5 Things You Need To Know About Pinterest

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Thanks  to client Tangled Feet for this image of their Pinterest profile

Pinterest began in 2009 and is a social media network that is image based! Hurrah and hurray for creative people who work in visual mediums. Pinterest isn’t just for discovering wedding ideas, it can be used for your career too. Here are five things you need to know about this social platform

1. It’s FREE

Like almost all social media networks it is free so just go to www.pinterest.com to set up an account. Why wouldn’t you?!

2. It’s easy to use

You create online pin boards, you know like the cork ones we had when we were kids. You then pin images from the internet to you your online pin board. You can have an “inspiration board” where you can pin images that inspire you (does what it says on the tin) and wonderful work by other artists/creatives and this can be useful when pitching projects or devising your own work. You can also create boards of your own work perhaps labelled by the year or theme. You can also follow other peoples boards (and they can follow you) and you can use snazzy images from other people’s boards and pin them on your own board to share the love. You can even comment on other people’s images to tell them how wonderful they are.

3. It’s useful 

It is a great way to promote your work visually – we can see images of all your artworks/performances/make up in one place. Just think of the impact! You can also promote the link to your board via your website and other social media to engage with followers.

It’s a wonderful tool for raising awareness of your work and gathering an online fan base, as other people can comment on your images and re-pin them to your their own boards ie. sharing the image with their friends and followers.

4. Some things are private

A couple of years ago Pinterest introduced private boards. Private boards mean that you can create a mood board for a new project and keep it to yourself until the work is finished. After completion of your product you can publish the inspiration board behind it so your followers get an insight into your process. Cool, huh?

5. Copyright?

It is definitely worth putting your copyright in the title of the image or adding your watermark/logo to the image so that others cannot reproduce it. This also means that when other profiles pin your images they are also promoting your brand and logo.

Enjoy promoting your work and please do tweet or facebook us the links to your boards!

 

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Kicking and Screaming with Tangled Feet

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We loved working with physical theatre ensemble Tangled Feet on their latest show Kicking and Screaming, which went on tour around the UK.

Kicking and Screaming

“Highly original…Kicking and Screaming will leave a stamp on your heart long after you leave the theatre.” 4 STARS http://www.thepublicreviews.com 

Like a tiny bomb exploding in the middle of your life, the baby arrives – and suddenly the world you knew becomes a different place entirely.  

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Two couples negotiating the first year of parenthood are guided by our playful narrator, Laura. A baby is more than Natasha bargained for – and she’s also wondering whether boyfriend Jay will ever grow up. As a flood of plastic balls and children’s toys is unleashed in the middle of their marriage, Sam and Ronnie struggle to stay afloat despite their careful plans.

How do our priorities shift when we become parents? How do we adjust – and what happens if we don’t?

An honest, funny and touching show with a live score played on children’s instruments, Tangled Feet take a sideways look at how we cope with our children – and how our parents coped with us.

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penguinPenguin in the Room @prartsmarketing is a group of creatives with an arts marketing dream: penguin stepping our way into the arts industry and helping other creatives flourish! Specialising in online marketing, social media, branding, copy writing, media coaching and web design for actors, artists, casting directors, agents, production companies, theatre companies and creative individuals.

Contact us any time for penguin chats via email:info@penguinintheroom.com or Facebook.com/penguinintheroom or waddle over to our website: www.penguinintheroom.com

Perform with Tangled Feet in Leeds!

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Photo from Tangled Feet show One Million

by Nathan Curry

Being a volunteer performer in a large-scale outdoor theatre production, performing to thousands of local people, in the heart of the city where you live is an exhilarating experience. People often describe these moments as ‘a once in a lifetime experience’ but there are now more opportunities than ever to be involved in large-scale mass participation events. A very brilliant production manager I once worked with gave some excellent advice to a young production placement student “life is better when you join in” – and it’s completely true – it is. As a people we yearn for opportunities to be part of a community, to meet, to celebrate, to connect; and the performing arts is the perfect place to do all of these things. We’ve been making up stories and playing in groups since we could learn to talk and move – why should it stop once we grow up?

Tangled Feet have made a number of shows featuring performers who aren’t trained working alongside young performers in training and professional performers to create theatre that is truly unique. Our show All That is Solid Melts into Air featured a flash mob of 50 young people for the finale scene and One Million featured 100 young people authoring the entire show. For our next mass participation performance we are looking for 300 performers, of all ages, in Leeds and the surrounding areas.

Our new show, Collective Endeavour, commissioned by Dep Arts and Leeds City Council to celebrate the arrival of the Rugby World Cup in Leeds will be an epic celebration of the power of community; of strength in numbers and of the idea that great things can be achieved when you work as a team. Echoing these sporting themes, the show places community at its heart as volunteer performers will help create a giant structure in front of the audience’s eyes. Volunteers perform simple movements evoking the physicality of rugby as well as ensemble work to create images and atmosphere en-masse.

