In the entertainment industry, it’s all about who you know. The right connection can be the difference between getting the gig of your dreams and playing birthday parties for the next few years.
Here’s how you can network as a musician.
1. When you meet an industry professional, be intentional.
When you do get to brush elbows with producers, managers, and recording artists, don’t beat around the bush. Let them know straight up that you want to get to the level that they’re at.
Tell your new contacts what you admire about their work. You could also suggest how you can work together in the future.
Watch this video to learn how to make a great first impression.
2. Focus on meaningful connections.
Don’t throw your business card at any aspiring musician who comes your way. Rather, focus on making meaningful connections with those you feel will be able to help you in the future.
If you can envision yourself working with that person in the future, then you should get to know him or her better.
Check out this video on the power of meaningful connections.
3. Show them what you have to offer.
When you’re networking, rather than only thinking of what they can do for you, try to show what you can do for them. Show other people what you have to offer by inviting them to your next show, talking about the professionals you’ve worked with, or discussing your latest musical achievement.
This video will teach you how to show off your music without coming off as rude.
A strong network of industry professionals is a powerful tool for any aspiring musician. Follow these tips to make the most of your next networking opportunity.
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Kristen Harris enjoys listening to a wide range of music, from Taylor Swift to, on occasion, Celtic instrumental. She also spends her time writing, reading, and baking.