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What is NewComma?

NewComma is a social recruitment platform, meticulously crafted to bridge the gap between African and Black creative talents and a world of global opportunities.

February 25, 2024


So, What is NewComma?

NewComma is a social recruitment platform, meticulously crafted to bridge the gap between African and Black creative talents and a world of global opportunities. In a landscape marred by unemployment, significant pay gaps, and glaring funding disparities, NewComma is more than a solution; it's a movement towards equity and recognition for its vibrant Comma Community.

At a Glance:

Mission: To dismantle the barriers that have historically sidelined Black and African talent, ensuring their unparalleled creativity, deeply ingrained in our culture, is celebrated and compensated fairly. NewComma is dedicated to empowering creators across Africa and its Diaspora to diversify their income and secure their rightful place in the global marketplace.

Who It's For: NewComma is not only a sanctuary for creatives from various disciplines but also a pivotal platform for hirers seeking exceptional talent. This dual focus makes NewComma a unique nexus of creativity and opportunity.

For Creatives:

An inclusive haven for creatives spanning a multitude of disciplines—audio-visual and literary creatives, graphic designers, content creators, photographers, animators, musicians, and filmmakers—all find a home here. NewComma serves as a beacon for those looking to elevate their creative endeavours to the next level. It's a place where artists can showcase their portfolios, connect with peers and mentors, and access a wide array of resources designed to foster their growth and visibility in the global marketplace.

For Hirers:

NewComma is equally valuable for businesses, brands, and organisations seeking to tap into a rich pool of pan-African creative talent. Whether you're looking for a unique artistic perspective for your next project, seeking to fill a specific role within your organisation, or aiming to collaborate with innovative and skilled creatives, NewComma provides a direct link to a diverse and talented community. cjyx5hcfdgqmtwgxj4xz Key Features and Benefits:

  • Digital Portfolios: Creatives can effortlessly craft and share their digital portfolios, offering a global stage to showcase their skills and passion.
  • Events & Workshops: Tailored events and workshops provide invaluable opportunities for networking, skill enhancement, and audience building.
  • Jobs Board: We’ve built a connection hub through NewComma Jobs that aligns talent with fitting job opportunities, ensuring creatives find their ideal opportunities and hirers find the perfect fit, anytime, anywhere, worldwide.
  • NC Fund: A critical resource, the NC Fund offers financial backing and resources to bring creative projects to life, addressing the historic funding gap head-on.

Sign-Up Process:

  • Ease of Access: Get started in no time, with a seamless sign-up process accessible via NewComma on desktop or mobile.
  • Personalization at Core: During onboarding, we guide you through personalising your experience based on your creative interests, role focus, and preferred interaction styles. This ensures you get the most relevant opportunities and connections from day one.

First Steps:

  • Create Your Digital Portfolio: Showcase your work in the best light with our intuitive portfolio builder. Highlight your projects, collaborations, and accolades to attract opportunities from potential hirers. Watch this tutorial for a step-by-step guide on crafting amazing digital portfolios on NewComma.
  • Engage with the Community: Immerse yourself in our vibrant Comma Community events, workshops, and webinars. These events offer unparalleled networking opportunities, learning experiences, and a chance to showcase your talents.
  • Explore Opportunities: Navigate through our curated job board where opportunities align with your creative spirit. From freelance gigs to full-time positions, we connect you with roles that best suit your skills and aspirations. Check out this handy walkthrough, all about listing and finding jobs via NewComma. tgompnkkw4bwg1xyx9ja Success Stories and Testimonials:

NewComma is not just a platform; it's a vibrant community where African/Black creatives across the globe come together to showcase their talents, share their experiences, and inspire each other. From artists and designers to filmmakers and writers, our community is home to thousands of members who are making significant strides in their respective fields.

Community Highlights

  • Shirleen Mukami (@whatshirsaid): Known for her exceptional talent in interior design, Shirleen's portfolio is a testament to her creativity and skill.

  • Fred Mndolo (@ahfreddie): Fred's innovative digital artwork showcases his ability to blend traditionally African colour palettes with modern, futuristic art style with a more diverse range of subjects for his pieces.

  • Rogers Ouma (@ojwoook): A photographer with an eye for effortlessly blending detail and tones, Rogers' work tells powerful stories through imagery.

  • Henry Antwi Adusei (@tipolo_8) and Robin Abrafí (@robinabrafi): Both creatives excel in their fields, bringing unique perspectives and techniques to their work.

Made With Comma

Our "Made With Comma" page features a curated selection of digital portfolios, all powered by NewComma's dynamic project builder. These portfolios not only highlight the diverse talent within our community but also demonstrate the versatility and power of the NewComma platform in showcasing creative work.

  • Divine Okolo (@sabr_xx) and Yinusa Korede (@yakonly): These artists use NewComma to present their work in a compelling and visually appealing manner, attracting audiences and potential collaborators from around the world.

  • Dede Ade (@dedeisblack) and Remofiloe Mayisela (@remo): Through NewComma, Dede and Remofiloe share their creative visions, gaining recognition and inspiring others within the community. tmn4cujeqojdop2tdnos

At its core, NewComma is about fostering a vibrant ecosystem where creatives and hirers can thrive together. By providing tools, platforms, and opportunities for interaction, NewComma ensures that every member, whether offering their creative skills or seeking to employ them, benefits from a network designed to amplify African creativity on a global scale. Join NewComma today, and be part of a future where African creative talent is celebrated, connected, and fully empowered.