So I've been on kind of a binge on social media for the past few months. I've made this website, plus Twitter, Instagram, Vine, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Google+, and Tumblr to name a few. Which really doesn't sound like a few does it?
All of that was done to increase my presence online, which helps when you're trying to get hired as an actor. But it's also kind of dangerous if you're a woman. IRL, a lot of bad things happen to women that don't happen to men. I've been very fortunate to be one of the few women who haven't been raped in their lifetime, but I do face sexual harassment in my everyday life. I have been catcalled in a parking lot while wearing yoga pants, I have had men make lewd comments about the way I speak to other people, I have gotten unsolicited hook-up texts, and I have been called a bitch when I was having a bad day.
I hadn't experienced harassment on social media because my social media profile was limited to my personal Facebook, on which I am friends only with people I know like my IRL friends and my family. Since I wanted to make it easier for people to get to know me online, I got Twitter and Instagram to share with the masses. It's going pretty well. I have had to block someone on Twitter already. They didn't say anything bad about me, they criticized me for supporting Planned Parenthood and the women who posted with the Shout Your Abortion hashtag. I felt that their comments about these women (who I see as human beings) were disrespectful to them and did not want them posting on my feed anymore. I always put my headshot as my social media avatars to let people know that this is me speaking. I would not post on social media what I would not be willing to say to a person's face.
I currently have two blogs. This one, and one on Tumblr, which I use for short thoughts. This morning I got a notification that someone had liked and commented on one of my Instagram photos, which was a picture of my afternoon coffee. This person, who shall remain nameless, although my Instagram is public, said that I should be an actor. If they had looked at my bio, they would see that it says I am an actor. I thought, "Oh god. A guy who thinks I'll follow or try to contact him because he said I should be an actor." I was having none of that. I like where I am in my career. I have so many opportunities. I got to be one of the 120 people who got to audition at Team Jabberwocky's Stonehenge Auditions, which means my work as an actor is coming to YouTube soon. I have friends all over the country in the industry and I have a great professional network in my area. I would rather form a professional network with people who see me as more than just pictures on a screen.
I took to Tumblr to vent my frustration, and posted this.
Moral of the story: don't be a creep. Because I will mock you.
Britney does have an expression for everything doesn't she?
Until next time I post.