Andi Mack's Emily Skinner Shares the Secrets to Her Instagram Success
Her photos show a blend of behind-the-scenes looks, sweet personal moments and gorgeous travel updates, and her personality shines through with every image she posts. At the time this published, Emily had 1.7 million followers—and we only expect that number to grow further.
We love Emily's Instagram so much that we had to get some insight into what makes her (and her pretty page of photos) tick. Keep reading to find out what goes into Emily's favorite Insta pics and learn her biggest tip for standing out with your photos.
Emily's Fave Photos:
Emily Skinner: I prefer to post photos of things that interest me or that I'm passionate about. I also post photos to promote projects I'm working on or professionals I have worked with like photographers. But I don't want that to be my entire feed. I like to share snapshots of all of the different sides of me and my life.
Touching Things Up:
ES: If I do decide to use a filter, I use VSCO. But I prefer more natural, less touched-up photos. I usually don't filter my photos unless I decide to put them in black and white. I guess my feed would be somewhat genuine from the standpoint of not using a lot of editing and filters. I like to make people smile and be encouraging as much as I can.
ES: I try to be as genuine as possible. I actually don't have a method for taking photos. I usually just decide to take a photo of where I am or what I am doing in the moment. Nature inspires me, and makes me happy, so I end up posting a lot of photos in nature.
ES: I don't post every day because sometimes I just forget, especially if it's a day I'm getting caught up on school or just really busy working. There are also those days when I just like to spend time with my friends and family away from social media.
I post whenever I have a picture that I want to share, or if I'm promoting a project I post just before its release to help hype it up. I sometimes take photos just for fun and then decide to post one of them later. If I am at an event or doing something fun with my friends, I like to put videos and pictures of that on my story. I guess I try not to go longer than four or five days between posts. I love to do BTS photos and videos from when I'm on set because I love watching BTS from my favorite shows.
I'm not the type of person who records everything I do. But I do love that Instagram is an amazing way to connect with people who watch shows that I am on—to see their beautiful edits and to hear their theories or thoughts on the characters I play. Because I've played some villainous roles, I'm so thankful that I can be a good role model in my real life, especially when my characters aren't always so warm and fuzzy, and I'm truly grateful that Instagram gives me the opportunity to show people this.
ES: I look at the photo and think about what was happening when I took it, what emotions I was feeling, who I was with, or where I was at the time, and then I think about a caption that reflects that.
ES: I think for me, it's important to show all sides of my personality. I want people to see me laughing, smiling, and feeling down. People are so multi-dimensional. That's what makes us interesting, so I think it is honest to post photos feeling different ways.
To Post or Not to Post?
ES: I think the most important thing about whether a photo is worthy or unworthy is, if someone else is in the photo, to be respectful of them. For example, if I have a photo, and it's not a good photo of my friend, then I won't post it.
Her Biggest Insta Tip:
ES: This has been said a million times, but be positive and loving to each other on social media. I truly believe if you don't have anything nice to say, then you shouldn't say it at all. If you feel the need to give constructive negative feedback, then do it in a mature, respectful way. And don't shame each other—especially girls shaming other girls.
Honestly, what others choose to post on their Instagram is their own choice and not someone else's. It takes confidence and sometimes bravery to share pieces of yourself and your life with others. When you do so, it opens you up to both criticism and love. If the criticism ever feels too heavy, like it's weighing on your soul, step away from social media for a while. Surround yourself with projects or hobbies or people that bring you happiness. Spend some time in nature and do things that make you happy. Your real worth shouldn't depend on what people think of you or comment about you on Instagram.
On another note, a lot of people say Instagram has created a false, distorted view of reality. I can see how that is true. But I can also see the other side, that it has, in some ways, made us more real. You see successful, accomplished teens going live and sharing everyday struggles. The reality is we are all human. And that humanness makes us all relatable, which is really cool because being vulnerable might help someone else out there who is struggling.
My Insta tip would be to know yourself and to know what you feel comfortable sharing. Post what you want to. Reveal what you want to. It's okay to make mistakes, but learn from them. Don't be somebody else. The world wants to see your beautiful self. And remember, despite any hate you get, there are people out there who love you too!
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