It happens to almost every artist who has an account on Instagram – you get a direct message asking if you take commissions. While the request in and of itself seems like it should be a compliment and not something you should worry about, there's good reason to take extreme caution when getting these types of Instagram DM requests.
In the last decade our lives have become increasingly more digital. The pandemic alone forced many artists to reconfigure their in-person workshops and classes to social media and online platforms. In this rush to learn and become proficient in online-based technology, there's an important fundamental that's not always prioritized – cyber security. If not taken … Continue reading 5 Ways to Stay Safe Online
Try as you might, not everyone is going to like you or your art. If you've got an inner people-pleaser like many of us do, then the concept of this probably doesn't sit well with you. When it comes to the creative things that you put out into the world this can be especially hurtful. … Continue reading Ways to Combat Online Negativity
One of the misconceptions I see with a lot of new users is that "Instagram fame" is somehow easier to achieve than it is. They think, "okay my content is great, I'm using relevant hashtags, I'm posting often (but not too often), I'm engaging with other users.....why is my follower and like count still so … Continue reading Instagram Fame Might Not Be For You
You would be hard-pressed to walk down the street in the last decade, and not see the steady incline of people staring at their phones as if there was literally nothing else around them that was more interesting. We are often experiencing life through our phone screens instead of with our own eyes. Instead of … Continue reading Instagram is Not Validating You As An Artist
So you finally did it. You've signed up for your very own social media account. At first, you’re a little nervous, “Do I really want to put myself and my art out there like this?!” Despite any better judgment, you go for it anyway. After your first few posts, your follower count increases slowly, starting … Continue reading Reasons Why You Are Losing Followers