Taji's Embarassing Twitter Confessions

Its not like twitter is a new technology... its been around for a while now and I figured that the best way to get insights about using twitter was from voice actors who had tried and true methods. So I wrote a blog post a few weeks back expecting tons of input... funny enough I didn't get a peep out of anyone! Well except one person who said they were just as excited to see answers to her twitter related questions as I was.

 

But no one said anything so here is what I did.. I went and did my own research and compiled a list of articles on how to generate money using Twitter and include them in this post.

What I've Understood So Far

Well I've read a whole bunch of articles about this so far and these are the elements that they have in common:

  1. You have to have an active twitter account - Meaning that you do use it and it doesn't just have one tweet or something. Lots of people block accounts that have one or two tweets because they are usually from spam bots
  2. Follow the twitter accounts of relevant clients - So you can follow the accounts of casting agents or casting agencies and when you find them posting about a job that suits your particular skill set then contact them about it and open a dialogue.
  3. Search for Keywords in the search box on your page in twitter - If you've been to your page on twitter and don't just use it through a third party application you can search for keywords (that are emphasized using hash tags #taji for instance) to look for tweets that might be relevant to what you specialize in.
  4. Connect with Other Voice Actors - The whole point of twitter is that it is designed to both reinforce existing relationships and create new ones. Connecting with other voice actors and talking to some of the more experienced ones one to one can help you hone your craft and maybe get to know people that will refer you to agents and agencies if something comes their way... for example... I am an Arabic language voiceover artist , if you guys get a call from your agent saying oh I have this big job but I need an arabic and chinese voice actor to complete the roster... you would say... wait I know this guy on twitter called @mahmoudtaji and he's an arabic vo artist... let's send him a msg! there you go.. you just got a job lead.
  5. Help People - People always remember kindness and if you answer people's questions and share your experience then people will remember you and you will have a better chance of being their first pick when a job that fits you comes along.
  6. Don't Hide Your Contact Info - Make it easy for people to find you. If you are using twitter for personal relationships then setup a second account just for your voice work and make sure your services website page is connected to that account.
  7. Make it known that you are looking for work - You are a freelancer and you are on twitter for a reason... Don't spam people with your skill set and make them cringe everytime they see a tweet from you.. be casual about it and make your services known.
  8. Follow People Back - That is something I don't do... I have to say I can get easily distracted by having too many feeds running at the same time... so I only follow those that I have spoken to before outside of twitter... which is kind of counter productive.
  9. Retweet to your Network - If you want to help but don't have the right connections then retweet a tweet. Meaning you are connected to 300 voiceover agencies and talent and your friends etc. One of them says I need a German speaking VO... you are not sure if you know someone who does German VOs and is a woman.. so you retweet... hopefully a german guy voice actor who knows a female voice actress will inform her and this way you were able to help someone via referral. If you do it then maybe someone else will do it and the job they retween will fit you perfectly!

So far that is all I have been able to get from my search without getting too obsessed with it. But I do want to leave you with a few links that you might find helpful:

Social Media Tips From Dave Courvoisier and Terry Daniels Podcast:

Listen to Podcast

Article About Terry Daniels And His Prowess at garnering clients from Twitter:

Click here to read the article

How To Actually Make Money On Twitter

Read 5 articles here

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Comment by Mahmoud Taji on April 9, 2011 at 4:51am
You are welcome Howard, I myself found twitter a little perplexing in the beginning. What was the point of the 140 characters? Why can't I repeat the same message twice within an hour? Why would anyone want to follow a celebrity\s tweets? But the idea is one should not dismiss a technology just because one doesn't understand it... If someone else was able to find benefit from it... then why not me?
Comment by Howard Ellison on April 9, 2011 at 4:43am
Thanks, Mahmoud.  You are greatly helpful as always.  So far I've focused mainly on Linkedin, probably because I also found Twitter a bit opaque at first  (my children of course have no difficulty).  Agreed, it really does help all round if we share our hopes and fears, ideas and opportunities.  Re-tweet is in the right spirit.
Comment by Mahmoud Taji on April 8, 2011 at 6:20pm
Feed not deed. My iPhone autocorrect has a mind of it's own!
Comment by Mahmoud Taji on April 8, 2011 at 6:18pm
Twitter is what you want it to be. If some talks too much and you would rather not listen to their deed. Just unfollow them. I've done it dozens of times while maintaining a healthy off Twitter relationship with that person. I believe one should pursue any ethically acceptable means to garner business if all it takes is a bit of strategic communication.
Comment by David G. Van Sise Sr. on April 8, 2011 at 6:09pm
I find that twitter doesn't further anything productive other than IM-ing everyone over things no one really needs to know. I think privacy and stupidity are shared with "I went to the store", "I'm doing something" and I feel it's one of those "Thanks for sharing, and That's More than I wanted to know".  That's Just my Personal Opinion and I'm sure people need to surgically seperate from your Twitter and IM stuff.  My Son (Age 21) seems to not be able to function without his phone always IM-ing him from someone.  It's like Having the phone off the hook all day and everyone can listen in to what you are doing.  I just think it's too much.  But that's Just me folks.

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