The Importance of LOCAL Recognition!
Last year, I had the honor to receive 5 awards in my hometown, Dallas, Texas. I believe all of my efforts was awarded, from costume designing to event production. It was a dream come true to be celebrated by those in my community and supporters. I will forever be grateful for those that took at the time to recognize and most importantly, celebrate my efforts. With that being said...
We should be more appreciative of the LOCAL support and recognition we obtain. My honest opinion, I believe many people are not appreciative of the time and effort it takes to give recognition. Please be more grateful when people take out the time to celebrate your efforts or brand. Event coordinators invest time, energy and money into coordinating amazing award shows. From booking the venue space to reaching out to potential sponsors... Trust me it's a lot...
The benefits of supporting and being grateful of LOCAL Recognition:
Expand your REACH
You now have more people WATCHING you and what YOU DO! Why not take advantage of someone recognizing and celebrating your brand? This is your time to do what you love FOR FREE PROMO!
This is an opportunity for people to recognize your brand and separate you from your competitors. There are plenty of people doing exactly what you are doing. Sure, but... Can you be separated from the crowd? Here is your chance for you to do so, take advantage.
More Career Related Opportunities
Local recognition also put you front of people that create opportunities. You now have the chance to meet those that can advance your career or brand. Again, take full advantage! Shake hands and kiss babies at these events.
Do you want to BRAG without being told to be HUMBLE? Here is your chance. Add a trophy or certificate to your hard work and BRAG about yourself! Now, you have a group of people that can vouch for your hard work! You are now, not the only one cheering!
Portfolio / Resume Worthy Content
Come on now... Add "Recipient of the Entrepreneur Award", just about anyone will be impressed. Doesn't matter if your moma was the one that gave you the award. hahaha. NO, do not LIE! If you receive an award make sure to include it in your portfolio or resume. It makes you look GOOD!
Gain more Followers
Upon being recognized, people often want to know more about YOU, so they tend to look you up on social media. Hashtags are great but I believe "person to person" contact is still GOLD! It is still very important to meet NEW people at events.
I have benefitted from knowing the RIGHT people. I have had the honor to be in the right room at the right time. Sometimes, its NOT what you KNOW but WHO you know. Personally, I think you need balance. You need to KNOW so when you meet those that you need to KNOW, they KNOW you KNOW what you're talking about. Feel me? That's another conversation, though...
If someone reach out to you on the LOCAL level, please be grateful. You never know what their platform may bring you.
Special thanks to Michael Styles, After Party Radio, DFW Black Awards, Hilari Styles, and Fash-Net for recognizing and celebrating my efforts.