Today I'm driving 10 hours to do a trunk show at Ornamentea in North Carolina on Saturday. I've spent the last couple of months getting ready for this. There has been plenty of cursing, chocolate, dry/cracked hands and frustration that accompany prepping for a show. Here are some (not so) helpful tips for getting through a show...
If you are a bead maker then you are probably a pretty cool person. Cool people tend to be pretty busy. If you are busy then you need a way to keep track of all the awesome stuff you are doing. Firing schedules, magazine submissions, lunch-out-with-your-best-friend-who-never-sees-you-because-you-are-locked-away-in-a-studio-somewhere-with-boxes-of-clay... You get the idea. Anyway, I like using a day planner to keep track of things. If you find this method to be too old sk00l, then please feel free to use Outlook or your cell phone. Either way, write it down so you don't forget!
There comes a point when prepping for a show where you ask yourself if you have enough. The answer is no. You will never have enough. You could make a mountain of beads and it still won't seem like you are ready. The solution is to accept defeat and move on. You have a million other things to do before the show.
Stockpile your favorite chocolate/candy. Crunchie bars are my coping mechanism of choice.
4. Practice Your Set-Up.
Do some mock set-ups prior to the show. Even if it doesn't turn out exactly how you planned, you won't waste a ton of time trying to figure it out when you get there. You have more important things to do, like oogling all the other beads for sale. ;-)
Smile and have a good time. That's really what these shows are about...and money. You need money to buy more beads.
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