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It's taken me a few weeks to get over my worst mistake ever. Here's the story:
I spent all week thinking maybe I should cancel out of the Fall Festival of the Arts in Redwing that weekend. The weather was looking cold, I had my parents coming into town on Sunday, I needed to spend time with my 16 year old and my husband was out of town. I have never in 23 years of doing shows canceled out of a show so I felt super guilty about the prospect. On Wednesday I actually went to website and was about to call when I decided to check the weather one more time and saw it was supposed to be in the 60's on Sunday so 50's on Saturday would be worth enduring. Then I was able to work out some other scheduling glitches and I felt good about going forward with the show.
Saturday morning I was up at 5:00 am and driving the hour or so drive down to Redwing. Finally as I was rolling into town I suddenly thought... "Did I ever get an email about this show?" Suddenly my heart was racing... "Did I actually apply to this show?!" The app is out in the middle of the summer and I've always worried I would miss it. It was on Zapp so even as I was driving into town I was trying to go to my Zapp account and scrolling.... NO! It wasn't on there! AHH!!!! I am so used to doing this show the last 10 or so years I was just on auto pilot. They don't usually tell you your booth ahead of time so I didn't even have a reason to look that up before I left.
Sure enough my name was not on the list and I had totally not applied! I waited an hour for the volunteers to show and talked to them about the possibility of picking up a no-show space but eventually it was evident that even if there was an empty space they wouldn't let me have it (past award winner or not- they were new organizers and didn't know who the heck I was) I totally understood - it's really not a good precedent to set.
I drove home and tried to enjoy the beautiful fall leaves but mostly just "yelled" at myself for being so stupid! Lets hope that is the last and only time I ever do that! I will be applying super early next year! All in all though- it could have been way worse and hey- I was actually thinking about canceling. And on Sunday I had a great day with my 16 year old!
So has anyone else every done this? Any other terrible mistake stories to share? Love to hear them (just so I know I'm not the only one!)