Fortunately, I haven’t had the rejection experience with craft fairs or bridal shows. I believe that’s because I have such a unique product. I create button bouquets:
If I created, say, jewelry for a living, there would be so much more competition! At each show, thoughtful jurors want to create a unique experience for buyers with a wide array of beautiful handmade art in all its many forms.
However, I’ve had my share of rejection letters for my writing. And this is what I’ve learned:
- Don’t take rejections personal. It’s not YOU they are rejecting, though it may feel that way.
- Focus on yourself, your art and what you can do to improve or change. In other words, focus inward, not outward.
- Look hard at your product and decide if there is a market for it. And whether you have the tough skin to hang in there until it gets picked up.
- If you really want to sell something, choose something marketable. Then make it in a new and innovative way. For example, brides carry bouquets. I created button bouquets as an alternative to fresh flowers.
- Keep tweaking, improving and learning about your art, whether its writing or painting. The early wedding bouquets I created have morphed into some fun and fabulous button bouquets.
How to you cope? The 2 posts below offer a few reasons why you may get rejected including not having great photos and incomplete entry forms. These are 2 of the easiest things to fix!