No-one should ever pay to network! Networking should be free.
Let’s look at the definition:
- the developing of contacts or exchanging of information with others in an informal network, as to further a career
So come on lovely people. Should you have to pay for the exchange of information when it is two-way. No way! Yes it’s expected that when we are learning a craft or skill we go to someone who is skilled in that area and we pay money for the opportunity to learn from them. That is to be expected. That is only fair.
But to walk into a room full of ‘actors’, ‘directors’ and ‘producers’ and be asked to pay money even before you’ve met them, well that’s asking a bit much don’t you think. You may be the most knowledgeable person in that room. How would you know. And the little person who organized that event is making money off you without you even knowing it. Not fair!
Why networking is great:
• It is typically a relaxed, informal way to meet new industry peeps
• You get to finally hand out some of those pretty little business cards you worked so hard on designing
• You can and almost always do make one brilliant connection that can be a good longer term contact
• You’ll typically walk away feeling all warm and fuzzy. Think about it, the networking events you choose are going to be an area you love…in this case acting. And when you attend you’ll often be inspired by other people who are out there making it happen.
• They usually involves alcohol (come on, that can’t be a bad thing)
Sadly roles don’t grow on trees and neither do contacts. You have to go out there and make them.
Are you really doing everything you can to improve your industry contact? If not then this week I challenge you to find one interesting networking night that is on in the next month (free please!) and book yourself in.
Tip: check out Shooting People. Tom hosts Shooters in the Pub every month and it’s an uber cool very focused group and super useful event.
You need to keep in contact with your new networks regularly or there’s no point in making the contact. Have you kept a list of how you made them and your last communication? Want one? Email me and I’ll send you my template.
Until next time b.a.b.e.s.