I was speaking to a friend the other day about how getting djs to hang out with other djs for a simple jam sessions in a home studio, “felt like pulling teeth”. That one thing everyone is so darn passionate about, yet will only play or go out at a show they’ve been booked for. Some showing up 15 minutes before their time slot and leaving moments after their set. To me I see a missed opportunity and a lack of interest in their local scene. So I came up with 4 reasons I feel it crucial you get out early and even go to events outside your own bookings.
1. Showing Support Has Impact
I can not count just how many friends and work relationships I’ve made by attending and speaking to other people attending my events. Personally it feels great and often you find the perfect people to work with in the future.
2. You Never Know Who Might Be There
I remember a quote that spoke of not knowing who might be your next boss, and the importance of being professional and prepared. Simple conversations can turn into a business card exchange and ultimately more gigs. Imagine the impression you might leave, setting someone up with your most recent mixtape in a nice package, following up with them a few days later via their business email.
3. You Will Gain Networking Skills
The more you put yourself out of your comfort zone the better you get with networking. It can feel silly to go up to strangers and ask them what they do, or how they heard about a show, but putting interest in others (usually an easy in) is the way to start to any new conversation. And with time, your elevator pitch will improve too.
4. It’ll Energize You.
Whether it’s a jam session or just conversing, I’ve always found myself enlightened and motivated after being around people that are general interest in and have similar goals. Their drive can influence and even help give me the motivation or strength to do something I may have been putting off.
In rare cases you’ll meet an emotional vampire, where once all it said and done you feel exhausted. This is actually a great indication that, that business relationship likely wouldn’t work in the long run. It saves you time. You start to notice red flags early on, realize which questions to ask and what behavior to watch for. You also may start to realize that friends don’t always make the best business partners, but business partners sometimes make the best of friends. It’s all a learning experience, but you’ve got to put yourself out there.
Keep at it and find your tribe with that vibe!
“Networking is the NEW resume.” – Gary Vaynerchuk
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