Networking Skills, the Path to a Lasting Entertainment Career

Investing time and money on education can contribute to one’s career success. However, one area often neglected is the skills of networking. Most industry newcomers put off learning about them until their hopes are dashed and their finances nearly depleted.

Networking is the means by which we engage new business friends, seek out innovative and fresh ideas, find useful information, and foster connections that can grow into lasting partnerships. Networking can also secure jobs and help increase one’s income. But most of all it can lead to a long productive career.

The most useful networking tool will be your ability to tell stories. You see stories help harness, manage, and communicate the value of your talents. You can list your experience, credits, and training on your resume, but what makes you memorable are the tales that spark the imagination and kindle the spirit. These are stories about your struggles, your triumphs, and the obsessions in your life. They are stories that go beyond the mundane and remind the listener of something greater. Maybe it’s a successful endeavor, a learning experience, or maybe it’s a story that calls for a collaboration to complete them.

In networking situations, people don’t always buy your talents, your knowledge; they buy the stories attached to them. Your stories must be compelling, truthful, beautiful, believable, and inspirational if they are to have an impact on your prospects. Stories connect us and everyone has a desire to be part of something bigger than themselves.

We all have such stories and to tell them you have to search your own life and find what resonates. We have to go back and get them. Frequently, we belittle our true accomplishments, our struggles, and the lessons we’ve learned. And what we perceive, as a bump in our journey may be the stepping-stones to a rewarding story. Find what is most meaningful or memorable about your story. How will it be perceived? Choose a story angle that helps people get inspired and internalize the truth. And in your story find something agreeable and build your story around this message. Agreement makes for solid connection.

Once you have your story, try it out on people. Obtain feedback, make changes, and continue to hone your storytelling skills. It might take several times to perfect your story before you use it in a networking situation. And one story is not enough. You need several. What you will likely find is that with each telling, your stories will help identify the real you and you will find you feel better and better about yourself.

All too often, networking talk turns into a competitive bragging match. Each person is caught up in out doing others. Facts become inflated and as a result trust and integrity go out the window. Connections become temporary and opportunities are wasted. You have to ask yourself, “Am I sharing my story for ego validation or am I doing it as a service to my listener?” The reason behind telling the story shapes how we tell it and how it is received. If the objective is to impress rather than share, your listeners may be turned off. But if your story resonates in a relevant and personal way, you’re likely to connect on numerous levels.

In framing a story, you should start with the point of the story and build the story around that point. This is the “why” of the story you’re telling. For example, if you’re telling a story about what you’ve learned from an experience, this needs to be made clear and articulated in the telling. The story progression might consist of a problem, apparent solution, set backs, realization of capabilities, new tack, result and lesson learned.

Another type of story is overcoming obstacles. Often people speed through the problem, solution, and result format. Instead exhibit real emotions and real humility. Nobody’s perfect, and mistakes and setback are bound to happen. How you handle these crises establishes your character. And character trumps credentials every time. So include the missteps, and your emotional reaction as well as your corrective action. Phases like, “My mistake then was…,” “What I did not know at the time…,” and “In the end, I…,” make your scenario much more appealing and open to discussion.

Revealing flaws has strategic value. By being vulnerable in your stories, your listeners react in a profound way. They see you as human and that’s what creates an emotional and caring connection.

Stories are the understanding of how and why things in life change. And when we share our human experiences of change, those pivotal moments in our lives, we display our humility and a more humble approach that admits our limitations. As a result, we draw in our listeners and resonate with their lives, their struggles.

The topic of your stories need not always relate to your work or your career aspirations. There are other scenarios that illustrate your character and capabilities. For instance, childhood situations can be strong indicators of character. Daily life situations can also be appealing especially when they resonate with the listener’s life. Topics like weather, traffic, sports, restaurants, and customer service are good icebreakers. And when your perspective reveals you as a bright thinking, diligent working person, you connect as a likeable person.

Besides your stories, you also need some additional tools. Let’s say you make a connection. How do you stay in touch? Professional people carry business cards and so should you. Your business card should have your name, contact information and your professional vocation, i.e., actor, writer, director, etc. Union affiliations are also a must if applicable, i.e., SAG, AFTRA, WGA, DGA, IA.

