So, I'm learning lots of new things these days. Unfortunately some of it includes how awful the economy is right now. The show was a total bust. Over 2 days I made $30. Unfortunately the booth cost $95. Crummy huh. It was tempting to go over to the promoter and yell at her about how hard times are for my family right now and I can't afford to lose money because she didn't advertise effectively. I restrained myself, but other vendors didn't. Is it bad for me to secretly enjoy that other people did it?
Anyway... even though I didn't make money, I actually enjoyed most of the show. I've made some craft show buddies to keep in touch with, and I made an awesome contact with money making potential for the future. Let me explain... I had this conversation with someone 2 weeks ago. The exchange went something like this...
Nice lady: "Your work is beautiful, have you ever thought of illustrating children's books?"
me: " ha! I really haven't thought about it. I don't know how someone goes about doing something like that."
Nice lady: "I don't know either, but they would be adorable."
Good fuzzy feelings follow. :)
Now, at the show this weekend, I had another conversation, it went something like this:
Nice lady #2: "Your work is beautiful, have you ever thought of illustrating children's books?"
me: " ha! I actually had someone ask me about that at my last craft show! I really haven't thought much about it. I don't know how someone goes about doing something like that."
Nice lady #2: "oh, well, my husband owns a publishing company, let me get out a business card... you really need to submit your artwork, I think he would love it."
So, this was very exciting. She even bought a couple cards to take home and show him. AND, it gets better, she even emailed me later that night to say that he loved them and to submit my art directly to him ASAP. I about fell off my chair. I'm realistic enough to realize that this may not lead anywhere. But I am flattered that someone thinks my art is publish-worthy. She especially liked my fairy. :)
I'm realizing that networking is the key to finding opportunities. As Benson job hunts, the most promising leads are the ones where we have a friend on the inside vouching for him. We're trying to make and follow as many leads as we can. So wish us luck on our networking leads, and feel free to pass on any leads YOU may have for us too. :)