We Asked All The Scary Networking Questions So You Don't Have To
Working with guest artists is an integral part of the college dance experience. Visiting choreographers expose students to new styles and ways of working, and give them a glimpse of life as a professional. But with a relatively short amount of time to make an impression, forming a relationship with a visiting artist can feel like a daunting task. Here’s what you should know about networking with guests:
Q: Is it appropriate to follow up with guests after the process has ended?
A: “Most of our guests are very open to having connections with students continue, and being communicated with via email and Facebook,” says Cornish College faculty member Deborah Wolf. “They understand that’s the way things work.” For choreographer David Parker, “I tell them to keep me posted on what they’re doing and ask me for help and advice. I’m a bridge to the professional world for them, and I take that responsibility seriously.”
Lex Shimko. Photo by George Simian and Beata Bernina, courtesy Diavolo
Q: Should I try to connect with guests on a personal level?
A: “I don’t care if they’re curious about my life outside of rehearsal,” says Parker. “More that they’re curious about how we do things.”