Thursday, May 19, 2022

Clubhouse: Fact or Fiction? What We Know For Sure

When I was first told about the Clubhouse app,  I didn’t know how another social media app would make a positive impact on my life or career. Like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Youtube, I can lump apps together and say one thing about them all: They know how to burn up your time. I’d been invited to Clubhouse in October. I poked around the app, followed some people, and bounced. Then, around January, I decided I would take more time to really check it out. I found myself going into filmmaking rooms, producer rooms, marketing rooms,  and get-your-hustle-on rooms. I learned in a short amount of time that Clubhouse is like mobile learning on the fly. Clubhouse is like taking a 500 level college course on your phone. And then for the times when you’re not interested in learning anything, Clubhouse doubles as power networking.  

The Learning

There are executives, CEOs, and industry leaders on Clubhouse dropping gems on everything from funding your film projects, partnering with songwriters, leveling up your business, marketing secrets, and more. If you drop in on the right room, it could literally, educate you on topics that you’ve missed for YEARS. I recently visited a writing room and gained some insight into the WGA. It was straight game that I didn’t even know. And now, I’m using that information to move forward. 

The Networking

People in various Clubhouse rooms are sharing their contact info. These may be leaders in your industry who are open to conversations, pitches, partnerships, etc. Imagine going to a conference where most of the speakers are willing to give you their email. That’s hard to imagine, but that’s Clubhouse. Not everyone will respond to your emails, not everyone will give their emails, but for those who do, it’s networking on steroids. 

3 Tips For Making Your Clubhouse Experience Great For You

1. Spend some time perfecting your profile. 

Brag about yourself. Let people know who you are. List your statistics. Have you produced 5 shorts? Mention it in your bio. Are you a bestselling author? Mention in your bio. Do you have 12k followers on Twitter? Mention it in your bio. Make your bio speak volumes about who you are and what makes you special. 

2. Follow people who are colleagues and leaders in your industry. 

When you follow people who are in your industry, you get to see which rooms they’re in. This can give you direction on which rooms you should join so that it improves the learning and networking experience for you. Some people just know which Clubhouse rooms to join. You need that knowledge for yourself as well. 

3. Set aside Clubhouse learning / networking time.

Clubhouse can be a rabbit hole that you go down and by the time you begin searching for light, 5 hours have passed. Plan your Clubhouse time, like you’d plan a class you’re taking online or if you were actually on campus. If you want to learn film funding, find a film funding session to join. But, don’t decide to learn film funding, and then when you see some other class, get distracted. Be decisive and make it part of your learning and networking routine. 

Black TV Film Crew on Clubhouse

Since I am a screenwriter and have had extreme success with writing accountability, I host the Black TV Film Crew Writing Accountability room on Clubhouse. Every day at 7 am PST / 10 am EST, writers of all levels join our room and we write for two hours. Using the Pomodoro method, we write for twenty-five minutes and then take a 5-minute break. I’ve met some really incredible writers who have motivated me and are helping me smash my goals. In addition, due to this group, most of the writers have admitted that they write faster for the two hours that we are all together. That is a real testimony to the power of accountability. 

Black TV Film Crew has a club on Clubhouse. If you’re on Clubhouse, join our club and receive notifications of when we’re having events. In addition, if you follow me, Yasmin Shiraz, on Clubhouse, you can see when I’m moderating a room, or when I’m in a room. This may encourage you to join the room, or allow it to be a learning or networking opportunity. 

There aren’t many apps that I can wholeheartedly endorse. But, Clubhouse is a free app in which you receive thousands of dollars worth of knowledge from people you admire and respect. It’s a total no-brainer. 

What if you don’t have an I-phone? 

Clubhouse is for iPhone users only. I realize there are plenty of people in this world who are Android users and love their Androids. I have no issue with that. However, the entertainment business seems to be an Apple product industry. Whenever I’m in a production office or on a set, the majority of the computer and phone devices are Apple products. Doctors need stethoscopes. Entertainment folks need iPhones. May Steve Jobs Rest In Peace. I don’t own any Apple stock yet, but I do think buying an old iPhone is worth it if it will give you access to Clubhouse. 

Yasmin Shiraz
Yasmin Shiraz
Yasmin Shiraz is a Screenwriter and TV producer who has worked for Lifetime, A&E, Bravo and PBS. She's a best selling author of more than 11 titles and the founder of Black TV Film Crew. She is the CEO of Still Eye Rise Media.

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