Building Relationships in Entertainment
Relationships. Sometimes they come easily, almost effortlessly. Some need more time and energy to help flourish. In the entertainment industry relationships are key in moving your career forward, and if you are not careful, they could destroy it. This is a short article, by all means not an exhaustive one, about how to cultivate and maintain relationships in the industry. These bits of advice may also come in handy in your personal life.
First, if you are looking for a mentor, make sure you are not choosing someone too high up on the food chain to give you assistance. If you are just starting out, choose someone that has a modicum of success but not someone that already has a huge reputation. One, someone with a huge reputation doesn’t know you from Adam, and two, they are much too busy to fit you into their schedule.
Second, don’t just barge your way into to someone’s life. Take your time to develop a rapport with them. Build a friendship before you ask them for their valuable advice. Making friends should come easy, but for those that are still uncertain on how to do that, here are some tips. Find common interests and start conversations. Most importantly, be genuine, don’t blow smoke up their ass and don’t pretend to be interested in something you’re not just to weasel your way into their life.
Third, when you ask them for advice, don’t just start firing off questions at random times of the day. Remember, even though they may not be well known in the higher circles, they are still busy people. You should kindly ask them for their precious time. An example: “I understand you are busy and I don’t want to take up a lot of your time, but I wonder if I might be able to pick your brain every now and then. Perhaps shoot you a question once a month. I completely understand if you are too busy. “ They may not have the time, so don’t be offended if they direct you to their weblog. Be excited, because there will be tons of wonderful information in that blog. ALWAYS be thankful of their time.
Lastly, if you are higher up on the food chain than some of your peers, don’t forget to be kind to those seeking advice from you. Helping those below you can always pay off later on. Even if it doesn’t, you should be gracious enough to pay if forward. And make a concerted effort to stay in touch. It’s just considerate. No one likes to be used.
For anyone seeking knowledge, I always try to make myself available. Please don’t hesitate to contact me. I may not always get back to you immediately, but I will eventually.