Events provide a great way to network with people in your industry, and to make connections that can lead to job opportunities. That’s why we partnered with Eventbrite for their Blogger Tour, so that we would be able to attend events like Tekserve’s Create Now: The Future of Post Production, to help shed some light on how to make the most of industry-specific functions.
If you’re looking to pursue a career in the film and television industry, it can be quite daunting to attend industry events. Here are some tips to help get your foot in the door, and meet people in your industry that can lead you to a job:
DO your research. Attending a roadshow? Know what vendors will be in attendance? Do a Google search of recent company news. Be prepared to talk about current industry trends.
DON’T feel embarrassed if you don’t know something. Events like these are for people to learn about innovative new programs and software. Have experience in Final Cut at a Premiere Pro-sponsored event? Don’t fret. Ask people about their experience and why they work with that program/equipment, etc. Learn from them.
DON’T talk exclusively about yourself and your projects.
DO bring business cards. A lot of people who attend industry networking events are freelancers. You never know what connections you’ll make.
DON’T explicitly sell yourself. Make connections, listen to people, ask questions but don’t interrupt. Don’t pitch your services every chance that you get: focus on making organic connections and the opportunity to find work will come naturally. If it doesn’t, having professional contacts in this competitive industry isn’t a bad thing.
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We’ll be attending events throughout New York City this summer and providing tips on the best ways to network yourself and meet new people. Follow #briteblogger to see where we end up. And make sure to share any tips we missed about making the most out of industry-related events with us in the comments.