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Probably one of the most exciting networking opportunities I’ve had this year was the chance to attend the 2019 Met Gala. Now, for those of you who don’t know what the Met Gala is, I’ll explain.

The Met Gala is short for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala. Every year, the Metropolitan Museum’s costume department hosts this Gala as a way to kick off their annual fashion exhibit. The point, though, is to raise money for the Met, which is responsible for funding itself. Tickets cost $30,000 per person, so you can see how the Met is able to continue running with prices that high.

But when you see the Met Gala on TV every May, and these outfits worn by celebrities are over the top and costume-like, this is why! The point is for celebrities to choose costumes and outfits that coincide with that year’s theme.

The theme for 2019’s Met Gala was “Camp” based on Susan Sontag’s famous 1964 essay, “Notes on Camp”. But to be honest with you, fashion has never really been my thing, and most of the celebrities I saw were just wearing outrageous costumes, so I’m not really sure whether dressing to the theme of the show rang true for 2019. 

But you guys know I’m never one to turn down a networking opportunity, and like it or not, celebrities and the fashion world are some excellent connections to have.

No, I didn’t spend $30,000 for a ticket—after all, I’m just a guy trying to make it, myself. But this is where building connections comes in handy! A good friend of mine who I actually met at a TikTok launch party a few years ago had been gifted a Met Gala ticket but was unable to attend after his daughter got sick. So I took his place.

Though the Met Gala is a great opportunity to network with celebrities, the real opportunities for people like you and I are with the individuals who work behind the scenes, and make the show happen.

If you are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to attend such a star-studded event like the Met Gala, it’s easy to be distracted by the glam of it all. But you’ll do yourself a huge favor if you instead focus on the lesser-known attendees. Maybe you met a St. Louis physician or a maritime lawyer in Baton Rouge, for example. These connections may be far more valuable to you in the long run as you work to grow your networking business.

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