INSTAMONEY: HOW TO BUILD A CAREER AROUND SOCIAL MEDIA

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“Create-Post-Cash In.”


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I see people everyday when I use my Instagram that have amassed a large following. And not all of them are celebrities; some are average Joe’s. But they didn’t start with 500k, 1 million, or 10 million followers. They started with just one as anyone does. But over time they have built a community that at this point they can monetize. And if you are one of the lucky few to have built a career from Instagram, then more power to you. There are other platforms where people capitalize like Facebook, Twitter, and even YouTube. So how did they start and make an income from using these various platforms? Well, let’s first look at the beginning.

who are you

You want to build a large following on the internet, then you need to step back and realize who you are as a person. What are you going to be posting that makes people want to come to your home page or tune in to your videos and consume your content. You have to build some type of niche that is you, so that people can quickly see a photo you take, listen, or watch and be immediately connected. Now, it doesn’t hurt if you are an attractive man or woman who people instantly gravitate to. But for most people, ecstatic are not the thing that’s going to drive you forward. So you need a talent; a talent that must be cultivated over a long period of time. And this is what brings me to my next step which is the building stage.

put the work in

You have to go through steps in order to make yourself attractive enough to follow. So what are the steps one must take.

  1. THE START – Come up with an identity that is you. Are you going to take photos of people, sites, or both. Will you focus on more landscapes, commercial, or are you into the fashion space. Once you figure out what you want to photograph, then you have to start; if Instagram is your goal. If your goal is video content, then the process starts with the ideas you plan to shoot on camera.
  2. THE CLIMB – This is the stage at which you have to show up daily and consistently put in the work. It’s the longest stage where most people give up. Because they either don’t want it, or didn’t realize how long it would take to climb.
  3. THE BASE – This would be the part where most would think they can start making money, but it’s not. Even when you build a base, you can’t just start throwing things in their faces and think they will spend money. That is a sure way to lose followers. There must be something that connects to what you are doing. Meaning, don’t try to sell sports energy drinks if you’ve built a platform off of fashion.
  4. THE BUCKS – Now you can monetize, but watch how you throw things at your base. Let it make sense, and let it be honest. People with millions of followers get offered money opportunities all the time. But when it doesn’t make sense you lose. But when it does make sense, you can generate large scale revenues for yourself.

it doesn’t end at success

You have so many people who think now I can relax, not true. If anything, your life is about to get even more complicated. Why, well because in order to maintain, you have to always step up your game. With every level you reach, people will expect you to hold that position. So with a social career, be prepared to work for years and years; slowly and honestly.


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WHOSE IN CHARGE: WHO DICTATES WHERE THE CULTURE GOES?

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“We are in charge, but still let others make decisions.”


moving it forward

In America, every generation has something that defines who they are: Baby Boomers Rock N’ Roll, Generation X had television sitcoms and music as well that shaped them, and here we have Millennials that are now being shaped. But not mainly by the music, but by the social and the political landscape of the country. But I what I want to know is who is in charge of the culture that we push forward. Is it the people or is it something in the mass media and telecommunications? Because even though the people choose what they love, we don’t always choose what we see either.

television news outlets

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The initial deciding factors in people getting their information is through the medium of our television news networks. And nothing has been more powerful than the news outlets. The newspaper has gone strong, but the television gets it to us immediately. And we have depended upon them for the longest to push information out to us. So with that said, do they drive the culture? Because the big networks have been battling because of politics: CNN and FOX News. And whatever they feed to society, people tend to bite and run with that information. Yet there are other deciding factors in driving the culture.

social media

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This is now a major driver of the culture in today’s society. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, Google, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and many others. As a matter of fact, to a large degree, one of the main reasons the former President of United States Barack Obama was elected was because of campaign pushes via social media. Young people became so engaged in both elections that now leaders in this country as well as outside are engaging on social media. So you can say that social media pushes the culture forward.

we the people

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So, here we are at who really pushes the culture forward. We the people push the culture forward, but have allowed the mediums to feed us so much throughout our lives. We now have become our own journalists, and our own musicians, and our own filmmakers. We self-publish and we self sustain because we have the resources now to do so. But as with all the good that takes place, there is an ugliness to the culture as well that the people push. We have become language police and the sensitivity is at an all time high. Now, a lot of that comes from the reprehensible past that people have dealt with. But by correcting it, we overkill making up for it. Yet, as with this shift in culture, what does the future look like with the next generation?


