Let’s keep it 300 as I like to say. Everyone in the entertainment industry is passionate about their talent and sharing their talent with the world; but the honest truth is, no one can do it alone. So, what’s the tool an artist needs to find others who will help them reach this goal? The answer is, networking; some call it building bridges, relationships or simply face to face marketing. I’d say it’s all 3 interchangeably.
I know that the topic of networking can be a bit stressful for a newbie, amateur or the starving artist. But don’t let your anxiety get the best of you. We all get nervous at one time our another, but you don’t have to be in this instance and its counter productive.
Networking is so important to your career and the journey it’ll take, but it doesn’t have to make you sweat. I want you to think of networking as a relay team. I use this analogy because I was an arm on my high schools relay team. Let me tell you, all 4 of us ladies were crucial to the effort of finishing those races and getting our well deserved medals. The key was that it would take all four of us to reach the goal. The way this race is won and the endurance it requires, took the effort of the entire team.
I’m going to share with you why networking is essential to reaching your goals and how to use this skill to your advantage as well as be an arm that assists with the goals of others on that same team.
When you sign up to join the track team most likely you have a set goal in mind. It could be that you’re trying to get in shape, or you’re passionate about running, or you could be trying to follow in the footsteps of a parent or a mentor. You’re not aware and neither is the coach as to whether or not you’ll be able to deliver what’s expected to win a gold medal, but you took the first step by signing up. Don’t wait one more moment. So go ahead & register for that networking event.
Ok! You’re signed up with your goals in mind. Next is preparation to meet the other team members and to discuss with them what your goals are as well as what you have to offer to assist with their goals in reference to the team. This is exactly what happens when networking; you are given the opportunity to share your goals and interests with other like minded people as well as learn the goals and aspirations. This canvas gives opportunities to learn about others and vice versa. So don’t be shy, tell them what you’re crazily passionate about and what you’re going to do with it.
Now, to find out who will run in what events. The coaches will assess your physical stature and strength levels to decide where they think you’ll excel. In networking, your figurative coach would be your current training, skills and expertise. These are things you have to offer to the other team members and/or networkers to possibly assist with their aspirations. This is very, Very important; as I stated earlier on this post, networking is building bridges and relationships.
The bridge is the means to getting from one point to another without having to encounter an obstacle. A relationship is the connection, link or alliance of two or more individuals. I’ve defined these terms so you can understand that networking is a give and take procedure; with hands always in exchange. Once this is established, its time to work, train and condition to be ready to win your gold medal.
Once a relationship, bridge or alliance has been formed, the time will come when the baton will be passed to you and you have to be great enough to get it to the next team member without complication. You must be prepared for successful execution when an opportunity is delivered to you through your network. Its pertinent to represent yourself and your network exceptionally. All you have to do is what you do best. Go for the Gold!!
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