16. Networking. I hate it. How do I do it?

First off, a lot of actors don’t like to network. Many actors don’t have a great relationship with that word. So let me make it more palatable:

What actors fail to realize is that socializing, going to class, or experiencing all LA has to offer, counts as networking. Creating projects on your own, learning to shoot and self-produce with the people around you, also counts as networking.

Lastly, people you attend class with, perform with, and come up through the industry with, start booking jobs over time. As you become more seasoned, these will become your allies and friends who can help you in the industry.

Networking is uncomfortable when it’s inorganic. Be open to people, experiences and say yes to everything you can. Learn to ask for help when you need it. Boom! You’re a successful networker!