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Do networks recognize pitch festivals as a legitimate source to pull new talent?

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Lashunda smith Burbank, CA

I'm considering attending an upcoming festival to pitch a pilot but, I've been told it's not recognized in the industry that deals are not made that way. Please shed light on the topic.

Thank You

Lashunda

10 October 2019 2 replies Career Advancement

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Emanuel Carpenter Alpharetta, GA

Lashunda - I've pitched my startup idea at no-cost pitch festivals. Outside of judges, most are there to pitch their own ideas instead of looking for a job. Many are trying to escape their 9-to-5s, not find a new one to work for. If the festival is large enough, you might find candidates in the audience.

Have you considered https://angel.co/? You can post a job for free. Many folks looking to work for a startup use this site to find their next gig. Or if you are looking for a co-founder, try http://founderdating.com/.

If you are referring to pitching your TV pilot, I'm not sure this would be the venue for it.

Hope this helps.

Advisor

Sam Hoffman Roslyn Heights, NY

For the most part, such events are designed to take your money. However, the festival should publish a list of the "execs/talent searchers" who will be in attendance. You should research each of them, and see what talent they have discovered in the past.

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