Have you ever heard of The Creative Connection event in Minnesota?
It was first run in 2010 and is coming up again in 2011. This event is what I was referring to in my hypothetical question last post - I am thinking about attending.
I would need to spend about $5000 to attend. I have put my name forward to participate in several "pitch slams" which present the opportunity to pitch ideas in front of experts in their area, perhaps as a magazine contributor, craft product designer or something like that. If I don't get lucky and get selected, then I am not sure it would be worth me pending the money to go - I'd be looking at close to $2000 in airfares alone.
However, the chance to put myself and my ideas in front of these fantastic people - it's a chance too good to miss. I guess I am hoping that, combined with my book publication in 2012, I might be an interesting prospect. That, and coming from Australia - obviously I am taking the possibility very seriously and I hope the experts would recognise that too!
When I say experts, I am talking about people like Christen Olivarez (editor of Somerset Studio), Tim Holtz (Ranger), Traci Bautista (whose workshops I would also attend....that girl is all kinds of fun), Ingrid Liss (Demdaco), Kelly Rae Roberts (who I adore no end), Janine Vangool (UPPERCASE - have you SEEN that magazine, it sends me into a cuteness coma) and others.... these are movers and shakers in my industry, people who I know I can learn so much from.
I guess I just need to just wait and see until August 2, when successful pitchers are announced. I am so not patient! I dearly would love to attend this event and maximise my opportunities, and as I have learned from my book writing experience, I have to get out there and CREATE my opportunities, not wait for them to land on my lap. My fear is that I can't afford to go, but that I cannot afford opportunity-wise NOT to go. Decisions, decisions! I must think with my business brain and not my heart-strings on this!
What would you do?