I think it’s really important to understand the expression,
"It’s not what you know, it’s who you know".
It is what you know, and it is who you decide to introduce yourself to, decide your own fate, and make it happen. Lately over the last couple of months I’ve been really ‘lucky’ enough to meet some amazing industry types.
My dad’s mate introduced me to the General Manager of a prominent am radio station the other week. I (quite nervously) called him and we ended up having a meeting and he’s going to help me out with sending my resumes and cover letter off to the two radio stations that I’m dying to be a part of. He happens to know both the guys at the head of those stations… I could have not made that call. Granted, I was given an opportunity which I didn’t necessarily ‘make’ happen, but I made the meeting happen, I showed up, I did my best, I (maybe?) impressed the guy - and bam…
Today at work, I was just about to leave and one of the customers asked if I had a lighter… Just an ordinary suit guy, fairly young (about..26? 27?), came across as a somewhat successful dude. Now - at work, you’re not allowed to smoke out on the balcony, you have to go down the front - BUT, you aren’t allowed to take glass out the front… Tricky as alcohol and cigarettes go ever-so-beautifully with each other.
Aaaaaanyway, something instinctively clicked and I told him that I would turn a blind eye to him drinking his beer and we’d go have a ciggy. We got talking and he explained that one of his clients decided to take him out on their yacht (I work at a yacht club) - so he was stoked ‘cause he was working AND playing. Turns out he works for channel 7. We got on to the topic of media… How I study media.. Where I study media… How he studied media at my uni… How he used to want to be on the radio… How we both volunteer(ed) at 2ser (http://2ser.com/programs/shows/wednesdayoverdrive)[plug].
LOOOONG story ‘short’, the guy gave me his work number, told me to contact him and he said he’d help me get a job at a VERY prominent Australian fm radio station.. very very prominent. He used to work there, knows everyone there.. blah blah. AMAZING.
Dad said to me today ‘You’re working very hard to be lucky’. That’s what I’m getting at, ‘luck’ only work to some degree. I was lucky that I met this dude today, but I could have handed over my lighter and walked away. But I didn’t, I put myself out there and made it happen.
I think I’m going to keep trying networking.. I need a little networking book.
Make it happen, but it’s important to know your truth.