Editor’s note: It’s with great pleasure that we present a guest post from Jim Zub, writer of Skullkickers, Samurai Jack, Red Sonja and Cub, Disney Kingdoms: Figment and many more. Jim regularly shares his insights and tips from his own experiences breaking into the comic industry over on his blog, and when he offered to let us post the latest one I jumped at the chance. This one, on networking, has good tips whether you’re looking to be a comic pro or just looking for a job in general.
Thanks to Jim for sharing; you can see the post on his blog right here.
by Jim Zub
“Networking” is one of those broad social terms that get tossed out in conversation, and everyone who’s been around a while nods their head knowingly when the word comes up, but it’s something I think is quite misunderstood by a lot of people trying to get their start in comics or any other creative business.
Networking is not entering a social setting, finding the most “powerful” person there and trying to dazzle them so you can become “friends”.
It’s not sending lists of questions to professionals so they can “help” you break in.
It’s not tagging people on Facebook so they see your artwork or writing.
It’s not about dominating a conversation or hogging the spotlight.
It’s not nepotism or elitism, contrary to what some may think.