Facebook groups for Creatives can be a great tool for engaging and connecting with other people in your industry. You get to be a member in a private community of people involved in the same field. Being part of the group you’re free to ask for feedback, share advice, and connect with people who have similar goals. This can also be useful in finding work and growing your client base.
South African-focused Facebook groups are increasing in popularity, meaning that there are now more to choose from than ever before. Search for a specific area of the industry you’re interested in and it’s likely you’ll find a group for it. In terms of the size of a group, generally, ‘big is best’ is a good guideline to go by as those with very few members are just too small to offer much value and are not worth joining While it’s great to have this choice and diversity it can also be a little bit daunting. How to sift through them all and tell which ones are best?
To give you a hand with this we’ve put together ‘The C-List’ – a selection of FB groups catering specifically for SA Creatives
1. GROUPS FOR CREATIVES IN GENERAL
Like its name, this group is a fantastic resource – catering for the South African advertising, design and branding industries. It operates as a job board, exclusively for South African creative professionals who are available for positions that vary from short-term contract to full-time. While the group has a strict policy of only accepting creative resources (Design, Advertising, Media, PR, Photography etc and their related industries) currently residing in South Africa, to offer their services here, international clients and companies who are seeking South African resources are welcome to join.
This closed group describes itself as a “private community for professional creatives and creative freelancers or creative business owners across South Africa, including but not limited to: designers, illustrators, artists, writers, creative consultants, brand advisors, photographers, social media consultants, website developers, online marketers, crafters/makers, etc.” The purpose of this group is to facilitate sharing, help and learning between members. Members are also able to add freelancing friends or creative contacts who they feel would benefit from and/or contribute to the group. Membership is of course entirely voluntary and admins vet potential new members through a series of questions.
The group has built up a creative network of Young Africans and its founders are committed to nurturing a curious, creative, innovative and entrepreneurial mindset amongst African youth.
As a creative company and network, it collaborates with young African creatives, organizations, governments, institutions, companies and brands on the continent and diaspora on complex challenges in education, ideation, entrepreneurship, design, place-making, storytelling, publishing, digital, policy and advocacy.
The group also broadcasts info on meet-ups that they organise and host, such as the recent
Conversations on Creativity: Monetizing Your Platform, in partnership with MINI + URBAN X.
2. FILM INDUSTRY-RELATED GROUPS
This the largest group of professional filmmakers in South Africa. Established in 2010, it is a great network in which to post your film jobs and news. The aim behind the collective is to develop the African film industry, with a focus on education and upliftment.
Specifically for South African film, staging, event crew and production companies. The group’s primary purpose is as a portal for producers or PMs to find available crew and suppliers in South Africa and vice versa. Members are also able to post positive reviews or references regarding particular crew members. International companies and crew may also join if they are looking for potential crew or job opportunities in South Africa. Certain suppliers are also granted membership at the discretion of the admins. Members will find this a useful recruitment and job-boarding platform that is well-vetted to reduce spamming, irrelevant information or bad vibes.
274 Members (Closed Group)
Although small, this a powerful resource for people who work in TV and film as creative researchers looking for visual referencing. Members can also post questions and ask for advice in a research community. Admins vet membership applications to avoid spammers and time wasters.
An information tool for film industry Art Department. Whether you’re looking for that special prop or have an interesting photo to share, this is the space for all things (generally Cape-centred) Art Department related. Members can tell others if they find a good supplier and it is also a useful space in which to get rid of, sell or barter materials or goods bought for a job. This digital community’s tagline is, “Let’s share and put Cape Town’s art crew On Top Of The World!”
Inspired by the Cape Town Art Department Wall this is also a place to find crew, assist each other in sourcing weird and wonderful ‘impossible’ requests and just generally share information in order to make the job a little easier!
Aimed at including those both behind and in front of the lens, this collective encompasses support for producers, actors, scripts writers, directors and film makers in general. It was created for South African film makers to assist one another and work together in order to grow and develop within their industry.
3. GRAPHIC DESIGN
SAGD is a large collective, the members of which all share an interest in design growth. The group advocates for design in general, gives brag space to talented designers and encourages, moulds andeducates upstarts. Although aimed at graphic designers of South African origin, their reach is global. Their ethos is based on wiki culture, interactivity, sharing, openness and exchange. The group (in its current instalment) has become an authoritative voice regarding South African design identity and culture. It was founded by Romz Deluxe and is moderated, monitored and curated by a panel of administrators.
4. ANIMATION AND ILLUSTRATION
Their mission is to provide strategic leadership to the local industry. Boosting education and skills and increasing capacity, as well as getting South African IP industry professionals ready for international trade will be key goals for ASA in the next few years.
This is an affiliate of Animation SA and is a group for industry chat. Great for making connections, asking questions and generally staying in the loop in terms of all things animation. A digital platform for like-minded folk to have casual conversations about the topic that inspires them.
This group is open to anyone wishing to contribute to the craft of illustration. Although the group name suggests that it is specifically for South Africans, anyone who has an appreciation for the discipline is welcome to join, regardless of their nationality or location. The global illustration industry is experiencing a boom and the founder believes in a borderless approach to creative connections.
4. GROUPS FOR WRITERS AND JOURNALISTS
The group was created to share information about writing and for the interest of anyone who is serious about writing. The information can be about any kind of writing – creative writing and poetry, journalism, novel writing, writing for children, science fiction and fantasy, journaling, academic or business writing. It is also a place to share with other writers your successes and achievements – and especially your struggles. It aims to remain lively, up-to-date, inspiring and stimulating for writers. It is closely monitored for spamming, advertising and appropriate engagement between members. It is not intended to be a group that just anyone can join. It is for serious writers – including beginners.
This group is dedicated to the furthering, development and promotion of South African music and alternative culture and lifestyle elements. In addition to this, the group serves as a platform to promote local resources, companies and services related to the industry. Ultimately, at the heart of South African music and culture, are the people. The music lovers. The concert-goers and band followers. These people, when united, create a strong network of passionate individuals which is ultimately the keychain to growing the South African Music Industry. That is the reason for this Facebook group being created. Only South Africans are granted membership to this group.
Founded by a sound producer and engineer, this group is a gathering space for established as well as aspiring music artists, singers and songwriters in South Africa, extending beyond into the rest of the continent.
6. GROUPS FOR SOUTH AFRICAN ARTISTS
A group for artists living and working in South Africa. This group aims to build and foster communication between artists. A space for finding and broadcasting information around events and exhibitions in South Africa. In this group members are free to ask your questions, post art pics, and let other artists know about events and exhibitions. The network encourages reciprocal sharing aimed at building a stronger artist community.
This group is a platform for artists to post photographs of any pieces that are up for sale and where buyers can contact the artists directly. This is an open group that artists can make use of at any time. Only posts for products/services readily available and economically deliverable in South Africa are permitted and all prices must be in SA currency. Members are able to post anything related to art, sculpture, crafts and/or events and pages related to art and crafts.