by Bri Castellini
Last week, we covered how to set boundaries between your public and private identity and the politics of replying to positivity. This week, we’ll add three more major tips in navigating the craziness that is being accessible on the internet for your creative works.
Sometimes people don’t like having boundaries set, and demand your attention in spite of them. Sometimes people track you down to platforms you’ve previously determined as private. Sometimes the internet is a dark and scary place, especially for women, people of color, and the LGBT+ community. Do not feel bad about blocking hateful or demanding people, or about muting their words. It doesn’t make you weak or thin-skinned, and it doesn’t make you ungrateful. It makes you a person.
Imagine someone walking up to you on the street and screaming obscenities straight into your face- would anyone think twice about you walking to the other side of the street? Walking in the other direction? Running in the other direction? Of course not, and it should be no different on the internet. There’s a great Ashley Judd TED talk about online harassment that I encourage you check out if you’re ever for a second worried that you’re the problem. You’re not.
Don’t be careless
While you don’t owe yourself or your identity or your time to anyone, remember that as a public figure your words inherently hold more meaning and weight in our culture. It’s much harder to make mistakes when your words are broadcast to strangers on purpose, and that’s a responsibility you should take seriously.
Some general tips to not be careless on social media or when meeting fans/followers/audiences in person….
Bri Castellini is an indie filmmaker and Community Director at Stareable, our favorite web series hub. Watch the remarkable Ms. Castellini’s award-winning web series, Brains, HERE. See Sam And Pat Are Depressed HERE. This post first appeared on Stareable’s Blog.