Self Promotion, necessary but hard for introverts
I know I'm not alone in a world of many introverted artists that would prefer to express their emotions through their work. But sometimes you have to take that step forward and put your face out there into the world, especially when you're trying to build your art practise.
I was very lucky to receive a photo session with the fabulous Garrett Elliot Photography from Launch Lab. The Kingston Economic Development Corporation provided funding for a few lucky Kingston business owners to receive a photo session in order to help grow their business presence online. Which means I had to step in front of the camera. But Garrett was lovely and such a pleasure to work with. He got some great pics of me working, which I've struggled with. It's so nice to have these images. I'll be posting them soon through my site and social media.
What do you use for self promotion? Being fairly new to this full time arts world I'm trying out many paths from magazine advertisements, websites and social media. Social media seems to be the most successful so far. I think it's really important to have a social media plan. Not that I always stick to it. But having a plan of scheduled posts that vary from working shots, artist info, pieces for sale and fun facts can really help build your following.
If you are a small business owner in Kingston you might want to check out what KEDCO has to offer. I am just learning of new programs for example Digital Main Street Future Proof. This program assists businesses with identifying new markets, pivoting their business model, and developing and implementing a deep digital transformation plan. But first your business must registered. I'm working on that. There just don't seem to be enough hours in the day.