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BLOGGING, VLOGGING, POSTING, AND MILESTONES: HOW TO INCREASE MY SOCIAL MEDIA AUDIENCE

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“Building my platform day by day.” 


Yesterday, I posted my 500th post for my WordPress account. And now my milestone stands at 500 posts; 7,748 views; and 1,893 visitors coming to the site. And that is just for my WordPress because I have had this account longer. As it pertains to my personal website on Square Space I have about 121 unique visitors, 193 visits, and 360 views; my new Medium account, I have 92 views, 65 reads, and 4 followers in the last 30 days; and my Facebook fan page with 188 people. So now, I am looking into the year 2018 to grow my platforms over social media. In addition to these sites that I have through blogging, I also have my Instagram and Twitter, with my podcast coming in 2018. I put myself on a time frame for growing my platforms and writing. My writing I said 10 ten years and my platforms I have put myself on a 5 year growth scale. But in real time, everything seems to be moving extremely slow. But I wonder what my social media will look like by my mid 30’s.

And that is a very important age range for me: 33 – 35 years of age. This is the age at which I want to be fully self employed and making moves with my name via social media for my blogs, filmmaking, as a novelist, and photographer. So basically, I will be conducting a lot of writing. I want to have a successful writing career by the time I turn 35 years of age. Let’s assume I pop by the time I turn 35 years old, then build through my 40’s and 50’s. That would mean that I have a good 20 plus years of enjoying my life, and beyond. But coming from this generation, generation Y, we are used to everything moving fast. The only thing that seems to stand still is our job growth and our intimate relationships. And with that, we spend a lot of time depressed because we were given a false illusion of society that does not exist.

The only reason why I don’t quite feel that way is because my mother told me that life was going to be a struggle. And building anything that grows to be great is going to take a lot of work and a lot of time. When we look back at the work we’ve done, then and only then can we say to ourselves, ok, this is how I got to this point. I have to continue to put the work into my projects. I always stay active posting videos on what I am working on currently and in the future via Instagram. Which automatically go to my personal website and Twitter. So I am always connected because of my social media platforms. Now the question remains: “Who am I going to try to connect to, to build my audience?” Because in the end, I will need to connect and network with people to build as well. People also connect to you once they see you creating something that provides them with value. And that value is what will ultimately put me over the top.


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THE K AND J EFFECT: WHY THE KARDASHIAN-JENNERS ARE SO APPEALING TO THE MASSES

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“They’re young, rich, beautiful, and influencers.”


For the past ten years, we have been inundated with the presence of the Kardashian-Jenner family. From the reality series of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, to their numerous business ventures. This family has grown into a nearly $1 billion brand that stretches all around the world. We were first introduced to the surname Kardashian from the O.J. Simpson trial. Robert Kardashian, the girls father, was an accomplished attorney who served as one of the counsels for former NFL runningback O.J. Simpson during his trial. He passed away back in 2003, while the name is still being held strong by his daughters. And as an addition came the Jenner family when the mother remarried former Olympian Bruce Jenner (Katelyn). Two of the Jenners would go on to edge out their own identities in society: Kendall and Kylie.

Why has the influence of the sisters grown in size the way it has grown. Ten years ago, when their reality show first aired America, must less the world, didn’t even know of the sisters. As socialites in their hometown of Calabasas (Los Angeles), CA, they were known among a small group of friends. Once the reality show took off, we were first introduced to the second oldest sister, Kim Kardashian. Soon after we began to get to know the two other sisters Kourtney, the oldest, and Khloe, the youngest. Even their brother Robert was brought into the mix. And the influence of the sisters began to spread. We only knew them as reality personalities, not business women. That is until they introduced us to their store in Los Angeles D.A.S.H.

And slowly, but surely, the two Jenner sisters began to emerge as well. We knew them as the rambunctious pre-teens from the reality show. But eventually, Kendall would be introduced into the modeling world via her mother and sisters. Not long after her introduction into modeling came her younger sister Kylie. Now with all the girls more focused on their own business ventures and less with the reality series, my question still remains. How did they manage to garner so much attention? And why do so many young girls and boys flock to them? That’s right girls and boys. And here is one of my theories as far as exposure is concerned.

