I did it! I bit the bullet and applied to the next I Heart Art: Portland Mixer Match. They held their first one last year and I was honored to be a Superstar. They second Mixer Match was geared towards galleries meeting fine artists. I volunteered that night and it was so great to meet and help calm the fears of many great artists. This event, on August 17th, will again be for crafters who will have 2 minutes to pitch their creations to 20 different local stores. While I’m a complete nervous wreck about these kinds of situations, this is such a wonderful opportunity that I just can’t let it pass by. There is something completely freeing about only having 2 minutes. That’s it! What a relief! Small talk is usually pretty awkward for me, so only having enough time to give a pitch is the perfect jumping off point for me. I am also comforted by knowing how great the organizers of this event are. They are all so nice and friendly; they truly want to see everyone succeed. Having that kind of support surrounding this event makes me feel safe enough to take the plunge.
If you would like to apply to be apart of this revolutionary and fun form of networking, you can find the application here. The deadline is July 22nd, so don’t think about it too long. It’s a simple application and not scary at all. Some applications can be quite intimidating. They select participatents by a lottery system which I love. It can be hard for new crafters to be accepted to popular events when applications are juried. If you are selected there is a $20 fee. I Heart Art is dedicated to making these kinds of connections for artists affordable.
If I’m accepted, I will be pitching my felt flower rings at the Mixer Match! I’m excited for the opportunity to take another step forward in my goal to market myself this year.