Another important skill a runner has to have, is friendliness. This will help you in many ways but the most important one is networking. Networking is the act of obtaining contacts in the attempt of furthering your career.
Networking is an important part of the media industry, especially at early stages when you are trying to make a name for yourself, as you never know who is going to give you your first break. Networking could consists of taking any media job available, whether it be a runner on a porn shoot or a technical assistant in a local documentary. Any contacts you can make in the industry will benefit you one way or the other, and if you are friendly and continue smiling throughout any job you are offered. People will remember your name, and offer you more work.
Once you have a contact, email them, and tell them that you are looking for work in the industry and if they knew of anybody looking for a runner. Do this for as many contacts as possible as the more you contact the more likely someone is to reply. Do not just copy and paste the same message to every person however, take note of what you contact does in the industry and tailor you message to his or her profession. If you have had experience already, including your portfolio of work in the message could also help create a good impression. However make sure it is only your very best work that you include.
What you should not do is expect every single person you contact to reply immediately, some may never reply, some may not reply for a few months. Just be patient and continue to contact as many people as possible, and don’t be picky, even if the job you are offered is nothing to do with what you want to do, still take it, as it will put your foot in the door, and this job may lead lead to another job, and another job and that job may lead you to your perfect career. The important thing is to talk to as many people as possible.