Networking for Les Artistes
From D.C to Hollywood it has been said that “It’s all about who you know.” Connections are a major driver on the road to success, whatever the destination.
Unfortunately, many independent authors and musicians have the unrealistic expectation that they will be picked up by a major publishing house or music producer based solely on their amazing talent. While we won’t argue about talent today, we will focus on the importance of connections.
Undiscovered talent is just that: undiscovered. Even if your friends and family know how incredibly gifted you are, if they have no power to move you ahead in your career, you can still consider yourself undiscovered.
A first step in developing the right connections is to determine where you want to take your writing or music career. Are your goals to retire to the ranch in Maine and happily write all of your days while Hollywood makes movies out of your thrillers? Easier said than done, but Stephen King did it. Are your musical aspirations to be a successful self-managed indie artist that makes a decent living doing what you love? Either way, you need people to help you along the way.
Networking is not an activity exclusively reserved for salespeople. It does not happen exclusively at Chamber of Commerce mixers either. According to Dictionary.com networking is a supportive system of sharing information and services among individuals and groups having a common interest.