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Thanks Em, very interesting info!

Gail




On 4/14/15 4:22 PM, Emily Coren wrote:
>
> Hi Gail,
> I use it for distribution and audience building. For example, I want 
> people to see the art on my blog/website, but unless in promoting it, 
> it's just a static page. About every third time I post on Twitter, 
> it'll get 'retweeted' and new people get to see my art. Of those, I 
> get a few new followers per retweet. The net affect, over time is that 
> I'm building a community of people who like my work. Most of those are 
> not people in my geographic region, or people who would have otherwise 
> seen my illustrations. It's kinda fascinating as a mechanism.
>
> As Glendon and Mieke have pointed out, it's also a knowledge base. For 
> example, one of my new twitter followers is a CDC researcher, and now 
> I'm developing a series of content with her. It looks like it'll be a 
> great story.
>
> ~Em
>
> On Apr 14, 2015 7:28 AM, "Gail Guth" <[log in to unmask] 
> <mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
>
>     Hi, Emily,
>
>     How are you using Twitter? I have joined but haven't had time to
>     explore it and frankly just don't know what to do with it.
>
>     Is anyone else using Twitter to advantage?
>
>     Gail
>
>
>
>
>     On 4/14/15 9:36 AM, Emily S. Damstra wrote:
>>     Hi Laura,
>>     Below is my answer to your question "How did you find work, when
>>     you started your career?"
>>
>>     My first several projects (at least!) were for people I knew or
>>     for people who were referred to me by someone I knew.
>>
>>     These days my website does bring me some work, but I think the
>>     majority of projects I work on can be traced back to someone I
>>     know. I have acquired some excellent clients thanks to
>>     volunteering at a local nature reserve and to being active in
>>     SONSI (sonsi.ca <http://sonsi.ca>).
>>
>>     My advice to anyone who is looking for illustration work:
>>
>>     1) Be active in your community – though not for the
>>     express purpose of getting work. Volunteer, join clubs, be
>>     social, engage. Not only is it good for the soul, but someday one
>>     of those relationships will probably lead to work - and it might
>>     be in the most unexpected way.
>>
>>     2) While working on a project, don't fear asking for help from
>>     scientists or other content experts. The worst that can happen is
>>     that they won't reply; the best that can happen is that someone
>>     enthusiastic about the subject your illustrating is really
>>     helpful and now knows you exist and might hire you in the future.
>>     If they do help you, be sure to thank them with a card or print
>>     featuring your work.
>>
>>     3) Have a website and put as much good quality work up there as
>>     you can. Sometimes people will end up at your website after
>>     searching for an illustration of something specific. Do keep in
>>     mind that potential clients who find you via your website are
>>     likely to hire you to do the same type of work that they see in
>>     your portfolio.
>>
>>     4) Others might say to be active on social media. Personally I
>>     have not maximized the potential of social media, but I can say
>>     that (for me) Twitter is definitely showing potential (I just
>>     joined last month).
>>     ---
>>     *Emily S. Damstra*
>>     natural science illustration
>>     Guelph, Ontario
>>     (519) 616-3654 <tel:%28519%29%20616-3654>
>>     *[log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>*
>>     www.emilydamstra.com <http://www.emilydamstra.com>
>>     emilydamstra.wordpress.com <http://emilydamstra.wordpress.com>
>>     Twitter: @EmilyDamstra
>>
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