There are the right things to do and the wrong things to do in show biz social media. Here are my social media tips to keep your activity and interaction positive and professional… the right way, The Dray Way.
- Only post, share or forward items on the internet (email, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.) that you want the world to see. Ask yourself these questions: Is it important? Will you regret it later? If this were to leak to the public, would it be damaging to your career? Think before you write!
- Make sure the words you choose, the sites you visit and the videos you post and view are age appropriate. Parents, if your kids are minors, you must monitor their social media activity to insure their safety and well-being. There are a number of “casting situations” that are not legitimate.
- Keep personal information personal. If you become a recognized celebrity, you should not divulge on the internet where you are going, with whom and why. You never know who can access your accounts. NEVER EVER send an inappropriate photo to your boyfriend, or anybody, on the internet. They will surface, they always do!
- Avoid sharing information you are not allowed to share. In show business (as well as any other business) if you are told something is “OTR” – Off The Record – and you spill the beans as to the outcome of a TV show, this could be grounds for the producer (or your boss) to say to you, “You’re fired!”
- If you didn’t get the part you auditioned for, bullying the person who did by spreading rumors and downgrading their performance could have damaging results to your own career in the future.
- When commenting on a YouTube video performance, nasty comments can be very hurtful. You can have an opinion of someone’s talent, but do it in a positive way. Even if you are not in show business, avoid posting or writing derogatory or unkind words. Do unto others…
- Mom, Dad, be aware if your child’s social media interaction is interfering with their eating, sleeping, doing homework or preparing for an audition. Set the ground rules.
See you on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Skype on the Dray Way.
I’ll be watching you!!