May 2, 2016 at 9:58AM, Edited May 2, 10:26AM
Approaching/pitching organizations (pro-bono or paid)
First time poster but long-time reader on the NFS forum.
I would say my experience/skill-level is somewhere in the lower-intermediate range at the moment. I have a reasonable handful of commercial projects under my belt, a few short films that have screened in some festivals and a scattering of personal projects like most people on here I'm sure.
At this point I'm more interested in patiently finding organizations with a vision/project/etc. that aligns with my own passion than continuing to take on any commercial contract that comes along (as tempting at this point in my career as it is). I've been short-listing organizations in Toronto (where I work) and I'm curious how others go about proactively pitching projects? I.e. do you often find it's best to cold email, do you simply request an in-person meeting or are you more explicit about your intentions right off the bat to work on a particular project, etc. ? I realize there's no cut and dry answer, it depends entirely on the type of organization or potential project, but really I'm looking to hear about any strategies which have worked well for any of you in the past.