Breaking Bread Through Social Media

Breaking Bread Through Social Media

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Has your social media feed been bombarded by people baking lately?  Mine has! Everyone seems to be trying their hands at this age-old tradition, and I have to say that I am guilty of taking part in the craze myself.

Like many, we are looking for things to do while we are self-isolating during this covid-19 pandemic. From jigsaw puzzles, to baking, to even TikTok videos, we are all just trying to cope and have fun AT HOME during these uncertain times.

Baking has become so popular these last few months that it has been challenging to find some pantry staples in our grocery stores.  Ingredients like yeast and flour are like gold when you find them.  Food rationing and “fear cuisine” has not been part of our generation’s vernacular.  However, during the Great Depression and World War II this was a very common sensation as ingredients, in particular sugar and butter, were just not available (Julian, 2020).  One of the outcomes of this rationing was the creation of a chocolate cake recipe called “Wacky Cake”, it turns the most basic ingredients (i.e. flour, cocoa powder, vinegar, etc.) into a yummy dessert (Julian, 2020).

What differentiates us from those living during the Great Depression or World War II, is that we are not making wacky cake, we are making sourdough with a side of dalgona coffee it seems, and we are sharing our creations, and even our fails, on social media.  Hashtags such as #covidbaking and #covidcooking have popped up, and show a slew of tasty treats, some prettier than others.

With the craziness of what is going on around us, there definitely is something so comforting about the aroma of baked bread or cake wafting through the house, and sharing those treats (albeit virtually right now) to stay connected to those we miss and to inspire others to do the same, because sharing is caring, right?

What tasty treats provide you comfort, and have you shared them on social media during this pandemic?

Source:
Julian, S. (2020, May 05). When cooks in the Great Depression had no eggs and butter, they baked anyway – The Boston Globe. Retrieved May 30, 2020, from https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/05/05/lifestyle/when-cooks-great-depression-had-no-eggs-butter-they-baked-anyway/

Social media posts:
Twitter: Let them eat cake (or bread, or anything else I am baking during a pandemic). https://bit.ly/2XeYQWd #covidbaking #covidcooking #baking #bread #covid19

Facebook: Let them eat cake (or bread, or anything else I am baking during a pandemic). Food still unites us all during a pandemic. https://bit.ly/2XeYQWd #covidbaking #covidcooking #baking #bread #covid19

Let’s Get Hexy- Using Social Media to Organize


I’ve been thinking a lot on the power of social media in bringing people together for a united cause; be it a positive or negative one. Something that has been on my mind has been the idea of group hexing. This isn’t really a part of my personal practice but I do find it very interesting. Much of witchcraft is based in energy and intention. The idea that if you pour enough of your energy and focus into something you desire, that thing becomes achievable.

So what then if you organize an international group hex? I’m thinking of the case of Brock Turner.

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Photo from VICE magazine of hexing preformed via social media

Many of us know about Brock Turner. If you haven’t heard, Brock Turner is an utter POS who was caught raping an unconscious woman (Chanel Miller) behind a dumpster on Stanford University campus. He posted bail that same day. He served three months in prison with the judge declaring he didn’t want to ruin poor Brock’s life. This, justifiably, incited a rage in many people and caught the eye of the witchcraft community who then rallied using social media platforms to create a group hexing.

This hex was organized by Melanie Elizabeth Hexen who used a Facebook event to gather witches to the cause. The hexing occurred in 2016 and the Facebook event has since been taken down, but in it included instructions and incantations on the how to perform this activity. 600 people responded within hours and media picked up on the story.

It was covered by VICE, Huffington Post and New York Magazine, just to name a few. There are dozens of articles from reputable news sources covering this story, that all started with a Facebook event. New York Daily New covers mass hexing organized via social media.

It was covered by VICE, Huffington Post and New York Magazine, just to name a few. There are dozens of articles from reputable news sources covering this story, that all started with a Facebook event.

New York Daily News covers mass hexing organized via social media.

Without social media craft work of this scale would not be possible. On Twitter there are dozens of posts with the hashtag #hexbrockturner (as well as a small few on Instagram) and similarly on Facebook, all you need to do is type Hex Brock Turner into your search bar and posts are available, not just of news articles but of peoples personal stories on how they participated.

