Advice for Standing out as a Dancer on Instagram
These days social media is integral to your brand as a performer. When you are pursuing a career as a dancer, this is even more true. With quick steps often becoming the new viral trend, there is truly no better place to showcase your skills. In a recent interview from Backstage, choreographer Jennifer Weber shared how you can prime your pages for your best moves.
Think about your handle
It’s so important that you’re easy to find. If your handle isn’t your name, make sure your name is in your bio. Include your agency information too so they’re easy to contact if we’re interested. If you aren’t sure what your online presence is, Google yourself and see what comes up.
Take advantage of story highlights
This Instagram feature is a great way to keep important videos at the top of your profile. If you’re a triple threat, consider making one each for dance, singing, and acting clips. If you’re a dancer, consider making one each for freestyle, choreography, and your reel. These clips don’t need to be anything fancy, but a clear shot of you dancing solo is better than a clip from a class where it’s hard to tell which dancer you are. If you don’t have good clips, rent a studio for an hour with some friends and take turns filming each other. The resulting video will be a great use of time and money, I promise.
Be careful with how you represent yourself
It’s common practice to Google someone you’ve never worked with before hiring them. If you post a lot of party pictures or negative posts, that can cost you a job. No one wants to take a chance on someone who might be irresponsible or bring negative energy into the room.
If you want to keep your professional and private lives separate, consider two different profiles. a public professional profile and a private personal profile.
Keep your profile up to date
Directors want to know that you’re working. If you aren’t currently employed on a project, show your dedication to the craft by posting about taking classes, working out, seeing shows, and doing other things that illustrate your focus.
Though not everyone thinks their number of followers is important, I’ve been a part of many casting conversations (especially in the commercial world) where the producer is only interested in casting dancers with a certain size following. If a part is down to two final dancers and one has a much, much bigger social media following, that person will most likely be offered the job. No need to buy followers or rely on bots, but do actively engage with your community on Instagram.
Social media can sometimes feel like just another thing on your endless to-do list but if it’s done well, it can really help you get cast.
Content via Backstage.com