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Journal Entry: Mon Dec 10, 2012, 5:27 PM
Do you love deviantART and its community? Do you have a lot of experience with it? Do you do a lot for the community; like featuring art and running groups, contests and projects? Do you have a positive presence on dA and leadership abilities? Are you 18 or older?

If you answer 'yes' to those, perhaps you should look into applying to be Community Volunteer for Community Projects :)

In my experience, the Community Relations team is a wonderful group of people, and if you're heavily engaged in deviantART, helping out from a CV position is one of the best experiences you can get :happybounce: This counts whether you're applying for Community Projects, or for another area.

I should make clear that I am not leaving the Community Relations team myself; I will still be a volunteer :) I will just focus more on mentoring and the chats & forums and on personal projects myself.

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A few Q&A
:eager: Please ask me your questions! I've answered a few obvious ones already below.

:ponder: by Taimotive In short, what's the main role of the CV of Community Projects?
Primarily helping and supporting other people with their contests and projects, promoting awesome projects and generally looking after the Community Projects galleries.
If you have any other specific questions about this please do ask!

=( (Sad) Why are you stepping down from Community Projects?
Because it will be best for the gallery to have someone dedicated to it. I am on a break from it to focus on my internship right now, but after my internship I will look for another job again, next to my study... and in the meantime I do many other things for the CR team and the rest of the community too. Having someone specifically dedicated to Community Projects would be much better.

Waaaah! Will you still be a volunteer? Will you still be around?
Definitely! I'll stay on the team as a Mentor and as a Chat & Forum CV. I'll also use any extra time and energy to work on other projects on dA so you'll see me around at least as much.

Bucktooth When are we going to get some blogs about your internship?
I don't have enough to fill weekly blogs and keep them remotely interesting to anyone but me xD But I'm certainly planning to write something about my experiences so far later.

:-? (Confused) Your question here ;D Please ask away! :)


Interested in volunteering for the community?
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:iconpascua-tanya:
Pascua-Tanya Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not bad that I say this but: I want to be a CV! =D.

I am saying this with full consciousness about of because I want to be a Volunteer and I know the great responsibility that comes with being in this position. I love the community and I am making many contributions, trying to help others in the best way possible. My main motivation is the community and this should be the same for those who also want to be a CV :). There are people who apply to be a CV because they love and do community work. But there are also people who apply for  have the symbol of Volunteer or to be known.

I sent lots of applications for CV (I can not remember how many are in total XD) but I never received an answer, but I know why: I did not do enough to help the community in times past. But this time I increased my efforts and I improved my contributions. I have more experience, I know I'm ready to be a CV and do not stop until I get it. I'm sending applications again and again, according I consider it necessary, to continue insisting. I do it for the community, much more than for myself. Many people whom I given help (some of the Hispanic community) think I deserve to be Volunteer for all the help I've given them. They say this, not me, and that has motivated me to continue to apply, because I would like to become the Volunteer that they want me to be. And if they could help me do that, I'm sure they would do, since many of them are willing to support me just as I gave my support and help to them ^^.

But They can not help me because they can not go the Moonbeam13 profile and beg to select me as a Volunteer, because it's not how it works. But even there I also would like to give them the opportunity to they help me on this, because it's what they want. What advice would you give me?.

I'm sorry if asking for help from others for this is something very end -_-
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Student Interface Designer
Hi! Thanks for sharing your story :hug: And good job asking for help! That's an immediate +1 on your communication skills (see below) :P Sure I can give some advice! Do note that this advice comes from my perspective, merely as a volunteer mentor, I don't actually get to choose volunteers.

My advice will not be much about you personally since I don't know you and I can go only from what you've said about yourself. From what you say, you are probably already well on your way and you're building up the most important things: motivation and experience. So for my advice I'll focus on a different point that may not be mentioned a lot.

The position of Community Volunteer takes many "intangibles", skills that are hard to measure. Communication skills. Emotional intelligence. They're hard to judge or measure, especially for your biased self. (I feel like probably, one reason why many people take years before they're ready to be a CV is that they needed to mature some skills they didn't realise they lacked.)

