Re: Brandi R: Thankfully we live in a time where networking has become easier than ever due to social media; however, that can also make it more daunting—don't let that hinder you. If you are currently taking any art classes then start by talking to other students in your class. Even art teachers can be helpful to get to know. You never know who could recommend your talents for something or who can help your work get to where you want it to be. And it's easiest to start with those consistently around you. If you're not in school for art, you can seek networking opportunities by going to art events such as: opening exhibit receptions and art festivals. At these places you may have other local artists, curators, other members of society, etc. to network with. And if you don't feel comfortable immediately going up and talking to people then look towards social media. Obviously, the best option is to look towards instagram considering it's abundance in people posting their art. Look up, follow, comment, and direct message local artists in your area or other artists you admire. Get a conversation going. You could even see if they'd be willing to do work on an artsy collaboration because that could help you grow as an artist, but also it could reach new viewers. Submitting your work to other online zines or magazines—just like this here, Pinstripe Zine—to get your work out into the world is another great way to explore networking opportunities with other like-minded individuals. Basically, put yourself out there and keep trying!
Re: Izzy H: Just like you did here; reaching out is the best way. Send messages to people who HAVE figured it out, and ask them. Be humble and respectful, always. It's ok for other people to be better at something. With clients, maybe start close. Reach out to family & friends and people that you know support you and can help spread your brand or your name. Local zines and scenes are another good place to not only put yourself and your work out there, but to connect and make friends as well as potential connections with other people. See if there are local fundraisers or festivals that you could set up shop at. The world is there, you've just got to get it.
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