Ask Ingrid

Every month we receive countless questions from readers like you. On occasion we post the questions we feel would benefit the group.

Question: Hi Ingrid, I’m worried I’m sending mixed messages with my personal brand on social media. My background is in film and theatre as a performer and writer, which I continue in my spare time as a freelancer. I’m also a Mortgage Broker. On LinkedIn my heading is Mortgage Agent and Freelance actor/writer/producer. To be honest, I am worried that this looks like am divided. I’m worried that realtors and bankers will get concerned that I’m not available and competent to work in mortgages and concerned that my film contacts will wonder if I basically quit the film business. John Ghiz, Mortgage Shop Toronto

Answer: Hi John, Have you considered specializing in “Mortgages for Artists”? The best case scenario is that you’re able to combine your 2 jobs into one so that it seems perfectly natural. Now you have a complete disconnect, and since it makes your uncomfortable, others probably feel that. Find a way to blend the two, and you’ll be more comfortable, and it will be easier for you to promote. You are also at an advantage with this group since you understand their specific needs and challenges (this niche has their own lending challenges, and if you specialize in this group you can easily become the expert for this group and pick up tons of referral clients and word of mouth marketing), you can speak to them in their language, and you get regular face time with them. Ingrid, JOLT Marketing

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