Taylor Swift Makes One More Push to Urge Fans to Vote in the Midterm Elections
Since Taylor Swift’s first foray into speaking out about politics one month ago, she has been very vocal in urging her fans to vote in the midterm elections on Tuesday, November 6. Now, the singer has made one more major push to get people to the polls, even promising to share fans’ voting selfies on her own Instagram account.
“What is today? Tuesday. What was it that everyone is supposed to do today?” Swift jokingly asked in an Instagram story video. “What was it? Oh yeah, you gotta go vote today.”
Swift then went on to tell her young fans why their voices matter now more than ever. “I’m seeing a lot of underestimation of young voters and this new generation who now have the right to vote just in the last couple of years, but these are people who grew up post 9/11, they grew up with school shooting drills at their schools. These are people who want to vote,” she continued.
“It’s not enough to just want change. It’s not enough to just want to vote,” she said. “You have to go and make change by voting, and today is your opportunity to do that. I promise you it feels so wonderful to exercise that right that you have.”
Swift made headlines when, in early October, she took to Instagram to take a strong partisan political stance for the first time in her career, endorsing two Democratic candidates in her home state of Tennessee — Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for the House of Representatives. She then pleaded with viewers of the 2018 American Music Awards to vote on November 6, and changed her Instagram bio — the social platform on which she’s most active and has 112 million followers — to read “GO VOTE! SERIOUSLY! DO IT!”
The “Reputation” singer has encouraged fans not only to vote, but also to tag her in their #justvoted selfies, and she has been sharing some of the fan photos via her own Instagram stories.
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Getting the word out about your brand takes time, drive, and ingenuity. And it doesn't come easy for many entrepreneurs. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're chatting with Selfmade alum Taylor Morgan McPherson, founder of Sustainable Sparkle Bar, about ways in which she scored press as a solo startup brand and what she learned from Selfmade to take her brand marketing up a notch.
B + C: How did you know Sustainable Sparkle Bar was your business to start?
Glitter has always been my thing, so when I started my event company I decided to make it my niche. I started telling people I threw glitter-themed parties where people would get sparkled with glitter body art and makeup. Six months after that I applied to my first festival and to work with SUR restaurant in West Hollywood.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
I honestly can't say that I've had a specific strategy that I've followed when it comes to getting my business off the ground. I have a PR background so I was just constantly pitching new business and posting on social media.
B + C: What's the biggest challenge you face as a small business owner?
I would say creating a stable income and revenue stream. With a seasonal, event-based business it can be very up and down.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
The relationships I made and the push to start an email database.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I love what I do and I believe in myself 100%. Staying motivated isn't the hard part. Pushing myself to do the work and staying accountable is the hard part.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip? Do you use any apps that help you manage your business?
I keep multiple to-do lists, hand-written and digital. I also tell clients and partners that I will have something to them by a certain time or day so I have to stick to it.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Just do it, take the leap. And don't worry about what anyone else says to thinks.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Issa Rae, I'm so inspired by everything that she's created being a creative and a black woman. It's my dream to have my own show one day based on my life and where I give advice and talk about the world. She's doing it and making people laugh and giving people joy. And it's based in LA. Watching Insecure only further cemented my dreams of wanting to live in LA.
B + C: How did you hear about the Office Depot scholarship?
One of my friends that I met through Camp No Counselors saw an IG ad for it and nominated me.
B + C: What has receiving the scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start/grow your business?
It's completely helped me level up and take my business to another level. Selfmade helped me host my first virtual event and taught me how to set up my website to sell tickets to events and get RSVPs.
B + C: How have Office Depot services or products helped you accomplish more in your business?
I got new cards to send in all of my orders with my discount code on them. I also bought a really cool 4K camera that I now use for my social media.
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