Setting aside ethics for a moment, let’s take a look at an unusual way that social media has been used to bring together witches for a cause. This is a case that has caused outrage among many people and witches. Witches who wanted to do something active and not just sit idly by. One of the major tenants of witchcraft, spell work and hexes is to have energy, or power behind it. Having 600+ witches all following the same spell gives power to that act.

For good or otherwise, social media has genuine power behind it, not just to post cute dog photos or your family vacation but to organize and to act, to create real change.

How then can we ensure we are using this power responsibly? There are many people who believe this sort of thing would be considered unethical. But is it any worse than raping an unconscious woman behind a dumpster?

  Twitter: Let’s get Hexy- Using Social Media to Organize (bitly link)

 Facebook : Let’s get Hexy- Using Social Media to organize (bitly link

Use Social Media To Your Advantage – Supplement Your Income Today!

COM0011 – Blog #2

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Thanks to the current COVID-19 pandemic, I found myself in quarantine at home, and without a job to go to everyday. Time was getting long, I had no set routine, and I was wondering if there was a way for myself to make money online to add to my current earnings. Being an avid and daily social media user, I decided to conduct some research and see which online platform would allow me to use my skillsets and turn it into money from the comfort of my own nook. I was aware that completing online surveys was a very common way for people to make extra cash, but I wanted to find something that would permit me to be creative while making supplemental bucks. I’ve decided to share my top three findings with you, as I knew I was probably not the only one that was starting to get indulged with boredom and mildly stressing out for money.

Speak Your Mind, Start a Blog!

Almost every website that I’ve visited have mentioned kicking off a blog as a means to make your wallet a bit thicker. You usually don’t need any sort of relevant experience, but you must enjoy writing and doing research. Many of these sites have recommended to dig deep into your interests to further create a unique and informative online journal.

The beauty of blogging is that you can express yourself in any tone that suits you best, you can write about pretty much anything, and other readers are able to connect with you by commenting on your writings. It’s a great way to discover different perspectives, opinions, new tips, and even additional information on subjects that interest you.

Lucky for you, I was able to find a basic (and free) step-by-step guide to get started on your blog. There are also numerous Canadian (yes, Canadian!) affiliate programs to help you boost your new extra income. I’ve listed a few of them below to help you get started:

Let’s Get Creative

If writing isn’t your forte, don’t worry! If you’re more of an experimental and inventive person that enjoys creating things with your very own hands, then selling your artwork online may be your calling.

Websites like Etsy and Ebay are platforms that make it possible for regular people like us, to sell our handcrafted gems easily, and online. You can find all sorts of homespun items: jewelry, home decor, clothing, furniture, etc. The possibilities are endless.

So, what’s the catch? Most of these global marketplaces are free to join, but these platforms make money by charging the seller a percentage on the transaction fee of the item’s price and delivery rate. For example, Etsy will take 5% of your earnings, and if you use the Etsy Payments, they’ll gather an additional 3-4% and CA$0.25 toll when you’ve sold an item (Learn How To Sell/Etsy).

Knowledge Is Power

I think this may be one of my favourite ways for anyone to make money online. As Ownr says, “teaching English online is a relatively new hustle”. So, why not use your English skills, and transfer them to children that could benefit from them? There are numerous platforms that are available to anyone, and most of these websites only ask for their teachers to have the following requirements: have a stable internet connection, have a functioning camera and microphone for video chats, and be fluent with the English language (written and spoken). For some of the programs, it is essential that you have a college or university degree.

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Most of the students online come from all over the world, and they’re simply looking to refine their anglophone vocabulary; hence why the requirements to become an online tutor are so flexible.

According to Ownr and Savvy New Canadians, these are the most successful websites for both the teachers and students:

Get Working!

Again, there are so many ways for anyone to supplement their income during this pandemic. I simply wanted to explore ways for myself, and for you, to turn your hobbies into extra cash, all through various online platforms. If you know of these operations or even different ones, I’d love for you to leave a comment, share your experience, and which platform worked best for you!

References

  1. Enoch Omololu. “17 Real Ways To Make Extra Money From Home And Online In Canada”. Savvy New Canadians. 12 April 2020. https://www.savvynewcanadians.com/how-to-make-money-home-online-canada/
  2. Enoch Omololu. “How To Start Making A Money-Making Blog In 2020: The Easy 6-Step Ultimate Guide”. Savvy New Canadians. https://www.savvynewcanadians.com/how-to-start-a-blog/
  3. (No Attributed Author). “12 Ways to Make Money Online in Canada”. Ownr. https://www.ownr.co/blog/ways-to-make-money-online-in-canada/

Would people swipe right on your businesses social media?

