I’ve had two camera people contact me lately. Both I’ve worked with before, and both I’d happily work with again.

One emailed. Nice email. And I replied, hey, we’ve no work but you’re on our radar.

The other called, we had a bit of a chat, talked about our projects, talked about their projects, had a chat about Christmas, being the first time we’ve spoken since.

Which contact was more memorable to me?

Of course, the telephone conversation.

If you’re trying to keep a relationship with an employer alive, use the phone. Yeah, you might get a “he’s in a meeting” fob off. But if you get to talk to the person, the interaction with them will be so much more memorable. You’ll doubtless be able to fit in some talk about the project you’ve done lately. You’ll also, and more importantly, be able to ask about their projects, show some interest in them, and ask them about their upcoming projects. And of course, explain why you’d be absolutely perfect to help out on them…

Action Point:

In this world of fleeting tweets/bulk emailing/facebook friending, just go old school and pick up the phone.

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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