Nah… never mind. I don’t need an introduction, I found their twitter handle, email address, facebook page, G+ page…or any other various source of direct contact. Gone are the days of having to know someone, that knows someone, that knows a person that may be able to put you in contact with the people you are looking to connect with. No longer are we limited to our own circles, in our own close proximity, within the industry we work.
Social media, the internets, and cat videos have connected us to everyone, to everyplace, at anytime. If you want to connect to person that you admire, respect, or want to work with it is all possible now, and from the comforts of our computer. Want to speak to an artist in Germany that you admire and want to work with…not to worry. How about a B-list actress you think would be amazing to photo with your new clothing line, no problem you can at least reach out and pitch the idea.
Now the true question is, will they respond? If your only reason to reach out is a self-serving, egocentric, narcissistic need that you are trying to fulfill, than I hope for their sake they don’t give you the time of day. While this new age we live in makes it easier to connect to people around the world, it also means you need to be cognizant of what your true intentions are for these connections. If you are not giving as much as you are taking, then you are not getting the point of how to properly connect with people in the 21st Century.
It is a double edged sword. You can reach anyone, at anytime, but that also means you can be disconnected at a drop of a dime. Not only that, but you can quickly garner the reputation of a person who’s only goal is to use people for your own gains, and if you think you can connect to people quickly…than you won’t be surprised at how quickly you can be cut-off as well. If others feel you aren’t interested in providing useful information, than what use are you?
Be responsible, be courteous, be connected, but for the right reasons.