A square-dancer’s guide to networking

I’m out of town this weekend for my good friend Rick’s wedding.
Since I’m one of the groomsmen, I went to the rehearsal dinner last night.
This wasn’t your standard rehearsal dinner with just the wedding party, bride & groom, and parents–the bride-to-be’s family traveled in from down South for the wedding, so they were all invited to the rehearsal dinner as well–over 70 people total.
And because most of the people from the two families were meeting for the first time, Rick and his fiancee wanted a fun way for them to get to know each other. So they hired a live band and a ‘caller’ for a night of square-dancing.
If you’ve ever square-danced before, you know there’s a lot of moving around and switching partners. So you really do end up dancing with pretty much everyone on the floor at some point during the night.
Once dance in particular was the waltz square–it was a little slower, and it was one where you ended up dancing with everyone’s partner by the time it was done. It was really conducive to actually talking to your partner while this was happening.
So for each person you danced with, you had about 30 seconds or so to introduce yourself, say who you knew from the wedding party, and then move on to the next person. So by the time the dance was over, I had my spiel down pretty good.
Now I know you’re thinking, how does this story have anything to do with film or the entertainment industry?
So much more than you’d expect!
If you want to get jobs in this industry, at any level, then you have to learn how to network. Film is a collaborative industry–it takes a lot of people working together to pull off even a short film, which means that you need to be able to find actors, writers, crew, etc. to work with.
One of the things you’ll need to master is your “elevator pitch.”
Because just like the waltz square, you might only have 30 seconds or so to make a connection with someone. And that someone you meet could be the next person that hires you, or refers you, or gives you your big break.
So you need to be able to sell that person on whatever it is you do, and you may have a very short time to do it.
Hence, the elevator pitch.
How do you come up with your pitch?
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