Aside from gift-giving around the holidays, surviving the winter chill and showing your face at every opportunity is a great way to build relationships and secure future bookings in a more relaxed atmosphere. It's easy to picture yourself attending party after party in the cool fall air, but when winter is full swing, having the fortitude to brave the icey roads, icey stoops, and still look like a million dollars after you arrive can be daunting.
Planning ahead will set you up for success. Right now, clear your December calendar. Holiday festivities hit full swing starting at the beginning of the month and may continue right through the New Year itself! Commit to being available to every party, dinner, or group function sent your way. Next, address the situation in your closet, so you can look presentable and make a lasting first impression with those new decision makers. Need an attractive winter coat? Get it now! Being warm will go a long way to your willingness to leave the comfort of your heated home and your attitude once you get there. Women might need some fancy attire for high end parties. Pick the options you feel most confident in now so you're not scrambling the day of. Guys will need attractive sweaters, jackets, pants, and shoes. Warm socks might be helpful, too! Missing something? Get it now while you can find a good deal without breaking the holiday budget! Feeling attractive and confident is imperative in this aesthetic industry!
As an agent, I like to use this time to introduce talent to decision makers in a relaxed atmosphere. I trust that each introduction I make will give the model or actor an opportunity to bond with someone who could work with them on a future set. The talent who show up to the parties get an added endorsement when there is a manager or agent present -- and I've seen it lead to multiple bookings in years past!
Every time you show up, you'll be building your network, making new friends, becoming a real person to more decision makers, and giving yourself every opportunity to get the new year started professionally and successfully!