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The Difficulties in Networking October 21, 2007

Posted by shannonmuir in Advice, Networking.
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In the entertainment industry (and in the writing industry in general) one thing that is always emphasized is the need to network, Network, NETWORK.  There are many ways to do this – phone, email, and attending events.

This last also tends to be somewhat problematical in a certain way I only really became aware of in the last year – finding oneself at events with people that you may not be on the best terms with, people who aren’t comfortable with you, or people with a mutual aversion to one another.  To be honest, I’ve now found myself in this situation twice, and in both cases I just did not interact with the people in question.  It didn’t keep me from people I needed to talk to (if it had, I would have gone and talked to them in any case and endured what came), but it just made for an awkward atmosphere.

 As I said, I’d been networking for years before I found myself in this situation.  It was a bit of a shock but I got past it.  Don’t let this kind of discomfort stand in the way of what as a freelancer needs to accomplish.  Opening new doors and keeping doors open depends on it.

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