When we look at the Kardashian-Jenners, they were supposed to be like anyone else who popped on the scene the way they appeared. They were supposed to get their 15 minutes of fame, and vanish like everyone else; yet they didn’t. So, why have they managed to garner attention and stick around so long? Here is a theory of mine, the introduction of social media. Getting involved in social media with an early start before so many other people joined. Their series became popular not that long after airing on television in 2007. But guess what else took off around that time as well Twitter (founded 2006), Instagram (founded 2010), Facebook increased popularity (founded 2004), and YouTube (founded 2005) increased popularity. Also, the launch of major networks such as the one their show is on E!, introduced between the years 2002 – 2009. They became popular right when social media and reality television was taking off. Fact of the matter is, they got in early.

That is a strong reason as to how they became so popular. Then what about the popularity with so many young people. Well, young people are what young people have always been. The age group of 18 – 35 is such a wide demographic, yet this group makes up the validation and association group. From the highly publicized relationships of the sisters, to their signature look. So many young girls and young women want to be associated with the K & J (Kardashian and Jenner) name.  But the boys love them because one, the girls love them. And another reason is the other one, status. Men need to be validated just as women do. So, to men, we look and go young, beautiful, their own wealth, liberated, and famous. Dating a “K” or a “J” would be the equivalent of winning the lotto and moving from your one bedroom apartment into a 10,000 sq. foot manor. The underlying theory is that if you date one of them, or a woman that resembles them, you have arrived.

See, in the end, the Kardashian-Jenners have tapped into something in America. And that something lies in the very fabric of our nation. That something is capitalism, validation, and fame. All three things the sisters have, all three things society holds up as a standard for what you should want, even if you never attain it. I don’t see them going away anytime soon. Because that 15 minutes, is pushing 15 years. And still, with business opportunities endless, fame and being a socialite is crumbs compared to if they really position themselves well. They are in the app world, and we all know how lucrative the tech industry can be. Whether you like them or not, they are no longer socialites, but the society standard.


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FROM SCRATCH: HOW TO BUILD YOUR BRAND

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“Getting the right eyes at the right time.”


I have been building my social media since Summer of 2016. When I started, I had about 50 – 75 followers on Instagram, Twitter, and none on Facebook. Now my fan page on Facebook is 106, I have 159 followers on Twitter, and 370 Instagram. Now, you might want to ask, why so low? Why so few number of people following after continuous posting for the past year? Well, social media building takes time, and what I mean by time, I mean years. You can be building for five to seven years to generate a following for yourself. Even with my blog, I have started in 2015, I am just now making some decent traction.

Well, how are ways to build some type of audience. And what do I mean by audience, I mean pulling together a group of followers where they not only follow, but you influence their buying decisions. That is a very valuable Related imagesocial media following, when you can influence people’s buying decisions.
For example, people with 1 million followers on Twitter or Instagram can be paid for postings. Even at ten percent of the audience spending at least $100 per year, that’s Related image$10 million dollars. Imagine being able to make brands $10 million because you can influence a buying decision. Now imagine people with 10 million followers, or even the major celebrities with 50 – 100 million followers.

But as for me, with such a small community, I am always seeking ways to grow myself. My blog is probably getting the most traction at the moment. Last month I hit 1,000 views in a month. A feat that has taken me three years. And I am only making more head way now because I post at least one Related imageto three times per day. Now I would like to ask a question of you all. If any of you have built a pretty successful platform, how long did it take you? What was that or those things that kind of put you over the top? Because we all have something that does it for us. For me, that time has not come for me to be over the top.

Currently I am working on my Indiegogo campaign for my next short film, “Freedomless Speech.” And after I am finished with this, hopefully I can build my social media from videography projects. So with my videography, blogging, novels, and photography, should be able to build a nice community for myself. And in the end, that is the purpose. I would really like to see myself as one of these influencers cross my social media platforms. I am currently working in the Indie film landscape. And I have given myself a time frame to work in my field. 10 years from the start of my career pursuit. So by the time I turn 33/34 years of age which is three years, I want to already be in the industry working. I guess only time will tell.


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FRIENDS, FOLLOWS, AND LIKES: WHY ARE PEOPLE SO VALIDATED THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA

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“You don’t know them, they don’t know you, but they’re your friends.”


10,000 friends on Facebook, 1 million Instagram & Twitter followers, with 5 – 10 million likes generated. We all want these stats for our social media circles. But what does it all mean in the end. It doesn’t mean anything if you don’t know what to do with all this media attention. For most people, they have these social circles on the web so they can be validated for a comment or picture they post to the internet. But for those chosen few, it becomes a business opportunity to better themselves in life. There is always an opportunity somewhere, you just have to go get it. But why do we care so much about our social media following.

