Posted by Melody
on May 15, 2011 at 6:56 PM
If you want to be considered a professional artist, be professional in the way you present your art and in the way you conduct yourself in the art community. That seems like a "no brainer", but trust me when I tell you...it apparently is not to everyone.
Working With Event Management
Part of presenting yourself in a professional manner has to do with following through with commitments. Here are some pointers:
- When you apply for a show, be considerate. It's not about you. It's about the show. There are lots of other artists and other things to be coordinated.
- Get your application in on time.
- Pay your entry fee on time.
- Show up on time to appointments.
- Arrive on time for events.
- Have your display set up by the published deadline time.
- Do not tear your display down before the published tear down time.
- Do not try to dictate to the event management where your space should be situated because after all, you are a professional artist and have a large number of followers.
- If you have to pull out of the event, provide as much notice as possible to the event management. Do not just not show up. When you do not communicate your change of plans to the event manager you do not allow them the opportunity to fill your space or rearrange the space in order to provide a better visitor experience. This reflects badly on you, and you probably will not be invited back.
- No Excuses! The quickest way to damage your reputation in any field of work is to practice poor follow through and hide behind excuses. If you've made a mistake, take ownership. You can lose credibility fast in this industry. Be a man or woman of your word and you will become respected by both event management and your peers!
Bringing It Home:
While it is true that some event managers are not as organized, prepared and professional as you might like them to be, it will reflect badly on you if you do not present yourself in the most professional manner. Headaches caused by poor planning on the side of event management should not be related back to your visitors. When the event is over, the visitors will have opinions about the event as a whole, but they will also have opinions about the participating artists with whom they visited. You'll want that opinion to be a good one!