I've barely started and I have already decided that the idea of networking for a month was too ambitious. I was making a list of possible people to learn about and try to meet, but I could already feel that it was too much to think about. Instead I am going to limit this experiment to two goals.
- Goal 1: Be friendlier / make somewhat of an attempt to get to know the other performers we tend to cross paths with. I am really bad at meeting people, and I tend to avoid mingling when possible. It's not that I am rude to people, I just don't usually hang out much after a show or anything. This should be an easy way of "building a network" that doesn't have any downside.
- Goal 2: Meet Steven Courtney. On of the things that is most interesting about Steven Courtney is not just that he has been successful, but that his success is mostly in one geographic region. Touring the nation is one thing, but being able to only tour around the Lancaster area sounds a lot more appealing. Also, we recently booked our first school assembly. I remember seeing Steven Courtney do an assembly back in 2nd grade, so he might have some interesting insight into this type of show.
Ok, it is time to check in on my goals. I don't know if I have been much friendlier: I was going to try and e-mail some of the other performers I meet at our last show, but I can't remember their last names. I stopped by the Lancaster Juggling Club on Tuesday and one of Jesse Rothaker's shows. I didn't really make any new contacts, but it was nice to see people again and stay a little more connected.
On to Goal 2, I sent Steve Courtney an e-mail asking some questions. He replied super fast and was extremely friendly and helpful. I am planning to meet with him to discuss our show early next month. This second goal was really easy to accomplish, I basically just had to ask.
In summary, I enjoyed hanging out with performers after our show, attending the Reptile show, and going to the juggling club. I am also excited to meet Steven Courtney. However, thinking about networking still feels weird. Instead of thinking about networking, I am just going to try to be more willing to go out and do things when they come up. This doesn't feel like that interesting of a conclusion, but hey it was worth a try.