Business of Art : Don't Wait

If you read my post about being in the midst of overwhelm you're going to think this is contradictory. And that's okay. Because maybe it is.

Here's the story:

I went to an art event recently that lots of local "real artists" attended. (I use quotes because I'm utterly lacking in self-confidence with this group of people who outperform me in both concept and craft every day. But that's another blog post...) 

Regardless, I began talking to a woman who asked me what I did and in addition to painting I told her about the exhibit I was (then) hanging at The Cafe on Broadway. As soon as I mentioned it a smile crept across her face. She knew the exact place I mentioned because she, as a local rep for artists, had visited that exact location recently and noticed that they were in between artists. She asked if she could solve their "no art on the walls" situation and was told that another local artist (me) had just made arrangements to hang a show.

Driving home that night I did some math.

When I initially was told the cafe was looking for a local artist to exhibit his or her work, I planned on coming back another time to make that happen.

I wasn't ready to pitch a show yet, I had no access to frames, and I didn't have anything but tiny prints and an old portfolio to show anyone!!

But, upon the insistence of the group I was with, pursued it that day. Afterward came the string of emails that always comes with planning, logistics, and agreements. Throw in family vacation for both me and the owner of the cafe (separately, of course) and things were severely delayed.

If I had waited as I initially planned, the chances are that I would have been too late. My new art rep friend would have made the opportunity happen and I would have had a wonderful portfolio to show the manager of the cafe but no exhibition.

And, as I mentioned at the top, sometimes, saying "yes" and then winging it just doesn't work.

But I would argue that most times it does.