I definitely took some time to think about the communities that I am apart of and then figure out which ones I wanted to pursue. I was able to narrow my multitude of communities down to Voice123.com for voice-over acting and recordings, Planet5Dblog.com and Slickdeals.net.
I had heard of Voice123.com a few months ago but kept putting off researching it until my life slowed down a bit. Well that never happened and probably won’t for a few more years so what better time to jump on this horse than when an assignment calls for it? Voice123.com is for people who are looking for jobs, tips and tricks about the voice-over industry. I have been doing voice-over work and voice acting for a few years now and I think it’s about time for me to take it a little more seriously. I would love it if I could eventually turn this into some solid part time work. The voice123.com community seems to be a very solid community to be plugged into. I signed up but have not been able to edit together a demo reel of my current voice-over work so I was not able to upload it to my profile just yet. Over the course of the next 6 hours I received at least 10 emails about voice-over jobs that met some of the criteria that I put in my profile. I am really looking forward to connecting with this community more as I try to find that free time in my already too hectic life.
The next community I found was based off of a long time love I have had with photography. Now with the purchase of my new DSLR camera that can take incredibly crisp photos it can also record video at a higher quality than what we see on High-Def TVs. Planet5DBlog.com is moderated by one person but has an entire community of those who love DSLRs. These people have been apparently be interacting, commenting on each other’s posts and sharing thoughts since June of 2012. So being a relatively new community I am looking forward to learning from them and hopefully taking my newfound knowledge to my video shoots.
The final community that I chose was one that I had to include because of my daily participation. I have been apart of Slickdeals.net about a year now and I absolutely love it. The content is completely user generated where individuals post deals for just about anything you can think of to share with others. I have been able to post a few great deals that I have found but nothing too spectacular. I am not sure where some of these people learn about what coupons can stack with what but I am certainly appreciative of this community. I have always been one to look for the deals and to save a buck or two but this site takes it to the whole next level where this has become a bit of a hobby for me. The Slickdeals.net community is one that is not afraid to call you out if you post a bad deal but if you are honest about being new to the process they’ll usually take it easy on you.