In less than 3 weeks, I’m going to be participating in my very first craft event. Ever.
And instead of tracking down a display table, printing up extra business cards, or doing anything else that a rational human preparing for a craft show might do, I’m actually just sitting in front of my computer trying not to panic.
When I was first starting my business a little over a year ago, I talked a lot about fear. About getting over the fact that everything terrified me, and pushing forward despite being completely freaked out. I guess I was hoping that after being a working artist for a over a year, I’d be past getting jittery.
Suddenly, I’m once again asking myself those same ridiculous questions. What if my work is actually terrible? What if no one buys anything? What if the other artists laugh at me, push me down in the mud, and take my lunch money?
Okay, that last one seems a little unlikely.
I guess this is just what leaving my comfort zone feels like. It’s certainly not comfortable, but I wouldn’t call it boring either. And somewhere, deep down inside, probably near my spleen, there’s a tiny voice that’s cheering me on, hollering compliments, and congratulating me on doing this next big, scary thing.
So, if I sell even just one tiny painting at my very first show, I will consider it to be a rollicking success.
Now that I’ve put that little nerve-fest out there, I was wondering if I could ask you for a little guidance. If you’ve ever done a show, or helped someone to do a show, what’s the #1 piece of advice you’d give? Do you have a secret trick for setting up appealing table displays? Is there something you always bring with you that makes all the difference? What are the big no-no’s?
P.S. If you happen to be in the north-west Chicago suburbs on February 11, stop on by!