The last couple weeks I have been focusing on my networking game, as it’s probably the poorest aspect in my toolbox. You see, I never thought about making connections that way. I had no idea I would need to go to events first. I thought I would do the auditions, now that I’ve been to drama school I thought it would make me known and the big auditions would come to me. They don’t.
It was a struggle to come to that realisation as I’m a stubborn person. My girlfriend convinced me it was a good idea to go to an event and I’m not going to say she was right but…
I even had business cards made up. I am a business and why not treat myself like one and sell the product I have, my look and my skill. It’s not hard to go to these events either, most of them are free and super fun getting to talk to likeminded people. I let myself bogged down by work sometimes and my creative side takes a back seat. Taking sometime off work and being able to focus again has really helped me with creating a game plan and getting out there to network.
Going to these events has opened me up and gotten my excited about the possibilities of people I can work with. Just this week I had my work featured at a networking event, I was afraid that it was going to get shat on, I didn’t really know anyone there and usually that doesn’t bother me as I love talking to people but this was an experimental event, I was one of the first to showcase my work there. So naturally I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out, I was nervous. There were casting directors, producers and other seasoned industry professionals that spoke at this event giving advice. I had the please to talk to them. I got great feed back from them but not only that, I made great contacts and I already have possible projects coming in. It really paid to go to these events. You never know who you’re going to meet.
If there are any events near you I urge you to go and get out there. Become seen and let them know what you’re all about. Sitting at home waiting for the phone to ring is the biggest mistake I made, don’t let it be yours.