No one likes to be refused an opportunity they yearned for.
Creators and photographers, let’s say artist-types in general, are a very sensitive bunch. We are terribly insecure and quick to please those who may hand us cash or attention, if only because of there may never be another chance.
We tell ourselves that if we don’t grip them in now, our supposed followers or fans will assume we dropped off the face of the earth.
The worst case scenario, they may not even care. Gasp, oh my!
The famous author Stephen King was known to have all of his rejection letters (dozens upon dozens) thumb tacked to the wall. So many rejections prompted for more thumb tacks to be used over time!
The big names in your industry or profession have their own duds too, their own failures. Others may tend to forget this and see the end result; they made it big and became successful.
Take that risk, ask that business owner if they’ll hang up your photographic prints. Free or not, apply for that juried exhibit or festival. The worst that could happen is that they decline your offer.
If one of your concerns is that you may be wasting time, let it be known that there is a learning lesson in everything.
If there’s a single takeaway from this short writing piece, let it be this mantra..
A ‘no’ now doesn’t necessarily mean ‘no’ forever.
How have you dealt with rejection in the past? What are some opportunities you took a chance on and they didn’t work out? What lessons did you learn from them?