For actors, colored photos are essential on a business card. Many use the backside of the card for printing contact information that won’t fit on the front. Some use this space for an abbreviated list of credits, i.e., last seen in… If you have a website or social site, make reference to these on your card provided the content is relevant to your job. On the backside of the card write or print some call to action, what you want the recipient to do. For instance, check out the trailer/demo on my website or view my credits on IMDb.com.

Before to attending a networking event, do some research on possible prospects. Check out the company website to find out what projects they’ve done. This is a good way to show off your knowledge and ask intelligent questions. What is their track record, their specialization, and how successful have they been in the industry? Sites like IMDb.com, BoxOfficeMojo.com, and Baseline Studio Systems (blssi.com provided you have a subscription) will provide useful background information. Also use search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Bing to read up on the company and its personnel. The trades, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, and news sites like indieWire, The Wrap and Deadline Hollywood are also good sources.

When you arrive at the venue, survey the crowd by physically moving around and working the room. All too often, you’ll be inclined to congregate with your own kind. Instead reach out to the decision-makers that can help advance your career. Introduce yourself and add a tag such as, “I’m new in town.” Listen intently and ask open-ended questions, questions that require more than a yes or no answer. Find out about the interests and concerns of other people. When the opportunity exist, segue into your story and somehow connect it to their issues.

Become a resource for others. Introduce people to each other and look for ways to help other people make contacts. By doing so, you become the sort of person that others want to know and want on their projects. You not only show off your talents, you also show that you are a facilitator, one that can make things happen.

Be prepared to talk about your work. If you are a screenwriter, you need to talk passionately about your projects. If asked about your latest work, you’ll need that vibrant elevator pitch to hold their attention. And if you do it in a succinct, enthusiastic and inspiring way, you’re succeeding in making a worthy connection.

Networking is about making long-term connections. Soak up and remember the ideas and information you’ve gathered. Write them down along with the contact’s information. By repeating some of this information in your follow-up or thank you cards you help solidify the relationship.

Your follow-up can be tricky in that being too pushy may drive your prospect away. Your objective should be long-term and establishing a relationship. Newcomers often become impatient when they don’t obtain immediate results. Good connections take time and they are built on trust and integrity. Nurture the relationship by staying in touch. If you made any promises, fulfill them and show you are a person worthy of your word. Your follow-up is a great opportunity to reiterate locations of resume, website, demo reel and/or work samples.

Remember, when you are authentic, unselfish, and honest, you stand out above the rest and wonderful connections will happen. People want to know you and help you. The key is to be a decent and honorable person.

Networking is a skill that takes time to accomplish so don’t be put off by marginal results. Find ways to perfect them by attending mixers, conferences and film festivals. Showcases and industry expos are also great venues. Networking should become an essential part of your craft, one in which you are always active.

Nadel Paris a recording artist, music producer, songwriter, dancer, and an actor. Born in Paris France to two loving parents, her mother, a Christian Dior model and father a psychotherapist, she was born to be creative.

Her passion for music was obvious choice for her, as she immersed herself in American pop music at an early age. She often works alongside her producing and DJ partner Dario M.

To know more, please visit here: http://www.nadel-paris.com/

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Points to Remember in Screenwriting

Screenwriting is not the easiest writing job there is. This does not mean though that you should entertain other writing tasks instead, ones which are many times easier that writing a screenplay. Although it is challenging, it can also be fun and, besides, it can also be very rewarding. What is important though is that you continue to make sure that you are prepared for this kind of job.

 

Fortunately, there are many options that you can choose from in trying to get the necessary training for screenwriting. You can join workshops and seminars on the matter or you can take formal courses from a university that offers this. If you want, you may even content yourself with the articles posted on the internet or with printed books and magazines about this writing work. The efforts in getting some training and education on screenwriting can actually do you wonders later. With skills honed, you can certainly produce a great screenplay that may be accepted by a film outfit. Of course, that could be translated in a very good compensation.

 

In writing screenplays though, there are certain things that you should always keep in mind. With these pointers, you can expect to have a product that should satisfy even the most discriminating directors and producers.

