“I used the VSA strategy from your workshop to reach out to a contact, and it was so effective! He responded with an offer to schedule a Zoom call! On that call he volunteered to watch my film, introduce me to some high-level folks I’ve had on my vision board for a year, and even nominate me for an award! It feels like a real, burgeoning relationship. I love this framework as a way to demonstrate genuine appreciation for someone’s work while building a bridge to authentically connect!”
It’s absolutely true that:
Thankfully learning how to network is a skill no different than learning any other
craft. So if it’s all about “who you know,” then…
You don’t need to go to endless (and pointless) networking events
You don’t have to waste hours per day on Facebook groups
You don’t have to randomly apply to 50 jobs online
Hey Zack, thank you so much for all your help with my outreach email to the “directing duo.” After editing it with your suggestions, I sent the email and got a response 2 days later!
“I got a gig editing a low budget indie feature from an 85% cold outreach email I sent out last Friday! Thank you to everyone in the Optimizer community for all the help, feedback, and support.” 🙏
“I just got of the phone with a person I reached out to via email just last week! We’ll be keeping in touch for sure. I love this class man, I know it’s saved me from screwing myself over with bad outreach.”
Even if you don’t have any industry experience.
Even if you’re not already working (or living) in Hollywood.
Even if you DON’T want to work in Hollywood at all.
(These methods work in any industry!)
THE NETWORKING NINJA WORKSHOP
BUILD YOUR NETWORK MASTERCLASS
DEEP-DIVE CASE STUDY
In this self-guided online course (recorded from a live workshop), you’ll learn how to get the most out of my favorite networking strategy – cold outreach – in less than 3 hours. (It usually takes me 8 weeks or more to cover all this stuff with my advanced coaching students…you’ll learn the essential steps in a single afternoon.)
We’ll go step-by-step so by the end of the course you have a first draft of an amazing cold outreach message you’re excited to send!
In this workshop you’ll learn how to:
Overcome the #1 mindset barrier that keeps 99% of people from sending cold outreach
Stop wasting time with the shotgun approach (i.e. randomly sending your resume around town when you need work) and instead be absolutely surgical about who you connect with based on your career goals
Provide value in such a way you no longer sound “desperate” and can instead start a genuine relationship (as opposed to completing a transaction)
Connect with complete strangers in such a way they are absolutely DELIGHTED you reached out (no matter how much further they might be in their career than yours)
Use my “VSA Formula” to make it super easy for anyone to understand how they can help you (which makes it more likely they’ll respond to your message)
You’ve probably used IMDb before, but I bet you’ve never used it the way I teach it to rapidly build your network. (Psst…the same strategies work for LinkedIn if that’s your jam.) In this bonus 3-hour masterclass, I share my “Tornado Technique” for strategically identifying leads and surrounding yourself with the RIGHT people in your target industry by…
Helping you identify your dream projects & dream collaborators…and then building the “concentric circle” around that network
Coming up with a list of dozens (or even hundreds) of potential contacts who are doing now what you want to be doing next
Prioritizing who to actually reach out to first (Hint: You don’t have to contact EVERYONE!)
No matter what job role or industry you’re in, taking the actions taught in this Masterclass ensures you’ll never run out of people to connect with…and you’ll never have to wonder “Who do I talk to?” ever again.
BONUS: This Masterclass even comes with this BADASS (my students’ words, not mine) Google Sheet Template to track it all.
Don’t worry…it’s a lot easier to use than it looks. I’ll show you every simple step.
Boy, do I have an amazing case study to share with you. One of my students Marian originally came to me with NO CLUE how to connect with the right people in the entertainment industry…yet it only took her 12 weeks to go from being totally clueless about what to do next (and who to reach out to) to landing her dream job at one of Hollywood’s top Visual Effects studios in the world.
*As if that’s not enough, she was working in the corporate world…in the Midwest.
For the first time ever, Marian has decided to share every single juicy detail (and walk you through step-by-step) how she used cold outreach to land the meeting that landed her the (two) interviews that led to her dream job.
