I just finished a run of 3 art festivals, 3 weekends in a row and I am tired. This past weekend it was 100 degrees while we were setting up. It cooled down a bit for the actual show but it was still pretty brutal.
The thing is - you just do it. It is what it is. It's what I do and for the most part - I love it. Yes, it's hard work - physically and emotionally - but it is also rewarding in so many ways.
It's been fun all month to reconnect with old friends - artists I have met through the years while participating in the shows. It's like a family in many ways. We go through heat, rain, wind and recessions together. An artist friend was not feeling well this weekend so a bunch of us pitched in to help her tear down and load her van. (Actually, I wasn't that much help because by the time I finished tearing down and packing my own van, she had so many helpers that they finished before I did.)
Another example of the camaraderie we experience was at the end of the show, I left my booth to go check on my friend that wasn't feeling good. While I was gone a woman entered my booth and wanted to make a purchase. One of my neighbors, another photographer, noticed her and was ready to write up the sale and take her check for me when I showed up. I know for a fact that this artist did not have a good show and here he was, willing to do what it took to make a sale for me! Incredible!
I also have a good friend that has referred me to art consultants, coached me while I was on the wait list for a show I really wanted to get into (and did - thanks to her), and is always ready to share the wealth of information she has about what it takes to succeed in the art world.
I am not sure if this happens between competitors in the corporate world but I would be surprised if it occurred as often as it does between artists.
I am so grateful to be able to do what I do!