The key to creating a good first impression is to remember that the person you're meeting with is learning about you and if he/she wants to spend time with you on set. Therefore, steer the conversation toward subjects you're both passionate about and bring out both of your personalities.
1. Bring up any mutual connections you may have discovered in your research
2. Share personal and professional stories
3. Ask technical questions about the working relationship between him/her and your classification
4. Ask about his/her connection to the material if you are meeting on a specific project
Sincere compliments are always appreciated.
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