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Frequently Asked Questions

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How do new members sign up?
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How do people find a member's profile?
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Are you involved in any way after someone contacts me through seeing work on this website?
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Do I need to be on the Internet in order to have an online profile?
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I already have my own Web site -- why should I put my work on this website?
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Do I get my own web address?
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How do I upload my samples -- I'm not online or computer savvy?
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How many samples can I upload and what file types and sizes can I have in my profile?
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I'm worried about people stealing my samples. Is there any built-in copyright protection?
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How do I get my profile ranked higher on this website?
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I don't have that much time - how long will this take?
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Our company handles many artists, how do I ensure that I get called instead of the artist I represent?
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None of these answer my question...

1. How do new members sign up?

Click the FREE signup link. Once you varify your email address (respond to the email that is sent from the website's administrator) the website's automated system takes care of the initial profile setup.

If you do not find the confirmation email in you inbox within 30 minutes it may have been flagged as junk; look into your spam folder, it may be there.

2. How do people find a member's profile?

The site's search tools let visitors be as general or specific as they want. A member's profile will show up in any search that matches the criteria they specify. Browsing through a category or using the search field are just two of the ways to find a member. In general, the more samples and information in a member's profile, and the more current they keep their work, the more likely they are to be matched up with a search. Visitors prefer to look at profiles with examples, and complete descriptions in the member's "bio" section.

3. Are you involved in any way after someone contacts me through seeing work on this website?

Not at all. Any work, arrangements or deals that arise from a creative professional's exposure on this website are between the member and the visitor only. Our members are independent, we do not act as an agent, so therefore we do not charge a commission or take credit for the results -- but we'd love to hear your good news!

4. Do I need to be on the Internet in order to have an online profile?

You'll need to use a computer with Internet access and an email address to register, upload and view your profile, but you don't need your own Internet account or connection. Your clients will need access to the Internet to view your work, and you will need an e-mail account if you want people to e-mail you while viewing your profile.

5. I already have my own Web site -- why should I put my work on this website?

If you already have your own Web site, that's great. We're the first ones to admit that there are things you can do with your own website that you can't do with a profile on this directory. At the same time, there are a great number of things that a membership here can do for you that you can't do on your own site.

6. Do I get my own web address?

Your profile has a unique Web address (URL) and you can use it to promote your profile on your business cards, ads, letterhead and so on. You do not need Internet access to tell people you have a Web page. Your URL will bring visitors directly to your profile instead of the website's Home Page.

7. How do I upload my samples -- I'm not online or computer savvy?

When you register, you create a User I.D. and Password. Use this information to login to the User Profile section of the site. From there, you can upload samples of your work and information about those samples, change or update your member information, and modify or delete samples already in your profile. If you've already signed up for a membership, we have a more extensive help section with step-by-step instructions on how to upload or how to prepare samples for upload in the User Profile section when you login.

8. How many samples can I upload and what file types and sizes can I have in my profile?

You can upload examples of your work based on your discipline. For example, you may want a mix -- this may include a movie file or music file, and image or text files. Files can have embedded links to pages or files located on other servers.

9. I'm worried about people stealing my samples. Is there any built-in copyright protection?

The best protection is that your samples are low in resolution. This means their image clarity is not of a high enough resolution to be clear if used for much else than a screen saver. You may also choose to brand your images before uploading with a watermark or other mark that embeds ownership or copyright information. However, we do not recommend this approach as it disturbs the presentation of the image to viewers.

10. How do I get my profile ranked higher on this website?

We designed our search engine results to suit the needs of the people looking for creative professionals. (You want clients to find you, right?) They want to see fresh work, and they want to see complete profiles (with examples). That's why we encourage to write a proper biography, and include all the keywords and description every time you upload your work. That's also why the more work you upload to your profile and the more recent the work is, the more interesting it will be to view your profile.

Our Search bar - This search tool will access your name, location, biography and specializations. Be sure to include all specializations that apply, plus add keywords and unique phrases into your bio. This will bring you up in more searches.

11. I don't have that much time - how long will this take?

Most of the time involved in setting up a profile is in building a portfolio: your images, music and writing your bio or organization's description. If you already have digitized images or rich media files in the proper format and if you can copy your bio from an existing document or from another website, then you're almost there. Our profile management tools let you point and click the files from your hard drive that you want to upload to your portfolio.

12. Our company handles many artists, how can I ensure that someone who views a portfolio will call me instead of the artist directly?

Our sign up form allows a place to include the name of the artist as well as the name of the contact for that artist. All the contact information, such as fax, phone and e-mail, can either direct inquiries to the artist or to you -- it's your choice.

13. None of these answer my question...

Use our contact form.



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