Re: First Art Fair - Saturday!


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Posted by Maureen on August 17, 2002 at 05:24:07:

In reply to: First Art Fair - Saturday! posted by Ms Michele on August 16, 2002 at 16:16:47:

Hi Michele,

Jump right in...the water is fine!!! There is such fun atmosphere at
events like this and this thime you are going to be part of the fun.
Sounds to me like you have all of your ducks lined up and are ready
to go. If you were not nervous the first time out, then something
would be seriously wrong with you. But the fact is that you will be
fine. Remember, you have already done the work that prepares and
legitimizes you for being there to do what you are doing. So sit
comfortably with that.

Since your booth guy is going to do the crowd control, steering and
money collection, you are left to create the environment that will
define the experience for the person who is going to sit before you.
Remember, the experience is not the henna design they will walk away
with. The experience begins from the moment they step up. If you
keep that in mind and define for yourself what the feel and mood will
be that you want to create and prepare yourself to do so, then that
is exactly what will happen.

Things like your pace, if you have music playing, if music what sort
of music will be playing, what you wear, what you smell like even, if
you are chatty, all sets the tone and creates the environment. You
own that space that you are working in for the time of the event.
So, think about it as though it is an opportunity for you to do
something that you love to do with people who are going to love it as
much as you do when they leave you because being with you was good.
People come out to these events to have some fun and spend some money
on things that they are not going to take very seriously for the most
part. They are clueless most often to what you are "suppose" to do.
They won't know if you made a mistake or not. They will just love
being there and getting it done.

If my hand trembled I would just acknowledge it. I would say, "My
hand is trembling. But you are going to get a good design. I am
just excited about being here." And smile and work away.
Acknowledge it and let it pass. No sense pretending that it is not
shaking. And like everyone has said, it will stop. If you are
enjoying yourself and can show it, then you will be contageous. I
know that you will be wonderful. Just be there, honor the person
before you, honor the craft and honor yourself. And honor the part
of you the shakey hand represents for having the courage and spirit
and generousity to share your gifts despite the butterflies. Bring
your joy to the work and all will be fine.

Let us know all of the wonderful details of your day.

Take care.

Maureen

 


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