One glance at the ArtBistro Leaderboard and it’s easy to see who’s an ArtBistro Superstar. Why care? Because, the more you post, interact and comment, the more stars, industry attention and creative feedback you receive!
Interested? Of course you are! Check out all the community features ArtBistro has to offer, get noticed, get ahead!
Q: What other cool features does the leaderboard have to offer?
Leaderboard (found under the Network tab) is a great way to see who’s active in the community, view art, get inspired and get to know fellow artists. These people are huge components of the community and also very knowledgeable about careers in the arts. So what are you waiting for? Private message them or write your questions on their wall.
Track Recent Activity: There are a lot of ways to check out what other creatives are doing on ArtBIstro (like the Recent Activity Feed on the ArtBistro Home page, for example) – and the Leaderboard is another great tool. Just click on a name and you’ll be sent to a profile with updates, portfolios, quiz scores, discussion comments and much more.
Q: Speaking of the Leaderboard, how do you get on it?
Every time you submit something on ArtBistro you get points. The more points you have, the more exposure, via the Leaderboard and our on-site feeds, you gain. More exposure equals more networking connections and that can mean more creative job opportunities, inspiration, and industry contacts!
Here are some ways to engage with the community, show-off your awesome skills, share something poignant or funny and interact with people who share your interests.
Post Your Portfolio: If you’re an artist, you know it’s important to get your work seen. Why not use ArtBistro as your virtual gallery?
Just create an portfolio by clicking the “Portfolio” tab, then the “Create an Album” link. Then submit your portfolio for selection in our monthly gallery. Your work may be selected and featured all over ArtBistro! To see past portfolios, go here.
Post a Video: So many tutorials, artistic inspiration, remarkable artwork and career advice videos are created every day.
Find something you like? Let the community know by uploading it with your comments. Inspire, create, and post!
To upload a video, go to the “Video” tab, then click on the yellow “Submit a Video” button on the right side. Embed the link, add a description and a snazzy title and you’re all set.
Post a Discussion: So let’s say that you just saw an awe-inspiring gallery exhibit, or want to know the best graphic design firm hiring right now or how to use Illustrator… ask your friends at ArtBistro!
The discussion boards are a great place to ask the community and get honest feedback from real people who are working or aspiring creative professionals.
To post a discussion, go to the Discussions tab and click the yellow “Start New Forum Topic” button. And while you’re there, check out what other people are saying, post a comment and share your advice or praise!
Post a poll: Feeling particularly marketer-like?
Gather some info! Our polls are designed to gussy up any discussion and help you gather the information you desire. Post a question and a couple result scenarios and watch as your fellow artists weigh in.
To post a poll, go to the Discussions tab, then click on the yellow “Start New Forum Topic” just like you were going to post a discussion. Next, click on the “Add Poll” button.
Finish Creating Your Profile:
The best way to represent yourself on ArtBistro is to actually represent yourself on ArtBistro. Get what we’re saying? Use your profile to show yourself off, as well as your work and your creativity. Let people know what you do, your goals, your career objectives, who you are and what you want from the community!
Check out all that the profile has to offer and make sure to:
1. Download a pic/avatar!
2. Join a couple related groups!
3. Fill out your work experience, as well as, your education and past experience! Interested in freelancing? Add it. Love to Picasso? Add it! You never know who else might share your passions.
4. Give people a reason to contact you! Give industry professionals and art licensers a reason to hire you or recommend job openings.
The more you engage with the community, the more it will engage with you!