Is it just me or is there anything more awkward than promoting yourself on Social Media??
Lately I've been talking a lot with friends about branding yourself as an actor and using social media as a platform. It always feels strange promoting something when that something is you. You are the product. My friend Aslam and I were talking because he has the same problem. He has no problem promoting his photography business (FYI if you need new headshots in London check out his website), but when it comes to him as an actor...totally different story. It just feels awkward. Am I right?! I, personally, have not learned the jungle that is social media. There are so many platforms out there these days between instagram, twitter, snapchat and youtube...how does one even begin?
This is going to sound crazy but I feel soooo old because I just don't get it! What do you mean nobody wants to see a picture of my bright red face post workout or that I'm about to undo all that work by eating delicious pasta at Ask For Luigi's?! What?!!! How is that not helping my brand? All these actors just coming out of theatre schools grew up with Facebook/twitter/etc so for them it totally makes sense...back in my day Facebook was just starting. I love those Facebook memories just to see how much it has evolved in the last decade. I think we all have the "10 years ago someone wrote "Hey!" on your wall". Clearly these were the days before Facebook messenger!!
The other thing is it's all easy peasy to promote yourself when you're working on a show but how do you promote yourself when you're in between gigs? This is where I'm struggling. Do I just keep posting throwback thursday's to a show or take a picture every time I see a show or take class? I feel like that's going to get old real, real fast.
So what are your thoughts on promotion through social media? Obviously now it's the way of the norm...any tips for someone trying to get with the times. What's your favourite marketing tool?? Oh and can someone please explain to me how pinterest works. I still don't really get it.
Signing off now so I can go enjoy the sun! Have a wonderful weekend!
PS: It would be horrible to write this post and then not even promote all my social media platforms so follow me!
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