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Networking with Your Feet Up: A Guide for Creatives Who Don’t Like to Leave the Studio

Presented by Ed Shems

Originally aired on Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Networking is essential for creative professionals to foster business growth–it helps you find new clients and connect with mentors and collaborators. But maybe networking seems uncomfortable, outside your comfort zone, or unfeasible given your other commitments; so how do you keep from missing out on new opportunities if you can’t or won’t leave your studio?

In this webinar, Ed Shems will be your guide as you learn new ways to connect and stay connected. He’ll demonstrate how to build and maintain a strong network, all (ok, mostly) while still wearing your PJs.

During the webinar, you’ll discover new opportunities to connect with potential clients and collaborators, so you can strengthen and build your business.

Grab a coffee, put your feet up, and start expanding your network

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More About This Webinar

Ed covers:

  • Making yourself “Networkable”
  • Best Practices for maintaining your connections
  • Attracting people to your network
  • Leveraging your supportive network of family, friends and clients
  • Recognizing (and utilizing) the core network you already have around you
  • Proactively following leads
  • How to write an Elevator Pitch (for those times you unwittingly fall into a networking moment)

About Ed:

Ed is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and a seasoned illustrator and graphic designer, with more than twenty years as a freelancer. Ed has illustrated books for Scholastic, Sterling, Capstone and Wiley and has created work for education markets for Highlights for Kids, Scholastic, CarrotNewYork, Hasbro, MIT, Cricket and Harcourt.

Ed is the special guests coordinator for the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICE) and he is on the design advisory committee for DIGMA: The Design Industry Group of Massachusetts. He has served as President of the Boston Chapter of the Graphic Artists Guild. He is co-founder of Creative Relay, an organization dedicated to providing professional development opportunities to the local and national creative community.

In 2014, Ed testified before members of the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives in a hearing alongside the publishing industry on behalf of the Graphic Artists Guild, The Copyright Alliance and all visual artists concerning changes to the First Sale Doctrine.

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