So I've talked about how and when to do fansourcing, and how to use it to enhance your career. I'd like to close out this series by looking at some things I'd like to see to help fansourcing:
- Convention Events #1 – Let's start talking fansourcing at cons. Do panels on the opportunities it has, discuss ways to use it on a resume, etc. Heck, maybe I ought to set one up . . .
- Convention Events #2 – What about a need-skills networking event for larger cons, where people can find folks that have the skills they need, or people find folks that need fansourced talent.
- Job Boards and More – Cons, fan groups, etc. can have job boards for fansourcing. In fact, someone could do a website just on this (this is a huge hint, by the way).
- More Use Of The Term – As I noted, I've seen it used to mean various things, so let's use it enough to make sure fan-to-fan talent exchange is one of the meanings. That way more people think about it and it's advantages.
- Mentorship – If you fansource, take someone under your wing and help them do it. You'll spread the idea and help them out.
- Support groups – Building on Mentorship, perhaps in larger areas people who do fansourcing can form a support group (say, via meetup.com) to help people find "fannish" work.
- Share Ideas – Got ideas for the way to put hobbies on resumes, fansourcing in your skills section? Let me know and maybe you can write it up and post it here!
So go forth and fansource!
(Oh, series edited as I misnumbered them)