If you haven’t met me person you should know that I’m very comfortable providing my opinion on a wide range of topics but there is one exception to this rule and that is dating. Honestly it’s not for any bad reason, I promise. My partner and I met in high school, he was my first and only boyfriend, so I feel like when it comes to giving dating advice to friends, who are now in their mid-late 20’s, I’m a little out-dated in my research.

Don’t believe me? Well if you asked me the best way, in my experience, to meet someone who would be interested in a  long-term committed relationship I would have to be honest and tell you I met my husband because his locker was beside my high school besties….doesn’t apply to people in there mid-late 20’s, right?

That being said the more I read about writing for social media platforms the more I realize the advice has the potential to be transferrable!

Reading How to Create the Ultimate Social Media Style Guide by MINDSCAPE really drove this home for me.

Exhibit A – Writing Style/Tone of Voice

“Know your brand’s voice. Is it conversational or is it factual? What “language” do your personas best respond to? It’s OK to let your hair down on social media.” (Mindscape, 2020)

Dating Advice: know who you are and own it!

Think of it like this, what is more attractive to you in a partner; someone who knows who they are and owns it or someone who is scattered, unsure and indecisive? Well the same goes for your businesses social media presence. Knowing who you are is important but knowing that the setting, social media or on a date, is also meant to be fun so don’t forget to have some.

Exhibit B – Images, Videos and Formatting

“Social media messages with images get 75% more clicks than those that don’t have a photo.” (Mindscape, 2020)

Dating Advice: don’t just talk, do something to show who you are

If you want to get another date plain and simple be memorable by doing more than just talking. Do something to make it memorable and show who you are.

Images, videos and formatting are how businesses can quickly show a consumer who you are. It also encourages the consumer to interact and build a relationship. It’s engaging and interactive which is similar to a good date. Show who you are and stand out by suggesting something different, show how fun you are with your unique suggestion.

Exhibit C – Content Calendar (aka schedule and follow through)

“Make a posting schedule and stick to it! Consistency is key.” (Mindscape, 2020)

Dating Advice: make sure to schedule something, follow through on your plans and don’t give up

When dating someone has to make the first move, so why not be you. When you make a plan make sure to follow through on it. It may be scary to put yourself out there but you need to try. If you consistently put yourself out there the more you will get comfortable with doing it.

Photo by Bich Tran from Pexels

All of this to say that if you are dating or in business you need to own who you are, be creative in your delivery and allocate time to it if you want to be successful in having someone swipe right.

Citations

Mindscape. (2020, February 16). How to Create the Ultimate Social Media Style Guide. Retrieved from https://wearemindscape.com/how-to-create-the-ultimate-social-media-style-guide/

Promotional Posts

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A Social Shift

A Social Shift

For most of us, 2020 has not exactly gone as planned.  The COVID-19 pandemic has forced everyone to change their routines and work life may be very different than it used to be.  If you are anything like me, your new coworkers will not stop crying and chewing the television remote.  By coworkers I am talking about the children and dogs.  If your work life is anything like mine, that means you also rely heavily on your phone and laptop.  

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Social distancing has caused an increase in the need for social networking.  According to Hootsuite, there has been a 76% increase in screen time since the pandemic began.  Social media marketers need to adapt to the new digital climate.  Individuals are using social networks to maintain human interaction while businesses are having to adapt their practices in order to stay relevant and functional.  Facebook and WhatsApp recently reported that usage has more than doubled since the pandemic began.  The use of 1:1 interaction such as private messages and video chats have also increased during this time.  These interactions are replacing face to face social activities that can no longer take place.  

So, the real question is, what can businesses do to encourage sales during a global health crisis?  This time is crucial for brand managers.  It is very important to stay relevant while everyone continues to social distance.  In order for brands to succeed they must listen to the needs of their clients.  As consumers cannot go into their locations to buy, they must focus on the digital marketplace.  Many social media platforms have developed new tools for businesses in order to aid at this time.  For example, users on Instagram are now able to make sales directly from their page.  This allows for businesses to make better use of the site.  Social promotions and campaigns should be relevant and clear.  Many businesses have had to put upcoming promotions on hold because they do not make sense in the current climate.  Posts are becoming more frequent as brands are realigning their goals and adjusting to the new normal.  

