Start Building Connections Now
People engage in networking without even knowing it. Every conversation can be turned into an opportunity. The key is to make connections early on while you’re still obtaining degree-specific knowledge and experience.
WHAT IS NETWORKING?
Did you know that up to 80% of jobs are never posted online? This is where networking comes in. Networking is rooted in making personal connections with industry contacts that can help push you to the top.
WHERE CAN YOU MAKE CONNECTIONS?
The creative industries are incredibly insular, especially when you narrow down your interests. Connections are made when you take the initiative to emerge yourself in the industry. Oftentimes connections are made at industry events such as art talks, exhibits, performances, gallery openings and more!
You can be aware by joining organizations related to your career interest and attending their events. Another option is to subscribe to websites for access to their art calendars. Such as:
Hyperallergic - https://hyperallergic.com/
Artsy - https://www.artsy.net/
Artnet - https://www.artnet.com/
The Art Newspaper - https://www.theartnewspaper.com/
YOU’RE AT AN EVENT. NOW WHAT?
Smile! Introduce yourself. Be friendly and professional. Have a one-minute “elevator pitch” ready to share. Don’t forget your business cards! If you had a good conversation with a new contact, follow up by sending them an email and pursue the relationship further.
Technology has made it easier than ever to connect with other people. Build your brand on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and more.Keep your followers’ interest with relevant posts as you share your work. After meeting in person, use social media to stay in touch.
These conversations have the potential to foster mentorships and internships achieved by simply meeting the right person. Learning from someone who is successful in their hustle can lead you to a conscious self-marketing that connects individuality with invaluability.
- Alexa Scull, ArtBound Initiative Team
Join the ArtBound Initiative Program to receive more career coaching and advice from industry advisors who can help you figure out your path. Become part of our global, professional network of creative professionals who will become key players in their own industries and regions. More info at www.artboundinitiative.com.