Have you ever asked for directions in a city? People get a little ego boost when they know the answer to something you’re asking. They’ll gladly show off their knowledge.
So don’t be afraid to ask for favors. People like doing favors!
When I lived in New York City, one bold musician I know called me and said, “I’m coming to New York in two months. Can you give me a list of all the important contacts you think I should meet?” I laughed because I admired his directness! Then I emailed him a list of twenty people he should call.
Some people have time on their hands, and would rather help you do something interesting instead of watching TV. Need help doing promotion? Need help getting equipment to a show? Just ask them!
By making them feel important, connected, and needed, you’ll be doing them a favor, too.