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Skill Level Intermediate
- So here we are, the final video of creative cross-training. And yeah, I hope you're going to try out some, or better yet, because I'm biased, all, of the art, photography, 3D assemblage, writing, and mini-movie making projects that I've talked about in this series. And should any of those projects lead to pieces of art or photography or writing, or mini-movie making cinematography, you know, stuff you're proud of, then yeah, maybe you're going to want to let others see what you've been up to. So in that regard, here are some ideas, ways that you might just show off a little bit. And we'll start out with the basics. How about framing and hanging your works of art and photography and lettin' other people have a look, like some of those abstract paintings that you did for the fifth video in this series, or maybe some of those good-looking photos that you've been taking after watching the second video, or maybe just go completely unframed. And just so you know, I keep a whole bag of alligator clips in my office just for this kind of thing. And speaking of framing and hanging your art, okay, what about doing a full-sized showing of your work? Seriously, like you could paint or photograph a whole series of thematically-related images and see about having 'em hung up in the local coffee shop, or maybe you could aim bigger and go talk to local gallery owner, or maybe just do a more private showing, like a wall on your living room, or it could be down the hallway at the office. I don't know, I'm just brainstorming here. And in that regard, a quick side note. Galleries do sometimes host showings of a totally mixed bag of paintings, of photos and pieces of art that have nothing in common except that they were created by the same person. But more often, a lot more often, galleries are interested in putting up a series of pieces that are somehow connected, like a showing of abstracts that have an in-common look right and feel, or it could be photos that all deal with similar subject matter. So do give some thought to coming up with extended sets of paintings or photos that adhere to certain themes and/or looks. It could be increase their potential of being shown in a gallery or a coffee shop, or in your house or whatever. And you know, if you do create an extended series of paintings or photos, you might want to look into showing 'em off inside one of those one-off hardcover books from an online vendor; that could be fun. And you could have several of these books printed up, and spread 'em around, friends, relatives, coworkers, potential clients, whomever. And on a related note, I've noticed that some of those online business card sites, they allow you to put different images on the back of every business card within an order. And many of those sites also offer postcard sizes. So maybe print up a whole pack of paintings or photos or illustrations or all of the above. It might be nice, you could give 'em away or maybe even offer them for sale. Okay, now let's talk about showing your work digitally. You got Facebook and Instagram and LinkedIn, for sure. I don't need to tell you that these can be great places to share your work. And when you share, give some thought to exactly how you share your images, how you post your samples. For instance, say you shot a dozen photos, and you want to share 'em. Well, you could post these things all at once, album style. There's nothing wrong with that, lots of impact there. Or you could feed these things out like one photo a day for 12 days and try to build up some excitement, some interest, some anticipation that way. All I'm saying is give some thought to your options before you start posting. And if you happen to be a creative professional, then how about posting some of this stuff on your portfolio site? I mean, you do have a portfolio site, right? Of course you do, okay, and keep in mind, as they say, there's definitely some wisdom to posting the kind of work that you really want to be doing. It's a great way of attracting the attention of the right kind of people, and for the right kind of reasons. And yeah, there's also the idea of blogging, if you're into that. I mean, how about getting either a written blog or a video blog going, something that covers some of these forays of yours into new venues of artistic expression? Just putting it out there. All right, there you have it, just a few ideas about how you might want to go about showing your work, either sometime soon or later on. And in any case, I hope these ideas get the wheels turning in your head, if you're one of those people who enjoys showing your work to others. All right, so I guess we're all done here! And a big thank you to you for joining me for this series. This thing was really fun for me to put together, and I really hope that you're going to have a go at some or maybe all of the projects that we've talked about. Each one of those projects, by the way, was based on some kind of creative side thing that I've either done, or I'm still in the midst of doing, and I can truly say that I've learned something, or some things, from each and every one of these creative cross-training activities. I'm super glad I've done 'em, and you know what, once you give 'em a try, I think you're going to be glad, too.