Being a volunteer performer isn’t just about making big images. There is something fundamentally important and exhilarating about a regular, local person performing a story that resonates with them with and for their local community. It is about embedding art at the very heart of the community – made, performed and watched by a group local people. And brilliant. We want Collective Endeavour to be brilliant, highly accomplished and memorable for all.

We make theatre that places volunteers are the heart of something excellent, epic and hugely exciting. If you are reading this and think you’d like to be involved, grab a friend and sign up. Here is a video to tell you more…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cQifoz8uPw

More details and sign up here….

http://www.departsltd.com/projectproduction/tangled-feet-collective-endeavour/

Fantastic response to Tangled Feet’s Kicking and Screaming

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Reviews:

The Public Reviews – 4 Stars

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Audience responses:

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Venue responses:

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Tangled Feet would like to thank everyone involved in the production and all of their wonderful audiences.

You can now book tickets to see the next show in Tangled Feet’s current season entitled ‘Care’. Care runs from 19th to 28th June at the Watford Palace Theatre. For tickets and further details go to http://www.watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk/page/care

Why don’t we value Care?

By Kat Joyce, Co-Artistic Director of theatre ensemble Tangled Feet care, tangled feet, theatre, nhs Darwin’s law of natural selection, ‘survival of the fittest’ is often misinterpreted, particularly by the capitalist system to mean ‘survival of the best competitor’. But an equally valid interpretation is ‘survival of the best nurtured’.

In our society, the work of caring is not valued, at least not economically. People who care professionally – for children, old people, the sick – are often the lowest-paid. Profit-driven businesses and caring responsibilities often seem incompatible. The carer on a zero-hours contract, trying to look after a housebound elderly person in a 15-minute allocated home visit, epitomises how the dignity of the human drive to connect with others can be fundamentally undermined by the requirement to deliver a healthy profit margin.

The importance of ‘care’ in our society, and the often-unheard stories of the people doing the caring, are at the heart of Tangled Feet’s work in 2015. As we step back inside theatre auditoriums (after a spell of making work in public spaces) it seems fitting to focus our attention on the close-up, intimate acts of caring and being cared for that happen in our homes and our hospitals.

In ‘Need a Little Help‘ a show for 3-7yr olds, we explored the world of young carers, inspired by the young people we’ve worked with in recent years who carry the responsibility of caring for a parent or sibling. In that production (which happened at the Half Moon in January) we experienced the beautiful phenomenon of even the smallest children in the audience bursting with a desire to reach out and help our protagonist, Ella, as she struggles to juggle her caring responsibilities with a desire to play. We are all hard-wired to care for others. (You can see a wonderfully detailed review of the production here).

In ‘Kicking and Screaming’ we continue a strand of investigation that we began with ‘Push’ looking at what it’s like caring for a small baby. No-one wants to admit that they are struggling – or worse, failing – as a parent, but many wrestle with these concerns all the time, while simultaneously trying to present a veneer of having it all under control. There’s very little theatrical work about the domestic world of child-rearing, perhaps because so much of it happens behind closed doors and is considered mundane and of little importance. In Kicking and Screaming, Tangled Feet shine a light on the 3am netherworld of new parenthood, examining the pressures on relationships as we try to adapt to our new lives and new responsibilities. Read the 4 star review here.

Our headline show of the ‘Care’ season, a co-production with Watford Palace Theatre in June, examines the pressures faced by the NHS as the Health and Social Care Act comes into play. We’ll be making the show as the General Election happening, where it is predicted that the future of the NHS will be a make-or-break issue for many voters. What will the NHS’s future be come May?

As an ensemble, caring relationships are right at the heart of Tangled Feet. We know that the ‘value’ in our company comes from the trust, investment, excitement and commitment of the people who spend time working on, watching or taking part in our projects.

The ‘creative industries’ can often feel quite cut-throat, with individual artists lauded or discarded on the basis of their current hype level. But as an ensemble committed to a long-term artistic journey together, we are invested not only in each other’s creative development but also in each other’s wellbeing. We try really hard to create a working situation together which enables and inspires people to deliver their best performance, but also accommodates them when they are not on top form or need some flexibility – when they have just had a baby, or are recovering from injury, or a bereavement. This may not necessarily make us the ‘best competitor’, and it certainly doesn’t help us drive a profit. But sharing these joys and sorrows together – being part of something that we nurture and that we hope also nurtures others – makes the work, and our experience of it, infinitely richer.

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You can book tickets to Tangled Feet’s new show “Care” at Watford Palace Theatre here.