Psychologist Laurie Helgoe wrote in her piece on introverts in Psychology Today, “Depleted by too much external stimulation, (introverts) thrive on reflection and solitude. Our psychic opposites, extraverts, prefer schmoozing and social life because such activities boost their mood.” This is why you’ll find that most writers and directors are often introverts – because the nature of their craft requires reflection and solitude.
Writers, directors and cinematographers often avoid networking events and parties. It’s stressful and we aren’t great at small talk, or well… any talk. Here is the Catch-22 – if you want your work seen, heard and brought to life, then you are going to need other people. You’ll need producers, money, actors, crew members, script coverage, distributors, broadcasters and so much more. Where are you going to meet them? Not in your living room… or not likely in your living room.
In Episode 4 of Raindance Step & Repeat, Tiska Wiedermann, Creative Director of Raindance Canada, owns up to being an introvert and coming to terms with what she needed to do to advance her career and projects: “I remember walking into a networking event and in three and a half hours I said exactly two things. I said ‘hello’ and I said ‘goodbye.’ I realized that I was really going to hold myself back in my career.”
Tiska now helps make connections for many people in the film business. In the video above, she shares some incredibly valuable exercises that allow even the most introverted person to shine in any networking or social situation.
Networking: it’s not who you know, it’s who you’re standing next to.