I wonder if anyone else feels the way I do about these conferences.
I know I am ranting and “poor me-ing” but I got the info booklet for
Clasp today, and it upset me! (It upset me because it looks so
appealing and I can’t go!)
I would LOVE to have gone to SNAG a couple of weeks ago. It would
have been great for me to meet a bunch of you folks and others and to
help market my new book by putting a face with my name. I heard
about some of the talks and seminars and wish I could have been there
to learn some things! I would also LOVE to go to Clasp. (My teaching
schedule DOES conflict with the dates but i might be able to TRY to
work it in…). The Clasp conference looks so inviting!
however, i cannot afford to go to either one! With the registration
fee, hotel, food, and transportation, I just simply do not have the
I have just spent $1000 on getting a new credit card terminal and
printer. I have thousands of dollars out in booth fees for craft
fairs. I must save money in order to buy more materials so i can
make more jewelry to put out on consignment and to make for the craft
fairs I have paid for. (I do not buy materials on credit.) I must
pay for my studio rent and utilities. I own my own small 900 square
foot home and live by myself and must cover all those bills alone. I
drive an older Honda that gets great gas mileage, but I mostly walk
to work! I do not spend a bunch of money on useless items like
starbucks coffee or expensive clothing. I shop at the discount
grocery, for god’s sake! I DO save money to take an overseas trip
every other year, but I go to Asia where it is less expensive, not to
I feel I am fairly successful in my business. I have written 3 books
on how to make jewelry/metal work, I sell my work at several
reputable galleries, I get accepted into fairly good craft fairs,
and I teach at really great craft schools. I would like to be able to
network and learn more about the world I operate in. I would like to
learn more about what other people are doing and making in this
industry. I would like to learn how to be a better business person.
I feel these conferences are designed for people like me, and yet I
can’t even afford to go.
So…am I wrong in thinking that these conferences are designed for
people like me? Or are they designed for even more successful
“business people” instead of craft artists?
I guess I am doing something wrong, but I am not sure what it is.
I’m curious what other people think!