Saturday, August 29, 2009
Social media fixes for the not so social artist
My Agent Mark McVeigh has 2 cats- Monty and Ellen. I imagine they make great assistants with the deluge of manuscripts and phone calls that must arrive daily. You can follow the goings on of The McVeigh Agency here.
Blogs and Facebook and Twitter - can be a distraction from the work at hand. But- they have really helped wipe away the feelings of isolation that myself and many illustrators/authors used to feel. I have my go- to blogs and my "friends" and "followers" - to inform me- teach me- make me laugh.
As the social media world has expanded - it's crossed over from just social networking to career related networking. I've been feeling this transformation when posting on my facebook page. Do I post about my life as a Mom?-a wife?- Do I really need to let my agent know I hate to cook dinner or how excited I am for Beatles Rock Band? The flip side - my chatting about art- and tweeting about my pursuit of publication has to fit between my sharing of friend's stories and how did we deal with
potty training or first crushes. It's a wide straddle between the two worlds. Some choose to keep the two separate, having a professional account and a personal one. I am inclined to let it all hang out. Mindful that I should think twice - before I post; I'll let everyone know All of me.