For actors and performers the big world of the internet is fabulous for so many reasons:
THE GOOD STUFF :)
-you can promote yourself for free
-you can upload your showreels, photos, songs etc, instantly and share them with the world
-you can share all this info on multiple platforms including facebook, youtube, instagram, twitter, tumblr...
-you can access other people's sites and see what they are doing
-you can converse directly with others in the industry
-you can learn so much for free by searching sites and blogs
The possibilities are endless.
But all these great aspects have a few pitfalls for the sensitive, creative souls that we actors and performers are.
THE NOT SO GOOD STUFF :(
Unfortunately the internet is full of gutless people with nothing better to do than post negativity. So keep these points in mind when you share something you have created:
-BE PROUD OF YOUR POST
Make sure you are happy with and proud of what you have posted and don't look for endorsements from others. If they happen that's a bonus.
-DELETE & BLOCK
Get rid of any negative comments and negative people. Leaving them gives the bullies or trolls power. On Youtube you can approve comments before they are posted.
-FEW LIKES OR COMMENTS DOESN'T MEAN ITS NOT GOOD
Remember not everyone will comment or like your post, that doesn't mean it's not good. They may not have seen it, they may be jealous, they may be having a bad day and don't feel like congratulating you.
- IGNORE THEM
A number of people create "cliques" and comment and promote each other's work constantly but never anyone else's. These people also constantly tag each other so you feel left out. Ignore them, don't waste your energy by letting them affect you.
GENERAL RULES FOR THE INTERNET
-Only post things you are happy with and proud of.
-Reread everything you write before pressing 'post'.
-If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all.
-Imagine your employer's/teacher's/parent's reaction to your post. If you think they wouldn't react well, don't post it!
As always, share and leave me a comment.
PS: If you say something nasty, I'm gonna delete it. SO THERE!!