Posted by Lora Hart
I have a love/hate relationship with deadlines, submissions and proposals. I know they're good for me. I'm a procrastinator and seeing a deadline looming in my near future is often the shot of adrenaline I need to get the job done. But the extra biochemical push that gets my heart racing towards the finish line also prompts me to just drop the ball and let it roll away. Sometimes it takes a lot of willpower to overcome.
So, why should I bother? Why create so much angst for myself? Why submit anything, for any one, at any time, in the first place? Here's where the love portion of the equation comes into play.
I love the opportunities that submitting presents. I love the way I feel after I put the envelope in the mail. I even love the anticipation while waiting to see if my work has been accepted (which is not always the positive surprise I was hoping for). I believe that it's part of my job as an artist to improve my visibility in any way possible. Submissions are part of my marketing plan. I love to teach. I have an ego that likes being stroked, just like everyone else. I love to see my work in print.
What about you? Why should you submit? What does the very act of submitting, proposing and putting yourself "out there" accomplish?
10. Beneficial for your brain matter. Risk taking creates new synapses and releases dopamine which makes you feel good.
9. Presents opportunities in arenas that you might not otherwise have been exposed to.
8. Broadens your list of accomplishments.
7. Invites you to think about your work and how you can develop new and exciting designs.
6. Builds self confidence.
5. Allows you to look at your work objectively.
4. Encourages you to take more risks.
3. Very satisfying.
2. Makes your Mama proud.
1. Gives you bragging rights until the next submission is due.
So get on board. Research the opportunities. Find your venue. Then pull out that pen, limber up those typing skills and take a risk.
Start with the Annual this week. Plan for Holly Gage's calendar. Check Lark's Calls for Submissions. Play along with our Creative Key challenges and stay tuned for an exciting new PMCC contest partnership soon. Share your artistic wealth!
|"In order to make this as easy as possible, we're going to allow people to send images as email attachments for the next week," says Communications Director Tim McCreight. "People need to understand that the size of their images is important. Each image should be about 6-8 megabytes (MB) in size, and at this size they should attach only two or three images to each email. Larger files will sometimes crash an email program or simply fail to transmit. Small files will appear fuzzy when printed."|
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