You’ve probably heard the saying that in Hollywood, “It’s all about who you know.” That is true in some cases. If you are trying to make it in Los Angeles, aside from training at a good acting studio, you need to know how to network and meet the who’s who of the film industry.
Having a network is crucial because you are surrounded by people with a similar mind-set, and meeting the right people will help you with your confidence. It could be the make or break part of your career.
Explore Talent is giving you tips on how to network with the industry big wigs.
Go to the Right Events
You should get yourself known by attending events that casting directors, writers, and filmmakers will attend. Find friends who are also actors so that way you will be updated on the latest and hottest events in your industry. Go to film screenings and other events where directors, producers, and casting directors will be. Charity events are also a great place to meet new people. You need to have a plan. Have a strategy. Make smart choices in your career, and always do your research. Your goal should be to expand your list of acquaintances because the more people know you, the more you will learn of great parts that are casting.
Do Online Submissions
Social media is a great way to get your name out there and meet people who are also in the industry. Casting directors have online profiles too, so find them and engage with them online. Being aware of what’s trending online keeps you in the know of the latest things in the industry. Acting is all about timing, so always be aware of what’s going on. Who knows, you may even be lucky enough to get booked through your online submission.
It’s generally accepted that actors are not shy people. It takes self-confidence and a lot of self-esteem to be able to stand on stage or on a set and act out a role. An actor must generally be interested in people. You will interact with so many, and it’s much harder for a shy wallflower to get noticed than a loud mouth.
You can train yourself by reading the book How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. It was published in 1963 and is one of the most successful self-help books you can buy. It has sold over 15 million copies, so there must be some good advice contained within it’s pages. The main message of the book is learn how to get people to like you. You do that by being interested in what other people do. Don’t be self-absorbed. When you are eager to learn about others, you can make them feel appreciated and special. With this technique, you’ll make friends easily.
Be a Contact Person
Find a way to add value to someone’s life. Similar to not being self-absorbed and being interested in others, make yourself available to others. Maybe you hear of a role that would be great for your friend. Maybe you have a casting director or producer friend who is looking for actors. Find ways to help people in your inner circle. Being supportive to people you know will make you stand out as a good, reliable professional. When you build your reputation as someone who makes things happen, you will open more doors.
Make Sure You Follow Up
Once you have met the industry heads, casting directors, producers, agents, and other important individuals, contact them. Follow up. Set up meetings and other ways of connecting and socializing with these VIPs. A big part of this industry is making friends, especially friends who can also introduce you to important people who can lead you to roles in films, TV, commercials, and other gigs.
These are just some tips that we have compiled for you. The main message is, be a people person. You have to go out and be seen because otherwise the people who make decisions in the industry won’t know that you even exist. If you rely solely on online submissions, you will lose out on the impact that a face-to-face meeting can make.
So don’t limit yourself. Go out, go to parties, tag along with your friends if you have to, but just get yourself to socialize. Going out to dinner, parties, drinks, and coffee meetings can go a long way in boosting your career.