Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
It occurred to me (while reading a very nice 'thank-you' response from an AFI member who found one of my comments helpful) to make a request of the AFI community. Here it is:
The vast majority of readers on this site are "lurkers": Folks who visit and read, but don't write. And God bless ya, I'm not here to criticize this: It's true of just about every other blog site on the Internet (including the ones that specialize in serving writers and bloggers!).
But I do have a friendly proposition for those of you who get help from something you read here:
Pay it forward!
That means (pick one!):
* Post a comment saying, "Thanks, that was helpful!"
* Ask a follow-up question
* Comment on another topic
And if you ask a question about a particular show that hasn't been formally reviewed, and you get information that helps you decide to actually DO the show, how 'about writing a short review of your experience afterward?
Doesn't have to be complicated; just cover the same questions you had when you asked about it in the first place. Here are the most frequent questions asked about shows:
* How were sales? Attendance? Were packages being carried around, or were folks sight-seeing?
* Is it worth the trip for an out of towner?
* How is the setup? Was it "day before show", "morning of show", or both?
* How far away was the artist parking?
* Were there amenities/awards?
* What did the crowd seem most/least interested in: 2D? 3D? Or
* Is there a particular type of art/ craft that would do well/poorly?
* All things being equal, would you do the show again?
BONUS POINTS if you do any of the above RIGHT AFTER YOU REALIZE YOU GOT HELP HERE. To wait, is to be like one of those show visitors who says, "I really like this. Let me think about it!" ;-)