In today’s day and age of social network-meetup-hi-look-at-me-ing you never really know who’s out there peeking in your website-blog-twitter-facebook-window.
That’s not a bad thing, in fact it can be pretty cool!
I had a wonderful experience at the NYC Voiceover Mixer hosted by Voice Talent Productions last month: a fellow voice talent, who I had never met in person, came up to me and told me how much she appreciated my posts about telephony and how much she learned, and thanked me for the help I had given…virtually. That made me feel really nice!
Earlier this month another fellow voice talent emailed me to say that she had attended NAB in Philadelphia in the fall and that the hugely talented Dan O’Day had used my Twitter feeds as an example of what to do right when using Twitter. Wow….that’s pretty cool!
And now, the latest is that a fellow west-coat Voice talent Jeffrey Kafer – a former Microsoft employee who got laid off last year – got contacted by FOX News to be a guest on the Mike Huckabee show to talk about how he went from employee to full time voice talent. All due to someone having seen one of Jeff’s blog posts.
Now these are all positive examples of putting yourself out there. And they all came about from just being online and doing what we do. Being ourselves.
This doesn't mean you can't be opinionated and stand by your convictions. (See my friend Peter O'Connell's blog for some great posts that have started some very lively discussions!)
But I keep in mind something my father told me back in the days before the Interwebz: "Never put in writing - in a letter or otherwise - anything you aren't ready for the whole world to read." That's even more applicable today.
It just goes to show you that you never know who is watching you, reading what you write and taking notes. They say you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Wouldn't you rather that impression be a good one? When online, it’s probably a good idea to keep it clean and professional ....like this post! :-)