Try to make them, try to maintain them, because they’re hella important!
Met someone great at a specific skill? Have a friend who’s good with something you suck at? Is your uncle a higher-up at a large company? Good for you, you got yourself a nice connection. Connections can really help you out, they can get you places. This is especially true in the IT, but even more so in the Indie Games industry. Being friends with someone who’s good at composing music for example, would make a great soundbro on your team. But it’s not just filling up empty spots, no.
For example, the dad of a friend of mine works at an IT company. He knows me through his daughter, and has learnt I can do web development. He recently came to me with a request, if I can do one project for him. I’m still not sure if it’s just this one project, or if they’re using this to scout me out. Either way, this is great! I can earn some extra money, and I get to lay a solid connection with that company. Much like how I got invited over to Thorworks a bit back.
It feels great to be making these kinds of connections, meeting people like this, that it’s happening so early on. Well, early. It definitely feels early. I’ve read plenty of articles where someone regretted not taking opportunities to make connections. They’re that important.
So if you ever get the chance to talk meet someone cool, jump at it.