And by modeling connection I mean insight, new information, a tip to a new casting director to submit your compcard too, a new agency to consider?
Just by listening or asking questions you can learn, where are people like you booking work? With what agencies?
Also it is ok to be honest about what you are seeking, I sometimes confide in photographers when I want something and need some advice. Or if I have an idea about a certain photo I need I speak up and get some insight.
Alot of what I have learned along the way wasn't from someone handing it over to me, it was from asking, listening, and researching for myself.