THEN there is Artist "B" who shows you all the nitty gritty of what one has to do to prepare for Surtex. They aren't shy about sharing the one-week illness that prevented them from doing a single thing on their To-Do List (and by the way the virus has now infected the kids), the fact that their booth banners printed WAAAAAY too dark, or that they are scrambling every extra minute trying to squeeze one last portfolio piece out of themselves. These posts are equally as important, because they make you proclaim "Thank goodness it's not just me!" when you're in the thick of it.
In a week I will be leaving for Surtex, which is kind of surreal and mind-boggling. It almost seems like Christmas or a vacation you've been looking forward to- not exactly "real" until it's right upon you. Also, I realize over the last few weeks many of my sentences include the phrase "after Surtex", as in "I will clean my studio after Surtex. I will go to the gym five times a week with Keith after Surtex. I will brush my hair after Surtex." (ok, maybe I'm exaggerating that last one).
I find myself asking a lot of questions. Questions like:
- "What if people think my art is too weird?"
- "Heck to that, what if people think I'm too weird?"
- No seriously, Vegas is taking bets on how many times I will hear "We really like your work, but it's just not our customer."
- "What if it rains and there is a leak in the Javits Center?"
- "What if the air conditioning goes out in the Javits Center and we're super hot?"
- "What if the Javits Center gets infested with a swarm of bees? Or even worse, ZOMBIE BEES."
- "What if I meet one of my idols and high-five them out of excitement, only for it to go horribly wrong and smack them right in the nose; thus sending them to the hospital? (note to self: DO NOT high-five anyone. Probably the safest thing to do.)
But seriously, am I excited? Yes. Am I absolutely terrified? YES.
But...I remember a lecture where a noted CEO said "You should have plans, and those plans should scare you", so I guess I'm doing something right.
Right? See you there!
Love this post! It SOOOO captures the pre-SURTEX buzz and the reality of what goes through my head every year. :) My cold / ear infection is going on week 2 and I'm beginning to worry that it won't be gone before I fly and my ear-drum will burst and my sister will have to run my booth alone... how's THAT for awfulizing?? See you there - please don't smack me in the nose. :)ReplyDelete
Tara, I DO hope you get better before the show! And thanks for reading- you have guided me and many others through this crazy journey. Thanks for reading and I hope to run into you at the show! (No nose-smacking. Promise!)Delete
Oh man, I feel the exact same way! I just attended my first ever art show, Spectrum, and I wrote a series of blog posts about the nuts-and-bolts of preparation. I too printed almost everything too dark. :(ReplyDelete
Hi Kelley! I hope your show was a huge success even with the hiccups. Is it the same as the sic-fi/fantasy art book Spectrum that comes out yearly??Delete
Yes, it's the same organization that makes the sci-fi/fantasy book. The show ended yesterday; I have nothing to compare it to but it seems like it went pretty well. Only a few people hated my face, I think. ;)Delete
Very cool! Got a lot of friends that have been in it through out the years or old teachers (don't know if you know Jon Foster? I think he's judged it like a billion times by now). Glad to hear it was a hit!Delete
I love Jon Foster's work. I got an online portfolio review from him but haven't met him in person.Delete
Hey, I just noticed that we both have work in this month's issue of Cricket magazine! :DDelete
NIce! I'm still waiting for my mailed copies… :(Delete
Me too. I just went out and bought a copy at B&N; they're only $5.Delete