To expand your network, you need to put yourself out there and reach out to new people. But before you do, here are a few things to consider:
🕸 Your online presence
Whether you’re networking online or IRL, it’s useful to have somewhere to point people to, like a website or social media profile. Think about creating a public-facing destination that someone where someone can find out more about you and your interests. Let others know what you stand for by sharing content that feels unique to you and your work.
🤷 What if I don’t know anyone?
It might not feel like it, but you’ve got a network already: think of your classmates, university tutors, colleagues, a friend of a friend, or an acquaintance of a family member. People know people, so start asking around for recommendations of who you should reach out to.
👀 Find out who’s behind the work that inspires you
If you’re unsure where to start, take note of any creatives, magazines or studios you admire and that you’d be interested in working with. Check out mastheads in industry magazines or platforms like LinkedIn or IMDb to find out who worked on them.
✂️ Be clear and concise when reaching out
Whether you’re hoping to connect with someone for a potential collaboration, scoping out a future role or simply to chat about a mutual interest, it’s vital to personalise your message, while being concise and clear about your intentions. For more detailed tips on this, have a look at our guide to writing and sending cold emails.