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Today we got the honor of interviewing Madi (Ember's Human). You can find a direct link to their Instagram here.
Here is their story:
Can you tell us about your journey to becoming a dog influencer? What inspired you to start sharing your dog's adventures on social media?
Clark: I have always had a passion for animals, nature, photography, and writing. Social media became my creative outlet back in 2018 when I first got my dog. It became my way of sharing photos of her with friends and family. Naturally, we started documenting our adventures together, which lead to learning how to find dog friendly hikes and locations, traveling with a dog, solo women traveling, dog companionship, dog advocating, and learning about self-confidence from my fiery confident Australian Shepherd.
What do you think sets your dog apart from other dogs on social media? What makes them unique or particularly interesting to your followers?
Clark: I showcase a unique look with my photo skills and Ember being quite a unique-looking dog herself. I am known as a storyteller in how I capture and portray my photos and words. Ember herself is a show-stopper. Her coat pattern and ears always make people stop and stare. I love answering questions about her and love engaging with people. I am relatable to my followers and have been told I'm inspiring and authentic. I love to share my personal experiences and tend to get vulnerable with subjects such as mental health, doing new hard things, and never leaving the dog behind.
How do you come up with ideas for your dog's posts and content? Do you have a specific creative process?
Clark: Most of what I do is in the moment. I love taking on the challenge of telling a story with what is in front of me. We all love the big grand moments but I love focusing on the little moments as well.
Have you ever faced any challenges or negativity on social media, and how have you dealt with it?
Clark: This is a rare occasion for me thankfully. Negativity is never fun but from my own experience, it's usually a misunderstanding or from someone whose opinion I don't care for so it's easy to ignore and just go on. Most of what I deal with is my own brain challenging me with impostor syndrome. I am my own worst critic and it's one I'm currently trying to figure out how to manage.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to start their own dog influencer account or share their dog on social media?
Clark: Yaya! Huge congrats. Do it for fun. Make it fun. Stay true to yourself and make sure your dog is having fun too.
How has your dog influenced your life outside of social media?
Clark: She truly is the light in my life. Her personality is captivating and one I took note of very early in her years. My whole social media page is based around "life lessons I've learned from my dog." I've learned about self-confidence, how to play, how to live unbothered, and how to set boundaries. Seems silly but it's true.
Can you tell us about a particularly memorable or funny moment you've had with your dog during one of your photo shoots or adventures?
Clark: Any time I take Ember to new places it always warms my heart to watch her explore and take in her surroundings. She is always down to be my companion on long drives and watching her run and play in new territory is always my favorite thing to witness.
What is your favorite thing about being a dog influencer?
Clark: The people I've met who have become close friends and the work opportunities that have happened
Lastly, what's next for you and your dog on social media? Any exciting plans or projects in the works?
Clark: We are so excited to see what each year brings us, more traveling and work opportunities on the horizon plus we hope to continue to inspire others to get outside with their dog.