There are very few businesses where you cannot benefit from a good work ethic and a healthy appetite for networking. However, if I was to name one industry where I believed no amount of networking could catapult your career, it would be that of modeling and acting. For every successful model and actress in a magazine, on a billboard or TV, there are thousands of others, who are equally talented but just didn't get that lucky break. Valerie Bittner has made a career of defying the odds, matching her good fortune of being born with a near perfect helix of DNA strands with the type of hectic work schedule that would make most presidential candidates appear sloth like. Since being spotted by a talent scout in a hairdressing salon almost two decades ago, Bittner has achieved what is widely considered to be the holy grail in her business - consistent work, effortlessly moving between print, film and stage. The secret to her success, she says is networking. While other models and actresses in her notoriously competitive arena are sitting at home leaving countless messages for their agents, Bittner is shaking hands, passing business cards, flashing her kilowatt smile and booking gigs.
— Peter Collipp – EggZack