Happy Thanksgiving! My Favorite Holiday!
I always liked this. ‘A Need To Remember’ by Preston Jackson. This sculpture is at the 69th RedLine stop, took the CTA to a screening at the Black Cinema House about two weeks ago giving me a reason to get a closer look at. Read more about it here.
In other goings on, I kind of became hooked on this girls youtube channel, Shameless Maya. As popular as she is, I assume quite a few of you have already checked her out. Anyway last week a friend mentioned watching her videos, her mission and that she has similar issues to me as far as social media and being an artist/creative goes.
My friend said she told me about her before, the name wasn’t ringing any bells but she had this chick sounding totally relatable so I went ahead and watched her first video and skipped ahead to a few others and realized that I had seen a video of hers some months back on how not to be a starving artist and another on lighting tips and just never went back because to be honest, she wasn’t saying anything new or moving.
Fast forward and I feel completely inspired by her this time around to take a similar approach.
I already kind of started a similar mission to hers last year when I started Tumblr, Twitter and kept it going this year adding Instagram and deciding to do a Project 52 (which I fell off so hard with). But unlike Maya, I never let go of all those reservations about coming off a certain way and being judged, and just kind of had a ton of excuses that held me back. I wasn’t very confident and thats still a work in progress but before I knew it I had already made up in my mind to give it another shot. I’ve been Tweeting everyday for the last three or four days (really having no idea what to say), but I think I can commit to continuing that, at least a Tweet every other day, two Instagram posts a week, and back to a weekly Tumblr post, even if it is cell phone shots.
I’ll up the ante in January or February when I have some new equipment. I have some ideas for how I am going to go about this but with a new, very demanding job I’m going to pace myself so as not to feel too much pressure and stop.
I want to close by making just a few things clear. I do not want to copy Maya, I actually can’t as my ideas are mine and hers are hers however it is as clear to me as it is to anyone reading this and watching Maya that I am taking her Social Media Experiment idea and implementing it in my life as she encourages all her followers to do.
The main things I’m implementing is setting a guideline for how many posts to do in weekly timeframe, being fearless, and being positive, which are all things that I have known I needed to work on as an artist for a number of silent years. Its just that I’ve seen where being silent has gotten me, now I need experiment to see how far being “Shameless” will take me. I don’t know who said it but I heard that the definition of being crazy is to do the same things over and over again and expect different results. So here we go.
Instagram: JustJakina &
Facebook: Jakina Ado Photography
Tumblr: jakinaado &
and I’m on LinkedIn as well as Polyvore and Youtube but I do nothing there as of now, I’ll let you know if/when that changes.
Thats a shit load of social media, don’t all follow me at once.