I can think of two things that are relatively easier to judge and improve:
  • your grasp on the English language. It's obviously a large part of the particular communication skills you'll need as a CV and you probably know pretty well where you are on that scale. There's also many ways of practicing it. (This point only applies if it's not your mother tongue. Some people communicate badly even in their first language, but then there's other problems that cannot be fixed as easily.)
  • written communication specifically. This is what you'll be doing after all.
Getting better at written communication is easier for a few reasons:
  1. You might have a better base to start from. If you talk well, it can be easier to learn to write well. Largely the same rules apply.
  2. It can be easier to ask for help or feedback in writing than in person.
  3. You can take your time to think as you write, and you can look back at what you wrote before you send it.
So, based on that theory, here's a few things anyone could practice to check and improve their relevant intangibles:
  • Improve your English, probably at least until you can confidently make yourself understood.
  • Use your offline skills and pay some attention to how you apply them offline.
  • Ask feedback on things you write, talk to people about your ambition, ideally people who know you AND the specific position.
  • Write consciously and think of whether you're expressing what you mean. Rewrite some things before you send them.
  • (Oh, and google 'emotional intelligence' because I've been talking about communication skills only =P )
I want to make one thing very clear: you don't need to be great at these things. You need to be decent enough at them that you can be trusted to take a leadership responsibility. Actually, all of us have messed up, we've all made mistakes, sometimes stupid mistakes. Many of us have been "told off" so to speak, we realised we were wrong, and did it right the next time.

So maybe, what matters isn't how good you are now, but how fast you can get better. It's how quickly you can screw up and learn from it.

You don't need to be very good at all these things I mentioned, it's just that a CV shouldn't be terrible at them. And people who are good at learning, won't be terrible for long. At least not at things they care about. (Surprise: motivation is more important than anything else we're talking about.)

So my final and central piece of advice is:

Keep learning.

I appear to have accidentally written an essay. :dummy: I hope this is helpful to some.
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Pascua-Tanya Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, I appreciate your detailed response ^^.

It's more than I expected and it made me think a lot. You're right in that regard, a CV should have good communication skills, be able to understand others when they have a problem and have the sensitivity required to help the community in an effective way. I guess those are things that some people can not see or think of them, when they apply for be a CV, at least at that time.

I have a facility to express in writing, the opposite to speak, it is one of my strengths. I can sit and think about any trivial topic or an issue of life, to reflect enough about it and put written everything, it I feel about that situation. When I am inspired (or with much motivation to write), I can easily make a long letter, as you did with your comment, even more. Sometimes I can exaggerate and write too much, more than I expected. This happens to me quite often in my articles for PE and I'm trying to change that, that my texts are not so large and dense.

When you talked about thinking good about what I'm going to write before publishing it, I remembered my class teacher "Oral and Written Expression" that I've seen this semester at the University. In this class, He teach us that same, how write a text in the best way possible. Make sure not to reiterate ideas, not to repeat the same word in a sentence or in a paragraph, use the connective and other linguistic resources correctly, etc. The teacher asks us to order the ideas, think through how to say what I mean, considering the above, to avoid adding words and phrases that have nothing to do with the idea that we are working, because you lose the intention of the text. Usually, we work with the reading of various texts to interpret it and write our opinion about them. Ideas also are shared in class, because to the teacher like to know how are our newsrooms and so make necessary corrections before submitting the final written. With this class I've noticed that many people have certain drawbacks in the writing, including myself. I was able to learn a lot about how to write texts correctly and as you can see, it's something I'm applying in this comment, by the form of my writing. Before I repeated some words, now it is not so much and I have a little more experience in the subject. In the same way I think I have to learn even more.

