Has this every happened to you? What would you have done faced with
I was invited to participate in an outdoor show. The promoter had
seen my work and I was given an invitation to participate—no need
for me to screen. I declined as I have no one to help me, and
therefore am not able to do outdoor shows. The promoter then called
to tell me that there was another artist who was in a similar
situation. I figured this would be just great as we could have
adjourning booths and could keep an eye on each other’s things if a
break was needed.
Well, it developed that she didn’t want an adjourning booth, but
wanted to share a booth to cut costs. I was reluctant as I preferred
my own booth, but finally agreed to booth sharing, and the show
promoter was kind enough to give us a corner booth at no extra cost.
There were little signs all along the way that should have alerted
me to future problems, I will spare you the details…
The show was held in an open field—not unusual for outdoor shows
in this part of the country. When I arrived, I learned that my booth
partner had already checked in. I proceeded with checking in, when my
booth partner drove up, said she had inspected the booth, and that it
was filthy. She announced that she was leaving, that she did not
intend to do the show as the field was dusty. The woman checking us
in said that after everyone had finished loading in the dust would
subside and not be a problem. They had covered the ground with straw,
I there was really not that much dust to worry about.
Before we had a chance to discuss the situation, she drove off,
leaving me alone.
I drove to to the booth (they had provided the tents), and true there
was some dust, but nothing to really be concerned about. Most of it
was on the road outside the tent. Inside was relatively free.
Everyone was busy setting up, and did not seem concerned about a bit
Well, losing a partner posed a real problem for me, mainly,the fact
that I just could not do the show alone. The hours were long–10 AM
to 9 PM. With a corner booth, open on two sides, it would have been
difficult to set up in a way that would prevent people from reaching
in and just helping themselves to my jewelry. Had two of us been
there, both open areas would have been covered.
There I was. I did not know any of the other artists in my area.
They were all busy setting up their own things. The show was to start
in 2 hours. I did not have anyone I could call at the last minute to
come to help me. I could not locate any of the people involved with
the show—it was a big one–over 200 people participating.
So reluctantly I had to leave. I am out over $350, and I am sure the
show promoter will blacklist me for future shows. I did email him, to
explain the situation, and hope he understands.