Some dogs are doggos, some are puppers, and others may even be pupperinos. There are corgos and clouds, fluffers and floofs, woofers and boofers. The chunky ones are thicc, and the thin ones are long bois. When they stick out their tongues, they’re doing a mlem, a blep, a blop. They bork. They boof. Once in a while they do each other a frighten. And whether they’re 10/10 or 12/10, they’re all h*ckin’ good boys and girls.
Are you picking up what I’m putting down? If not, you’re probably not fluent in DoggoLingo, a language trend that’s been gaining steam on the Internet in the past few years. The language most often accompanies a picture or a video of a dog and has spread to all major forms of social media. It might even change the way we talk out loud to our beloved canines.
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Italian artist Biancoshock recently completed a project entitled “Web 0.0” The project which was cerated for CVTA’ Festival in the city of Civitacampomarano, which is a tiny village with merely 400 habitants, most of which are elderly.
The purpose of the project is to bring the internet to a non web based community as most of the town does not have internet capabilities. Biancoshock implemented a ton of branding on existing older technologies to create an environment of a real life internet so to speak.
I see a lot of people saying, “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know” - and in part, that’s true. But I have yet to see a successful explanation of how to know the “right people.” So I’m going to try.
First, do good work, and be a good person. Like, this always holds true - anyone with a modicum of sense knows that.
So I’m just going to cover how to get your good work seen.
The most common advice I see is “put yourself out there.” That means:
Make a website.
Get on social media.
Go to conventions.
Basically, stick your work in front of everyone possible, every place possible.
Right. That’s all important. But that’s only step one.
I’ve got a huge network, and I generally don’t have a problem finding opportunities. … but get this, I’m actually an introvert. It’s not that I hate people, it just that maintaining relationships requires energy (and about once a month, I hole up in my room for a weekend to recharge).
There are generally two approaches to all problem-solving, “go wide” and “go deep.” The common advice is to go wide - people will remember your work after seeing it 100,000 times. If you’re lucky, someone will remember. If you’re not, you’ll sink into that cloud of online noise and people who draw just like you and like the same things as you.
My advice is “go deep.” That’s where my energy goes.
The core of networking is getting people to remember you, so they think of you when a good opportunity comes up. Since people are generally empathetic, the easiest way to do that is to remember them back. Give time and energy to your newly-formed relationships - or else your image will fade like a 30-second commercial on Hulu. Here are my tips:
Most importantly, take the time to remember faces, remember names, and remember what they need. Just the core of getting to know someone, really, knowing them as a person. If you’re not good at remembering things, practice with celebrity faces, do some memory games. Remember, people are people, not just job gatekeepers!
Go out of the way to remember seemingly irrelevant things they’d told you (don’t pressure them) like where they are from, what they like to eat, if they have pets, and what their favorite shows are. Try to find common ground that’s not work. Be humorous, be intelligent. If you have a conversation about something other than “get me a job,” you will be more likely to remember each other.
If you can, truly dedicate a chunk of your brain to the new person. Don’t be afraid to make the first move to show you want to invest time in this relationship, especially if they’re new in town. Take them to your favorite restaurant. Invite them to your next house party. Suggest seeing a new movie. Or simply say, “i really like how you did [such-and-such] and would love to be a part of it. if you need more help, e-mail me.” (Caveat: small group gatherings in public places are wiser, otherwise things can be misconstrued and go into weird and possible squicky romantic territory.)
Go ahead and follow fan pages, blogs, and public sites, but don’t cold-add people on personal social media (ie, a private Facebook) if you haven’t had a conversation with them. Relationships, even networking ones, are largely about privacy and trust. That “follow for follow” thing is bullshit, don’t even try.
If your name is super common, hard to spell, or otherwise hard to remember, you might want to make it easier for the other party to remember by coming up with an easily searchable handle. Things such as puns and common words work well (people remember my friend “ProdigyBombay” years after she stopped posting).
Even if it’s been years, don’t forget people. It shows people you give a damn. Social media is great for this.
