A Quick Note on How to Get the Most out of your Ello Experience 💻
So you discovered Ello, realized it was a cool platform, and decided to set up your profile and upload some work. Maybe you’ve checked out a couple of Invites, browsed around Discover and found new creators from different areas of the world, and read some rad updates. So, what now?
It’s time to beef up your profile.
We’ve noticed some simple mistakes that many creators tend to make, which limit the benefits they can get out of being Ello members. When it comes to your profile, the basic rule of thumb is: Help us FIND YOU.
Why do you want to be found? Well, beyond gaining global exposure for your work; our friends over at Talenthouse have officially launched their BlackBook service, which allows artists to be directly privately commissioned, outside of an Invite. Simply put, we want to get your work seen and connect you to some amazing brand opportunities while putting creators first.
Additionally, to be selected for these opportunities on both Ello and Talenthouse, you should definitely:
1. Fill out your Profile Header.
Make sure to include a biography of yourself and Creator Type, informing people of your artistic background, training, what drives your passion, etc. Use keywords to describe the style of work that you do, the materials you use, and even be explicit about the type of work for which you are open to being commissioned (i.e. “I am accepting direct commissions for live street murals, and product photography”).
2. Upload artwork with descriptions.
They can be short, but the key here is details. What size is the work? What materials or software (if applicable) did you use? Was it created live, or over a certain amount of time? What style is the work? All crucial details, that help us find your specific talents/skills which are sought out by potential clients (our brand partners). Oh and don’t forget to use hashtags.
3. Correctly link to your social channels & personal website.
A strong social media presence is definitely going to play to your advantage. Some brands seek this out specifically. If you have solid social channels, make sure to link to them; we want to credit you. Likewise, your personal sites can show off your larger body of work and accomplishments, and provide fantastic supplementary information for brands looking to find out a bit more about you.
4. Update your email contact address associated with your profile- and check it.
Maybe you signed up a while ago and have since switched to a new email address, maybe you’re not a frequent inbox checker. Whatever the reason, it’s crucial to ensure your email contact is up-to-date. Our team will always contact you via email for special opportunities, as well as to inform you if your work has been selected for any of our standard Invites. Don’t miss out on an opportunity that was yours simply because we couldn’t get ahold of you.
5. Update your location.
Often, brands are looking for artists in a specific area for local activations. By making sure your current location is listed in your profile header (and spelled correctly), you are enabling us to find you when we have partners seeking artists in your area. If you live in a small town, you might also consider listing your location as the nearest major city center.
6. Participate in Invites.
Beyond the opportunity to be selected for fantastic career opportunities- this is one of the best ways to get noticed by our team. By participating in Invites, you are showcasing your ability to create on-brief work for a brand, which may lead to relevant recommendations for commissioning opportunities.
7. Keep active.
Whether it’s uploading new work to your profile or browsing through Discover and commenting on other creators’ work, the more interaction you have on Ello, the better.
Following the above steps will help you get the most out of your Ello experience, and has the potential to lead you to your next big client. Amazing, right?
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