tell me it isn't just me. i really want to hear what it is like for you guys when you decide to submit work somewhere. this happens to me every single time i attempt it....i spend days searching for a place that is a) actually accepting submissions b) is close enough i can afford to drop off work to and c) appears to at least have similar tastes in work so my art even has a chance once submitted. so when that criteria has been met, i go about finding which works to submit and going about making my word doc. (which always turns into a 3 hour ordeal for me) and making a cd of the images. i put it in the envelope and then something says WAIT. just wait a day.
and after a day, i go back to the site and check and realize that my work isn't appropriate. or i didn't select pieces that make sense. coulda woulda shoulda. it NEVER feels right. EVER. i dread doing it, am convinced that everything i have submitted is done horribly wrong and have yet to get any results this way. granted i haven't done it that many times. what has worked is when i know a place that is already aware of what i do and slightly interested. then i'm good to go. i can breeze in and be confident and always land some wall space. maybe no one enjoys submitting work. i dont think it has anything to do with 'attitude' or being 'positive' as much as we all have our own way of getting 'in'. some people are better at sounding academic and self important on paper than in real life. better? maybe just more comfortable and at ease with that mode of communique.
and how could i not see that i wasn't even applying to a GALLERY as much as a retail gift shop? am i really avoiding this that much that i'm not paying attention anymore? when you keep trying to walk a straight line and cannot ~ what do you? i think that if you try something and consistently hate it or screw it up then that probably isn't for you. to keep doing something that i think i should do probably isn't healthy. OR, is this what i'm not getting...you just do it and forget about it. dont give it so much thought. just fill those application forms out or send off your artist CV and wash your hands of it. is that the secret? blast the world with your work and hope one of the seeds flies into some ripe soil? honestly that never occurred to me. maybe there is hope.
i would love to hear your thoughts/feelings/experiences about this. what do you love, hate, fear about blind submissions. have you found a formula that works? things to absolutely avoid when submitting? have a good story/bad story? i want to know!