You are so much more than just a resume and a headshot!
(Especially if you’re an actor/singer/photographer/etc.)
You have probably worked dozens of different gigs and have tons of awesome photos, stories, videos, and maybe even testimonials to share. Don’t let all of that go to waste…
If a picture is worth a thousand words, a website is worth a billion.
By creating a personal website, not only will you have the platform to share your entire promotional or professional experience with agencies and brands, but you will also set yourself apart as a true professional in the promotional marketing industry.
You are going to impress A LOT more agencies and land A LOT more gigs.
I whipped up my promo website in no time and as soon as I started including it in my resume, emails, business cards, and interviews, my success rate of getting hired for gigs is so high now that a lot of times I have to turn down offers!
You can check my website out at http://www.kennyazamapromo.com.
It’s not much and there’s so much more that I could do with it but this alone puts me way ahead of the rest of the applicants. It paints a much more vivid picture of who I am, who I’ve worked for, and what I do best. I plan on eventually adding a video and testimonials from agencies as well!
Wouldn’t you want to hire a freelancer who has their own professional website?
Wouldn’t you want to hire promotional staff who are good at promoting themselves?
It’s a game changer, seriously.
Even if you don’t use it for your promos, you should definitely, absolutely, positively, 100% be the owner of your own name domain name. Not having one is like not picking up your newborn baby from the hospital and letting someone else take them (okay, not having your own domain name is worse but you get the point). This is an extremely valuable asset that you don’t want to miss out on. Another plus is you get your own email domain eg. “firstname.lastname@example.org.”
You DO NOT need to know how to code to build your own website.
Building a website is WAY easier and cheaper than most people think and today I’m going to show you how to do it from scratch to finish in under 10 minutes for only $3.95 per month (an average of only 10 minutes of promo work).
GET YOUR DOMAIN NAME AND HOSTING PLAN IN 5 EASY STEPS
In order to make a website you need to have 2 things – a domain name and a hosting provider.
A domain name is the part that comes before “.com”. You’ll want to claim your full name if you can for your domain name.
A hosting provider is a service that provides space on the internet for your website. Think of it like the land you build a house on except the house is your website.
I use Bluehost for my domain name and web hosting because not only is it cheap, but it’s also incredibly fast, powerful, and reliable. Bluehost is also the only recommended hosting provider by WordPress (the #1 website building software in the world) since 2005, which is a testament in itself. Bluehost offers excellent customer service via phone or chat and they are extremely user friendly for anyone new to websites.
Here’s how you lock down your domain name and hosting in 5 easy steps (approx. 4 minutes):
1. Click here to go to Bluehost’s website and press the green “Get Started Now” button
2. Select the “Starter Plan” (you can always upgrade later if you’d like)
3. Enter the domain name that you want (www.FullName.com). If your name is already taken, try adding in your middle initial or add “Promo” or “BA” at the end if you want it to be exclusively for your promo work. You ALWAYS want the .com version of your domain.
4. Fill in your information
*You don’t need to get any of the upgrades so save your money and uncheck everything here
5. Enter your billing information and then press “Submit”
You are now the proud owner of your very own domain name and website/blog! It’s yours for as long as you like and you can use it for whatever you like. Promo website, personal blog, online portfolio of your acting gigs, etc. It’s almost like buying your very own house. A cyber one, but still. Now let’s decorate it…
Another reason why Bluehost is great is because they offer Weebly absolutely free. Weebly is a powerful and easy to use “drag and drop” website building tool which you can use to create your website or blog in mere minutes. You simply choose which elements or pages you want on your website and drop them where you want them! It’s perfect for beginners and you don’t even need to know how to code!
I’ll show you how to install Weebly onto your website in 3 easy steps (approx. 5 minutes):
1. Access your Bluehost account by logging in with the username and password you created when you purchased your domain and hosting plan
2. Scroll down and click on the “Use Weebly” icon
*Once you’re logged in, you will have access to a dashboard (below) and you will be able to design your website using Weebly’s “drag and drop” tools. It’s super easy to use and you’ll have a beautiful website in no time!
WEBSITE DESIGN TIPS
-Once in Weebly, you can click the “Design” tab at the top to choose a theme for your website and what’s convenient is that you can change the theme whenever you like and all of your content will stay put. From the design tab you can also customize your fonts, your titles, your colors, and much more.
-To add pages to your website, simply click the “Pages” tab at the top and enter the ones you want. The pages I recommend every Brand Ambassador include on their website are:
Within any of these pages, you can showcase all of your photos, videos, stories, and testimonials to bring your experience and your personal brand to life!
Just to recap everything we just discussed:
-Install Weebly, the “drag and drop” website builder, to design your website or blog in mere minutes
-Include pages for “About”, “Skills & Services”, “Brands Represented”, and “Hire Me” (bare minimum) and even add a Blog to it if you’d like to showcase your experiences through writing.
And there you have it! That’s the basics of building your very own website/blog in less than 10 minutes! Easy peasy right? You already have the content and now you all you have to do is plug it in.
Whether this website is for your promo work, your acting gigs, your blog, your photography, or it’s for your professional online portfolio, you’ve made an extremely profitable decision to have your own website. In this day and age, if you don’t exist online, you don’t exist at all.
If you take the time to craft a thoughtful personal website or blog, be ready for many, many, many more opportunities to come your way.
PROFESSIONAL WEBSITE DESIGN SERVICES
Most of the time Weebly through Bluehost will be perfectly fine to build your promo website. But maybe you want something more beautiful and flexible than what Weebly can provide. If you’re looking to build a professional blog or portfolio for your acting, singing, photography, or personal use, I’d love to help!
With over 2 years of website developing experience, I’ve created many websites for a variety of industries, including the one you’re browsing right now.
In this day and age, your personal brand is one of your most valuable assets and it all starts with having your own professional website.