How to network at a talent agency

More good advice for newbies from one of our favorite, um, newbie advisors:

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by Amanda

L writes: I’m a floater at a large talent agency in New York. How do I network – and how can I eventually transfer to the LA office?

The best thing to do is perform well at your job as a floater (which, for those who don’t know, is a person who doesn’t have a permanent assistant job but fills in when other assistants are out sick). Once you prove that you can be a good assistant, the agents start to remember you and request you to work for them. This does take some practice – but don’t worry, you’ll get the hang of it. Then when desks open up, you’ll be considered for those assistant positions.

Remember that even though you want to be working your way up (and maybe transferring to a different office/job/company/profession), that’s not what you’ve been hired to do; you’ve been hired to be a floater. Moving your way up requires ambition but also a little patience. That said, make sure that whoever is in charge of the floater program (probably an HR person?) knows your goals and which department you’d like to end up in. You don’t want to miss out on an opportunity because nobody knows you’d be interested.

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