Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Dancers Among Us on a Timeline -- Social Media Saves the Day

Where would I be without social media? When I began Dancers Among Us 2 ½ years ago, I didn’t have a presence on Facebook or Twitter, and I had never written a blog. I found dancers to pose for me by asking around, calling friends of friends, and posting flyers at dance studios. Times sure have changed. Today I’m in Atlanta with over fifty dancers waiting for me, all because of last week’s blog, Where’s the Love, Atlanta? It was reposted all over Facebook and other social media outlets.

Thank you, Mark Zuckerberg. I don’t care how weird you are- Facebook has made my life a whole lot easier.

On Friday night I posted a last-minute appeal to NYC dancers for a weekend shoot in upstate New York. I was afraid the foliage would be gone by the time I returned from Atlanta, so I hoped someone would be available on such short notice.

I received three emails within twenty minutes, and more followed on Saturday. Sunday morning, Cierra Cotton and Raymond L. Bennett grabbed a bus from Manhattan; two hours later we met in New Paltz, NY. They had both studied at the Alvin Ailey School, and their training definitely made me look good.

Now what? My publishers at Workman Publishing have set a deadline of late February to deliver all the Dancers Among Us photos for the book. Where should I go next? What regions have I neglected? Who wants to pose for me? I have some ideas, but I’d love to hear from you. Email me at jordanmatter@gmail.com, post on my Facebook fan page, tweet me @jordanmatter, visit me on Vimeo, or write a blog… Anything, as long as you don’t send me a request to join Linkedin!

Time flies when you’re having fun! Before we know it February will be upon us. Speak now or forever hold your peace (at least until I start work on the follow-up book).