Building freelance network to stay in work?

Here’s a tip for those of you who are in long term contracts at the moment. You’re happy and settled, with work on a project for a month or more. However, at the end of the contract you’ll be looking for work again.

Who could you say “How are you?” to today?

A simple act of showing interest in a potential or previous employer. You might be friends with them on Facebook, or better still connected with them on LinkedIn. Look at their recent posts on LinkedIn, can you engage with a share or a comment? Take five minutes to drop one or two contacts a line, ask how they are, what they’re working on, and tell them a little about what you’re up to. The may not write back, but as least you’ve shown interest without an ulterior motive.

It’s always nice to receive an out of the blue email from someone who’s worked for you that isn’t a direct plea for work, and I’m more likely to remember them when there is some work going.

For more tips that will help you win more work, read Clearly Creative CVs.


Gavin Ricketts is a Producer/Director with twenty year's experience. His book on writing CVs for the creative industries has helped Film and TV Crew win more work.


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