It didn't matter that I have a 'connection' in the group.
Granted, they only allowed 60 new members in for the entire year of 2009.
And, granted, jewelry is a very competitive category. Everybody makes jewelry.
I thought my jewelry was special.
Well, I still think it is.
But in a world where everyone thinks their jewelry is special... sometimes people are going to be kicked to the curb.
It's no fun when it's me.
I was also rejected from the Peddler show in Arlington.
Again-- too much jewelry.
Rejection abounds. It doesn't matter that my jewelry is unique. People just glance and think, "Oh-- jewelry. A dime a dozen. Everyone does it. Whatever." And that's that. It's difficult to make people look twice.
It's terribly discouraging. Immensely disappointing. I can't even tell you how bummed I am, but let me assure you-- I am bummed.
I just have to remember to have faith.
And I do want my loyal customers to know something... you're all very special to me. This may sound silly, but it makes my heart pitter-patter with gratefulness every time one of my you touts my jewelry. It means so much to me that you "get" that I pour my heart and soul into what I create, and that a handful of people in this world appreciate it. It gives me the type of validation that I otherwise cannot manifest.
So, I continue to concentrate on the customers I *do* have. I am slowly trying to build that customer base. It's a tedious and never-ending process. At times I feel like everything in the world is working against me wanting to be an artist-- and the smirks and raised eyebrows I get when I call myself an artist becuase I design jewelry is not only disheartening, but added to things like the two hefty rejections I mentioned above, it sort of beats the horse dead.
One thing's for sure, though. I never, ever get a big head.
Humility is a good thing, yes?