It can be tough to know where to start when it comes to building relationships with peers. For some people it comes naturally but for others, it can feel overwhelming and exhausting.
The team at YANZ have put together a quick guide to help you along the way.
You know what they say, do it the old-fashioned way. There is no better way to create lasting authentic relationships than in person. Attending classes or workshops is an awesome way to do that.
You’ll be going into an environment where you know that everyone digs art, is looking to learn and are happy to meet new people. Not only do you get to connect with other artists, you can learn from them too.
Talk about techniques, how they see the world through art and open your mind up to new possibilities.
Technology gives us the chance to be involved in more communities than ever before, ensure that you are making the most of it.
Join social media groups that are relevant to you and take an active part in conversations. Talk to people about their projects and don’t be shy about sharing yours for feedback.
There are also some fantastic artist communities away from social media that you can sign up to, like:
Don’t worry, we’re not suggesting that you deliver a robotic pitch to everyone you meet. However, it’s important to be able to explain what you do clearly in a few sentences.
Show your passion,knowledge and excite the person who you're communicating with. It’s easy to see if it landed with them, as if they have taken an interest, they will ask follow up questions!
This is true for all communication. Think about how you feel when you sense someone is selling themselves to you, do you like it? Most people are looking for authentic people who they can call a friend.
Make sure that you are connecting for the right reasons. If you are reaching out to people purely on the premise of their profile, chances are you won’t end up with a genuine connection down the line.
Oh and don’t forget to have fun!