Finally, remember the setting and space you’re in. And respect peoples’ privacy. Don’t assume someone exists simply so you can get something from them. Showing your portfolio is what’s expected during a review, but not a bar unless they ask to see it. And if someone doesn’t want to give you information, don’t pry. You wouldn’t make your friends owe you anything, so why should you do that to someone you just met?
Great, so you kinda know a bunch of people, now what?
Giver, Taker, Matcher suggests there are three kinds of people in the world: those who give, those who take, and those who match. Be a smart giver. If you only take opportunities, no one will want to help you because you’ll be seen as a selfish ass.Givers try to give opportunities to everyone.
Most people are matchers who will “do unto others” - so they’ll take if you’re a taker but they’ll give if you’re a giver. So if you are a giver surrounded by matchers and other givers, things will be given to you. Those so-called “impenetrable industry circles” are really groups of givers and matches who trust each other and therefore give to each other (you know, like groups of friends).
Tit for Two Tatsis an iterated prisoner’s dilemma scenariowhich helps protect you as a giver. If you’re surrounded by takers, you’ll be well, taken advantage of. Be a giver in your first impression, because matchers and other givers will immediately give to you. But if you’re taken from, give once again - because hey, sometimes people are down on their luck and they simply can’t help you out. And a friend who only helps when you can help them back isn’t reliable. However, if the pattern of taking repeats a lot, cut off your giving before that person hurts you.
So I’m saying, yes, sometimes you might actually want to work for exposure or for cheap. The world is full of takers who will leave you high and dry, but if you know someone is a matcher or a giver, it might just be worth it to do that discount job. Good examples would be for a high-profile Kickstarter or charity, although most reliable for-profit businesses should offer to pay. When doing small personal stuff for friends, I charge a nominal fee of about $10/hr. This works out pretty well by giving me motivation, and friends help keep friends fed. (Note, corporations who use your work for profit are not the same as your friends and for professional jobs the rate is the rate is the rate.)
Since we are all limited by physical and temporal resources, give your help when it’s needed most. Go out of you want to see the friend who’s in town for a only day. Pick up that sad soul stranded at LAX (thank you, i love you, rollaine). You don’t need to hang out every day to maintain a meaningful friendship, but a real friend is there when it counts.
Finally, once you’re comfortable with that person and have a reliable relationship, don’t be afraid to ask for work, especially when an opportunity really interests you and doubly especially if someone straight-up asks you to apply (this includes open calls for art). Not everyone knows who needs work at what point in time, so making note of your status is totally allowable. Your friends can’t help you if they don’t know you want help. But if they do know already, don’t be bothersome. You’re letting someone know your availability, not demanding they give you a job.
So yeah, that’s essentially the “going deep” part to networking - dedicate the same mental energy to whom you’ve met as you’d want dedicated to you! And that includes not being a shitty, take-y person.
tl;dr - To network properly, don’t approach people like you want them to get your a job. Approach them like you want to make a new friend. And don’t be a shitty friend.
Social media is an interesting thing, sometimes we have this stupid idea “if we don’t receive powerful attention in our post it means that our art is bad” and we forget it’s not about always winning, it’s about contrast and discipline, 1 o 1000 likes can’t tell you how good is your art, good feedback is like money, should be the result of hard work not the reason, so don’t worry many artist feel the same, just don’t stop!.
Personal illustration I struggled and wrestled with for the past month in small moments of my spare time, and in the end I’m not too happy with it. Twitter (honestly all social media) can be helpful and good at times for things like networking, but the vast majority of it seems to be severely toxic. Not just talking politics - I’ve seen some very vicious comments from fans of comics, cartoons, video games, you name it. Everyone seems to be so inherently angry at everything in the world :(
Currently, I’m taking a complete break from Social Media to focus on bigger projects and my progress. For this experiment, I temporarily deactivated my accounts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to take the pressure off my shoulders and cancel the noise. They will be back soon.
For commissions and questions feel free to use the contact sheet on my website or shoot me an email.
Some modern day Hamilton. Credit to @astroidbelt for the Angelica Take a Break text post, X, I laughed for like five minutes straight after reading it. I wanted to draw Hamilton with a man bun and cute outfits because theirs way too much pain and suffering in act two