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The Importance of Networking, (Re-Posted)

Updated: Sep 29, 2021

In anticipation of our networking event, we wanted to repost this blog from March 11, 2020. Atlanta Film and TV is hosting its Creative Juices Industry Networking Mixer on Thursday, June 24th from 7- 9 pm in Edgewood. We’ll mix, mingle, and hear from two amazing speakers; Talent Manager Elana Dvorak, and Creator of Team Supreme Cartoon, and Character Designer, Joshua Leonard. Click here to purchase tickets. Once you purchase tickets, you’ll be entered to win a free acting class from Acting for Beginners!

What is Networking?

According to Merriam Webster, Networking is the exchange of information or services among individuals groups, or institutions specifically: cultivating productive relationships for employment or business.

What Should Be Done?

It would be best if you considered attending networking events in the entertainment industry, or any industry for that matter. As you network, you’ll have an opportunity to meet and connect with people virtually or face-to-face, exchange business cards, give out your headshot and resume. This way, those whom you’re meeting can get a feel for who you are and what it is you do.

Always Follow-Up!

After attending a networking event, you may make a plethora of connections. You may have collected an abundance of business cards or met someone you might want to collaborate with on a project. The best thing to do is follow up with them within 24 hours so that they don’t forget who you are or a meaningful conversation you may have had with them. An article titled How to Follow Up After a Networking Event gives several tips about following up:

  • Mention an exchange from the event

  • Offer to help

  • Invite them to coffee and pay for their refreshments

  • Connect on LinkedIn

Do you have any tips on networking? If so, please comment below in the comment section!

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