If there’s one thing we’ve learned from celebrity nude leaks, it’s that everything on the Internet is forever and nothing on the Internet is sacred. That’s two things. But you get my drift. For artists who are trying to get their name out and get hired, this can be a terrifying revelation. What if a potential employer Googles you and finds all that awful fanfiction you wrote in middle school?! I’m pretty much writing this post in the hopes that it will push my LiveJournal account further down into the depths.
But sometimes, you just have to let the embarrasment roll in.
My friends and I like to entertain ourselves by going as far back as we can in one another’s Facebook photos and commenting on the most embarrassing ones. When this game first started last year, my first instinct was to go through and delete all of my unflattering photos so as not to deter any potential suitors (LOL) or embarrass myself to important people (whatever that means). Example:
(Because I didn’t always understand the imortance of eyebrow game.)
I stopped doing this for a number of reasons.
First of all, it’s an extremely tedious process. I’ve been using social media since 2009, and in that time I’ve uploaded more photos to my various accounts than I can even begin to comprehend. Combing through my more than 45 thousand tweets and however many more thousands of posts to Facebook, Instagram, and whatever else just sounds exhausting.
Second, who cares? We all went through awkward phases where we dyed our hair to dress up like Sarah Palin for Halloween. It’s a lot more fun to laugh at yourself and see how far you’ve come than it is to hide these parts of your past and shame yourself for having bad hair.
And who knows? Maybe 20 years from now, you’ll look back at your overpriced headshots and wonder what you were thinking.