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An open letter to all the new hitRECorders.

By andyramone

The Netflix crew. There's so many of you joining!!! I love it! We had The Sundance crew. The Inception crew. The Season 1 crew. Now we have The Netflix crew. (Not that I'm into labels, but 5 years from now, you may be writing a record about how you think of yourself as The Netflix crew in the same way people are doing right now about Inception.)


Firstly, welcome. How does it feel to have stumbled upon the greatest thing on the internet? You lucky lucky thing.


I know it's a daunting place. So much to learn, such a confusing interface. There's loads and loads of tips and FAQs which I shall link below. You should absolutely 100% check all of them out. It will help. ALOT. This is as good as place as any to start: 

https://www.hitrecord.org/projects/2367921


But I don't want to talk about the ins and outs of how this site works in this letter. I just want to give you a word of encouragement.


This is not youtube. It is not Deviant Art. It is not a place to exhibit your work nor a place to crowd-source your latest project. This is hitRECord, and we make shit together. All the time. And it's fucking awesome.


You may find that at first, you are shouting into the wind. You may upload all this amazing artwork, and there's no response. Where is everyone? Maybe the odd recommend or two, a comment here or there, but not enough to feel like this is in anyway worthwhile.


Keep going.


Trust me.


We, every single one of us, has been there. And the only way to do this properly is to get involved with the community. You can only get out of hitRECord what you put in. Browse the site. Subscribe to people who's work you like, subscribe to the Resident Curators. Check out your dashboard, recommend, comment, recommend, remix, remix, remix, remix.


Seriously, remix something. Anything. Do it again. And again, and again. Remix, remix & remix. That is what we do, and that is how we communicate, and that is how we grow as artists. There is no better way to get yourself involved in this community. And there is no better way to get involved in hitRECord than by getting involved in the community.


If you need help, ask someone. Leave a comment on their profile pic, or upload a text record. There are any number of people here willing to help you along the way. And if you can't find anyone, lave a comment on this record. I'll do my best to help you.


Your art will improve, you will want to push yourself, do things you never dreamed you could do. People will encourage you. Genuinely, honestly, and with love and respect for you and your art. That's the kind of place this is.


Once you do, there may be some heartache though. It's not all sunshine and rainbows. It can't be, this is real life after all. There may be some drama, some tears, some frustration. Your might get featured, you might not. You might have your work used for something, or maybe not. They might ask you to work on something and then not use it. They may take something and change it and it's not to your taste. You might not get paid as much as you feel you deserve. But none of that matters for now. Because this community is what makes hitRECord tick. And it's what keeps us all coming back for more. It is what makes it what we all deep, deep down know it really is.


Home.


So keep on hitting that big red button. And welcome to hitRECord. I hope you enjoy your stay.


Again, by heart <3




Links to check out on how HR works and more advice (also cited in the resources):


http://www.hitrecord.org/records/1572749

http://www.hitrecord.org/records/1694517

http://www.hitrecord.org/records/1572903

http://www.hitrecord.org/records/421884

http://www.hitrecord.org/records/1462805

http://www.hitrecord.org/records/1462157

http://www.hitrecord.org/collaborations/10150 (this whole collab has alot of great stuff)

http://www.hitrecord.org/records/1777758

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An open letter to all the new hitRECorders.

Created: Aug 19, 2015

Tags: new, noobs, how to, faq, netflix, encouragement, help, hitrecord, community, remix

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