Should Actors Post About Politics?

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One of the biggest questions actors ask me is whether or not they should post about politics on social media.

I'm sure you've wondered the same thing. And the answer is that it really depends on who you are. Today, it’s quite possible that before you ever meet someone in person, you’ll make your first impression online.

Your posts are a direct reflection of who you are and the kind of person you’ll be to work with on set or in rehearsal. What do your angry political posts say about you?

Remember that not everyone in this business has the same political views as you and that if you post about certain issues, you may turn some people who could hire you off with your opinions or the way you express them. This is especially true when you start booking larger roles and become part of a team that includes producers, a network, and the advertisers they answer to.

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Sophie Turner from “Game of Thrones” is the perfect example of this. In a recent interview with “Porter Magazine,” she said, “I was a 15-year-old girl writing rash political stuff that would get a negative reaction and my team would tell me to take it down. Now I am learning to keep my mouth shut.”

Of course, you should always feel free to speak your mind, just be smart about it. Think before you Tweet, post, or blast. My mom was a first-grade teacher for 30 years and every day, she had her students repeat the words, “what you put out comes back to you.” Her students may have been six, but the sentiment holds true for grown actors.

Yes, if you're an actor/comedian or a political satirist, it would be strange if you didn't join in the political conversation. But if you’re not and the person in the position to hire you does a Google search of their name before offering you the job and discovers your Twitter account full of angry comments about the things you don't like in politics...will you book that job?

If you spread negativity on social media, you attract negativity. If you spread positivity, you will attract positive people. I’m not saying you need to go all June Cleaver on social—you need to be YOU! And I’m definitely not telling you not to express yourself. I’m simply suggesting you adjust your approach. If you’re using social media for your acting career and decide to hop on a controversial subject (like politics), try to post about what you’re for instead of what you’re against.

Then you can still use your voice without being negative. Remember: You are what you tweet!

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Heidi Dean
Heidi Dean is the industry’s top social media expert for actors. She was a working professional actor for over 20 years and a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA. Now she combines her years of industry experience with cutting-edge social media strategy to help actors open more doors for their careers.