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Gary who?
February 6, 2009, 3:04 am
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So apparently I have been under a rock for the past two years, and missed the phenomenon that is Gary Vaynerchuk.

Please forgive me if you already know who this is and have been been following him on twitter for months.

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A friend of mine just sent me a link to his site and basically, here is a guy who is passionate about his work and passionate about engaging in the communities in which he finds himself. It’s inspiring.

I poked around his site and landed on this video.

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As an actor, networking is part of my job. It goes without saying that meeting new people and introducing myself to complete strangers is part of the game. But seriously, how many actors love to do this?

How many times have I been at a party or among a group of people that I don’t know and felt intimidated about introducing myself? Afraid to step out of my comfort zone and expose myself to the potential rejection that lies in wait. And not to mention the pressure associated with it. Pressure to say something witty or intelligent. Not to stick my foot in my mouth and embarrass myself. (anybody identifying with this?)

But what I forget – is that chances are – the other people are feeling exactly the same way. Actors are notoriously self-conscious creatures. For reasons beyond ourselves we have chosen a profession in which we expose ourself to constant judgement and scrutiny. As a means of self-preservation, I think we often don’t allow ourselves to connect in new situations for the fear of being judged. I know I do.

But as Gary so simply put it – jumping in and networking in the social media relm is just a handshake. It’s setting fear aside and simply introducing myself to someone.

So how do I do that?

  • Be human.
  • Remember not to get bogged down by feeling pressure to be witty or intelligent.
  • Know that people (including casting directors, agents, other actors, etc.) want to get to know me for me.

So this week, I am going to extend my virtual hand to some new people on twitter and facebook and introduce myself and start a conversation. My feeling is that if I start putting this to practice in a virtual setting, then I train that muscle to do the same work in the real world.

Care to join me in this little experiment?

So if you’re reading this and we haven’t met, please know that I would welcome a handshake from you too.

Remember, we’re all in this together, and there’s room for everyone at the table.



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