Networking is easy-breezy for some talent, but even with the stereotypically extroverted personalities, it isn’t a given ability. Where some talent may make good impressions at a first meeting, a lot of them are unable to develop that relationship further. So how can you work on building meaningful connections with people? Get involved locally!
There are many opportunities to get involved with entertainment in facets other than being the headlining act. Talent who take a responsibility to develop their market and give back to their communities build stronger networks and stay forefront of the minds of everyone, including decision makers. It’s the same process that a PR person might take with keeping a celebrity in the limelight, on tabloids, and in the news.
Politics might be an area of interest to some talent since it involves passionately delivering a message to the appropriate parties. Whether lobbying for a candidate or bill, or persuading voters to choose entertainment friendly legislation, talent can find a way to use their skills to give back to the community while building their opportunities and network.
Charitable acts, services, and donations are another healthy way to invest in your local market. Charities need celebrities and entertainers for fund raising events, auction memorabilia, or press coverage. This is an opportunity for the talent to not only stay visible, but to also touch the lives of individuals affected by a concern near and dear to that individual talent’s heart. The celebrities we see in this capacity tug on our heart strings and generally build our willingness to like and support their endeavors.
There are many ways to give back to your community and market, so don’t limit yourself to these suggestions. Find something that you will enjoy so that your heart will be fully committed and you’ll enjoy building your network and being visible.