Engagement rates on social networks have gone been up and down since the start of the pandemic. According to Rival IQ, social networks are starting to see some of the lowest engagement numbers to date.  In order to increase engagement, it is suggested to focus on quality of posts rather than quantity.  Additionally, make posts that are of benefit to your target market.  In other words, do not make a post just to get random content out there, it will not be of benefit.  The best way to increase engagement is to make posts that followers can relate to.

In conclusion, operating during a global health pandemic is no simple task, but it has never been easier due to the digital world we live in.  As screen time has increased, so has the need for interaction with others.  In order to remain relevant marketers must be selective about what they are posting in order to increase engagement.  Have you noticed a shift in how you use social networks since the COVID-19 pandemic began? 

How is COVID-19 affecting social media engagement? Find out! https://bit.ly/2ZHzJgB

Have you seen a shift in social media since COVID began? #wehave https://bit.ly/2ZHzJgB

COM0011 – I’m feeling lucky!

Today, I’m feeling lucky. Why? Because I got my first message over Instagram asking me how much I charge for my work. This might seem a little underwhelming to you but I’m pretty ecstatic. I created my instagram account a few years ago to display my photography. Initially, the page was a tool to push me to take my photography more seriously. My photography, on the other hand, was a kind of self prescribed therapy. Photography has always forced me to see the beauty around me regardless of how I was feeling and having the instagram account pushed me to do it more often. All in all, it’s been a very effective and cheap form of therapy. I highly recommend it! 

Now, is my instagram account set up as a business? No. Do I market my art as a business? Definitely not. Would I like to be able to make money off of an activity that I love and one that drives me every day? Absolutely! This world, especially during these Covid times, is becoming increasingly virtual and the type of work that I like to do with photography, illustration, editing, videography, etc. is becoming increasingly desirable. More and more these days I am realizing that maybe I actually could make a profit from my passions?! Am I destined for an entrepreneurial life?! What a curveball!  

It’s me!

Social media has taken me from thinking about my art as a form of therapy to considering it a possible side hustle/career path. The feedback I have received over the years has taken me from thinking that my art was just something my family would like because they love me to believing that I am a talented photographer/editor and artist. This may sound conceited, but at no point over the last 3 years have I tried to market my photography at all. The request I got today is just a byproduct of being a user of social media. How lucky is that? Now, I may have to figure out my pricing and what not, but maybe I’ll do that after the next request!

Without social media, my sights would never have been set on creating a life in which my creative outlets were exploited and nurtured. Social media has allowed me to find a community of people who appreciate my work and who motivate me to develop my skills every day. I never tried to market myself but because of social media, somebody wants to pay me to help them grow their business. I mean, Justin Bieber was just a little Canadian boy singing on Youtube before he became the Biebs. How do any of us know that we won’t be the next one to be discovered? I know that “social media” is a broad term but today, I feel lucky for the exposure that social media provides us, largely for free, just by being a user. 

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I’m fairly new to this, but do you have any advice for growing your personal brand? How did you get yourself noticed through social media? How did you find your community? I would love to know and would love to connect with you! 

Facebook – I’m feeling luck! Wanna know why? (insert bit.ly link)

Twitter – I’m feeling lucky! Wanna know why? #Grateful #LuckyMe (insert bit.ly link)

Is #fitspo doing more harm than good?

Is #fitspo doing more harm than good?

With the growth of social media in our society there have been many talks on how social media affects an individual on a day to day basis. How social media can affect someone’s mental health, and also how some posts that are made to make someone feel motivated and evoke inspiration can do the complete opposite.

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A fitness Instagram page, what could be so bad about that? As an avid Instagram user, I started to notice a lot of my childhood friends were heavily getting into fitness, and it resulted in them posting a lot on their social media about it. Sooner or later their page turned into one of those typical Instagram fitness pages with every post reading the hashtag #fitspo.

I started to notice how I would feel when seeing those posts and stories. I started to feel worse about myself. Their constant “inspirational” talks were making me feel lazy, subpar, and making the wrong choices in my life. At times I could hear over and over again in my head their “tough love” approach of, “Don’t make excuses you have enough time in your day”, and the typical, “Put the cake down or you are only going backwards”.

