The good news? It isn’t all that hard, and you can start right now! Below are 8 tips for networking while attending film school. From meeting fellow students to impressing current industry professionals, we have a little advice on it all.
Networking with other students
Be a Yes Man or Woman
Note: Make sure you are doing this work in addition to whatever other responsibilities you have in the project. You don’t want others to see you as someone to dump unpleasurable work on.
During your time at film school, you will be working on various group projects. You will most likely find a few students who you enjoy working with and who you’ll want to pair with on most assignments. You should, however, avoid pairing with the same people for every single project. If you want to have a broad base of contacts when you graduate, you need to get to know as many people as possible. You also need to ensure that as many people as possible see what you are capable of. The more people that know your talents, the better chance you have of being recommended for work in the future. So work with multiple groups of people and expand your circle of associates.
Networking with teachers
Engage in Every Class
Talk to Staff and Faculty Outside of Your Major or Emphasis
Participate in Organizing Campus Events
On top of these things, planning, working, or even attending a campus event will give you the opportunity to meet people you might not otherwise. The key to networking is making sure you are at the forefront of the minds of as many individuals as possible.
Networking with professionals
Visit Your Career Services Office
Participate in an Internship
Attend Networking Events
Want to see where your networking efforts could lead you? Download our Film Career Guide below to see the different career opportunities that could be open to you!