11/09/2005: "So, was it worth it?"
I had my one hour art consultation with Alan Bamberger this morning and it was indeed money well spent! Alan is a professional art consultant who also runs the excellent web site artbusiness.com which has a lot of free advice in his articles for artists section.
I had already read most of the articles, but talking to him in person about my work and situation in particular was exactly what I needed. He hit on some things I was already feeling but having it confirmed by a professional was helpful. He also gave me some very specific, tangible things that I can start doing right now to improve sales and to improve the art purchasing experience of potential buyers. (expect some changes on my site sometime soon).
Ultimately, it was just great to be able to run every random concern or idea Iíve ever had, past someone who knows a hell of a lot more about selling and promoting art than I do. If any of you out there feel like youíre floundering a bit, not sure which direction to head in next, not sure if youíre ready for x,y, or zÖI would highly recommend Alanís services, even for people just starting out. In fact, I hope to hire him again on down the road once Iíve had a chance to absorb and implement his advice from today, which might take awhile.
I think my favorite tip from him was on how to get over my intense opening night panic attacks: get a prescription for an anti-anxiety pill to take ahead of time, like a valium. Wow, why hadnít I thought of that? Of course, Iíve never taken one so I should probably see what kind of effect it will have on me before I try it out at an opening, donít want to pass out in a corner or drool on myself or anything.
Itís hard having to go into work this morning, now that my head is spinning with strategies but that's life. I feel reinvigorated and ready to get on it with it. Oh yah, and thanks to artists Anna Conti, Shahnaz, and John Kraft for providing the positive feedback about Alan that gave me the confidence to try his services.