Went from blindly sending hundreds of applications to recruiters to finding the single most important person on the planet to help her achieve her goals
Drafted a single outreach message that led to a free 3-hr Zoom call (3 hours!!!)…without even asking for it.
Ultimately went from that Zoom call to two job interviews (one with the head of the studio for her dream job) and then being offered her dream gig AS THE ONLY APPLICANT.
“I’m not crying, you’re crying. 😭 Thank you so much Zack, I would not be here at all if it weren’t for you and this program and the Optimizer community! You are a treasure to this industry.This has been a life-changing experience!”
“I received a response to my outreach email! The recipient said the email made her ‘tear up.’ What a great way to start the week. Plus the ‘Andy DuFresne Technique’ helped me land an upcoming coffee hangout with an editor I’ve been trying to do this with for over 3 YEARS.”
You deserve to absolutely love what you do for a living, but not at the expense of your health, your relationships, or your sanity. Building a fulfilling creative career (that includes a life outside of your job) is not easy, and you’re not going to do it alone. Consider me your career sensei. Welcome to my dojo.
My name is Zack Arnold, and I’m a podcaster, a writer, a father of 2, an American Ninja Warrior, and as your career sensei, consider me part coach, part therapist, and part ass-kicker. In a nutshell I’m Tim Ferriss meets Ted Lasso (minus the mustache). I’m both obsessed with learning everything I can about optimizing human potential as well as inspiring you to believe you can realize yours. Because you are destined for more. As a recently retired Hollywood film & television editor of 20+ years (notable credits include Cobra Kai, Glee, Empire, and Burn Notice), I specialize in helping creative professionals transform their careers and build the more fulfilling lives they deserve.
Where a traditional “career coach” will just help you focus on improving WHAT you do for a living, I’m also here to help you optimize HOW you do what you do…and most importantly clarify your “WHY.” Because if you aren’t working in the most effective manner possible – and even more importantly if you aren’t clear on why you really get out of bed every morning – I can all but guarantee you’re on the road to burnout.
Not sure if this workshop is the right fit for you?
See below for the most frequently asked questions.
This workshop was held LIVE on Zoom Saturday September 10th, 2022. The first two hours were the formal workshop, and I built in a full hour for both individual “Hot Seats” as well as additional Q&A. It is now available as a self-guided course you can complete in just a few hours (with hours of bonus materials for when you’re ready to dive deeper).
Immediately after purchase, you’ll have LIFETIME ACCESS to The Way of the Networking Ninja workshop online course, the IMDbPro Masterclass, and the Student Case Study with Marian.
I could write a book about all the things people do wrong in their cold outreach (wait…I already did that). In this workshop I’ll highlight the key areas where most people go wrong and provide simple strategies to drastically improve your cold outreach in a matter of hours to get you real results. Ask any of the hundreds of students who have used my program…not only do these emails work, people are excited to receive them! (and they have a very high response rate)
Yes! Just because I used to be a film & tv editor by trade doesn’t mean what I teach is only for editors. These networking & relationship-building skills work across all crafts and industries. People are people, and networking is networking. The same applies to geography, there are no special skills I teach that only work in Hollywood. What you learn in this workshop has been used successfully by my students across six different continents.
Although I happen to work in the entertainment industry (and most of my students also work in entertainment), these strategies have NOTHING to do with Hollywood. This system teaches you how to provide value to ANYONE who is doing now what you want to be doing next so you can authentically connect with them, build a genuine relationship, and potentially land a mentor or even be referred for your dream job. People are people, relationships are relationships.
These strategies work for anyone in any industry.
I’ve heard fifty different times how “networking is different here” whether you work in Israel, South Africa, Ireland, Denmark, or [fill in the blank].
People are people, relationships are relationships. I’ve seen these strategies work for students on six different continents. However – full disclaimer – I’ve yet to help a student build genuine connections in Antarctica. Still working on cracking that code…
Because this is a live event I cannot grant refunds no-questions-asked. However, if after the workshop you can demonstrate that you’ve followed the systems I teach yet you’re not getting any results (and you’ve made an attempt to follow up using the methods I teach), I will grant refunds on a case-by-case basis within the first 30 days of registration.