These are the people who can help advance your career in the direction you want it to go.
This is a good place to stop for a moment and talk about this most important aspect of your job: Power Networking.
Power networking is the art of meeting as many important and up and coming people as you can. It is getting people to know who you are. You want to stick out from the crowd, but be prudent also. Sometimes you can end up sticking out in a wrong way.
Film and TV jobs usually last only for a short amount of time. Everyone on the present Production will move on to other jobs when the project is completed. It is important to build friendships with as many of these people as you can. This will help to increase your future work potential.
“Networking” along with experience and expertise are the most important tools for getting work in the entertainment industry. It is generally just what you know; it is also who you know that is the key.
If you want to work on George Clooney’s new movie, it would be extremely helpful to know someone already involved on the project. You will have done that by learning to “Power Network”.
We cannot stress enough that Networking is an important thing to master in the entertainment industry. However, when you first start out you probably won’t know very many people in the industry, don’t panic. Build relationships with working industry people as you go along. Learn people’s names, exchange phone numbers and keep in contact. Talk to everyone and everybody. You never really know just who knows who. And there is the old adage :If you rub my back, I’ll rub yours” goes a long way in the world of Power Networking.
There are many ways to put yourself in opportune situations in which to meet industry people and network. We will discuss this in more detail in Section D of this booklet.