Last time I asked for your "Best Thing I Ever Learned" and got some replies. Here they are:
Gayle Rappaport-Weiland said, "I have enjoyed reading your insights. My feeling is your word and your integrity is the most important thing you have. Say what you mean and do what you say. People then will trust you and learn they can count on you." I agree with Gayle. It's the basis for building those critical relationships during your art marketing. If people trust and respect you, that's the best foundation piece you can have.
Judy Warner added, "No one gives you credit for doing your job (that's what you're getting paid for)--it's the extra that you do that people appreciate and remember." Good point Judy. Going above and beyond gets you noticed. An example: I recently bought two prints, from different artists. One sent me the print with signed documentation on the back, it was in a clear plastic protective sleeve. She also included her business card and a nice gift of one a couple of her greeting cards that I can use (and it will promote her as well, good thinking on her part). The other artist sent the print. No wrapping, no documentation, no reciept, nothing. The prices were the same, and even if they were not it wouldn't matter. The first artist really stood out and I appreciate her efforts. Guess which artist I will be buying from again?
From Harry Sagara (thanks hubs!), "The best favor you can do for yourself is get a colonoscopy." He asked me to say that a friend from work told him that, he did, and they found cancer. That was five years ago. Luckily, it was caught early and he's fine now. If he hadn't taken his friend's advice, he would not be here with me today. And the meaning goes further as well. It's always best not to be afriad to do what you know needs to be done, whether it's your health, or your art career. Small steps, one thing at a time, can be life-changing!
What are YOUR gems?