Sometimes it’s not what you know but who you know. Networking the smart way.
In this day and age, who you know is more important than what you have to offer. If I had to give anyone a tip to be successful, it would be for them to really take the time to network and get to know individuals that are successful in their field. Those are the people that will help to get you in the right mindset.
Now, there is a fine line between getting to know someone in order to learn and grow from their experience and knowledge and just flat out using someone to get ahead. Be careful with the way you treat the relationships you form in your network because it WILL come back to haunt you. All industries have one thing in common and that is this: People talk. If you rub someone the wrong way, that information about you WILL spread. And it will spread pretty fast.
Reputation is everything. You only get one chance to make a good first impression and you only get one chance to mess up your reputation. Take care of your reputation at all costs.
How do I make the connections I need to create a solid network?
Talk to as many people as you can and get to know who they are and what they do.
One thing that will always come in handy is who you know, no matter what you’re doing in life.
Don’t just create a network with people directly involved in what you want to do, try getting to know other people in other related fields that may help you within your field. Build a strong network of individuals that you can reach out to someday when you’re working on your own projects. Help people out with their projects as well. You can gain some valuable experience, and you’ll also have an opportunity to gain your connection’s trust. The goal is to stay involved.
Who do I connect with in my network?
Are you interested in producing some shows that feature your work? Get to know people who are involved with lighting, DJs, stage managers, dancers, creative directors and even people that are in graphic designing.
One of the keys to success is to know a good amount of people in high places.
If you want to be great, surround yourself with great people. Continue to put yourself out there, and never be afraid to meet people. Just don’t take advantage of your relationships with the people in your network unless you like burning bridges.