These accounts made me feel terrible and I later found out I am not the only one. As the author states:

As the researchers showed, looking at fitspo was so detrimental because the participants were comparing themselves to the people in the images. And when you think that the vast majority of fitspo images depict a narrow and largely unattainable body type, this comparison is going to be negative for most people. (Holland, 2016, para. 18)

Comparison to others is one of the most detrimental things someone can do. Constantly comparing to others will never lead to happiness and lead to a constant longing of being someone else. This can lead to women going to great lengths to achieve what they have been told is the ideal body. Not only will this lead to viewers engaging in acts of over exercising and eating disorders but the poster may also be engaging in some of these habits.

A study was done where women who posted fitness posts on Instagram were compared to Instagram users that post travel content. What the researchers came up with in comparing the two was alarming:

Nearly 18% of them were at risk for diagnosis with a clinical eating disorder, compared to just over 4% of the women in the travel group. The study participants who posted fitspiration were also more likely to experience feelings of shame and depression when they missed a workout—which is a key indicator of compulsive exercise, according to the study authors. (Naftulin, 2017, para. 4)

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So not only are some of these #fitspo women suffering from these issues, they are also causing others to feel the same way. It is not surprising that after repeated exposure to these posts and stories that similar behavior would start to happen with their viewers. To be promoting two workouts a day, feeling guilty for missing one, and constantly weighing food is causing others to pick up those bad habits and affect their mental health.

Many viewers may not been familiar with the term and disorder of compulsive exercise. This term is not mentioned often in hand with anorexia or bulimia however it can be just as damaging. The author states, “It is characterized by a craving for physical training, resulting in uncontrollable excessive exercise behavior with harmful consequences, such as injuries and impaired social relations” (Behav, 2017, para. 1). This can be commonly found within the #fitspo community. These women are in their home constantly exercising to post on their profiles and stories. They are not engaging with real life relationships due to it and also causing long term damage to their bodies.

While the importance of fitness is growing everyday with the help of social media, it is important to know that not everything you see is black and white. Not every woman posting #fitspo content is healthy herself and may be living with demons of self doubt and depression regarding their body image. With the current grey area of #fitspo affects in our society, always check in with yourself. If something you see makes you feel negative about yourself make sure to hit the unfollow button.

References

Behav, R. (2017, March 30). Compulsive exercise: links, risks and challenges faced. PMC. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5386595/

Haftulin, J. (2017, February 2). The scary reason #fitspo isn’t as healthy as you think. Health. Retrieved from https://www.health.com/fitness/fitspo-eating-disorders-study.

Holland, E. (2016, July 14). Why the ‘fitspo’ movement is damaging to women. The Conversation. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/why-the-fitspo-movement-is-damaging-to-women-60453

Promotion

Twitter: Is #fitspo doing more harm than good? Read my blog post about the negative effects of fitness profiles on our mental health. #rethinkfitspo https://bit.ly/3bYNj1y

Facebook: Is #fitspo doing more harm than good? It has affected me, is it currently affecting you? Read my blog post about the negative effects of fitness profiles on our mental health. https://bit.ly/3bYNj1y

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Finding my path in a forest

This seems like such a daunting task, I don’t even know where to start. There are so many paths, so many traditions and practices. Who’s right, who’s wrong? Why do I think anyone would want to listen to me anyway? Not only all these regular social insecurities, but now I actually have to sit down and pay attention to my spirituality, to define it and shape it, voice it. It was easier when I could just dance in the woods a bit and call myself a pagan. In reality, it goes much deeper than that. I’ve flounced around long enough. It’s time.

In the past few years my Sprituality (capital S) has demanded I get more serious. I mean, not like sit quietly in church serious but to really start to pay attention to it. What my gods are doing for me and what I can do with them in return.

The Horned Lord Stang; The Witch Wood @ Raven’s Knoll

This started a few years ago. The Horned Lord and I have been dancing around each other for how long? And then suddenly, fiercely. It was time to dedicate. And dedicate I did. It took the better part of a year. Personal challenges came up, tasks were required of me, conversations with something, or someone that doesn’t really have a voice, suddenly spoke up.

As I write I try desperately to find some definitions not just within myself, not just what my craft looks like. I know that. It’s a deeply personal thing. But it’s one thing to have an intimate relationship with Spirit and a God and a path, it’s another thing to stand up loudly and declare it. In a place as vast and unforgiving as online.