 

  1. Write only the script and the general setting in which the dialogues would be made. As much as possible, avoid going to the particulars of stage directing. Directing is obviously somebody else’s job. Allow the director to actually have the initiative and the creativity to work out on the scenes. This would prevent conflicts between you and the director.
  2. The beauty of the screenplay is in the script itself and not on how artistic it is formatted. Just make sure that the screenplay is easy to read for anyone, especially the actors and the director. Use the standard format, with fonts that are very simple and sizes that are clear enough for the readers.
  3. Never submit anything you wrote only five minutes ago. In fact, you should not even declare a screenplay as finished product before you get the chance of reading it all over and rewriting it if necessary. Ideally, it would be wise to read and rewrite it after a week. By that time, your eyes would be relaxed enough, making it possible for you to find out the mistakes in content and form. It is not just the typos that you should deal with but the sense of every line to be delivered.
  4. It is rude to suggest actors whom you think should perform the roles of the characters in your screenplay. First of all, this is no longer part of your job description. Secondly, if you believe that your script is really good, the choice of actors who would deliver it is not really necessary. There are mediocre actors who are able to convey the message well because of the good screenplay.
  5. Practice really makes one a better performer and this is the same golden rule that could be applied to screenwriting. If you still have lots of time left, try writing as many screenplays as possible for the same film project. This would provide you with more options as to which would probably work out best when performed by the actors in the film. Skill in writing is definitely a plus factor. Therefore, you should also hone this skill by producing works that are not necessarily screenplays always.

 

Nadel Paris is a published author, recording artist, musician, music producer, and songwriter. Nadel has written numerous screenplays, but her first love is novel writing. Her expertise in young adult drama has allowed her to write captivating coming-of-age stories in both English and French. She is truly amazing at what she does. She is imaginative and keen observer which makes her a good writer.

For more details about Ms. Nadel, visit here: https://issuu.com/nadelparis

Self Published Authors – What They Should Know?

Many things today are much easier, simpler, and faster than 25 years ago. Computers are a regular part of life. Just about everyone has a cell phone. And you don’t have to hold a physical book in your hand to read a book. Most people love the new technology. One of the fantastic new changes we have available today is self-publishing a book. First of all, you don’t have to sit in front of a typewriter to write a manuscript. Some people, like Woody Allen, still do, but most of us use a computer with a word processor. Writing a book has become much simpler, easier, and doable for most people. Although, writing a book generally is not simple or easy for most people, but we can all strive to be the next Woody Allen.

After the hard work of thinking, writing, proofing, and having a completed manuscript, the next question is “What is the best way to publish this book?” If you find an agent and publisher, you may be well on your way to having a best seller, or at least having your foot, or make that your book in the door of a bookstore. Then you and your agent would formulate a plan to sell your book which would probably include book signings. When you have made it into the bookstores, you have made it into the big time. The problem is getting into the bookstores. You may have one of the greatest, most interesting books of all time, but if you don’t have an agent who can get you into the bookstores, your talent may never leave your own home library.

 

For many of us, there is a newfound hope that the world will discover and enjoy our talents. You can self-publish your book, still promote it and make money. Many authors have self-published their book, and then have become discovered and signed on with an agent. Just knowing that it is possible to self-publish a book is enough to help give inspiration and motivation throughout the writing process. There are many companies that will publish for you, and some are very, very cost effective. There is also the psychological benefit of self-publishing. If you only wanted to work with an agent, then you are a writer with a manuscript. If you self-publish, then you are an author who has published a book, and you may or may not be shopping your book around.

 

After you have self-published a book, the next step is to set goals, develop a plan, and sell your book. You can join writers clubs, go to writer’s conferences, and sell locally at different events. Another way is to sell online. There are different online bookstores to sell on, and sites for authors to get known on. There is one site that is devoted to self-published books. It is a great way to get lots of exposure, sell many books, and who knows, maybe even get noticed by an agent.

 

Nadel Paris is a published author, recording artist, musician, music producer, and songwriter. Nadel has written numerous screenplays, but her first love is novel writing. Her expertise in young adult drama has allowed her to write captivating coming-of-age stories in both English and French. She is truly amazing at what she does. She is imaginative and keen observer which makes her a good writer.

For more details about Ms. Nadel, visit here: https://medium.com/@NadelParis

Composing Songs – Tips by Nadel Paris for the Composer

The piano is a very useful instrument when composing music because you can test out different chords as you are composing. If you do not like the way one chord sounds you can try a different one by simply pressing the different keys on the piano. If you play piano and want to compose music you are lucky because the piano will be a very helpful tool to help you compose music whether you are writing a song or a piece for piano or other instruments.

