Over the next few weeks we’re running a series of Spotlight interviews with the guest facilitators who will be will hosting workshops at this year’s Dalkey Creates Festival. Today we’re catching up with Social Media Guru Amanda Webb.
In 2014 Amanda published her first book '365 Social Media Tips.' Now she creates a weekly YouTube show, podcasts and blogs. She's become a serial content creator. This year, Amanda's blog was named one of the Top 10 social media blogs in the world by Social Media Examiner.
Q. What did you want to be when you were a child?
I was just thinking about this the other day. I moved from one thing to another. I was obsessed with the Bronte sisters so for a while I wanted to be an 'Authoress' imagine adding the ess to the end! Then I wanted to be an actress, then a radio presenter.
In school they made us do one of those tests to help choose a career. I remember answering every question with the goal of it telling me I should be a radio presenter. Sadly I didn't get the result I was hoping for. It suggested I become an air traffic controller or a technical writer, I was disgusted.
Q. Do you have a routine in your creative practice?
I started doing morning pages as an experiment for a blog post earlier this year and I haven't stopped. Morning pages is part of the 'Artist's Way' book. You sit down and write 3 A4 pages of whatever comes into your head each morning before you start work.
I've found it has improved my productivity, and creativity. I look for the wins from the previous day when writing and plan the day ahead.
Q. Which work of art do you wish you had created?
I'm a film fanatic, I once dreamed of beign a film director and of making films similar to those by Mike Leigh. I think High Hopes is my favourite of his.
Q. If you could give any advice to someone starting out on your path, what would it be?
I'm a digital marketer, people don't consider that being a creative role but I love creating content. I love blogging, making videos, playing with graphics. If you want to be a content creator don't be scared of making mistakes just start creating, the more you do the better you will get.
Q. Who would you like to meet that you haven't already?
Martin Scorcesse. I saw him from a far in Dublin earlier this year but I'd love to sit down and have a cup of coffee with him (or a pint) and geek out about films.
Q. What would you ask them?
I'd ask him about his neighborhood when he was a kid and how he used that in his films. He could talk for hours about that and I'd just bask in the responses.
Q. Which actor would play you in the film of your life?
Marilyn Monroe. Or if you wanted an accurate representation maybe Jessica Stevenson.
Amanda Webb will be hosting a workshop called ‘The Moviemaker in Your Pocket’ on Saturday 21st October, 2pm - 5pm in Dalkey Library. The course is a ‘journey into video production’ using only your phone.
For more information or to book your place CLICK HERE