Networking in the Talent Industry
Making it in the entertainment industry can be tough, whether you pursue music, art, acting, comedy, modeling, or dance. It takes more than talent to be successful in this business. Aside from a good Los Angeles acting class, networking is the best and often quickest way to find success as an actor. By networking with industry professionals, getting support, advice, and referrals, you can find opportunities to take your career to the next level. Going about networking isn’t as complicated as it may sound. Networking just means getting in contact with others (especially decision makers) within the talent industry. Here are a few tips that can help you begin to strengthen your network.
Tell Everyone About Your Aspirations
People are often willing to help someone they like succeed. Who wouldn’t want to be able to say they helped break the next big star? If you tell everyone you meet about your career aspirations, you are more likely to get that help. You never know who you may be having a conversation with. Don’t keep quiet about your talent or your career dreams. As the saying goes, “a closed mouth won’t get fed.” People can’t help you if they don’t know you need help in the first place.
Make Connections Locally
Check out your local newspaper and any local websites for groups in your area that relate to your field of talent. If you are an actor, check out your local theatre companies or acting class in LA. If you’re a dancer, visit a new studio every week. If you are an artist, see if there is a local artist guild near you or attend art shows. Attend any events that pertain to your talent, including shows, classes, meetings, auditions, parties, and more. Volunteer to work behind the scenes whenever you can. You will expand your network and you may gain new knowledge or insight about your industry. By networking locally, you may meet up with someone who can connect you to a helpful person in a larger market.
Surf the Internet
There are many people in the online community who have answers to your questions. Find a forum online and start asking questions. You will meet up with other people in your field that will usually be happy to give you advice on marketing yourself and networking with influential people. You may even find websites with information on seminars and workshops that can be helpful to you. Most association websites charge a membership fee for you to attend events or access their website, but major players usually belong to associations, so it may be well worth it when it comes to networking.
Be Ready for Interest All the Time
“If you stay ready, you don’t have to get ready”. Don’t find yourself caught in a situation where you’ve met a person of influence and find yourself unprepared. You don’t want to run into a casting director who would like to see your resume or a prepared monologue, and have nothing to show them. Networking is no good if you’re not prepared for the success of it. Be prepared with everything you might need to impress that important person. Keep your modeling portfolio with you. Have a comedy set ready to perform on a moment’s notice. Carry business cards with your website and contact information with you at all times, and prepare your instrument with good LA acting classes.
ALWAYS be ready!
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