PreApologies for spelling and punctuation errors, but 1. I’m SUPER excited and B, typing this on my phone (see point #1). It’s just that I have super awesome news that I can’t/don’t want to wait to share!
I, like many people, tend to not answer my phone if I don’t recognize the number. These days it is usually a bill collector and, frankly, I’ve got nothing to give. But that’s not news, and certainly not exciting…
So. Today, at work, my phone rings. I do not recognize the number, but my phone tells me it is originating from DuBois. Still…I let it go to voicemail, only vaguely thinking of the gallery there. But, lo and behold- I listen and can’t tell at first from the woman’s tone, it really sounded apologetic, and I was bracing for rejection. But!!!! NO!!!! The gallery accepted my photography, and she wanted to set up time for me to come train how to open and close and work at the gallery!
I called her right back, of course, and scheduled two days next week. We talked about when they would want/need a whole show by- she said October would be ok. I can….will…swing that. I need to frame a bunch of pieces, make a shit ton of cards, and get some prints printed and matted, as well as look in to cellophane bag things for prints and cards…
I chatted with a friend who helped me frame most of my earlier stuff (all of the stuff that I submitted, actually), about the possibility of buying some of her old framing stuff. She’s out of town, but when she gets back, I’d like to pick her brain about cost and benefits of self framing and such.
I have supplies to make at least enough cards to start off with, except for the photos, but I can get a bunch printed for not much money, cuz of the size needed.
So. I’m only behind on a few of my credit cards, not on other bills or anything, and I am hoping to bring the cards current with my next few pays…leaving enough to eake out some prints, matte board, glass….etc. heh. Oi. Money suuuucs!!!
I did look in to grants and stuff, but most of the deadlines are way earlier in the year. Ooops. Maybe I’ll add a donate button to my website? Heh.
So. That’s my awesome news!!! I know I’m not going to sell a million photographs (if any), and it will be a lot of work and a fair amount of money to get going. With any luck, I’ll sell enough prints/cards to just break even for the space. Even if I don’t, I’m SO elated for the opportunity and the exposure!!!