Entries in networking (3)

Monday
Jan032011

A new project

 We are starting off the new year with an interesting online photo project, Creative Exposures. It's an accessible daily photo challenge that I hope is also thought provoking and creatively stimulating. I hope you all join, professional photographers and people with no photo experience are welcome. The end goal is to help jump start your personal creative process and help you look at your days a little differently.

Creative Exposures is a photographic community brought together with the purpose of providing a creative kick in the pants. We ask you to carry your camera with you at some point everyday (phone cameras are encouraged due to their readiness), stop for a moment and take pictures of the things you notice everyday or the things you've never noticed before. Take the time to look at the surroundings you often find yourself in, what do you notice, what sparks your interest? Next you upload your photo to the Lightbox SF Flickr webpage to share with the community. But there's a catch, we want you to upload the unedited images. Yep, that's right no color correction, no cropping, no touch ups. Just your unedited photos with a description in a sentence or less. Why unedited? We want this project to remain as raw and easy as possible, ignoring needs for perfection. Just let go. Creativity flows more freely with spontaneity, without perfection, and when we appreciate the ideas in their simplest form.

For those who want and appreciate a little guidance, we will provide a randomly generated word every Monday here on our blog and on our project Facebook page to help inspire a possible theme or to provoke a new way of seeing. Twice a week, Lightbox SF will post their favorite photos on our blog. This is not only a great way to awaken your creative being but also a great platform for you to get your work noticed.

This project is a small step toward living a conscious life and will help you tap into your creative energy with only a little effort. Sometimes we forget what makes us feel good and how easy it is to make that happen. This simple and approachable photo project will allow you to bring that spark into your daily life. Whether you are a full-time artist or a weekend hobbyist this project will help you to become more awake to your surroundings, more appreciative of the beauty and interesting things in your day and will allow you to delve into a more exciting energy inside of you.

Wednesday
Dec012010

New friends

In reference to Genevieve's post, I am happy to say that we have been meeting so many interesting and inspiring people. Something I shied away from as well, spending an hour or two with someone new and sharing my dreams and concerns is honestly becoming the favorite part of my job. Genevieve and I made a promise to do it and face our fears. We are doing it and the relationships we have developed with others have been transforming.

 

Yesterday, we had a great coffee date with an amazing woman, Anna Fiyzta. She is a transpersonal therapist and artist who focuses on helping others reconnect with oneself through creative exploration. She is also the lovely lady behind the original wishing tree that was in the mission (a baby wishing tree is now at 24th and Harrison) that supported 500 wishes in the three weeks it was up. What another great life for a tree! Please read more about this project here and help the wishing tree legacy live on.

 

I left with a great feeling that we connected with someone who will be a long time friend of ours here at Lightbox SF. I personally cannot wait to take one of her workshops. Anna currently hosts two, Awakening Your Creative Spirit,  A Workshop To Re-Connect With Your Innate Creative  Potential , a four-hour small group workshop that consists of group creative projects and guided meditations and a 6-person, 6-week Creative Vision and Manifestation Group through her psychotherapy practice. We met another inspiring person who is following her life's intention and helping others find their's. Thanks for contacting us Anna!

image by Christine Reilly

Tuesday
Nov302010

Building a Circle: Why You Should Network

Photo by Urban Pink PhotographyNetworking - for many it’s a dirty word. It often brings up feelings of anxiety and thoughts of sleazy salespeople. I use to feel that way too. I didn’t want to introduce myself to strangers. I didn’t want to feel like I was trying to “get” something from them. I also didn’t feel I had anything to offer in return. Granted I formed these opinions when I was fresh out of college trying to get a job in publishing and I didn’t know anyone who knew anyone.

I now have a totally different take on the subject of networking and as you can probably guess, I kind of like it. It’s still extremely hard for me to introduce myself to strangers and I often still feel I don’t have anything to offer, but deep down I know the later isn’t true which makes the former a little easier. Sometimes.

Turning The Tables

What changed my mind? Having the coin flipped. I’m no longer that kid fresh out of college desperate for a job and a little lost. I now have quite a bit of knowledge to share and connections of my own. I have learned that generally people like to help if they can. I have also been approached by fresh-faced kids who didn’t know what to say or ask, but knew that I might be able to help them. And you know what, I wasn’t bothered by them, I didn’t look down on them, and I certainly wasn’t weighing how much they could help me with what I was willing to share. I just wanted to help, because I know how hard it can be. I have a feeling most of the people I was brave enough to talk to felt pretty much the same way and the ones I didn’t talk to would have.

I still cringe when I walk into an event and only know the person I came with. I still have to psych myself up to talk to those one or two people I want to make connections with. I still don’t know what to say most of the time. But it almost always turns out well, sometimes even better than well. I can also honestly say it’s never turned out bad.

A Way To Build Your Business

I’m sharing all this because we've been doing a lot of networking lately to promote Lightbox SF. At first I felt like it was taking away from what I really wanted to be doing, that it was distracting me from the tasks that “needed” to get done, and it also felt like nothing was happening. I was reaching out to people trying to get advice, make connections and tell them all about Lightbox SF. I had some great meetings, I had some so-so meetings and I had a lot of unanswered emails. Then suddenly people started to reach out to us, they wanted to know how we might collaborate, and they wanted to know more about what we were doing. They had heard about us and were curious. How cool is that?

The other thing about all my recent networking was that none of it really had much of an agenda. I just wanted to tell people what we were doing, partially for practice and partially so that they had heard of us. However, many of my meetings ended up with plans to collaborate on an event or an offer to introduce me to someone I really wanted to know.

So I want to reintroduce you to networking because it can:

  • Spread the word about your business
  • Introduce you to people to collaborate with
  • Provide you with resources to help you grow
  • Lead you to new opportunities and friends

Give Yourself a Mission

Set small goals at first to get yourself more comfortable. Try something like attending one industry related event a week, or handing your card to 5 new people a week, or book one networking meeting a month. Tell people what you do as often as you can, get excited about it and they will too. And most importantly don’t expect anything from them except an ear to listen. Instead think of what you can offer, what your goal is and go with that. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Now for the self-promotional plug, Lightbox SF is hosting a Holiday Mixer. We want artists and those who work with artists to get out and socialize with each other. So we’re asking you all to join us at Heart Wine Bar, 1270 Valencia St. @ 24th on Wednesday, December 1st from 6-9pm for a glass of wine, a little nibble, and some old-fashioned networking.