Well it has been another great day here in Toronto. I met my mentor who till now had just been a voice on the end of the phone, and then spent several hours writing my ethics form for my soon to be started research project. Then this evening I went off to the Raindance Booze & Schmooze networking event.
I have always been pretty good at networking and at conferences and work events would favour sitting with people who I didn’t already know as it seemed like a good opportunity to get to know someone new where maybe there would be a collaboration or a connection.
Going to the networking event tonight I knew that I was going to know practically no one in the room. It was kind of liberating to think “well I know no one so if I am going to have conversations there is nothing to do but walk up to someone and introduce yourself”. I can chat pretty much about anything with anyone. If it something I know nothing about or don’t understand then I can ask questions. That, for sure, is a pleasant way to spend the evening in a city where you don’t know many people, but obviously much of the point of such events is to find out what others are doing and maybe make a useful connection for the future.
To start off I wasn’t sure how I would describe myself. Am I transitioning to become a documentary filmmaker? Am I student? Am I a filmmaker? With first couple of people I spoke to I danced around the subject a little explaining my current circumstance. But then one guy, Mark, asked me about a project that I am currently working on. I could legitimately explain what my short film will be, the concept behind it and why I am making particular choices. Suddenly I didn’t feel uncertain or that I was faking it till I make, I felt authentic and legitimate. I am documentary filmmaker. It feels good to say.