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Tips for NYWIFT Actors & Directors Night Out

March 14th is our special NYWIFT Actors & Directors mixer with SAG-AFTRA! Whether you are a director looking to cast your project, an actor seeking your next great role, or you are a member just looking to connect with others, we've put together a few quick tips for making the most of the evening:


Polish your online presence
• Make sure your résumé, references, and reel (if applicable) are available online
• Update your business website, tumblr, wordpress, blog, etc.
• Make sure your IMDB and Linkedin profiles are up to date.

Get ready to network

• Create business cards that include your business name, profession, and contact information. Actors: put your headshot on your business card!
• Make a list of conversation starters. For example: “How did you get involved with NYWIFT?” or “What was your favorite role of the last few yers?”
• Be prepared to answer questions about your experience including your recent projects.
• Know where you want to go. Be ready to let others know about your goals and hopes for your next venture.


Make a good impression

• Take a few deep breaths to calm those nerves
• Engage with people as equals. Remember, you have something of value to offer and so does everyone else. Don’t be arrogant but also don’t be a kiss ass.
• Keep it positive. Talking about your struggle to find work can be a bummer. Talk about why you love what you do, and why you’re good at it.
• Make it about the work. We all have complex personal lives, but this is the time to talk about the industry and your place in it, not about your personal relationships.
• Listen up! Sometimes when we get nervous, we talk about ourselves and miss out on what the other person has to offer. Take the time to truly listen and engage in deeper conversation.
• Be specific. Know what it is you want and what you can offer. Use direct and precise language to get your point across.
• Remember: taste and style can be subjective. Not all projects will be the best fit. If you’re not gelling with the person you’re talking to, don’t press the issue – keep moving.


Stay in touch

• Follow up! Don’t just let those business cards sit in your wallet. Send an email in the days following the event to encourage further communication.
• Keep the conversation going. Make sure you respond to those who reach out to you. Now they are a part of your network. Even if there isn’t a project for you now, there might be one down the line. Stay in touch with occasional emails.
• Keep coming back. NYWIFT has opportunities to build your network and meet new people every month. Keep coming back and bring friends.

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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts