Do you network enough?

I want you to ask yourself this question “Do you network enough?” The answer is no! No one can network enough. I say this because there is always someone out there that knows more and can teach you. When I travel I often find myself talking to complete strangers and I do this because of the golden rule “Everyone can teach you something.” Just because of someone’s perceived status in the world doesn’t mean that they can not teach you something. You will be surprised at the conversations you get yourself in. Through conversations you have can often spark into new opportunities you would not have had before.

The key to networking often is being able to step out of your comfort zone and approach people you wouldn’t normally approach. But you must do this in a respectful manner or it can backfire on you. Strike up a conversation but also be aware that you must make a good impression and put your best foot forward. Drive to networking events and put in the effort. This effort will open doors for you that you never thought was possible. Every time you meet someone you should get an email address, phone number or address. Without one of those you have no way to follow up. Networking is investing in your future every time you meet someone is like putting a penny in the piggy bank.

In networking the follow up is a crucial stage. This is how you show someone you really value their conversation and this can take you far. Just a simple thank you card can go very far. Small gestures like a follow up email or a written letter will make a lasting impression and will make sure that person will remember you.

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Time Management

In the business world time management is key, but in the entertainment world it can be life or death. When I say this I don’t mean this literally, however without strong time management your career will suffer greatly. Often without effective time management you will lose out on opportunities, as managers and agents buyers get turned off by deals the longer people take provide answers.  In the world of entertainment everything moves incredibly quickly. With that in mind, you should always aim to respond to any form of communication within 24 hours.  

No matter what business you are in, Google should be your best friend. Google apps offers some great products such as free calendars that sync to all of your devices. With a calendar you can plan out your day to effectively and efficiently take down projects, schedule meetings, and put time aside for other things you need to get done .

Make sure to always give ample time to prepare. As much as you may think that your lack of preparation doesn’t show it always does. People can see right through it. Even if your lack of preparation is not detrimental in the beginning,  eventually it will come back to haunt you. Being prepared includes always being on time. Your timeliness is someone’s first impression of you. Give yourself plenty of time to get to meetings, interviews or just anything for that matter. Being on time and holding yourself accountable is something that is good to follow throughout life. Just as you want people to respect your time you should do the same.

Effectively managing your time will not only make you more successful professionally, but will also ensure you are able to form meaningful connections and take advantage of every opportunity.

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Glorified Entertainment Figures

We now live in a world where artists and celebrities influence the decisions of children, youth and everyday people. The social norm is now following what Kanye, Jay Z, Beyonce and Rae Sremmurd are wearing, doing and the issues that they are passionate about. But are we depending too much on these figures? While a lot of them are incredibly talented and have had amazing careers that does not necessarily mean that they can influence our culture and the people we become.

While most people see these stars and become immediately star struck we must remember they are people too. They put on their pants the same as we do and have families just as everyone else. Yes, their lives are more glamorous but just because they are celebrities and may have millions of followers does not mean that they should be able to influence your decisions.

Many celebrities and artists have charities and foundations which should be glorified and cherished because many dedicate themselves to their causes like Matt Damon, Ashton Kutcher and Lebron James. Lebron is not only an athlete but prides himself in being a role model. While he is often outspoken on several topics he truly tries to embody being a role model.

I hope this blog opens your eyes to how much society weighs decisions on celebrities and artists. We need to make sure we listen to positive role models and figures but understand that they are people as well. We should take their thoughts as a grain of salt and drive our own thoughts.