Many of you had said that "networking" was the best part of the AFCA. I have been at least 5x and have never felt that. I have seen and perhaps exchanged words w/ some "big name" guys but would hardly call that networking. I used to mostly go to connect w friends I haven't seen in a while....I would like to hear stories on how you went to the convention, met someone, and have created a valuable network....
Post by RunThePistol on Jan 10, 2019 11:51:46 GMT -6
I havent been to AFCA in a few years, but my first trip was in 2012, and I drastically misused my "Networking" time while there. I went again in 2014 and made a munch better use of my "networking." THe guys I met at the time were mostly GA's and I would text them time to time if they had a big game coming up and just wish them luck. Some of those connections were very fruitful, I get almost any film I want, I get invited to staff meetings during spring, and still talk to them.
Some of the connections were far less advantageous, and just a total waste of time.
After going to clinics/conventions you have to put a little effort into maintaining those connections, whether that be texting them occasionally, giving them a phone call every now and again, and every now and again they might ask for your help.
It all just depends on what you want out of the relationship, most are really helpful when it comes to film. Now if you want to attain a job out of the connection you better be knowledgeable becuase then you have to impress the head man. Sorry for the lengthy post, but I hope it was insightful.