For this unit, I therefore had to utilise the loose connections that I had made with industry professionals over both Twitter and Linkedin, as well as rummaging through leaflets and contact cards that I had been given at numerous industry exhibitions that I had attended over the past 3 years. As I did not know these people well, I would have to approach them in a friendly manner and I would need to convince them to see our work at the degree show.
One of the first places I looked for industry contacts was Linkedin; primarily because it is a social networking site which is made strictly for professional networking. When I looked at my list of connections I was quite surprised by the small number of industry people that I was connected to. Most of my list consisted of fellow Ravensbourne students.
I was, however, in was connected with a Recruitment Manager from the Moving Picture Company. Recruitment Managers seemed like an appropriate choice of contact, as they will be the ones that will be looking out for talent at these shows. Furthermore, at any industry days or visual effects festivals that I have attended, there have always been primarily Recruitment people at the stalls for studios. As I have been a little apprehensive about approaching people in industry, I managed to write a personal message to Ben Owen, who was the Recruitment Manager at MPC
I attached numerous links that relate to Ravensbourne2012; the details about the degree show are still vague, but as these are mostly social network profiles, they will update the recipient as the details about the show unfold. As I am in touch with them, I will also be able to fill them in on any developments. I tried to reword this a few times to make it sound persuasive; as well as polite and professional. Many people that have communicated with me while I have been at Ravensbourne, on varying levels have commented on how professional I am in dealing with people and communication.
I also asked Ben Owen if he is able to pass information about Ravensbourne2012 on to anyone else at the Moving Picture Company that would be keen to attend degree shows and see the work of students and graduates, which will hopefully mean that I will have more people to contact.