Now that we have had a chance to talk a bit about content, let’s delve even further into social interaction with a few tips for how to engage with your peers and idols.
Entering into a conversation with your favorite comic, writer or band is not as hard as it seems. One of the best ways to do this is utilizing Twitter. Simply by tagging someone on Twitter – using the @ symbol followed by the person’s handle – you can initiate or contribute to a conversation on that person’s Twitter feed. This is helpful in getting on this person’s radar, along with all these person’s Twitter followers.
Asking questions, answering questions posed by the artist, making interesting comments – all of these things make you know by this person. If you engage often enough (without appearing to be a stalker or to be a self-serving asshole) you may find that the artist responds back to you, retweets you or even starts following you back. Score!
With enough interaction back and forth, not only will you have established a social networking relationship with this person, but you may also become a person of interest to the fans of this artist, which puts you in a good position. This is a particularly useful thing if your art form and style is similar to that of the artist you are engaging with. This is also a good strategy to gain more interest and more followers.
1) Target a few artists in your peer group and a couple of already wildly successful artists you aspire to emulate one day. Follow the above strategy with the ultimate goal of a Follow Back.
– C.R. Cohen
Chelsea Cohen’s love affair with words and the arts has lead her on a lifelong journey as a poet and writer and an art activist, founding Artists Underground, to bring networking, resources and advice to artists, and joining forces with Soapbox Nation to provide creative career consultations and artist services to help artists get further faster.