“Rejection happens,” this is lesson one.
Fortunately there are many lessons to be learned, from locating exhibition spaces, to drafting up letters. Creating the art is the easy part (errr sort of), finding the audience for the art, building a “fan base,” keeping your cool when a rejection letter comes your way, all of that takes time to build–the skin doesn’t become impenetrable overnight.
A short anecdote for ya,
I once showed up for a local festival, host by a Los Angeles councilmember & a state congress member. Upon arrival, I met with the field representative for both offices, said my hellos, and introduced myself to the civil servants as we took a few photos for posterity.
Shortly thereafter the field representative had informed me that I was not on the day’s lineup. I explained that I was there on behalf of ******, and that the field rep had already been informed. Long story short, at the end of the day I didn’t recite as I had intended.
Moral of the lesson: keep your cool.
Why? Because myself, and the same organizers would find ourselves sitting in the same room several weeks later.
I am not saying that you will find yourself in the same room with every person that you reject but I am saying that you may as well be. In fact, chances are you will, especially if you’ve already identified your field of interest. That said, be tenacious with your activities, assertive with your conduct, and humbled with your words.
On the Calendar this week:
I will be exhibiting at Pacoima City Hall, along with several other featured artists, as part of the Fox and Laurel Park mural unveiling.