Networking, networking networking!
Of course this is such an important part of any creative field for a number of reasons. To establish credibility, get jobs, connect yourself with other professionals and to absorb yourself deeper into the environment that you want to thrive in. Either way, it is extremely important!
I personally find the idea of networking very intimidating, because I associate it with deception and sweet-talking people into working with you – which I have a very big problem with. Because like many artists, I find myself overly critical of my work and skill level, it can always be better!
My lecturer offered a different angle of thought when it comes to networking. He said that one of his friend thinks you should adopt the mentality of what you can offer people, not what you can get out of them because it will benefit you in the long run. This does somewhat help me as I feel like it’s concreting a humble approach of merely offering services. And I should be more objective about my work which would build confidence.
So the next question is where should I network?!
Well. There is a plethora of places one can network with other film-goers.
- Social Networks:
- Facebook (QLD film crew production notices), blogs or twitter.
- Screen Australia (www.screenaustralia.gov.au/)
- Screen Queensland (www.screenqueensland.com.au/)
- The Australian Director’s Guild (ADG) (www.adg.org.au/)
- Australian Cinematographer’s society (ACS) (www.cinematographer.org.au/)
- Screen Hub (http://screenhub.com/)
- Australian Writer’s Guild (https://awg.com.au/)
- Screen Producers Australia (https://screenproducers.org.au/)
- International Screen Association (http://www.networkisa.org/)
- Scriptwriter’s Network (http://www.scriptwritersnetwork.org/)
- Small Competitions:
- Celtx 30 second short film competition (www.celtx.com)
- 48 hour film festival challenge (www.48hourfilm.com/brisbane-au)
- Conferences, universities, cafe’s where an influential someone is drinking coffee and “randomly” bumping into them…
“Twitter is a monster resource for filmmakers and anyone not taking full advantage of it for networking is foolish.” – says marketing and publicity specialist Sheri Candler (Palmer, 2013).
THERE’S SO MANY OPTIONS. I know.
Identifying and compiling all these avenues of networking not only gives me a comprehensive list of options, but provides a platform to start on and also shows that networking is very possible in any city. So there are no excuses for not being able to do this! This is extremely motivating.
In support of that, this site here encourages networking and say that it could make or break a career. So give tips on developing networking skills to make connections and present yourself in a professional manner so you’re prepared on every level!
- Don’t be timid
- Use business cards
- Craft your elevator pitch
- Talk about someone else’s film
- Have some good professional stories
- Have multiple ways to show your film
- Participate in Q&A’s.
So, in light of all we’ve learned, everyone go out and…
Network, network, network!
Palmer, S. (2013). How To Succeed As An Independent Filmmaker – Interview with Sheri Candler. Good in a Room – Stephanie Palmer. Retrieved 24 June 2016, from http://goodinaroom.com/blog/succeed-independent-filmmaker-interview-sheri-candler/