I still remember finding witchcraft as a teen, and the other kids throwing stones at me, because that’s what you do to a witch right? Hm, I guess those wounds never quite healed. And it feels silly, ludicrous, illogical.

Do you really think your god is talking to you? Do you really believe in faeries? Aren’t you an adult?

In this modern age of science and technology and reason, is there room for magic and witchcraft, of faeries and wee folk, mystery and wonder? Not only that but how do you explore this further with social media? How do we use these mediums to build our practices?

But, one can make themselves sick spinning around in the what ifs of it all. There has to come a point where. You just say screw it, and forage ahead.

I’m grateful to have such amazing and limitless resources. Patheos.com has been a favorite of mine for years. It has such wide array of spirituality and religions. There are so many great people writing on such a vast array of topics, gods and practices. I like Keeping Her Keys for information, stories and practices dealing with Hecate, the Greek Queen of the Witches (and so so much more). But my personal favorite is, Raise the Horns, with Jason Mankey. I hope that I can come across in a simliar fashion to his. I really like his tone, his languge and his relatitionship to his gods.

If you’re interested in learning more about the blogs I posted here, you can also find more about them.

Jason Mankey on Twitter & Instagram

Keeping Her Keys on Twitter & Instagram

So what to you think friends? Do you want to embark on this journey of deeper self discovery as I try to figure out my spirituality even more?

Is Live Streaming the New Normal?

Is Live Streaming the New Normal?

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We are in strange times. Things have changed. The old order is out and the new order is in. Our lives have become considerably different in recent months and it doesn’t seem they will return to ‘normal’ anytime soon. The Covid-19 pandemic has had a large impact on all of our lives and that includes how we interact with social media. Live streaming, that was already on the rise, has gained significant traction in the last few months as we social distance and remain quarantined in our homes. We cannot go out to see our favourite band, orchestra, or dance troupe. All over the world theatres are closed and festivals of all kinds have been cancelled or postponed. As a society we crave entertainment and artists will always seek a platform to show their wares. In our current situation this platform can only be virtual. Many popular social media platforms offer live streaming: Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and Periscope. https://dustinstout.com/live-streaming-social-media/ 

Is this move to a virtual arena the new normal?

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Many artists have moved to live streaming over the past few months. Musicians are hosting virtual concerts, actors and authors are reading books, comedians are performing stand up, poets reciting poems, dancers dancing etc. We now have a large catalogue of art available for free at the click of a button. Some people include crowdsourcing tools such as GoFundMe or Patreon on their Facebook page or as a link in their bio on Instagram. That is merely a suggested donation not a cover charge or ticket price. By consequence, is live streaming devaluing art or is it just a means to an end in a time where there is no other option for public consumption? Will live streaming change the face of the arts scene forever or bridge a gap for the time being?

Before the Coronavirus live streaming was used an advertising tool, to promote a live show, an album release or book launch. In these strange times the live stream is the event. Live streaming has been said to help increase the artists online presence but does it compensate the artist fairly for their work? https://www.musicradar.com/news/stream-out-loud-how-the-music-industry-is-adapting-to-the-new-normal 

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There are other, lesser known live streaming sites around that charge per view. Stageit is a good example. They charge about $15 a show and have a tip jar as well if one is so inclined. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2020-04-20/musicians-turn-to-streaming-concerts-amid-coronavirus This type of site is moving in the right direction as far as compensation goes but they lack the built-in audience of Facebook or Instagram.

Live steaming is probably not going to go away anytime soon. Clearly there is room for both live art and live streaming but the question is, will the popularity of live streaming continue in a post-pandemic world and will it have a lasting impact on how we value, experience and consume art?

Can our consumer based society return to a system where we pay fairly for live entertainment or will free live streaming change the game?

I guess only time will tell…

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Is this realistic?

New Protocols for On-Set Productions.

