I am at Cannes Film Festival to be part of
the Producers Network. To learn, make new contacts, pitch my new projects to the potential investors and find us co-producers.
Wish me luck!
If I could I would reinvent the networking. I would make sure everybody talks at least with one person whom he didn't know at all. This is just one of the changes among a longs list of them.
Yesterday I did an experiment. I was alone at the Producers Network Happy Hour and I promised myself not to use my cellphone at all. Because it's so tempting and also natural to grab your phone when you are all alone at a party. What we actually did do those days when there was no cellphones.
Back to my experience. I began to count people who made themselves busy with their smart phones or their camera to avoid letting others know that they are alone. The happiness and relief is enormous when they suddenly see a friend or colleague. Networking is a hell when you don't know anybody. All these happy, chatting social people suddenly transform to lonely sad individuals when they don't have anybody at a gathering or party.
I decided to put my first rules of networking in action. I turned to a young lady who sat alone, busy with her phone and ask her if she wants a drink, since I was going to have one. She said yes although her glass was half full. She had a friendly nice smile. I brought our drinks and that was the beginning of a good conversation and who knows maybe even a friendship. I am so glad that I made an effort. Because now I know a very interesting and talented person. That's a present from life!