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I can’t tell you how glad I was to see that my palette of artwork and supplies made it to the Javtis Center safe and sound. It was there waiting for me when I arrived to set up on the Friday before the show. I had done a ton of preparation but still was a bit unsure how I was going to hang everything. I had packed a variety of supplies with and I had a few ideas, but knew I wasn’t going to really know until I was there and doing it.  In the end I actually winded up using the T-Pins that I threw into the box at the last minute on a whim. I had a lot elements that needed to be hung and adjusted and I could not have done it with out the help of my two college friends, Christy & Dominick. They were willing to take the time to be with me throughout the entire show, while my husband Jay was taking care of my daughter, Ava Blu and holding down the fort at home.

Being a first-timer I wanted to share with you some of my logistical learnings.

My top 5 logistical learnings:

  • Matt prints work best with the supplied spot lighting- I had printed photographic satin prints and they were catching some big glares from the spot lights. Next year I will definitely be doing matt prints.
  • You can never have enough Tape or T-Pins. Pack more supplies then you think you’ll need.
  • Be friendly with your security guard, but not too friendly, as you don’t want him hovering around your booth during show hours.
  • Bring/drink plenty of water.
  • Shipping freight is a mysterious thing. Make sure you have your Bill of Lading.

I met some amazing people and walked away with solid leads and prospects to follow up on. I had a great experience and left the show feeling energized, excited and a bit tuckered out but ready to work on what’s NEXT.

I’m a firm believer in positive thinking & projecting positive energy so I’m confident that all of my hard work will pay off.

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Diagram of some Surtex Twitter Chatter.

Follow Some of these Gals!

@ArtistTaraReed

@HOLLiCONGER

@ellencrimitrent

@lotsapresence

@SurfaceDivine

@jessgonacha

@matirose

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Happy Follow Friday!

Over the next few weeks I will be putting together a list of my 100 or so favorite illustration & design-related Tweeters. It’s just to give you a peek at a few folks who I enjoy following and reading about. In no way will this a full-blown list, and I apologize in advance for leaving anyone out, as it’s really hard to narrow this down.

…And First Up:

CREATIVE LADIES IN THE HOUSE (Entrepreneurs)

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CreativeEntrepreneur LisaSonoraBeam Is living the creative dream and helping others live theirs. She is the author of “The Creative Entrepreneur” a book on creativity & business for right-brained folks.

ArtistTaraReed ArtistTaraReed Inspiring artist who licenses her art and teaches others how to license their art as well.

Jennifer Lee artizencoaching Jennifer is an Oakland based certified coach, artist, yogini, writer and musepreneur and creator of Right-Brain Business Plan

rebeccashapiro rebeccashapiro Rebecca uses beeswax to paint abstract expressionistic art, and is also an educator & entrepreneur.

Natasha natashawescoat A sassy whimsical painter who is always brutally honest and a self-proclaimed “media geekette” who utilizes social media to promote her work.

pdullaghan pdullaghan Penelope is an llustrator, artist and life questioner and creator of Illustration Friday.

Brianna Privett briannaorg co-creator of Illustration Friday & genius who helps with the technical side and principal of Utopian.net (making the web easy for creative folks)

Soniei Soniei pronounced sO.nE.A is a self-representing artist & home online-business owner who make an honest living by working an average of 80 hours a week.

Jamie R Lentzner jpdmom Jamie is a artist and mompreneur who has decide to NOT hang out with people who do not make her laugh, and on occasion has been know to bribes her children to do a few chores around the house.

kate bingaman kateconsumption“What Did You Buy Today?” Kate is an artist that make work about personal consumption.

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Spring Suggested color palette from the CHA show. (lighter and more airy)

A few tidbits of advice I received from my art licensing meeting. One of our members, Joan Beiriger attended the CHA Show and was nice enough to give us a download.

Here are the 8 things that I took away. (Of course this is always subjective. So please take it all with a grain of salt.)

  1. If you’re exhibiting a catalogue rack is key! Buyers are more inclined to flip thru that then a flat book on a table.
  2. Coastal Art is really BIG right now.
  3. 2 birds are better them one. And birds with flowers and butterflies is even better.
  4. Cats sell better then Dogs. (Dogs are too species specific.)
  5. Kittens & Puppies sell better then Cats & Dogs.
  6. Food doesn’t sell on greeting cards but works for tabletop
  7. Christmas is the largest  holiday market followed by Halloween (I was surprised by this. I always thought the pecking order was Christmas, Valentines Day and then Halloween)
  8. When you are reviewing a contract there is a BIG difference between May  and Shall

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Everyone needs one. The problem is figuring out what mine is. Folks seem to recommend you save anywhere from 3-6 months of living expenses before making the switch.

Time to start crunching the numbers. It’s really unfortunate that I live in such an expensive part of the country. For 3 months worth of savings I would need 20K and would need 40K for 6 months. I’ve never been really good at saving and it seems like sooooo much money and a little unreachable. Though I’m sure it’s the smart and prudent thing to do.

If I’m able to put away and save $400 a month (a reasonable number that I think I can achieve) by the end of the year I will have only saved $4800. So at that rate it will take me 8 1/2 years to save 40K and a little over 4yrs to save 20K.

I’m not sure I can wait 4 years never mind 8. So how much more time do I wait until I take the leap? I’m leaning toward just setting a “launch” date, and asking my employer if I can reduce my hours to a 3day work week . Hopefully this will be an option. Of course, that would also mean a salary reduction. Having a steady gig while trying to continuing to build up my illustration and licensing business is a compromise I think I’m willing to make.

Experts also suggest that you also create a way to have a passive income. I haven’t quite landed on what that is yet. However, I know that I want to try to set up a Etsy and ArtFire shop, and I think that once I start getting a few more art licensing contracts with royalty agreements this will also help.

So what’s my Exit Strategy?

  1. Start Saving, starting now.
  2. In a year reduce my work week down to 3day.
  3. Continue to build my business in the evenings and weekend.
  4. Start to create a passive income by getting a Etsy and ArtFire shop up and running.

It feels good to have at least an outline of a plan!

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I wrote this post last night and got in a fight about my plans to reduce my hours. (Not quite the support I was hoping for, but pretty much the reaction I was expecting.) Hubby asked ” So, your just going to ask them to cut your hours?” — Well yes! I think that’s at least that’s going to be the first step and if they can’t agree to that then I think I will look for something that’s part-time. Financially we will HAVE TO make it work. I’m not sure yet how, but I need to have more time to spend on my own work and desperately need to make a CHANGE! (this shouldn’t of been a surprise to him.)

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