If you haven't noticed by now, the Internet is full of professional social networking sites, all of which are fairly heavily populated. If you're just now catching on, suffice to say that the popularity of these sites is changing the face of media crew building. As you well know, having the right crew for your project is essential for working in all kinds of media, from radio to television and film. The success of a project can depend on the team producing it. You need to have a crew that consists of talented and motivated individuals who can all work together to create the absolutely best results possible. Each team member has their own set of skills to bring to the table, and ideally, their knowledge and skill sets cover the entire range of what is needed.
In order to bring people together in this manner, many people are turning more and more to a professional networking website or a social networking site to find the perfect crew for their project. There are many valuable aspects to being able to find people whose work you're familiar with but with whom you've never connected as well as finding fresh new talent. One thing that these networking sites do is allow people to connect across the board and see what their work is like. Sure, it would be great if you could experience everyone on your crew first-hand to know that they are the perfect fit for your team. In the absence of being able to do that, it certainly is beneficial to be able to look at their work, see who they have worked with in the past, and possible even get a feel for them in the online arena before bringing them on board.
People usually go about connection in one of two ways- they either put out a call, or they directly solicit people they would like to work with. In the first scenario, a call goes out on a site, advertising a need for professional in their field. You might see a call for writers, producers, production managers, composers, casting directors, etc. In the second, project founders might seek out specific people, or they might simply search through a professional networking website until they find a person with the qualifications they need whose work they like. It may also be the case that in the course of interacting on a professional (or social) networking website that they have connected with people who they know they would like to work with in the future.
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Written by Mel Bryson. Social networking website that provides a forum for professional social networking. MyCrew.biz is a professional networking website for media and arts.
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