Step 1: Freak out
Yaa sure, let out all the emotions and questioning if you can do it. Talk it out, talk to a few people, talk to your friends- they are most probably used to hearing you always talk about your photo projects either way.
Deep down somewhere you know you can handle this. You have waited for this moment for a while now, but can you deliver to the expectations? Not of others, but that you have set for yourself. Only one way to find out!
Step 2: Make a list
OK, everyone says to make lists in these how to articles. But seriously, make a list!
I find that a list streamlines your thoughts. Think of what you want versus what you need and what your budget is or how much are you willing/able to invest.
Photo exhibits are not cheap. The great thing about RAW Artists is that they are a platform of artists supported by artists. They don't ask you to pay for the space or take commission on any sales you make the night of. You do have to bring in a number of guests who pay for the tickets at the door. And there could not be a more perfect practice for future independent exhibitions.
Step 3: Know your timelines
Based on my list, I needed the following for the show:
Based on my list, I wanted the following for the show:
- an artist book
- FAYA merch
- 100% canvas prints
All of the items above require time to finalize the design, production and there is a delay expected for all items that have to be shipped. My goal was to have everything in my hands 1 week prior to the show in case last minute adjustments were required.
Step 4: Choosing your vendors
Choosing who to do business with, for me, is actually based a lot on their customer service.
For years I worked in a call centres and in hospitality, which taught me to appreciate and respect businesses that go the extra mile to take care of their customer.
There was no question for me to order my business cards from any other than moo.com
My previous experience with them had been fantastic; loved the paper quality, the design interface, the ease of navigating through their site, and the cherry on the pie, was their very cute delivery. My packages always came with a little "Yay" sticker, which sounds very much like me hihi. Not to forget the Dalai Lama quotes and additional business card box, all included in the price. MOOOloveit and yes, mooving on!
Prod/delivery time: 2-2.5 weeks