Mind Your Business: Business Around The World
• Drinking is common, as I'm sure you've already guessed.
• Ass-kissing, always a good standby.
• Dancing. Not necessarily good dancing, just dancing.
- In Mexico at the end of the week we had a party and everyone did their own dance across the floor. Nothing worthy of So You Think You Can Dance, but it was all fun. My moves were more from my martial arts training than dancing, but it was memorable.
• Singing. Again, not necessarily singing well, but a willingness to show-off or have fun in front of the group makes up for a lack of talent.
- In China, we enjoyed rousing ballads from Clifford Coonan of Daily Variety and Peter McHugh of Gotham Group and a three- way group-harmony of Row, Row, Row Your Boat lead by Kevin Geiger of Animation Options. Good times.
• Make a fool of yourself.
Actually, acting the fool almost never makes you look like the fool. If you do it well with a great attitude, people remember you as the life of the party, but at least they remember you and people do business with people they remember.
Just remember not to puke on your host or stick your tongue down the throat of the hostess, (don't even try to tell me you haven't seen that happen) have a good time and do great business around the world.
Mark Simon is an award-winning animation director. He is co-founder of www.SellYourTvConceptNow.com, the ultimate resource for TV show creators. He is offering AWN readers a FREE MONTH of his TV Pitch Tips Audio Postcards. Go to www.TvPitchTips.com and register for your weekly audio postcards of insider Hollywood pitch tips, tricks and secrets.