Last night I went to my first IGDA meeting. For those that don't know, it stands for the International Game Developers Association. I've wanted to go to one of their meetings before, but I was too nervous. I thought there was nothing that anyone there would be interested in, but I was wrong.
There are tons of artists, tons of programmers, tons of students, and tons of hobbyists that all want to get their foot in the door. It takes a bit of confidence to throw yourself out there, but it is worth it, all the way. Last night, I went looking for artists to help with my current project, Quarantine: T.O. and I met everyone I was looking for. I gave my name to dozens of people, and I collected dozens more.
Seeing the industry from the inside is really helpful. No matter what your industry is, I'm sure the same rule applies. Get out there!
~ John Adam