By the start of my career the importance of networking had been drilled into my head. But as most people I dreaded doing it. Networking became this thing I would avoid doing at all costs. It was a combination of feeling shy, but also feeling like the whole interaction was insincere. Almost a transaction rather than a conversation between people. Over time it has evolved into this scary monster that I run in fear from.
However, there are times when I push aside my biases and fear and do reach out. And then I am surprised (usually pleasantly).
Recently, I reached out to a photographer for photos for my book covers and not only did I discover interesting information about the world of photography and those large websites that sell stock photography but also made a meaningful connection. It was a pleasure to work directly with Kathy Servian and the images I purchased from her were equally amazing.
If anyone is looking for stock images for this book covers please consider contacting her through her website.
In the future I will remember how important reaching out can be (and to not be scared of it).