When I was younger, I used to couchsurf when I traveled. It was thrilling, exhilarating, terrifying and wonderful coming together with strangers to achieve a community and learn and teach in that way. Putting trust in the unknown, traveling without a backup plan, and deciding everyday that you're going to make an effort to meet someone new and learn their story.
In many ways, those who choose a life in theatre are like that. We are the one who leap, who hug strangers, who network not just because we have to but because what another person has to say is valuable. We give each other voices and lift each other up and create magic, night after night. We are the ones that shout "look at this beautiful thing I am a part of!" to our friends and family ALL THE TIME.
Networking for us should be easy, it's in our personalities, our bones, our desires whether we want to admit or not. Many of us just don't know how to tap into that instinct. My hope is that with Stage Creatives Network, it was just made one small step easier to be the you you already knew you could be.