Back in 2010, I decided to create my own craft show. There was nothing special about me. I wasn't hugely submersed in the art world. I didn't have tons of money to launch something like this. I was just highly driven. I've always been the type of person that decides to do something and does it. Ask Brent. One day I'll decide that something needs to be changed at home and within 24 hours, I'm figuring out a way to make it happen.
For the four years that Alliday ran, I was constantly amazed by the talent that our state had to offer. You guys are some wicked artists and crafters! It was humbling that these small businesses that I respected so wanted to be involved in my little show. I will forever be grateful to those that took a chance on Alliday and shared their creations with us. Seriously.
1. Ask for help. I can't do it all. I'm totally a micro-manager. I have a REALLY hard time passing things along to others and am usually looking over their shoulder to make sure it's being done to my standards. Yeah, total backseat driver. Running the show taught me to loosen up with that. That first became clear to me with the graphics for the show. Hopefully no one remembers the first year's graphics because they were BAD and fully a product of me thinking I could do it all. Once I let go of that and let Ross go crazy with the imagery, I quickly realized that I couldn't and SHOULDN'T do it all. I learned to not be afraid to ask others for help, in so many areas. Life, man, requires help from each other.
2. If you have a dream, go for it. Sure, (lots of) people told me that I was a little crazy for wanting to start up a large scale craft show and I may have very well been but that didn't stop me. NO ONE IS STOPPING YOU EXCEPT FOR YOURSELF. If you have a dream, break it down so it's not so overwhelming. Determine if it's even feasible. Ask for help (see lesson number one) and start taking the steps to make it happen.