How to become a Professional Gospel Artiste on Social media
Social media is a beautiful thing. It provides you with the opportunity to showcase your gifts and be seen by the right people without having to set up a meeting. It also allows you to market yourself and connect with fans as an artist. But as with all things, it can become toxic especially to you as a professional gospel artiste.
Before all else, you love the Lord. It is through the talent God gifted you that you are able to touch lives and bring souls to Christ. This gift has opened many doors for you and given you social media platforms with large followings. As promising as the platforms are, one soon realizes that it can also be used as an outlet to spew hate. At what point does social media begin to affect your career as a gospel artiste? Simply put, it’s about finding a balance and remembering what status you hold. It’s not unusual to get carried away in the allure of social media that’s why we have come up with a few tips to help you manage your account properly.
1. Remember your priesthood: you are first a priest before an artiste. Social media has a way of bringing out sides of an individual they weren’t aware of. This is why you have to remain composed. Keep your relationship with God at the forefront of everything and you will not get dragged into petty social media wars.
2. Interaction matters: as social media connects people from all over, you are bound to have someone who doesn’t agree with your beliefs. Keeping in mind that the moment you call yourself a gospel artiste, you no longer represent yourself but the body of Christ, you have to know how to deal with criticism and hate from the world. Remember“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds” 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 King James Version (KJV).
3. Watch your conduct: before you upload a post online, you should ask yourself if the post edifies God. We have to remember that we are in this world but not of this world. Your posts should always be in line with what is right and not to be used as an indirect means to vent anger or frustrations.
4. Live in peace: as much as it is up to you, avoid back and forth battles online. If you have reason to address an error someone made, it is best to do it directly rather than with subliminal messages that will only anger the other party involved. Avoid complaining about the actions of others via social media with indirect and direct jabs. We are of one body and discord amongst one another isn’t healthy for the body of Christ.
Social media is an amazing platform but also has it’s dark sides and as long as you keep the direction of the Holy Spirit as your guide you would definitely get it right. At the same time, these 4 tips are the basics to using social media effectively without affecting your conduct as a professional gospel artiste.