In my last post, I shared my thoughts on participating in my first jewellery show. It went better than I ever could have expected, I had a great time, made some new connections, and learned a tonne. In no particular order, 10 lessons learned:
- Let go of perfectionism. It’s a process. This is where I’m at. Things may not be perfect, but it’s my best in this moment. And chances are, no one else will even notice.
- Bring bite sized snacks. Little things to pop in the mouth during quiet moments. Oh, and eat a good breakfast.
- Make hoops. A lady stopped by the show looking for a pair of hoops for her sister. There was not one to be found. Heeding this message, I’ll be adding hoops to the collection.
- Don’t forget to breathe. As someone who can let her anxiety run to the point of nausea, I’ve learned a few tricks over the years to keep things in check. Taking full, deep breaths is one of the best. Once my display was set up I paused to focus on my breath, which made me realise I how shallow I’d been breathing all morning.
- #hashtagsarepowerful – A lady shyly approached me to say she’s started following me and thats how she heard about the show. Also, I connected with Loops through the #wsjeweller hashtag.
- I love sharing Pacific Northwest adventure stories with others. Must do this more often! It’s the part of being a wilderness guide I miss the most.
- Make checklists so I don’t literally lose my shit. Turns out the makeup bag I thought I had left in the cafeteria on the ferry was never packed at all. It was waiting for me on my bathroom counter when I got home.
- Fall in love with the process. The chaos of set up. The worry that no one will come. The excitement when they do. Of sharing insight behind the inspiration and construction of a piece. The whirlwind of take down. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
- Stick with your vision. Don’t compare yourself to other’s work, prices points, or displays. Be confident with what you’ve created.
- Celebrate the wins. First market set up. First sale. First sale to someone I don’t know. The overwhelming positive feedback. Didn’t forget anything important. Made tonnes of connections, and had a blast doing it. Custom orders, new projects and collaborations in the works. Tacos and margaritas are the best way to celebrate.