It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from, what you look like, or how old you are; everyone has the ability to be creative in one way or another. You might be inclined toward writing poetry or short stories, or maybe you are able to play a musical instrument. Perhaps your preference is dancing, or you enjoy creating artwork on old pieces of wood.

Whatever your interest, it’s important to know that creativity equates to health, as we know that making art in any form is good for you, physically, mentally, and emotionally. A recent article in Medical News Today indicated that artistic self-expression, whether pursued as a hobby or as a career improves our mental health, helps us deal with trauma, and can contribute to the “maintenance or reconstruction of a positive identity.” 

Researchers have described in detail the significant impact of the visual arts on the health and welfare of individuals, including those dealing with chronic illness. Painting, pottery, textiles, drawing, and photography have been shown to “fill occupational voids and distract [patients from] thoughts of illness,”

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If you’re marketing your business on Twitter or Instagram, you know there’s more to a successful social media campaign than likes and shares. You’re always looking for ways to target your audience more effectively. While you might be using analytical tools to monitor your brand mentions and measure the engagement on individual posts, you’re probably not seeing the whole picture.

Imagine you come down with a bad cold. Your head is stuffy, your throat feels like sandpaper, and you’re reaching for so many tissues, you wish you’d bought stock in Kleenex. A shot of Nyquil and a few cough drops make you feel slightly better, but all you can do is treat the symptoms until your body fights off the infection. In retrospect, it would’ve been a good idea to eat a healthy diet, take a supplement to boost your immune system, and wash your hands more often to reduce your chances of getting sick.

Monitoring social media is a lot like trying to treat the symptoms of sickly business practices. You can reduce the impact of individual customer complaints by responding to them promptly, and you can attempt to recover sales by making changes to your products based on bad reviews. However, you’re spending time and money to address problems you could have prevented.

Hubspot defines social listening as “the monitoring of your brand's social media channels for any customer feedback and direct mentions of your brand or discussions regarding specific keywords, topics, competitors, or industries, followed by an analysis to gain insights and act on those opportunities.” Social listening differs from social monitoring in that you’re analyzing data to find the root cause of the conversation and create a long-term action plan. 

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There are many more ways to make money these days than it seems like there were just a few decades ago. Traditional 9-to-5 jobs are becoming less and less standard as jobs that were once thought of as unique, or exceptions, are becoming more mainstream. For example, people are now able to earn a full-time income doing things like blogging, ridesharing, renting out bedrooms in their home, or even by posting regularly on Instagram--all they have to do is get real followers, post regularly, and engage their audience. There’s no longer a standard to what a good job looks like; many different opportunities are open to everyone.

One industry that many have dreamed of getting into is the entertainment industry, more specifically, the film and movie portion. For years and years kids of dreamed of starring in films alongside or in place of their favorite celebrities, and with the industry being worth $286.17 billion, there’s a lot of potential for money to be made, but becoming an A-list actor or actress isn’t very easy. But as things have evolved and more and more unique job opportunities have opened up, there have become more ways to get involved in the entertainment industry besides becoming a famous actor. For example, even just watching movies and TV shows can open up job opportunities.

If you’re a movie and TV show fanatic and are interested in turning your passion into your career, here are seven of the top ways you can do just that:

1. Join the National Consumer Panel

The National Consumer Panel is a panel of everyday consumers strewn throughout the US. The panelists are asked for opinions and data on products, experiences, and even movies and TV shows that is then relayed back to manufacturers and retailers so that they can improve the shopping and buying experience for all of their customers. While giving input that will change experiences for the better is great, the National Consumer Panel also offers rewards for the time and information that panelists share with them. The rewards can range from physical items to gift cards that are as good as cash. 

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It’s reported that 97 percent of consumers read online reviews, and 40 percent will make a decision after reading just one to three reviews. What’s more, 85 percent of consumers say that they trust online reviews as much as they trust a personal recommendation from a friend or family member, giving reviews a lot of power. Consumers rely on reviews to help them know whether a product, a service, or even certain entertainment is worth the time and the cost. 

The weight that consumers give online reviews means that there’s a lot of opportunities to not only help but also to make money by running a review blog. And one of the most fun types of review blogs to run is, without a doubt, a movie review blog. 

Whether you’ve started one already or are always getting compliments on your reviews and are considering starting one soon, an important element of a movie review blog is its credibility. Although consumers may rely on online reviews, they need reviews that are honest and credible that they know they can trust. No matter what stage your movie review blog is in, the following tips can help you build up credibility quickly to ensure that the people who look up your reviews are getting sound information, and to ensure that your blog becomes one of the top-ranked for movie reviews. 

Publish Reviews Regularly

One of the keys to building credibility as a blogger, no matter what type of blog you run, is posting consistently. Although you may not have the chance to catch every single movie that hits the theaters or watch every single TV show that’s uploaded onto Netflix, making sure you review the big ones and posting reviews regularly is important. By posting every day or consistently every week, you’ll build up reliability and credibility that your followers will love and come to depend on.

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