Networking is one of the most important aspects of career success in any field. Of course, it’s great if you are prepared and talented, but if nobody knows about you, you won’t likely have much success. There is a Chinese saying:
“There are many ways in the front door and only one way in the back.”
It’s true WHO you know matters and it’s also true you can connect with the people who can help you in your career. But you have to leverage these connections, which is more involved than it might seem at first glance. Ultimately, you must build relationships with the people in your network. You want them to understand what you do and recommend you to others who might also benefit from knowing you.
Networking is an art form in itself, and it pays to do it well. This will most likely require some effort on your part, including studying how effective networking happens and putting it into practice for yourself.
You should pay close attention to business communications, such as the resume, cover letters, and how to use email and social media to portray yourself in a credible way to others in the music business in order to increase the quantity and quality of your connections.