows, ideas, and concepts related to Nerdsmith. Many of our shows are often looking to hire artists or other talented people and they always check Nerdsmith first.