Posts tagged ‘actor’
I have been lax about posting items of particular interest to artists. Mea culpa.
Here are a few enlightening articles I’ve come across:
David Spark‘s Mashable post, “12 Inspiring Stories of Successful Social Networkers“, has an amazing example of the value of twittering for your character:
“Having blown all their budget on production, “My Two Fans” had no money for advertising, so off a friend’s recommendation, Swatek decided to start Twittering as her character, Kate Maxwell (@KateMaxwell). To get some fodder for Twittering and to find her audience, Swatek began following businesses and people that could relate to her show, such as dating sites, single women, girl power groups, fan clubs, etc.”
Beth Kanter offers the amazingly comprehensive post “Arts Organizations and Artists 2.0: Social Media for Arts People” which also mentions the value of using a blog as a showcase:
“For individual artists, a blog can also help sell or promote their work. Here’s some artists personal blogs that support their gallery sites where they sell their work — A Planet Named Janet, Self VS Self, PaMdora’s Box and Jen Lemen.”
“…upload any documents you want to share. Views, downloads, likes, comments, and favorites stats are plainly displayed on the page so you can see how popular the document has been. This can be used for anything from posting up a teaser to your next book to providing a free downloadable short story as a fan bonus. The settings for the documents (like if they can be downloaded or not) are easily set and Scribd serves as a great way to get your writing out to other people.”
Any other cool stuff you’ve come across lately? Please share!
I’m very excited to be working on social media promotion for Vancouver Digital Week!
One of the reason I’m jazzed about this series is because I loved last year’s Convergence and Vidfest. I was particularly impressed with James McCraken‘s talk as well as the one on Alternate Reality Games from 42 Entertainment. I love events that allow for the soaking up of information and siphoning off great minds – and there was no shortage of that last year. It looks like this year will be pretty formidable as well.
What is Vancouver Digital Week?
(Yes, I will be asking and answering my own questions, btw – just like that self-important guy you met last week.)
Vancouver Digital Week, which runs from May 11 – 14, 2009 (mostly at the Vancouver Exhibition and Convention Centre – West – i.e. the new one at 1055 Canada Place), is a series of digital media events for people involved in, or interested in, the following industries:
- games and digital entertainment
- social media
- interactive design, animation and VFX
It includes international business match-making, big picture conference sessions, high-level seminars and workshops, as well as loads of networking parties.
You can register for an event by going to the particular event site (see below).
What events are part of Vancouver Digital Week?
(Click on the photo to see notes – including dates and websites)
What’s especially cool about this event?
I’m glad you asked!
- DAVID PLOUFFE, Campaign Manager, Obama for America will be the keynote speaker at Convergence.
- There’s a 2-day Game Developers conference
- nextMEDIA Vancouver offers a program which connects the digital worlds of Music, Advertising and Broadcast (including sessions that discuss self-promotion for artists through technology, which I’m particularly psyched about)
- New Media BC’s PopVox Awards which honour the best of BC’s Digital Media Industry. It is a people’s choice contest so the winners are determined by the audience.
- You can purchase tickets for the gala on the New Media BC site.
- And you can vote for your faves – but only until tomorrow (April 30th)! – Go to the Popvox site to vote (click on a category to see the entries – and you can vote for as many).
- There also 4 Individual Standout Awards that you can nominate people for (though these winners will be decided by a jury. )
- And much more.
Where can I find information Vancouver Digital Week?
- On Twitter – @vandigweek and @popvoxawards
- On Facebook – The Fan Page is here.
- On their sites -Vancouver Digital Week has a blog and Popvox has a site.
Update: Tags! Please tag Vancouver Digital Week as #vdw09 on Twitter, and vdw09 on Youtube, Flickr etc. (you can also add the following re: Popvox #popvox09 on Twitter and popvox09 on Youtube, Flickr etc.)
My “Mistakes, Mayhem and Music – April 24, 2009 Week in Review” is now up on One Degree.
You can read it there. It’s funky, fly and fresh ;)
I just read an excellent post by Penelope Trunk “8 Reasons Why You Won’t Make Money from Your Blog” which begins:
“I am actually shocked at how ubiquitous the idea is that blogging is a get-rich-quick scheme. Or even a get-rich-slowly scheme. It’s not. Blogging is a great career tool for creating opportunities for yourself.”