Let’s take a look from a business perspective. There are advertising companies that will dish out big money for people who have a massive following. And when I say massive, I am talking well over 10 million followers just on Instagram alone. Not to mention all the other platforms you have on social media. But since I brought up Instagram, there are Image result for instagram moneycompanies that may pay $1,500 to $5,000 for a single picture posted to your Instagram account. So if you’re posting a few times a month, you can generate a really good income. The Kardashian-Jenner girls probably make the most money. It has been speculated they can make upwards of $500,000 for a single Instagram post. But that’s expected when they have 75 to 100 million followers on just Instagram per sister.

Then, there is the other side of social media. That is the idea of being validated with no monetary income. These are people who enjoy the idea of getting multiple likes on a comment. Or making what they think is a poignant statement and people piggy backing off of that statment. Instead of people verbally complementing you, we are now settling for likes. Instead of becoming a leader, we are now all followers. I always find it interesting when I hear people who have no social media. It’s almost archaic for you not to exist in this space. Yet with all this needing to be validating , what are the psychological implications of social media. What are the long term effects of needing so much validation?

For starters, social media gives people who otherwise wouldn’t have a voice the ability to voice a concern. Problem is that people tend to abuse the power and jump on the bandwagon of causes that effect the opposition’s careers. It has also served as platforms where people spread their inner most disdain and hate. Implications of this shows they are hurt and need Related imagesomeone to talk to in life. It has given the people with no power, the power to push agendas forward. But we are becoming more self-conscious because we are putting our physical selves out there for judgement. We are more impersonal because human to human contact is rendered obsolete. And even sex has become desensitizing because we are inundated with so much sexual imagery.

In the end, validation should come from the inside out. Too many people have become too concerned with what others think, and our own views of self have taken a back seat. From over-filtering photos so it gives you a more flawless look on Instagram, to creating profile descriptions of yourself that are not even remotely close who you are in life. We have all heard that term fake it until you make it. But the fictitious lives we lead are so over the top, that we would rather fake it and not make it. Because the look of making it has become far more greater than actually having it.


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TECH OVER FAMILY TIME: IS OUR MOBILE DEVICES RUINING OUR FAMILY BONDS

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“Is your life overtaken by your technology?”


Have you ever been at a restaurant and seen families in today’s society? The mother holding her cell phone, the father is holding his, the children are on their iPads; even infants have been known to play around with their own mobile devices. Yet whenever their child takes on negative behavior, they always want to blame it on someone or something else. For example, my kids are the way they are because of the video games. Yet they have to play the video games because their parents refuse to communicate with them. So now they take on characteristics of whatever it is that has their attention. Whether it’s the video games or their social media accounts.

Well why, why are so many young people forced to connect to their social media profiles as a means to connect to people. For starters, this is not the days where parents can always be there for their kids. The cost of living has caused so many to work more, meaning a bigger generation of latch key kids. So a lot of parents are unaware at times as to what their children are doing on a daily basis. Who is to watch after them and who are they to converse with after school. Well, they are going to gravitate to the next best thing which is vagueness. And that’s what excessive use of social media really is; a vague sense of connections to people.

But is it all technology and no parenting? Parents have a hand in how their children turn out as well. Yes, they have to work, but their yours. It’s not the social media, athletes, or entertainers job to raise your children. You must be willing to put in the time to care for them. Because all the people you expect to care for your children have families of their own. You have to be an advocate for your children. You are the one that brought them into this world, so it really isn’t anyone else’s job to raise your children except you. So what’s with trying to always shift the blame elsewhere. Or, and there is an or; maybe for a second, some of it might be the entertainment.

Let’s look at entertainment for a moment. Our entertainment has found its way into our daily lives that now young kids are begging for fame even if comes at the cost of them looking like fools. From Instagram to World Star Hip Hop, entertainment outlets have been designed for connecting people are now used for negativity. So naturally kids gravitate to this, especially when they see people becoming famous or even the slightest bit of notoriety from bad behavior. See, in the end, there are a culmination of issues from children having too much tech and not enough family time. But technology is not slowing down, neither is parents inability to be around. So, this is the beginning, it may get worse, or technology can be used to connect if utilized appropriately.