So you are a new member of Pop My Mind – a big hello and welcome from the rest of the team! We are always really happy to have new creatives on board and see how you respond to content on the website. We hope you enjoy being part of the community, and we’ve put some tips together below so that you can hit the ground running. Enjoy!
Setting up your profile
Your profile is where people who love your work will go to know more about you! It is therefore super important to fill it in so that visitors of your page can get to know you a bit better. This not only makes your page look more professional, it makes you more approachable to other artists and clients.
Firstly, pop in a profile picture – this could be a smiley pic of you, you in action creating something cool, or a piece of yours in your signature style. Add a description about yourself – this could include where you’re from, where you studied (if applicable), what your medium of choice is and what kind of things you like to explore in your practice. You don’t have to write loads but a sample of what you’re about makes all the difference!
Making your first piece
Once you’ve filled in your profile you can make your first piece! Have fun exploring the website and finding something that gives you an idea. Your inspiration can come from anything on the site and can take you anywhere – for example you can be heavily influenced by someone else’s work or just take a spark of inspiration from it and go in a totally different direction.
Once you have created your piece, upload it by going to the original content and clicking the button ‘Pop this’. Alternatively, you could add the piece which has taken your interest to your bookmarks to return to later. Once you’ve uploaded your content, other artists can find it and be inspired by you!
At the moment we support the file types mp3, mp4, jpeg and pdf. We are working on making it compatible for other file sizes too, but in the meantime if you have any difficulty feel free to contact me to help you out (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thumbnails are the shop windows to your content – a sample of what is to come if someone clicks on the image, so it is important that they look good if you want people to look closely at your work. For video and image-based artists, it is easy to take a section of your piece and use that as the thumbnail. For music makers or writers, it can be more tricky. You can upload photos or illustrations which represent the atmosphere of your piece, or take a section of the piece that inspired you and use that.
Also consider overlaying the image with something that shows what media it is made in. For example, you could overlay a music note, play icon or outline of a pen o the image to show that the content contains music, video or text (as shown above).
The thumbnail image is 385 x 300 pixels. You can create them in Photoshop, Indesign, Gimp or similar software.
It’s important to show your piece in the best possible light so that people focus on what you’ve created, rather than the way it is displayed (as you can see in the example above). For the content itself, upload as high quality file as you can. In image content, scan 2D pieces where possible (rather than photograph them), and capture 3D pieces or video in bright, natural light (unless you are aiming for a dark atmosphere).
I’d strongly advise not calling your piece ‘Untitled’ – we’ve all done it of course but it looks quite lazy! Your title is an opportunity for people to have more information or share your perspective on your piece, so consider leading people in a direction with your title such as When I Sleep, My Mind Grows Wings by Sam Spicer. If you’re struggling, go with something simple and practical that won’t embarrass you later, like ‘Self-Portrait’, ‘Blue Forest’ etc.
Also don’t forget to add a description under your piece. Giving context to your work and letting people see it from your perspective means that artists are more likely to Pop it, and clients are more likely to buy it! We particularly love to hear where you took your inspiration from and how you transformed that initial spark into your own unique work. Otherwise you can mention your other influences, what themes or message you are exploring, and what atmosphere you were aiming to give through the piece.
The Last Touches
In your uploads, you will be asked to tag your work. Read here to learn how to tag on Pop My Mind to improve your chances of earning money.
If you want to read about the Ts and Cs of the site, click here.
To find out about news and opportunities with Pop My Mind, keep an eye on your emails and see the current opportunities here.
If you want to know who keeps emailing you, learn who the full-time team are here!
The Golden Rule
Whatever you do, don’t forget the golden rule – whatever you upload to Pop My Mind has to be a new piece of work which is genuinely in response to a piece of content already on the site. Please don’t upload anything from your old portfolio, even if you haven’t shared it anywhere before. Creating chains of inspiration is what makes our site unique, and we want to keep it that way!
I hope this helps you with your first step on your Pop My Mind journey! Thanks again for joining and we really hope you enjoy the process of Popping and expanding your creative practice with us. Now that you know what to do, get cracking and make your first piece!
Written by Karis Lambert