Tips for NYWIFT’s Comedy Mixer
November 13th is our special NYWIFT Night Out with L.O.C.A., the Ladies of Comedy Association! Whether you are an actor, writer, agent, producer, or manager, or just looking to meet new members, we've put together a few quick tips for making the most of the evening:
Polish your online presence before the event.
Be sure the internet reflects your very best, most updated self. That means:
• Current and up-to-date reels are available
• Resumes and references should be available digitally
• Post your show reels or work samples to YouTube or Vimeo or have a website with links to showreels and downloadable links to documents
• Most people will check IMDB and LinkedIn too, so make sure those profiles are up-to-date
Create your calling card!
Bring business cards with:
• Your name
• Your company name (if you have one)
• Contact information (phone, email, website, Twitter, Facebook, etc.)
• Profession/Title (e.g. Editor or Producer or Director)
Be prepared to ask questions.
It’s hard to get a conversation going with a stranger, especially one who might hire you some day or who you might want to hire! A good icebreaker would be “How did you get involved with L.O.C.A.?” or “How long have you been a member of NYWIFT?” You’re at a NYWIFT event, so it’s the one thing you have in common with everyone in the room!
And make sure you know your own answers.
Know who you are and what you are looking for, so you can speak clearly about it under pressure.
• What are you looking for?
• What is your next project that you need to staff up?
• Are you looking for a job in reality TV, a feature film, commercials, a documentary, etc.?
Know your style.
• What is your specialty or comedy style?
• What kind of projects are you looking for?
Be prepared, be relaxed and be ready to hire and be hired. See you on November 13th!
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.
Last updated: Oct. 19, 2017