To succeed in the screen industries, it helps to build up a network of people you can call on for help, advice and jobs. Some people get into the industry through formal routes, like applying for jobs, apprenticeships and training schemes. But for others, the way in is through getting to know people who work in the industry. That’s why it’s important to learn how to network well.
First of all, you need to go to places where you will meet industry professionals.
Go to talks, festivals, meet-ups or ScreenSkills events, like Open Doors, to meet people who work in your chosen area. Check out the following organisations. They have industry news, events and opportunities. Find out about them and go along where you can.
You can also network online. Join the Facebook groups and LinkedIn groups that reflect your interests. Register with ScreenSkills. Follow the organisations listed above on Twitter. Play an active role in discussions and you will get to know people who can help you.
Whether it's at a job interview, introductory meeting and during a networking event, you only have one chance to make a good impression on prospective employers. So be prepared:
Organise your contacts into an easy-to-maintain system, such as an online or offline address book or notebook, including the following information:
The benefit of meeting someone might not be immediately obvious, but over time you will increase your knowledge of the industry you want to work in and make useful contacts.