30 Ways Twitter Can Enhance Your Acting Career


30 Ways Twitter Can Enhance Your Acting Career

Twitter is an excellent, completely free PR tool that more actors than ever are using to network and build relationships online. Here are 30 ways you can use it to advance your acting career…

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checklist  Grab your name on Twitter (and all of your social media accounts)! If someone has it, try adding your middle initial or actor.

checklist  Make your account public! You cant build a fan base with a private account.

checklist  Use a headshot as your profile picture on all of your social media accounts.  

checklist  Create a kick butt header photo (1500x500 pixels) that shows us who you are!

checklist  Write a great bio using career-specific keywords (actor, SAG, AEA, voiceover, etc.).

checklist  Add your location to your profile so people using Twitter search to find actors in their area can find you.

checklist  Add a link to your website. If you dont have an actor website yet, link your IMDb, about.me page, or a social network.

checklist  Choose a theme color that matches your profile, header photo, and your website.

checklist  Pin a welcome tweet to your profile. This can be a quick video introduction, a photo, or a way to direct followers to your website.

checklist  Twitter is a great place to network with new people, but dont forget connections youve already made! Link your email accounts to find people you know on Twitter.

checklist  Cross promote your social media accounts. Occasionally ask your followers to join you on Instagram or Snapchat! Beware of automatically linking your accountsyou dont want your Twitter feed to be nothing but Facebook and Instagram links.

checklist  Use video! Either upload a 140-second clip or hit record to show behind-the-scenes clips or clips from your latest gig. Video is a great way to get your tweets noticed.

checklist  Turn on notifications for important industry contacts!

checklist  Tweet congratulations to friends and colleagues for their personal and professional achievements!

checklist  Send a tweet thanking an industry contact for their time (after a workshop or meeting....without giving any details if it was for a certain project or role)! 

checklist  Tweet about your new videos on your YouTube Channel! I also upload the thumbnail or an interesting screenshot to the tweet!

checklist  Build your fan base by including your username in your bio when you do a show.

checklist  Add a Twitter feed to your website! The follow button will help grow your fan base!

checklist  Use Twitters advanced search to network with like-minded people based on hashtags and keywords!

checklist  Use popular industry hashtags like #actorslife, #acting, and #setlife to reach an audience beyond your followers and to invite new people to join your conversation!

checklist  Be social! Check your mentions and notifications regularly! Retweet, reply, and react!

checklist  Take part in industry Twitter chats to meet new people in the business!

checklist  Grow your following by adding your handle to your email signature! Every email is an opportunity to get a new follower!

checklist  Share industry related content. Always include their username!

checklist  If theres someone in the business whose films, articles, or classes you enjoy, make them your #FF (Follow Friday) of the week!

checklist  Engage with your fans! Retweet stage door photos your fans have posted! When fans write, dont forget to favorite and retweet when appropriate! The more you engage, the more engaged your fans will be.

checklist  Use Periscope to film behind the scenes footage and live performances (when allowed). Periscope videos now broadcast live in your Twitter feed!

checklist  If someone posts an awesome tweet about your performance, embed it on your actor website!

checklist  Are you on a network TV or cable show tonight? Why not live tweet while watching? Be sure to use the shows hashtag! You may get some new fans!

checklist  Organize the people you follow into lists! This helps you focus on tweets from the people who matter most!

Want 30 pages of tips to help you rock your social media for your #Actorslife? Grab your free copy of my ebook The Ultimate Social Media Checklist for Actors here. 

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Until soon, 

 

Heidi Dean.

Originally published in backstage_magazine


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