I just wanted to know in which exact circumstances are elected the CVs, the things that are taken into consideration in this decision, in order to have the necessary. I have seen that it is very difficult to know it, you did not know, I do not blame you for that :). My great desire here on DA, but not my ultimate goal, is to be Community Volunteer and continue my contributions. Other CVs have told me that I do not need to be an CV to help the community, but this does not cause that I want any less this position, is quite the opposite. For 4 years I have dedicated to the Community support on DA, first with the group Ayu-dA (a Hispanic group that provides support and assistance in Spanish about DA. I'm the director of the group) and I have extended me to level whole of DA community, sharing my knowledge and experience to more people. Previously, I made the mistake of dedicate me only to the Hispanic community. This is not bad but you need cover a wider range, not only stay with a small group. I understand and so I am working hard to achieve my goals. I want have the experience of being a Volunteer, because I think that is an important aspect for my artistic and personal growth, also for the people to whom I am helping. I will not give up, I will be a CV ^^.

It seems that I also wrote an essay :XD:. I appreciate much that you took part of your time to respond to the comment of an obsessed person, positively, with being a CV ^^;.
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Student Interface Designer
No worries at all :hug: It's good to hear you're practicing and learning so much!

Which area do you want to volunteer for?
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Pascua-Tanya Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you =D.

I want to be Volunteer in the Fan Art Gallery ^^
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Student Interface Designer
Oh I see! Why this one?
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Pascua-Tanya Featured By Owner Edited Jun 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The main reason is that I love the Fan Art :love:. I grew up drawing my favorite characters from the TV series, movies and video games I've seen and played in my childhood, since I was very small. Indeed. this was the beginning of my journey as an artist and has made me the talented person I am now. Likewise I have much more that learn, yet I am not a professional artist, I'm preparing me for it :). I think the Fan Art is an important part of me that I will never change even though others say it is not art (There are people who do not like and do not Fan Art, out of respect to the original authors, by the copyright policies, etc), because I'm drawing characters that do not belong and because draw cartoons is not something that you learn in schools of Traditional Arts, at least.

In my university (Of Arts), I had an interview with a professor of painting to have the opportunity to access the painting workshop and to the career (reason: The career that I am studying is Education for the Arts, but have requested a change for the race of Traditional Arts, speciality in painting). I showed him my works with pastel chalk and some of my Fan Arts (you can see all this in my gallery), just for that she could see my talent in traditionally coloring. Naturally, she was more interested in my work with pastel chalk that in my Fan Arts, she told me that in the painting workshop I will learn to do things like the former and not to draw cartoons. I understand this perfectly, I'm aware of that, I am not ignorant about what you learn in painting, I just wanted to show my talent, nothing more. Obviously, I did not like his comment but I did not say anything because she did not say it with bad intentions. I did not let that this discourage me completely and continue dedicating myself to Fan Art, because it is something that I really like. I do it for fun and love of art. I learned to draw by myself, I not attended to a art school, at least not in my childhood. In recent years I took a course where I learned the art of coloring with pastel chalk, but only that and I leave it after a year, because the teacher would not let me move more of there.

It took me long to realize me that the Fan Art Gallery is what I was looking for be a CV. I made the mistake of trying to access galleries in which I not have experience and the faintest chance to enter (at this time). I had not realized me that the Fan Art is present in my own gallery and that this was my first motivation for be a CV, by having known to alexandrasalas (Previously Kasumichan2003), former CV of this gallery. It was for her that started my desire to be CV, but I decided not to apply at that time, knowing that did not have enough experience. Now I feel more prepared: I've taken the time to read all (or almost all) the existing articles about the Fan Art for connect me more with the gallery, observe the work of current and former CVs, also make contributions intended to support the gallery and help the community. The last time I applied for this position I was not accepted and I recognize that I did not do enough. But in recent months I have struggled more with my contributions to the Fan Art Gallery and to DeviantArt in general, latter with my articles in Project Educate.

I applied again, so I hope to have the opportunity of being CV this time =D.
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Student Interface Designer
I see! That's great then :D fan art is probably a more competitive CV position than many others, and I think it usually takes a lot longer to become a CV for it. I say that not to discourage you but to encourage you - or at least so that you don't get discouraged if you're not chosen yet. If that gallery is your biggest interest and expertise then of course it's the best fit for you! Good luck and keep learning :D
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AikoSukoshi Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Wait. I thought community volunteers had a ' next to their names o.o
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Student Interface Designer
The ` is for senior members (some of whom used to be Community Volunteers), current CVs have a ^ :)

(See FAQ #106: What are the symbols in front of each deviants nickname?)
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AikoSukoshi Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Oh. O.o
Derp moment. Luuuul.


