Film/TV Careers: Where and How to Network
Film/TV Careers: Three Tips on Effective Networking
Besides passion, persistence and talent, there's one thing that can dramatically increase your odds of success in the entertainment industry and that's your ability to network.
Film Festivals are a Great Place to Network!
One of my first jobs came through a contact I met at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. I had no money and was crashing at a friends condo, but my efforts certainly paid off. I've had similar luck at Telluride and even my local Los Angeles Film Festival. Use this link to help you stay abreast of the film festivals that are going on near you and use them to your advantage.
European Film Festivals
If you're planning a trip overseas any time soon, you may want to have it coincide with one of the major European film festivals. These events are the perfect places to network and develop your very own international contact list!
Network at the American Film Institute
The American Film Institute hosts a number of classes and events that are absolute musts for both the newbie as well as the industry veteran. At many AFI events, you are likely to meet people from just about every facet of the industry. So, get to know AFI.
Independent Feature Project - A Great Networking Source
IFP sets up a number of film related events in cities from Chicago to Seattle. You may want to consider checking in with them on a regular basis to see what networking events might be coming up in your area.