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Loc Tran
  • Columbus, OH
  • United States
  • mixed media
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Beer Company seeks National Parks Photographer

Started this discussion. Last reply by William Lee Sep 23, 2020. 2 Replies

I saw this article the other day and thought it could be ideal for someone on this forum. From what I've checked, it seems legitimate. Michelob Ultra is looking for a CEO (Chief Exploration Officer)…Continue

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Loc Tran replied to Kristen Nazzaro's discussion Business requirements for shows - please help!
"It would be in your best interest to register with your county/state as a business entity. It would only take a few minutes online. You can register as a 'sole proprietor' and when you do your taxes, have it fall under your personal tax…"
Jan 29
Loc Tran commented on Nels johnson's blog post Naples Uptown Artfair, Jan. 23-24–HAE Inaugural Event—Yes! A Successyummy
"Thanks for the nice review. It's inspiring to hear that shows are continuing during the pandemic... and with success."
Jan 28
William Lee replied to Loc Tran's discussion Beer Company seeks National Parks Photographer
"Tried to enter, but my form won't go thru..."
Sep 23, 2020
Connie Mettler replied to Loc Tran's discussion Beer Company seeks National Parks Photographer
"Wow! Very cool, Loc. Sharing this now."
Sep 22, 2020
Loc Tran posted a discussion

Beer Company seeks National Parks Photographer

I saw this article the other day and thought it could be ideal for someone on this forum. From what I've checked, it seems legitimate. Michelob Ultra is looking for a CEO (Chief Exploration Officer) to travel the country photographing National Parks for 6 months. It says it pays $50K.  Without art shows, this could be a great opportunity.See the post here: I have no affiliation to this…See More
Sep 22, 2020
Loc Tran replied to Britt Hallowell's discussion SELLING Dk Gray Propanels, Extenders, Panel Skirts, and Light Bar Set (See Details)
"Hi Britt, I would be interested in just the propanels and I'm in Columbus too. I have a set of KD panels but would like an extra set for my retail shop so I'm only willing to pay 50% of the retail value. Might be something to consider as…"
Jul 17, 2020
Loc Tran replied to Chris Umhoefer's discussion Does anyone make significant sales online, and if so, how and where?
"Hi Connie, I had a feeling you might say that. :) But instead of doing a podcast of 'creating online sales', why not one  about what the post-coronavirus art fair artists looks like?... are we going back to the status quo putting all…"
Apr 2, 2020
Loc Tran replied to Barry Bernstein's discussion Art Fair Cancellations--Post Here.
"Columbus Arts Festival is canceled. "Festival participants will have their fees refunded and accepted artists will be automatically juried in to the 2021 festival.""
Apr 2, 2020
Loc Tran replied to Chris Umhoefer's discussion Does anyone make significant sales online, and if so, how and where?
"I too am a t-shirt designer. To answer your question directly: I do about $500/month of online sales which I don't consider significant but that's with no advertising.... Typically past customers, people who do google searches, some viral…"
Apr 2, 2020
Loc Tran replied to Chris Umhoefer's discussion Does anyone make significant sales online, and if so, how and where?
"small business development center... check out your local SBA"
Apr 2, 2020
Loc Tran replied to Jude J Bischoff's discussion Are we elegible for unemployment benefits?
Mar 25, 2020
Loc Tran replied to Greg Little's discussion Not putting too many eggs in our baskets?
"I do wholesale quite extensively but my designs are on apparel and not fine art. Hopefully I can provide some helpful information anyway.  "what companies do you use for finding wholesale buyers?": for fine art, i would say there…"
Mar 16, 2020
Loc Tran replied to GEORGE NEUBERGER's discussion Insurance policies
"I would highly recommend getting business insurance. It's as little as a few hundred per year or as low as $49 per show as stated on an ad in this site. Since you'd be carrying insurance for liability purposes, you wouldn't want…"
Feb 18, 2020
Loc Tran commented on Bill Sargent's blog post Retiring; selling supplies
"Hi Bill, I was looking to purchase some bags from you but tried to call the # you posted. I was hung up on so maybe you thought I was a telemarketer? Let me know if I should try again. Will be calling from 614#. Thanks! Loc"
Oct 1, 2019
Loc Tran replied to Matt Gwinn's discussion Things I learned from my First Outdoor Event
"Congrats on finishing your first shows! You will continue to learns lots and have a stronger opinions of how to maneuver through this profession to profitability. Based on your comments, I would caution you to going out and making a big purchase…"
Aug 28, 2019
Loc Tran replied to Rick Wallace's discussion sell everything in shot?
"For what it's worth, I think you may be confusing the 'artist booth fee' with the 'commercial booth fee'. I will attach a link for you but the artist booth is $750. If this show is close to you, might be worth a…"
Jun 10, 2019

