I am often asked about how to meet people who can help you in your creative career.
I have talked about networking before and getting out meeting people in ‘formal’ situations. However, I am also a firm believer that if you know what you want, you will be surprised at how often seemingly inconsequential conversations can lead you to someone who can help you or point you in the right direction.
This was highlighted to me on two occasions this week.
Last weekend, I was in a West End shop buying stationery. The charming sales assistant commented on my winter coat, a full length scarlet job with gold buttons, and wondered where I got it. I confessed that the coat had been purchased from the costume department when I was working with English National Opera. (It was worn by the divine Susan Bullock in 'The Prince of Homburg'). She asked if I was a singer. (Definitely not, as much as I would love to be!) Through talking about arts, she told me she wanted to work in films and was writing and creating short videos. I told her about my work and I offered to send her some links which might be useful to her.
Mid-week, I was having coffee with a small group of people, all of whom I know well. One mentioned that she wanted to get a feature in a leading publication. One of the other people said that she knew the editor of the publication as she house sits for him. What were the chances?!
However well you may plan where to go and who to talk to, how many of us would write down, “find a coach/mentor out of the customers who come into the shop” or “find the house sitter of ...”?
You never know who you are talking to, or who they know. Get your message out there and you could be surprised at what turns up.
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