There are an abundance of social media sites, personal websites, marketplaces, forums, email & snail mail lists, calling trees, event calendars, business cards, and all the rest that we need to keep updated to be viable in the art and craft show circuit.
What does an Artist need to keep organized?
If the craftsman has a personal website, he or she must insure that all points of contact & photos of his or work are current, update his or her event calendar, and make sure to link to the various web presences that he or she has available (etsy, facebook, twitter, etc).
One slip in keeping any of the various items updated could mean clients missing your events, promoters cannot contact you to appear at an event, or your work is dreadfully out of date.
Offline – there’s keeping up with your event calendar, sending off contracts, sending off photos/slides/samples of your work, waiting on jury results, sending out event marketing materials to your clients, and the rest!
Getting & Staying Organized
I propose a website that allows artists to make one “About Me” page that has a short bio, photos of his or work, links to all the various sites that associated with the crafter, and an online calendar that shows when and where that artisan will be appearing.
Not only does it have all of your essential information, clients will know where you are appearing, visit your various web sites quickly and easily, and promoters can view what amounts to an online application.
Taking that one step further if the Show Promoter has a Vendive account, he or she can ask you to participate in an upcoming event using the “Invite Me” button. And that’s just the beginning!