When searching for new opportunities to further your music career or any career in that matter, is to JUST SHOW UP. I believe that 90% of everything is just being "present". So what if you're not a good networker. Maybe you aren't good with people because you are an audio engineer that hasn't seen daylight in over 6 months. It doesn't matter. Other people may be and they might even approach you just because you put yourself on the radar. Also, if you aren't good at talking to people, then you better start thinking of a career that doesn't involve people....wait...there are none. NARIP is an organization that connects the music industry by holding events such as music supervisor sessions, brunches and even dog walks. I personally have met a ton of people with the same passions and drive as me at these events. Sure you're not going to keep in touch with everyone but it can definitely open the door to create a great relationship with someone you wouldn't have met otherwise. Like the billionaires say "It's not about networking, it's about creating great relationships". Even if you attend these events and keep in contact with one person, that one person could make a major impact on your life/career. These events can also re-inspire you. Even when the thing you love... "music"... gets tough to enjoy (which it does often I'm sure because of the bullshit everyone has to deal with), being around the creative energy of others can spark something magical.
So check out NARIP:
- By Troy (TMAC) Macfarland