I've been tweaking my regular website and looking into festivals for the summer. It seems that if I want to make a real go of this whole selling my photographs business I must step up and enter some juried shows.
What does this mean you ask? It means bigger bucks to set-up a booth. It means a fee to see if they even want to let me in. It also means a good chance at much better sales.
So... I've decided to bite the bullet and enter. One. It's a big one. A competitive one. In the city. In the neighborhood I used to live in. It also attracts artists from around the country. And the publicity is good.
It also means submitting three slides in advance so they can judge me. For real. It sounds so ominous, doesn't it. They will be JUDGING ME.
What is that you say? Judging my work, not me. HA! They are judging me. If they reject my work they are rejecting ME.
Someone tell me why I setting myself up like this?
Oh yeah. The possible income. Which we really need.
And it seems if you don't put yourself out there - really out there - you won't succeed.
Do I consider this fun? No.
In fact, my stomach is balled up (and I may just puke on my keyboard) just thinking about it as I type this.
Maybe I should abandon the plan right now and delete this.
Wait. We all know I would never do that because I enjoy subjecting myself to rejection. Ok, maybe enjoy is a bit strong... I'm always waiting for someone to tell me I suck so I can move on and try something else.
Case in point, my writing. I've finally given it up but if someone would have told me I suck earlier I wouldn't have wasted 6 years working at it.
So now for my favor...
Would you go on over to my site and check out the index of photos (there are 2 pages)? Click on any images that you particularly like to see them enlarged and uncropped. Then come back here and vote on your top 3.
Or? Just tell me I suck and to stop cluttering the internet with my photos.
EDITED TO ADD: It has been brought to my attention that this seems like a plea for you to tell me how great I am. Not so.
Tell me what you really think.
Can you find 3 photos you like?
Does a fairly high profile show seem like too big a leap at this time?
Should I look for an office job? And do you know of any I could apply for?