3 NEXT LEVEL networking tips
As technology continues to advance before our eyes, traditional ways of communication gradually get swept under the rug. If you have checked out Blavity's article on "3 Ways Your SmartPhone Is Making You A Bad Person," we've all been guilty of 'phone snubbing' while in mid-conversation with another being. While smartphones make communication quick and easy, I still find that we have adapted a lackadaisical attitude towards it and have abandoned the crucial area: establishing a connection.
Being a writer in the music industry, I constantly get contacted but on rare occasions are artists interested in building a relationship with me. I've gotten the usual: My name has been misspelled, I've gotten spams across my social media and the common DMs just asking for a write up. I understand that the motive for these artists/reps/managers is to be recognized and spotlighted on the publications I represent but it starts with the writers.
Writers are essentially 'the plug' and there's no way a plug is sparking a circuit for every DM/email/submission sent to them.
To up your chances of obtaining that potential write-up, here are some networking etiquette tips to consider.