I think this YouTube video about the song “No” by Megan Trainor is so funny – it is about a woman who is being approached by a guy who is asking her for her name, zodiac sign, and her phone number and she is replying by simply telling him “no.” I think that it sends a positive message to ladies everywhere, to not feel guilty about saying “no” to men that are not welcome. What do you think?
One of the things I recently discovered is how useful YouTube can be when you are considering purchasing a product. For example, when Chuck was thinking about buying an ampeg amp he went to YouTube and typed in the keywords ampeg amp and found several videos about different ampeg amps. He found this review of one of them, and it helped him figure out whether or not to purchase it.
I know I’ve told you that I have an aunt that lives in Londond. She sent me an email a long time ago with a link to a local paper (to her) that was running a story with pictures about a leopard that attacked a large crocodile. It was quite a battle; the leopard won the battle and hauled the crocodile off to eat. All I can say is that the leopard must have been pretty hungry to take on a crock! The article was on the Earth news section of the website of the London Telegraph paper at Telegraph.co.uk if you want to check it out.
Just out of curiousity, I went onto YouTube to see if I could find a video of the aforementioned event, and I did not find any videos of leopards fighting crocks, but I did find a video of a jaguar and a cayman. That’s pretty close, isn’t it? Here’s the video that I found on YouTube!
It doesn’t seem like that long ago that being a professional musician was something that only a very few select people got to do. Today, however, that is far from the truth.
Anybody who wants to can create and sell the music that they have made. There are even independent music labels that specialize in the marketing and selling of independent musicians (DFTBA Records is a good example of this). Of course, if you haven’t signed up with a label (like the aforementioned DFTBA Records), getting the word out about your music can be difficult.
Managing your reputation online can become a full time job, particularly if you want to grab peoples’ attention and get them to buy the music that you have worked so hard to create. Even mediums that seem to be on the side of the independent creator aren’t that helpful anymore. Facebook, for example, now charges artists to make sure that the updates they post to their pages actually get seen by the people who have liked them.
One of the best things you can do is be proactive. Make sure that you are creating a positive presence for yourself online. Publish a blog. Set up a YouTube Channel. Sign up with services like CDBaby and Bandcamp. Upload your music to iTunes and Amazon. Make sure that people can find you. Claim your name on all of the social portals. After all, you don’t want an imposter taking over your name on Twitter, do you? Start befriending the indie musicians who have gone before you and emulate their strategies.
In the beginning, managing your reputation online is going to be pretty basic. You might even be able to do it all by yourself. As time goes on, however, and more people find out about you, keeping up with the posts, the tweets, the likes, the subscribers, etc—it can be overwhelming. You don’t want your reputation to tank, but managing it yourself can be a major time suck.
If you make it to this point, there is no shame in asking for some professional help. When you make enough sales that managing your money becomes difficult, you hire an accountant, right? Why not do the same for your reputation? There are lots of professionals out there that are well versed in making sure that your best face is always the face people see.
Earlier this evening I was looking at some YouTube videos, getting jealous about some of the fantastic jobs some people have – specifically the people who work as wild life rehabilitation specialists and get to swim with tigers – and somehow drifted from one video to another and then came across a video that was saying that Ron Howard had died in 2009. When I saw that I was wondering – “what they hey, why don’t I remember that?” and I started to watch the video. There were several comments below the video telling whoever put the video up that Ron Howard was still alive and telling the person who put the video up to take it down. I wonder why someone would even make and put up a video like that, and I wonder why YouTube hasn’t yanked it off of the air?