Spoons, shows, and Self [other] promotion

Making Toast

I’ve been on a roll today. I’ve had fire in my belly and the bit between my teeth. I’ve finally managed to overcome my self-promotion phobia and I’ve been sat here for hours now emailing almost every contact I know to promote my solo show for ‘Self [other]’ (see www.elysium.com for details).

The trouble is, I can never seem to get the balance right; either I fail to promote myself enough or I go overboard and come across as too pushy. My attempts at self-assertion are attempts to overcome my own shyness and insecurities, and not attempts to beat you into submission and give me a space in your exhibition [or my own show]. I’ve never been handed my art career on a plate. I have never been recommended, or head-hunted, or personally selected, for an exhibition. I was not born with a silver spoon in my mouth. Everything I’ve worked for, I’ve achieved through hard work and effort.

And so I apologise to the 200+ people who received emails from me today if you feel I’m spamming you. I’m not. Really I’m not. I would really like you to come to the opening night of my solo show, and whilst you’re there if you would like to help me overcome my self-promotion phobia, and help me progress with my career beyond the end of September, any assistance would be gratefully received.

And I’ll help myself in the meantime by making Toast.


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