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It’s almost November. People and businesses are planning for the holiday season. Christmas decor has been out and selling at major stores for months. Have you developed your strategy for Holiday 2017? Now is the time to make “money moves” <— in my Cards B voice. In this edition of the Talk Thursday Interview Series, Illustrator and Animator J’Aaron Merchant shares her story and tips. Be sure to check out her book recommendations at the bottom of the post. Now, let’s get on with this Thursday’s interview…
This week, J’Aaron shares her story and provides insight on how she uses social media. I was introduced to J’Aaron through mutual friends here in Northwest Arkansas. We were eventually part of a monthly book club as well. I love her spirit, and she’s a great artist / illustrator. She creates illustrations that are available through her online shop. She is creating a very nice presence on social media by sharing her passion through images and videos. I’m sure you’ll enjoy hearing her story.
Let’s meet J’Aaron!
This Thursday’s interview – J’Aaron Merchant
A2F: How has social media impacted your life – personally and professionally?
J’Aaron: Social media has given me the opportunity to connect with creatives from all of the world, and has allowed to create and build bonds that I wouldn’t otherwise be able to.
A2F: Social media is a common platform to market businesses and services, what other ways are you using social media for your business, site or blog?
J’Aaron: I LOVE Instagram! lol I enjoy connecting with other creatives and seeing what other artists are working on. It’s also an amazing way to create an instant digital portfolio that allows others to keep up with you and your work as well.
A2F: Which social network have you been slow to adopt or use? Why have you been hesitant?
J’Aaron: Snapchat, I don’t quite have a grasp on it yet, I’m not sure if I like that things are deleted after a certain amount of time. I’d rather my work stay around rather than disappear.
A2F: Thinking about blogging and/or social media, share one of your highlights or accomplishments? What made it special?
J’Aaron: I’m not the most vocal about my creative abilities, but this year I made it a goal to create more of presence on social media. It really has helped me to reach out to those who would like to use my services and expand my brand.
A2F: For those in blogging and business, what business or marketing major advice would you share with the Addicted to Fries readers?
J’Aaron: Don’t be afraid to connect and collaborate with others. You would be surprised at the amount of people who would be willing to share their knowledge and resources, but also remember to have something to offer in exchange as well. People are less likely to help you if the exchange feels one-sided.
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A2F: Which 3 books would your recommend for online business owners, marketing professionals or entrepreneurs, and why?
J’Aaron: I recommend the following three books:
- Steal Like an Artist By Austen Kleon
- Show Your Work! by Austen Kleon
- Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind (The 99U Book Series) by Jocelyn K. Glei
More about J’Aaron:
J’Aaron Mercant is an Illustrator / Animator from the US Virgin Islands! Her focus is to create stories that reflect the variety of children and people that aren’t often portrayed in children’s books and animated features. She wants children of minority ethnicities to imagine themselves in a whimsical way. I am inspired by the multitude of cultures that make up the world today and the journey children take from discovery to mastery at what ever they set their mind to.
That’s it for this Thursday’s interview. Thanks, J’Aaron, for being part of the series. I loved your advice and passion. Collaboration is very important. I look forward to seeing more of your great artwork.
What do you think? Do you agree with J’Aaron’s advice? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.
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