I found my teacher(s) just by by looking for local places online, after years of being a solitary Buddhist. Spent some time in a kind of breakaway Soto tradition. I wasn't interested in Vajrayana initially, (even sutra level) previously, and truth be told i'd say I had a bit of a prejudice against it. This place seemed so inviting though, and I felt more comfortable than usual there. In addition, I got a vibe of WAY less posturing than other sangha I've checked out, partially I think due to being an older group. Something clicked with the practices and the teachers that I never quite got at the Zen place I spent some time at, for whatever reason. Both the teachers the place I am at now really give off a genuine kind of vibe, I feel a bit of..relief or lightness maybe, I don't know what it is talking to them. I really enjoyed my Zen practice as well and think very highly of the teacher there as well.
I vastly prefer in person interaction for these things, not that I wouldn't or don't take advantage of other forms, but there are things that there is no way I would have "gotten" through any form than in person contact. For me so far, in-person interaction with people who on whatever level "get it" better than me is actually part of what i'm learning, it's part of the teaching i'm looking for..I think.
"Just as a lotus does not grow out of a well-levelled soil but from the mire, in the same way the awakening mind
is not born in the hearts of disciples in whom the moisture of attachment has dried up. It grows instead in the hearts of ordinary sentient beings who possess in full the fetters of bondage." -Se Chilbu Choki Gyaltsen