In previous blogs I spoke already about "how to contact people" (read it here & here) ; today I want speak about the value of having a regular team that often comes out of a succesfull first collaboration or simply because you grow with friends into "something bigger".
So let me make a very simple comparison: a team is like a group of friends. There are friends you just hang out with for a drink, there are those you go shopping with and then there are those you basically live together with (or would if you could). Teams are one of those strange things that can happen just overnight or after years of working together and creating things.
How to get a team is not something I can "write out". It often just happens, just like friendship. The core of course is that you reach out one way or another to a stranger or your friend and hook up with them. Don't use a third person to do this for you is still the best way; I had for example an encounter where someone got in touch with me for someone else. Don't. There are so many reasons why you should never ask someone else to do the talking for you. Just gather your (lady)balls, read up a bit and reach out. It's not like you're asking them to marry you.
You see, buildings teams are like building friendships. You can meet someone and get best buddies in seconds or you can meet someone and hang out with for a few sets all awkwardly and get some nice results and you just become a thing.
Having a team is the best thing for any artist: you can hang out, talk ideas, ask for feedback, work out concepts, have a shoulder to artistically cry on, create work together, ... And network. I met so many people through my team and I'm pretty infamous for putting people that don't know each other in one small room to work something out that become friends later. It's how it goes & it' awesome! Having a team, even if it's just a few people, is the best thing you can ever have & build Maybe it takes some time, maybe it don't. Just go with it, you can't push things like this. But its Always worth working towards too!
Keep your rational head straight and be honest. Don't get in touch with people because you think you will "gain" from it for your own good. Have fun, as usual. And love what you do. Before you know it, you will find your best-buddy-in-art in no time & who knows what magic will happen ...
Right now I rarely work outside my own team and it's a choice I made for many reasons, but mostly because I'm able to wrap up work in a very fast speed, they know what I want & need and I'm able to tune in with them right away. It took me many many years of getting to this point but it's become one of the most beautiful things in my life: my models and designers are not simply "my models & designers" but a lot of them I consider my (close) friends.