When it comes to the entertainment industry it’s not always easy to put your name out there, let alone find your big break. For some it seems to take a short amount of time because of who they know or who they’re related to, and for others, it takes a long time, sometimes years. There’s no shortcut to breaking into the entertainment industry. You have to work hard, have passion, drive, and dedication, and most importantly, you have to keep at it no matter how long it takes. There are some things you can do if you want to be apart of the industry, most of these things I’ve done myself. if you give it a try, see how it makes a difference in your career.
One of the most important ways to network is to make appearances at live events, such as film festivals, and film screenings. At these places it’s easy to meet others in the industry and it’ll be a great opportunity for people to get familiar with you. You can discuss projects that you’re working on, and even try to get others involved in future projects. This is especially important at film festivals because there you have great opportunities for people to see your work; short or feature films.
Workshops and Seminars:
This is another important aspect at entertainment industry networking because you have the added benefit of meeting people and learning more about your craft. Workshops and seminars are set up for a variety of reasons, and it’s a good learning opportunity that you can use when you continue working on your career. It’s also beneficial if you have very limited knowledge about something you’re passionate about. A seminar or workshop can give you a better insight on how to be better at what you’re working on, giving you the tools you need in order to continue being successful. There are even workshops/seminars that’ll help you get certified in certain areas you need to be certified in, in order to progress in your career.
This is one thing that’s so great about Facebook and Twitter. These are the two most popular social networks ever and on both sites, you can easily meet people in your industry and connect with them. This is even better on Facebook because there you have a wider variety of things you can do in order to connect with industry folks such as join groups, fan pages, and you can easily find out about public events to attend in order to meet just about anybody. I’ve used online social networking at times where I wasn’t able to attend a live event and I ended up connecting with many people in the industry; Hollywood actors and directors and also indie filmmakers.
Aside from Facebook and Twitter there are other social networking sites that allow you to meet people, and you’ll find a lot of these websites that are built using the ning.com platform. Ning.com also allows you to create your own social networking platform for a small fee per month. I began using many of these site before moving away and finally settling on Facebook and Twitter. I consider it as being a great intro to moving on up in my online networking, and it can work for anyone with enough drive and determination to connect with those you want to eventually work with.
Networking in the entertainment industry doesn’t have to stop when you finally get your foot in the door. Once you’ve established and made a name for yourself, it’s important to continue networking. The entertainment industry is a very tough and competitive industry so it’s best to continue networking in order to stay relevant, and always capitalizing on any momentum that hits you. I became friends with some of the most well known Hollywood and international celebrities, as well as well know indie filmmakers and musicians all because I stay networking and dedicated to meeting people and putting my name out there. Always continue networking and always take advantage of any opportunity that comes you way. You never know if one of them could be your big break.