Networking plays a vital role in an artist’s career, as building connections opens many new doors for personal and professional development. A diverse network allows artists to encounter a plethora of perspectives and artistic styles, with so much room for creative growth. This exposure broadens their outlook in life and allows them to embrace new artistic expressions and techniques, as well as spark ingenuity in their creative thinking.
What is networking and how can I benefit from it?
Networking is all about intentionally building and developing relationships with people or organizations to create almost like a community that benefits everyone involved in it. It's the process of connecting with others who have similar goals, interests, skillsets, etc. which funds career advancement. Networking benefits an artist for several reasons, with the main being that it allows individuals to tap into a vast pool of expertise from people who come from all walks of life; further enlightening themselves about new topics and techniques. Networking also helps boost your visibility as an artist, leading to the recognition that may positively impact your reputation. You can connect with mentors, influencers, business owners, etc. that may share industry-specific knowledge and resources to help you in your creative journey. As mentioned before, networking also leads to more personal development, so as you expand your horizons, you step out of your comfort zone, and build your communication skills and confidence as time goes on.
Ways to Network
When you network, building authentic relationships with others should be your top priority. Be an active listener and show genuine interest in others' perspectives. Meaningful conversations play a vital role in establishing relationships and continuing connections in the long run. Always remember that networking aims to create mutually beneficial relationships, so approach it with a willingness to contribute to others. If you want to learn more about networking, schedule a free consultation with us today!
Kristine Dizon is a multi-faceted performer, teacher, writer, author, linguist, and entrepreneur. She is Founder & CEO of the Music & Language Learning Center, The Modern Artist Project and co-founder of the Gran Canaria International Clarinet Festival and American Single Reed Summit. She is an artist for Uebel Clarinets and Silverstein Works. Learn more at www.kristinedizon.com.