 

Nadel Paris suggests that when you are trying to develop the melody of your piece you can try out different melodies by playing and experimenting with different chord and melodies. The great thing about the piano is that you can hear how a melody would sound in a high octave as well as a low octave. Sometimes melodies sound better in higher octaves and you may even want to consider putting a counter melody in your piece to make it really interesting.

 

Many young composers want to hear what their melody will sound like when they combine it with harmonizing chords. The great thing about the piano is that you can use two hands to play so that you can test out your chords and your melody together at the same time. Being able to play the piano is like being able to play multiple instruments at the same time because you can play up to ten different notes at once.

 

Experimenting with pitches is also an extremely important part of composing any musical composition. You should test out different pitches and see which ones you like the best. This is extremely easy to do on the piano because it is so easy to play the different pitches because all you have to do is press a simple key and you can see which pitch you like the best! Or you get a singer to do some singing if you have a preliminary sketch of your new song or piece.

 

Once you are done composing a piece of music recording it is often a good idea so that you can hear how it sounds. Often you may think something sounds good, but then when you listen to a recording of it, it does not sound the way you thought it would. Recording yourself playing is also fun because you can go back and change things and then try and record it again!

 

Music notation is the process in which you write down the notes on staff paper. Doing this is helpful because then if someone else wants to try playing the piece that you have composed they can play it without having to figure out what all of the notes are by ear! Notating music is extremely easy to learn and will make you into a world famous composer one day!

 

Many composers have great musical minds, but don’t have the ability to play all of the instruments that are present within their piece. If you cannot play your piece then you should get someone to play it or sing it for you so you can see how it sounds. The most important thing to remember when starting to compose is that if you compose often you will eventually improve over time so keep working at it and don’t give up.

 

Nadel Paris is a recording artist, musician, music producer, songwriter, dancer, published author, screenwriter, and her music is a mix between different styles: Dance, EDM, Pop, Urban …etc. Nadel Paris has an amazing voice, beauty, humility and maturity that will strike you all at once as soon as you meet her.

Also read: Characteristics of Promising and Successful Self-Published Authors

 

Tips by Nadel Paris for Video Production

One video production company can be very different from another. Choosing the best video production company can feel like a bit of a chore. But being familiar with a few of the concepts involved with video production service will help you to make the right decision and end up with a product that you makes you happy.

The True Use of Your Production

What do you intend to use your video production for? Are you really going for the big media outlets, or is it safe to assume you are working for internal or local use? A lot of video productions are for simpler use. But if your production is meant for television airplay for example, you will definitely require a lot of financial backing and planning.

If you’re going the simpler route, let your video production company know this upfront. A good video production company will offer you are more suitable price range and reasonable timetable if you announce this at the earliest stage.

Video Production Format And Resolution

How you are going to use your final product will greatly influence the format and resolution required for the production. From film to digital and various display sizes between them, there are many options for capture and output format of your video production. Remember to be sure to tell your candidate video production companies what your ultimate goal is in this regard.

Many people will suggest film production right away. Film can be one of the most expensive formats. Though film is very high quality, digital media can be used instead with great savings for most applications. Even standard definition versus high definition is still acceptable for many projects. HD will ultimately become the standard, but it is not quite there yet.

Delivery Time

When do you need your video production to be completed? Film can take longer than HD which can take longer than web video production because of processing requirements. Don’t underestimate the time it will take to finish your video production.

Do not underestimate how elaborate your production may become. If you have a grand idea that requires a lot of extra preparation and post work, realize that your final product won’t be ready for quite a while. If you plan well and communicate well with video production companies, you will be able to reduce this time period. Video production companies should be able to give you the best idea of when your project will be complete if you furnish them with as much details as possible.

You may end up getting a little more involved in the planning of your video production than you want. Your production’s end use, resolution, format and time constraints are not something you want to pass off to someone else. Choosing the best and most qualified video production company is one of the most vital steps to achieving your vision. Take time to research and you will reap the rewards.

Nadel Paris is an American citizen born and raised in France. She is also an actor, an acting coach, a film/TV producer and the owner of the leading acting institution in personal growth for children. Getting an early start in music, Nadel was signed to a recording contract to EMI France when she was just twelve years old. Her passion for music was obvious choice for her, as she immersed herself in American pop music at an early age. She often works alongside her producing and DJ partner Dario M.