Thank you. I have a brilliant friend who consistently asks me, “So are you making money yet from your blog?” When I try to explain something like, “Well, not directly, I use the blog as a marketing tool” he looks at me each time like I had just announced I was going to give up all my worldly possessions and go run a lemonade stand.
Here’s the thing. I enjoy blogging – and both of my blogs have very separate purposes – neither of which involves making money directly from the writing.
I also feel it’s OK to not make money from your blog. Getting income from your blog involves a myriad of steps including building an audience (a huge undertaking), writing very, very regularly, devoting almost full-time attention to the blog alone and much, much more. If writing a blog was satisfying enough for me to write full-time, and if I sincerely believed I could come up with decent material daily, and if I wanted to devote my energy to building a following rather than doing the work I like to do and leading the life I want (which sometimes involves stepping away from the computer), the story would be different.
As it is, my blog goals aren’t directly monetary. With that in mind, here are just some things a blog can do:
- Establish your authority on a subject (I recently got a speaking gig through someone finding my blog)
- Make friends & Connect with people like you
- Engage in interesting discussion/Learn from others
- Show yourself as 3 dimensional
- Keep people up-to-date with what you’re doing (useful for all, especially artists with a following)
I have to admit that anytime someone comments here, or riffs on something I’ve written on DOL, or tells me I’ve made them laugh – it, in all sincerity, makes my day. Which has loads of non-monetary value for me.
Now, I have to sign off. There’s a lemonade stand that’s not going to build itself.
Back from holidays! Ahhhh, Bali was bliss.
I’ll be posting again soon. In the meantime, should you wish to read “Indie Film 2.0 – How Social Media is Empowering Independent Filmmakers” (My most recent post on One Degree) – well, I won’t fight you :)
When I mention Twitter to people not on it, they often say they simply have no idea what they would tweet about. The best advice I think I give people is:
Find a way to make conversing on Twitter a part of your life.
If you view Twitter as an open communication channel (to your friends and beyond) that you can simply tap in anytime you like – that understanding can make the process quite natural – and possibly less intimidating.
What to talk about?*
Consider this, in a given day, do you sometimes:
- See something interesting and think “I have to remember to tell my friend about this!”
- Read an intriguing article or news item on the web?
- Have an odd experience? (At the library? On transit?)
- Do something that might interest one or more other human
Any of these can make interesting tweets and give people insight into your life. Which is sort of the point.
Everyone’s line of privacy or disclosure is different. I am very private about certain things, and seemingly reckless when it comes to others. But I’m actually fairly tactical. I know what I’m OK with people knowing and hearing from me.***
The spectrum is quite broad. You have to gage what you are comfortable disclosing and what you think (and here’s a key thing) people you want to interact with would want to know. Some post mostly about business, Some mostly personal. I think aiming for some balance on this is great. Allowing others to have a window into your personal life and thoughts is useful – it helps establish relationships.
I’ve found that when I met twitters in real life the ice was already broken. It was far easier to have conversations from a point at which we already kind of knew each other.
How Much to Disclose?
And being interesting and intriguing helps maintains people’s gaze. But how interesting…?
If you want to open your circle of friends/followers, and so keep your tweets unsecured (read: public), you are for all intents and purposes, in public. Even if you only have 20 people following, anyone can check out your page and a search can easily turn up your tweet.
So, here’s my line (and, again, mine alone): If it’s something I would be comfortable saying at a party, it passes the test.
How Much is Too Much
In real life, revealing too much can make even broadminded strangers uncomfortable.
Consider these examples:****
“Just at the bank… Why do I always end up behind the guy who is making all his deposits for the year?“= Good
“Had an abortion this week.“= Bad
“Dating can be so frustrating sometimes.” = Nice Break-the-Ice Level
“I’m going through a divorce and my wife is making me sleep our backyard.” = Awkward Glass-Shattering Level
“Hey Tom: Time for Coffee Today?” = Yes.
“Hey Tom: You are a DECEPTIVE motherfucker! Why aren’t you calling me back?” = No.
Again, this is just my opinion.
Wait – No, it’s not.
**These you can even text it (or email) from your phone, if you like) as it happens!
***(or at least I think I do:)
****While I have heard of something similar to the third example happening on Twitter, the second was uttered by a guy who I just met for a dialect coaching session and the first was said to me (rather cheerily, in fact, by a girl I didn’t know in a film criticism class. (I think I asked if she wanted a french fry.)