Sunday, October 2, 2011

Thoughts About Online Creative Exposure, pt. 2

One of my favorite social media websites is Linkedin. This site differs from Twitter and Facebook because it is a site solely for professional and business community. On Facebook you can have a personal page for your friends and fan page for your business but not so easy
to setup. Twitter has no distinction between personal and business and you can tweet to both. I find it easy to use. Linkedin is for the professional person so it's best you keep your personal comments to yourself and on a business level. Linkedin has a very good research tool for contacting other companies and professionals for possible job positions. You are able to post your profile, experience and have a portfolio with images.

Limit Your Time Online

You need to decide what is a fair amount of time for using the internet and when to return to other business activities. There are times when I loose track of my time while surfing the web and should probably be working on my creative projects. I usually set a certain amount of time for online stuff and decide when to return to my business activities and being creative. I enjoy being creative and using my social network to contact my social contacts about my latest art projects.

Remain Positive and Productive
To be a successful artist takes more than just talent. It requires a lot of hard work especially during an economic downtown. You need to know yourself very well and decide when things are not going right and when it's time for a break. You might take a walk around the block or to your favorite park to clear your
head. Once you are recharged and have a fresh outlook return to your goals with a positive outlook. For a lot of creative professionals starting out takes patients especially with all the social media promotion, website advertising and business activities you pour your energy into. I have realized after many years that I wasted not just my energy but was very impatient. I gradually realized that there is a lot about the creative profession that is out of my control. I am now using my time effectively while I pursue my interest and love for the illustration profession. Remember to be patient and strive to be creative.

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