I jumped to Chapter 11, Pivot to Social Media. Alyssa talks about how your social media profiles are your calling card to the world, and how knowing how to use social media tools is vital for employment, collaborations, and connections. She then goes over ways to present yourself positively, from variety in your profile pictures to posting as if you’re having a conversation rather than posting “at” someone. There’s a lot of great advice, especially for beginners like me.
I’m not nearly as social media savvy as most millennials or even Generation X. I can’t blame this on a generation thing. My husband handles most of our social media. Back in November after listening to the Intro chapter (which was a very powerful experience), I tweeted my very first tweet tagging a celebrity:
Ehrmahgaaaaah, Alyssa liked my Tweet!
Then I got bolder and a few weeks later, this happened:
Ever the dutiful student, I poked around Twitter and found some incredibly enthusiastic DAYS fans to follow. It’s super-fun to see what is live-tweeted when an episode airs.
I also found a great community of fellow writers. We hold each other accountable to deadlines and promote each other’s accomplishments. I’ll be wasting a lot of time on twitter in the near future.
Instagram is less community-oriented so far, much more self-promoting. I’m probably using it wrong. Even so, I made a fantastic connection via Instagram a few weeks ago:
Billy Flynn just starred in a play in LA called Disposable Necessities. It’s the marriage of two of my favorite things: science fiction and live theater. There was no way I could get to LA to see it so I DM’d Rogue Machine Theater and asked if the playwright was selling the script (which they often do, especially in off-Broadway or regional theaters, to help raise money for the theater). A few hours later, Neil McGowan himself DM’d me and arranged for me to get a copy! I couldn’t believe it! The script is amazing. The play just closed and I’m so bummed I couldn’t see it! I hope it comes to NYC for a run.
Pre-Pivot, I wouldn’t have reached out to the theater in the first place. I’d have been too shy.
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