Long time no blog my friends! Sorry to have disappeared over the last number of months. Since the Vent Haven ConVENTion, I have been rebuilding my career.

When Covid shut down live entertainment, it hurt the events and entertainment market. As things started to reopen, markets came back at different rates. Some started scheduling right away while others lagged. Unfortunately, my market was very slow to start up again for several reasons. (Work from home and inflation.)

Some of you know I took up photography, now with the focus of product photography. As I build this business to replace revenue lost to slow shows, I remembered a few things I should share.

With the new venture, I’ve got limited credentials. Not everyone wants to be an early client, they’d rather have plenty of references. As a result, I get a lot of rejections from my marketing efforts.

It is challenging to receive repeated rejections. But it’s also important to remember that it doesn’t reflect on the quality of your work. Rejection is a natural part of any creative profession. It’s not uncommon for even the most successful creatives to receive refusals.

Even Jeff Dunham was turned down by the Tonight Show and Comedy Central several times.

When you get those refusals, it can be tough to accept. You start to question your act, talent and some even suffer imposter syndrome. Here are some ways to feel better about the refusals:

• Remember that rejection is not personal. The decision may have nothing to do with the quality of your work. It could be their budget or their personal preferences.

• Seek feedback. If possible, try to get feedback from the person who turned you down. This can help you identify areas where you can improve your sales method. It can also reassure you that it’s not a blanket rejection of your skills.

• Focus on your strengths. Take a step back and reflect on what you’re good at and what makes your work unique. This helps you regain confidence in your abilities. It also will give you a sense of direction for future projects.

• Remember past successes. Think back to your past clients and friends who have been enthusiastic about your work. Remind yourself that you’ve had success in the past. If that is true, then you have the skills to continue to be successful.

• Keep learning and growing. Don’t let rejection discourage you from continuing to learn and improve. Take courses, attend workshops, and seek out opportunities to collaborate with other acts. This can help you stay motivated and inspired.

Remember, rejection is a natural part of any creative profession. It does not define your worth or abilities. Keep practicing, keep improving, and don’t be afraid to try new things.