The summer after my freshman year of college I began working in production. Often times people don’t understand exactly what I mean when I tell them I work in production, so let me break it down for y’all. I work in the talent department for award shows, such as Guys Choice Awards and Teen Choice Awards. The job entails booking talent (actors & actresses, singers, comedians, etc.) for presenting or accepting awards in these shows. There is a lot more that goes on behind the scenes, but I won’t bore y’all with all the job-specific details.
Many of the publicists, managers, agents, talent, and co-workers I have come to know and talk to on a regular basis I have met through networking. In the beginning, my boss introduced me to people she had previously worked with. This allowed me to meet many other people working in my field, as well as talent representatives that I would soon be emailing and playing phone tag with every day. Throughout the three summers that I have been working in production, I have been introduced to even more co-workers, talent reps, and talent, in addition to assistants and security personnel. After I graduate in May I am hoping to continue working in production and continue to expand my connections with others in the field.
On the student side of things, the easiest way to network myself is through friends. I have met many friends (both photo majors and non-photo majors) in my classes and we often discuss each other’s artwork, which leads to pictures and invitations to BFA Exhibitions, etc.
Although I prefer networking face to face (or via email & phone for work), it doesn’t mean I don’t network over social media websites. I definitely use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn to stay in touch with people and update them on my artwork and current projects. I usually use Facebook for more personal connections, while Twitter and Instagram are used for both personal and work. My LinkedIn account is dedicated solely to connections made through work, or more formal acquaintances regarding my artwork. I connect with well-known people in fields I work in or am just interested in (baseball, for example) via Twitter quite often, and I use LinkedIn to see what shows my past and future co-workers are currently working on.