Here are a few things that are always a part of my thought process. Please feel free to share this with someone you think might benefit.
1) Stay later than you have to. Whether it’s work, internship, lunch with someone important, get there on time (ten minutes before), and stay until the conversation and enthusiasm has left the room. The secret to striking up conversation with someone important is to wait until the very end, and catch up with them after the let-out.
2) Do it for free. The great result of offering your services for free, is that people find out that you exist. Prices scare customers away when they aren’t confident that you’ll deliver. Offer your services at no cost or even low cost, and if you’re really good at it, they’ll tell their friends about you.
3) Set up meetings with important people. Email someone you look up to and ask them out to lunch. They could say no, and there’s no loss in that. But, they’ll most likely say yes (and, I’m not promising you this, but, they’ll probably pay for your lunch, too.)
4) Ask for an opportunity. The golden response lies in the question you ask.
5) Wait tables. Pour wine from the guests’ right and as you go to the others at the table, move counter clockwise. You’ll also pick up great skills working at a restaurant, and you’ll learn that paying attention to detail not only gets you a major tip (on a really good night), but it also teaches you how to make people happy. That’s all it’s really about.
6) Build a clear on-line presence. A splash page is all you need to begin. About.me is a great (free) platform to tell people who you are and what you do. And it’s also the best way to point people to your work.
7) Create something. If you know fashion, tell us what to wear. If you’re a great manager, tell us the secret to leading an effective team. You bake a delicious cheesecake? Teach us how to do it. Either way, we’re waiting on you.
You grow up wishing to be a cultural phenomenon. Then, one day, it happens. Now, with just one effort, you’ve become legend and respected within your field. What’s the incentive to keep going when more money isn’t what you want?
With just one album, you’re able to:
sell 7 million copies
perform at sold out shows
still remain relevant
make guest appearances (whenever you feel like it)
be missed by the people
You’ve got everything an artist could dream. What’s the incentive for creating a new work that might not be as great as its predecessor?
There is none. Share your best work the first time around. It works.
Yesterday morning, while I was riding the Brooklyn-bound train, a man boarded the cart, and sat down. As the train approached his stop, he began handing out his card unsurely proclaiming “I’m a comedian. All of my stuff is on my YouTube. I’m really funny.”
While it sounds funny in retrospect, all I could think is.. if you want us to check out your YouTube page, shouldn’t you tell a joke right now… so we could see that you are, in fact, funny?
He hopped off the train never telling a joke, or even hinting at something funny. Most people laid his card (which was written on a piece of looseleaf) onto the chair beside them, leaving it behind for other New Yorkers to throw into the paper bin.
Instead of saying you pay attention to detail, prov it and never misspell prove.