Making Contacts

Crew often tell me how hard it is to find new contacts and leads to find TV work. Well, one way is to get training.

Today I went to a meeting about meetings. Yes, it taught me all about how to be more productive in meetings, how to listen better and how to be more creative in them. I’ll be sharing what I’ve learned in a later post, once I’ve had time to road test some new techniques.

However, my reason for attending the course, to be honest, was not strictly to learn about meetings. It was to meet other like-minded business people. As the event was promoted by Designer Breakfasts, I knew the attendees would be other creatives that I could network with. The result? I met someone who works with a company I’ve been trying to get my foot in the door of for years.  She said “they keep asking us about video, but we don’t do it…” Another person is interested in the pitch work we do, and might be interested in us creating a pitch video for them, plus they can introduce us to some new suppliers we were looking for.

It remains to be seen whether these leads bear fruit, but the moral of the story? Get out there and find opportunities not just for actual jobs, but places, clubs or events where leads hang out. That way you can meet people socially, and build connections to find TV work.

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Gavin Ricketts is a Producer/Director with over twenty year's experience. His courses on finding work in the creative industries has helped hundreds of Film and TV Crew win more work.

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