Adrianne Wurz is the Associate Director, Artistic Planning at Vancouver Opera, and Artistic Administration at Vancouver Opera.
What an interesting job! Can you picture yourself in her day-to-day life? If you’re like most, you probably can’t even imagine how she got there, or what networking in the Arts might be like. We were curious, too, so that’s we asked her a few questions, like the ones below.
Q: How and where did you form your most significant contacts? How have these changed over time?
My first contacts came from my university professors. I was very fortunate to have three who took an interest in helping their students make contacts with people in the industry and passing on job information. All of my contacts have been built on one another, introductions through other people. One way I have been very successful in building contacts is through people I have met at conferences, workshops, and industry events.
Q: What does networking look like in your world? What are some of your top tips for successfully networking in this city?
Networking to me means simply getting out there! People love giving advice so one of the best ways to network is to set up an information meeting with someone. Call the office or send an email letting the person know you are looking for information on the industry, organization, or the type of position they hold.
Q: What advice do you have for the Vancouver woman who is just starting out in her career or considering a leap to a new career?
Start talking to people in the field you are interested in at all levels. If there is an industry professional group, join it. Go to the conferences and meetings. Social networking sites like LinkedIn are great for a lot of things but there is no better way to get to know someone than by meeting them. Build on the people you already know, you might find unexpected resources. When I started working in the Arts, I thought I found an industry where no one knew my family. Instead for the first five years working in the Arts I was constantly told, “Oh, I know your father” and at a trade show I was mistaken for my cousin! Use whatever you can for an in; it really is a small world.
Some pretty excellent advice here from Ms. Wurz. We couldn’t agree more on the idea of setting up information meetings with someone you want to get to know, or someone in a company or job role you are interested in. There’s really nothing to lose!
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