WARNING!! This post contains major whining! Proceed at your own risk!
A bear artist I know has gotten a contract from a manufacturing company to design some pieces.
I'm happy for her, but it did send me into the "why can't I ever" etc., etc
I had thought (ok, probably set myself up to be disappointed) that being the featured artist in a publication would give us a boost and create enough interest to generate at least one order -- it didn't
So I'm trying to be less angry about my inability to "break into the big time" and have that kind of success with these things -- I guess just finally giving up fighting it and deciding its never going to happen. After 25 years I think anyone that's ever heard of us either likes what they see, or doesn't and changing isn't near as effective and making the "right" impression in the first place
I wonder actually if the market is at a saturation point and I'm just not creating what the market is looking for. Certainly our attempts to make any sales through the internet have had only very limited success, and shows are fun, but not real cost effective right now.
We'll be doing all new stuff for the April show -- a sort of test with new animals, new set up
I guess I'm looking for a "sign" here -- is this inability to "make it" a message that I should change direction? Who knows...
I know that I really enjoy doing the beadwork too, but there are a lot of the same issues with the selling venue there too....shows are LOTS of work, and sometimes you get zilch for it....
So where is this all going? I'm not at all sure, I just hope I know it when I see it....