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This is the second of five exhibitions I'm in over the next four months (the list is in the right column of the blog), the consequence of writing many proposals over the past six months. I worked out the statistics this morning: I'm preparing and sending out an average of 1.6 proposals/applications/entries/submissions a month, with about a 50% success rate so far.
Momentum is building as I get more practised and confident at this side of the art business. The first proposal of this blitz took about a year of anguished procrastination, several weeks of drafting, interminable hours of assembling all the attachments and a firm push from a supportive friend. The one I sent yesterday took me a few days of thinking, writing and sketching followed by an hour or so to put everything together. It helps that my CV is up to date, the 'recent work' photos are assembled and suitably sized and my statements are honed.
I'm learning so much from this process as I cycle through it month after month. I've noticed that my successful proposals are for situations which are a very good fit to the work I am doing right now. So far most of the unsuccessfuls involved some stretching and bending for me or my work to meet the criteria. I'm ambivalent enough about those to shrug off rejection with hardly a twinge of disappointment and a genuine interest in learning how to improve my chances as I pursue more passionately-desired goals in the future.
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