As we continue our social distancing, more and more production companies are putting out protocols in place for when the film industry’s are able to start production again. Some posts have been realistic on how to achieve a safe set and still keep the integrity of the film, while others may have seen this as an opportunity to save money on crew. Lets start off with the most unrealistic method which had been circling around that certain departments will no longer be allowed on set and only the need to be crew like camera, script supervisor and producers are allowed – leaving a lot of things able to go wrong with continuity. Department’s like Hair, Costumes, Props, Makeup, Lighting, etc., need to be there in order to keep everything looking identical after each take; especially if the Director decides they want to add or takeaway a certain aspect of that scene. Let’s put this into perspective of why this wouldn’t work if these Departments weren’t there to do there job. For Example, Game of Thrones had a media frenzy when someone noticed a coffee cup in the scene and that circulated in the media for months. Another example would be Lord of the Rings when Legolas eye colour seem to change in different scenes throughout the trilogy. You have to be really looking hard to notice these tiny mishaps but they do happen since there is so much going on on set to ensure bigger errors don’t occur and take away from the story. I‘ll throw a link down of one of the many articles out there about this:

https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/g28879002/famous-tv-movie-mistakes/ 1.

l‘ll digress and continue on with what production companies are going to be putting in place to ensure the safety of their cast and crew.

Tyler Perry has come up with the plan to have a camp like atmosphere set up on his Atlanta Studio lot for cast and crew.

“This is the ideal place for this horrific situation we are in, in a sense that we can bring in the crew, test everyone, test the actors as they got there,” Perry said..

https://deadline.com/2020/04/tyler-perry-production-plan-coronavirus-atlanta-studio-1202917968/

“These houses are pristine, they are beautiful, and some of the actors and some of the crew already rent them when they are coming in from out fo town to stay there.” Perry said.

https://deadline.com/2020/04/tyler-perry-production-plan-coronavirus-atlanta-studio-1202917968/

He continues to mention how everyone would be initially tested 2 weeks prior to pre-production when coming from out of state. To being tested again when entering the lot while additionally being quarantined for 24 hours until the results come back. For crew that test negative, they will be vacated safely and will not be able to work and for the actors they will end up working around their quarantine to ensure the safety of everyone. In this article Tyler Perry doesn’t go into detail about how each department who need to be there for pre-production will work but it is all in the initial stages anyways. Meeting with other productions, agencies, union, crew and talent will all need to come together for this to be viable.

Next I’d like to talk about the UK and how they are planning on handling the safety of their team. The UK seem to be further ahead with starting productions safely in the next month or so unlike the US or Canada. In their guidelines which has been summarized by Jake Kanter from Deadline (from which I got this article from), they have an outline of how everything will be handled. This is from anywhere to having a safety rep on set to be able to shutdown production if necessary, ‘cast and crew should undergo pre-shoot health screenings and have their temperature checked twice a day’ 4., to each department should sanitize everything they touch and keep 2 meters away from each other, transportation limitation, etc., but these are all recommendations and guidelines listed.

Through a facebook group that I’m apart of about our industry, Canada hasn’t really been making statements yet about how they plan on ensuring the safety of everyone.However, as I was researching to find other countries plans, I came across an article from CBC evolving Manitoba. They are allowing productions to start at the beginning of June with the already established protocols for covid 19 of quarantining yourself for 14 days as well as social distancing yourself. But they are still working out the logistics for how it is going to work on set with the departments. Not taking into consideration the difficulty of social distancing for some departments that need to work closely together in order to get their job done. They have a lot of work to do still before they should start production up again. A quote from the gentleman who they interviewed,

“I don’t think being first is the best idea. Because if you’re first, and you get it wrong, it could mean … much more serious repercussions for the industry going forward,” said Nicolas Phillips, president of International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 856.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/film-industry-covid-19-manitoba-1.5579900

I couldn’t agree more with that statement by Nicolas Phillips about being the first and on top of that not having a protocol guideline put in place is ignorant. Yet they know enough people will take the risk because they need the income and want to work again. Unfortunately I don’t really see productions running as smoothly as it did before (mind you it didn’t really before this virus) because there are so many unknown factors of how to make the day. Crews will be significantly smaller and it will take twice as long to get every department ready to shot at call time. Most of the departments already get asked to get stuff done quicker then the allotted time they were given. For example, I am a makeup artist and at the end of every day we let the 2nd AD know how much pre-call time we need based on people, how many changes in the day for a scene, if we need to apply FX, and so on, so we can be ready by call time.

As much as I am excited to get back to work, I am personally not someone who will take the risk of putting my health and my families health in danger. Then again I am also lucky with the support I have financially if needed, where other’s may not be so lucky.

Nikita J.

Other reading you may be interested in:

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/georgia-sets-covid-19-protocols-film-tv-1295672

https://metro.co.uk/2020/05/15/ridiculous-social-distance-tv-film-12698995/


https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/film-industry-covid-19-manitoba-1.5579900