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Creator Spotlight: Andrew Sotomayor
Andrew Sotomayor is an Emmy winning makeup artist with over 17 years of experience in beauty editorial, red carpet, fashion, film, television, and brand development. Andrew won his first Emmy for Saturday Night Live in 2017, was nominated for an Emmy for Jesus Christ Superstar Live in 2018, and was nominated again for Ryan Murphy's Pose in 2019.
20 Things Our Creators Taught Us in 2020
A lot of things happened in 2020, most of which we couldn’t have predicted, but one thing is for sure: your stories got us through this heavy year. Our platform wouldn’t be the same if it weren’t for you, our creators. You’ve proven, once again, that creativity can move and inspire others and give us hope for a better future.
Creator Spotlight: Dave Weaver
Dave Weaver is a straight, speculative, and science fiction author from St. Albans, England; positioned about an hour north of London. The devoted husband and proud father has five paperback/digital novels published by Elsewhen Press in addition to two self-published novels and a few short story collections.
"Home" For the Holidays
The "Holiday Season," as it is often defined, has looked very different for us in 2020. Usually, this time of year is marked by a frenzy of holiday parties and drinks and gatherings spent with crowds of friends and family.
Creator Spotlight: Jakayla Toney
Jakayla Toney is a Horror Author, Creative Writing Mentor, and Photographer based out of New Jersey. The multifaceted creator is equally obsessed with the Horror genre as she is with helping writers of all skillsets sharpen their skills and write compelling content—no matter which genre inspires them to create.
A Thank You to Our Community for 10,000 Vocal+ Members
For the last four years, we’ve worked on building a community that allows you to create, share, and earn from your stories. Since then, over 800,000 creators have joined the Vocal community and shared stories that have inspired millions of people around the world. Our constant mission—to provide the best storytelling tools and communities for creators and help them get rewarded—led us to introduce Vocal+ last year, helping you create better stories, connect with other creators, and maximize your earnings.
How I've Earned Over $4,000 from Vocal Challenges
After my internship ended early from the coronavirus pandemic and freelance film industry jobs were left in shambles, I found myself with an overabundance of time and a lack of money. Fortunately, I remembered a little website called Vocal where I won a writing Challenge the year before.
Dear Creators: Thank You
This holiday season, we're most excited for the opportunity to thank all of you, our incredible community of creators. The holidays can be a stressful time, and they're a little tougher this year, so we think it’s important to take time to reflect and remind ourselves that there is still plenty to be grateful for. Without you and your powerful stories, this year would not have been as hopeful or inspiring, so we want to say thanks!
Friedrich Nietzsche once said: "we must have chaos within to give birth to a dancing star." As the chaos rages on, the Moderation Team at Vocal has continued to see an influx of creative ideas from our talented community, proving that chaos does, in fact, inspire.
Creator Spotlight: Dan Pittman
Dan Pittman is a self-aware, philosophical creator with an incredible ability to demystify the human psyche. His stories offer new, uncommon perspectives on life—ones that both examine and challenge everyday thoughts and what it means to be human. Out of all of the soon-to-be Father's admirable traits, we especially appreciate how easy Dan makes it for his readers to find comfort in who they really are; or, become who they want to be. He's a great creator to look into if you're ever feeling trapped in a box, or that you're not meeting your full potential.
Through Chaos, We Create
What a week it's been. Between election anxiety, the unnecessary presidential drama, and another spike in Covid-19 cases, it's been hard to focus on anything else, but we managed to round up yet another awesome collection of stories to share with you today.
Creator Spotlight: Gigi Robinson
Gigi Robinson is a content creator, photographer, consultant, and influencer based out of Los Angeles. When she's not creating dynamite content, she's leading by example and giving back to the creative community with tips on how to succeed in the ever-changing digital world.