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Your Medium
mixed media
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
NA... I hope to do one in the near future. Building up my portfolio now.
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
Being a professional artist has always been a childhood dream. I am considering art fairs as a hobby/supplement income. I currently have a similar business but more commercially focused. I create t-shirt designs that is marketed to the pet industry and pet lovers. There are many similarities of what I do as compared to art fairs. I do about 15 shows a year setting up a 10x10 booth for 3-4 days in different cities. I think I can provide valuable input from a business standpoint. Have been in the business for 10 years full time.
Best show ever and why
My best show (not in $) but in terms of solidifying my resolve for my business was the end of my first year. I took a big risk in driving a cargo van filled with t-shirts from Ohio to Long Beach CA to exhibit at the national dog show. I had no idea what to expect as the previous dog shows I had participated in had done well but would it be worth it to make a 35 hr trek one way?. I exhibited for 4 days and was able to gross over $11K. Ending my first full year with the best show helped my confidence with continuing on my professional journey.
Worst show ever and why
Similar show as my best show but this one was recent. I trekked to Pasadena a year ago to do a show where I basically broke even. I signed up for a piggy back show in San Diego (so I could visit my former residence) and it became the worst sales show ever. Total sale of 5 t-shirts in 2 days. I can laugh about it since it was a show I could afford to lose but had to chalk it up as a self-exiled vacation.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
Google... after searching for art shows, there must have been an article that led me here.
What is one fun fact about yourself?
At least one of my dogs (usually my bulldog) travels with me to most of my shows.

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People really do NEED art.

Posted on January 21, 2017 at 10:30pm 8 Comments

As an art fair outsider, I aspire to be an insider someday soon. I create designs that are screen printed on t-shirts, magnets and stickers and cater to mostly pet lovers. I’ve been doing this full-time for 10 years. I’m resigned to the fact that my business is relatively microscopic to the marketplace and it’s certainly not changing anyone’s life. But I spoke to a customer the other day that made me re-think what I…


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At 9:49pm on January 24, 2017, Connie Mettler gave Loc Tran a gift
Congrats Loc on being awarded the Post of the Week - 1/23/2017
At 9:48pm on January 24, 2017, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Loc. We’re so glad you joined us. I hope you’ll find the site helpful and that you’ll share your ideas and experiences, ask questions and join the discussions. The site is only as good as the members make it. We have a lot to offer one another, experienced and newbie alike.

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At 7:53am on January 19, 2017, Christina L. Towell said…
Thanks, Loc, I'll keep that in mind...appreciate the offer.
At 11:54am on January 18, 2017, Christina L. Towell said… husband and I have toyed with the idea of printing some tee shirt designs but we're not sure how to get started.  So glad you finally took the plunge, I know you'll like our community, it's fun and informational...enjoy!

At 11:39am on January 18, 2017, Christina L. Towell said…

Hello Loc,

Welcome and thanks for jumping right in with comments!  We're delighted to have you and hope you'll continue to participate in discussions.  Thanks and continued success.


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