Another question, then. So say someone is 1 month old right, but has had an enormous influence on the community.so can that one month old deviant become a senior member? ; w;
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Technically, yes. But I don't think they'd want to give them seniority yet, usually it takes at least around a year ^^
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AikoSukoshi Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Have you had any cases where you've given seniority to someone younger? o.o
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Student Interface Designer
I don't give seniority myself, and I don't think it's ever gone to someone that's been on dA for a lot less than a year (except perhaps in the first years of dA itself...)
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AikoSukoshi Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Oh lol.
Thanks for the help.)
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Student Interface Designer
No problem :)

Why, do you have anyone in mind that should be a senior? :D
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:iconidjpanda:
iDJPanda Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Not 18 yet. :saddummy:

But hey! I can still help out in the community without being a CV! :dummy:
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Certainly! And maybe next time :hug:
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iDJPanda Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Student General Artist
:tighthug: :heart:
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xxHarmoniousChaosxx Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Writer
A word of advice to applicants:

Be sure this is a responsibility you want.
Be sure you are personally cut out for the post.
Be sure your public record is clean.
Be ready for scrutiny.
Be sure you can speak and represent the community without bias or judgements.
Be patient.
Be ready for the team to be amazing.
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Shadowelve Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I like the last point :giggle:
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Thank you :thanks:
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
Woohoo! I got my application sent in. :D Best of luck to everyone, and thanks for sending us this information so that I could because more involved. :dummy:
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student Interface Designer
:w00t:!
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iingo Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
only two more months then i am 18 YES! I WANNA HELP I WANNA HELP LOL

I mean sure. I have dealt with all those factors of being a cv
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Good luck :)
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SonAmyFan362 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Writer
Still eagerly waiting for my Chats & Forums application, to see if I get accepted. I know I need to be patient. But, I do wish to see how well I can perform as a Volunteer. I am curious if you can make me a Volunteer, even for a day. I am extremely curious as to how it must be, to be a Volunteer.

However, I'll understand if I have to wait a long time, though. I am just really itching to see how it feels to be a Community Volunteer.
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student Interface Designer
:giggle: I can't do that no sorry! Good luck.
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SonAmyFan362 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Writer
Oh. That's ok.

Thanks. It sure would be a nice Christmas present to get on here, eh?
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Mangakawannabe7 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would love to! I just don't know what I would be doing...BUT! I actually do have time to do it unlike a lot of people who are busy with work and such. I am on dA most of the anyways; might as well do some good for the community THAT I LOVE!
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student Interface Designer
That's good - love for the community and having the time are important factors :D But experience is more important than time ; if you're not sure you're ready for it yet in that way, there's many other ways to do something good for the community, that will also help you get experience for when you apply later :#1:
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SourKiss Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I would but i am not that smart lol~
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Interface Designer
lol :hug:
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SourKiss Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
heh thanks for being comforting~
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Amberrant Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're the CV dA needs, but not the CV it deserves.
Or is it the other way around?
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Interface Designer
...I have no idea? :giggle: Judge for yourself!
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Shorrax Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
nope nope AND nope >.< :P
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Interface Designer
:hug:
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Shorrax Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug: :P man you taje time in replying to everyone I like you :D
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Hehe thank you :)
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pwassonne Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't have enough experience ^^" oh, and I'm too busy X_x
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Interface Designer
:hug:
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pwassonne Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awwww thanks :hug:
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Congrats on the new intern position! :party: We'll miss your input with Community Projects, though. I hope you're enjoying it. :)
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Thanks a lot. :D I am :hug:
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awesomeizzy Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not 18. :c
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Aww... that means more time to collect experience :#1:
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awesomeizzy Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
18 months! :#1:
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Interface Designer
:happybounce:
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awesomeizzy Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Until then, I shall plot. :evillaugh:
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