Category: SMFA-U

How to Get Verified on Instagram

Good news! Instagram has finally introduced a way to apply to get verified on their platform.  How does it work and who is it for? Let’s dig in!

REQUIREMENTS

So what do you need in order to get verified?

Your account has to comply with the Terms of Service and Community Guidelines. I’d recommend everyone to make a big cup of tea or coffee and read it to make sure you aren’t unknowingly breaking any rules.

Once you know you are fine, you are ready to fill out the form. Where can you find it? Open your Instagram app. Tap on   and then Settings > Request Verification. Enter your full name and provide the required form of identification (example: government-issued photo ID).

Remember, applying doesn’t guarantee that you’ll get the verified badge. They need to confirm the authenticity, uniqueness, completeness, and notability of your account.

What does it mean? Quoted from their website help section:

  • Authentic: Your account must represent a real person, registered business or entity.

  • Unique: Your account must be the unique presence of the person or business it represents. Only one account per person or business may be verified, with exceptions for language-specific accounts. We don’t verify general interest accounts (example: @puppymemes).

  • Complete: Your account must be public and have a bio, profile photo, and at least one post. Your profile can’t contain “add me” links to other social media services.

  • Notable: Your account must represent a well-known, highly searched for person, brand or entity. We review accounts that are featured in multiple news sources, and we don’t consider paid or promotional content as sources for review.

They might do a background check on you, so make sure you are Googleable. What might help with that? Having a website, content on social media, profiles on IMDb and acting websites, or perhaps create a Wikipedia page as well. Having been interviewed by notable media outlets might help, too.*

*These tips are only my personal recommendation and it should not be taken as information coming from Instagram or Facebook.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER SENDING THE REQUEST

Keep in mind that even if you think you are eligible for verification, Instagram doesn’t guarantee that your account will be verified. If you’ve been denied, you can submit a new request after 30 days. Also remember that even if you’ve gotten a verification badge, Instagram can take it away at any time if you violate some of the rules.

NOT ELIGIBLE?

What are some of the other ways to let your fans know that it’s really you? Include your official IG account on your acting website, link your account with your official Facebook page or Twitter account. You can put a link on your official YouTube channel as well.

Another option is to mention it in bio (I’d refrain from this unless you have a problem with an impostor) or film a short video saying hello and welcoming everyone on your official profile (that’s way more subtle and personal).

VIDEO SPECS:
On your profile (grid): max. 60 seconds, filmed in a square or landscape (16:9)
Instagram Stories: 15 seconds, filmed as vertical video (9:16)*

*Remember to add the Story in your Highlights, otherwise it disappears in 24 hours.

NEED MORE TIPS ON INSTAGRAM? CHECK OUT THESE ARTICLES AS WELL:

INSTAGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: A CREATIVE WAY TO SHOWCASE YOUR BEST STORIES
DO YOU NEED TO PLAN YOUR INSTAGRAM FEED? TIPS FOR USEFUL APPS
HOW TO PREVENT YOUR INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT FROM BEING HACKED
GREAT PHOTO EDITING APPS FOR INSTAGRAM

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Introducing Social Media for Actors on SMFA-U

I’m always amazed by the level of awesomeness of the #SMFAninjas community. It’s full of talented actors, who also happen to have an arsenal of other skills that they don’t hesitate to share with other ninjas.

I’m grateful to Bonnie Gillespie for bringing these amazing people to my life and I’m so happy that I can give back to the community by sharing my knowledge and experience with social media through the SMFA-U.

SMFA-U is such a great idea and I believe all the courses there are going to help everyone to jump some tiers in their careers.

WHAT I’M OFFERING

My first offer is an e-book called Social Media for Actors. I’ve written it in the style of Self-management for Actors that we all know and love because one of the things that make the SMFA book so brilliant is the way it’s structured.

I’ve also divided this book into 5 separate chapters and each chapter is available to purchase individually. This gives you, ninjas, the chance to get a taste of what’s in the e-book. And it gives me, as a prof, a chance to see what you prefer.

Social Media for Actors covers the basics. It’s intended for beginners and intermediate social media users and it’s the foundation all my next offers are going to be built on.

I also got FREE stuff for ya! One you might know from Get in Gear for the New Year, it’s the Quick Ninja Tips to Improve Your Social Media Presence. The other is a Content Planning Calendar to help you stay organized with your content creation. I’ll also be blogging and vlogging about social media, more FREE advice.

Excited like I am? Head over to dojo.bonniegillespie.com to check out all the offers from the SMFA-U profs.

What can you expect next?

I’m currently working on more e-books about the individual social media platforms and their potential for actor’s career. These e-books are going to build upon the Social Media for Actors e-book and they are going to be on a more intermediate and advanced level.

Again, thank you to all ninjas who participated in the survey that helped me determine what it is that you’d like to learn about. Your feedback was incredibly helpful and please continue to have a conversation with me about social media and your career.

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