Well I had a jam-packed two days at Surviving Actors this month leading a seminar with The Page UK, being on Fuse Creative Network’s stand and doing one on ones and met lots of lovely creative people! I had a lot of chats and answered a lot of burning questions so I thought I would look at the most common in the hope that it might help you!
Why should I be on twitter?
- Networking – there are half a billion people on twitter so its like going to a networking event with half a billion people and you don’t have to do the face to face stuff you can plan what you are going to say!
- News – If you follow industry professionals, companies, venues, twitter can keep you in the loop with what is going on in the industry.
- Jobs – Castings are posted on twitter.
- Profile – being present and engaging on twitter can raise your profile in the industry as more people will be aware of you
- Promotion – you can promote your shows, films, showreels and just generally your amazing self!
If I’m not working what can I post and tweet about?
Anything that is related to the industry and on point to your objective for being on social media! Post interesting things for your followers. Tell us about an amazing play you went to see, post an interesting article, promote a film company you used to work for, tell us who won the BAFTA’s in case we haven’t seen it yet.
What is LinkedIn?
I have written a blog purely on that subject! Here you go What is LinkedIn?
I have another business should I have two LinkedIn pages, twitter profiles etc?
This is a very personal thing. If you feel your businesses work well together eg. Director/Writer then keep it the same. If you feel that clients from one business might feel uncomfortable initially finding out that you are an actor keep them separate. In addition, you might be working in two very different fields eg. acting and architecture so it might be best to separate your contacts in each area and promote your jobs separately in their relevant industries.
How should I go about contacting Casting Directors on twitter?
Just connect with them. Sending a blanket message with your spotlight link isn’t going to do you any favours. Just think, if someone sent this to me would I click on the link (especially if I get bombarded by a similar thing via email every day)?
What are hashtags on twitter?
Aha I have written a blog on this too. Here you go Making the most of Hashtags on Twitter
How many tweets should I do a day?
6 tweets a day generally gives you the best engagement and outreach. But do not fear, that includes retweets and replies.
Should I have a fan page on Facebook because I haven’t really done much?
I would say yes and don’t think of it as a fan page. I would just think of it as a professional page on Facebook. It keeps people engaged with what is going on with you professionally as your personal profile keeps your friends engaged with whats going on with you personally. Don’t get caught up in the amount of likes either, just try to engage with people.
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