If you're a photographer, networking may not be your favorite thing to do. But it can be a key part of your career—especially if you want to break into the world of professional photography. To help you with this process, we've compiled this list of quick and easy networking tips.
Get Out There
When you are looking for new opportunities, you may think you should wait until the right opportunity or favor comes along, but one of the best ways to build those relationships is to connect with them before you need anything in return. Building a networking relationship is like running a marathon. Introduce yourself without asking for anything in return. There may be a fruitful relationship down the road, but for now you are just expressing interest. Then you'll have something in common when it's time to ask for their help!
If you're looking to make new friends and connect with other creatives you should attend a workshop, exhibition opening or photowalk. There you've the opportunity to meet like-minded people in a more intimate setting. You might even make an unexpected connection with someone whose work inspires you or whose style you admire. Or maybe you'll just find a friend who shares your passion for photography!
Make Relevant Connections
Whether you are attending an exhibition opening, a photowalk, or a workshop, try to make a few relevant connections. It's tempting to think that the more people you approach, the better, but you should focus on building relationships with those who are relevant to you. Meaningful conversations are more effective than quickly introducing yourself to dozens of people, so ask them a few questions about their interests or work.
Create Your Own Opportunities
You do not have to wait to be discovered before you start putting your work out there. You can host a pop-up exhibition with other local photographers. And even if that does not appeal to you, you can simply invite people to a casual gathering at your home or office. The point is, no matter where you are in your career or what kind of artist you are, there is always a networking opportunity just waiting for you to take advantage of it!
Stay Active Online
As a photographer, you should keep your online presence consistent. The last thing you want is for people to not be able to find your work. It's also important to focus on a few key platforms where your target audience is most likely to be. A well-designed portfolio website will also allow people to view your work and contact you easily.
Sometimes, networking can be intimidating. You might feel like you're not good enough to connect with others, or that no one will be interested in what you have to offer. But here's the thing: the more you practice networking, the more comfortable you'll feel reaching out to new people. Every time you do it, you'll learn something valuable. Even if you don't get an offer, you put yourself out there. If no one responds, don't give up! The worst that could happen is that no one connects with your work—but it's always worth putting yourself out there in order to find the right fit for your skills and experience.
Find the Right Gallery
If you want to make a career out of your art, galleries can be an excellent place to reach new audiences and meet potential clients. Even if you just want to exhibit locally, galleries can be a great way to get exposure and make contacts. Don't be in a hurry to find a gallery. The worst thing you can do is present your art without knowing the gallery's history, the type of art they represent, their values, and the price ranges in which they typically sell art.
If you're looking to make it big in the art world, there's no way around it: networking is crucial. That's why we're committed to providing you with opportunities to network, showcase and sell your art. At Maestro Gallery, we believe in art as a powerful tool for connection, collaboration and community. We want to help you make the most of your journey as an artist by connecting you to the right audience and resources you need to succeed. You can apply by filling out the application form on our homepage. We also host exhibitions throughout the year that are open to the public, giving artists the opportunity to network with each other and with art lovers who visit to see what's happening at the gallery.
Maestro Gallery is the place to be if you're an artist.
Not only do we offer artists a simple way to sell and license their work, earn royalties, and create a sustainable source of income, but we also inspire artistic growth by showcasing art from both emerging and established artists from around the world.