Brian McLane

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MY NETWORKING EVENT AT PRODUCTION CENTRAL.

May 24th, 2012 · No Comments · Technology

First of all David Fuhrer and Production Central Rock!

MEETUP.COM and the NY Creative Group Don’t. The group unfortunately doesn’t yield very many high quality participants.

For the most part they’re transplants or job seekers. And I understand that this is part of what meetup does. But if you say you’re going to attend an event you should go. Here is my review of last nights’s event. Which frankly I was disappointed in, dropped $50 and wont do it again.

It was small but a great time because all the power people I was hoping would show up…. showed up. No Pretenders. Business Cards exchanged, appointments made, and doors opened. I thought more people would like the Georgian Wine. Thanks all for coming out.

However as far as the group on Meetup.com for which I am a co-chair The New York Creative Group? Thumbs Down. Only 14 people came to the Spring Mixer last night. The studio costs 2500/hr and the owner did us a favor by giving us a place to meet. The meetup was set up great, and was organized with directions, sign in sheet, laptops for exhibiting work, food and drinks – see photos. A lot of people just didn’t come. I think that there are close to 300 members and unfortunately very few of them are serious about their careers.

This group has struggled for a long time to find itself and that doesn’t look like it’s changing though there are a handful of very resourceful and connected individuals at the top. Probably need to clear the ranks and start from the beginning, vetting all members before granting admission. It would be better to have 30 or 40 quality individuals who meet regularly and get stuff done than a lot of time wasters which is what exists now.

My suggestion is that it would be better to have a smaller group that is well-vetted instead of every “street” person that wants to be a photographer walk into these things. Also, none of this no last name stuff.

I just think as the guy who is the head of an agency who came said, it would be better to have a small group that gets things done instead of a lot of numbers that are meaningless.

Brian McLane's Spring Mixer at Production Central for NY Creative Group on Meetup.com

Click to photos from Brian McLane's Spring Mixer at Production Central for NY Creative Group on Meetup.com

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