Tracey Locher Guest Posts this interesting article which contains tips and tricks for auditioning for a Design Team call. For more on Tracey, read her bio below and you can also visit her blog here.
Tracey Locher designs for Rusty Pickle and her LSS, Ever After Scrapbooks. Her work has been published in Creating Keepsakes, several online publications and she had several featured articles published in Scrapbooking.com Magazine. She loves to teach, create, and is excited to open her own Etsy shop on October 8th. Keep up with Tracey on her blog, Wooooo Hooooo.
“Auditions and Contests and Entries, Oh My!”
It seems to me that we are in the middle of “audition season” in the Scrapbook Industry! Over the past several months, there have been auditions for several manufacturer Design Teams such as Cosmo Cricket, Fancy Pants, and Chatterbox and top industry contests such as Creating Keepsakes’ Scrapbooker of the Year and Memory Makers Masters Contest. Before we know it, the 2009 Hall of Fame Contest Rules will be announced swinging us into a new year of contests and calls. Whether you participate in these auditions or not, everyone seems to feel the tingle of excitement as the various “call days” approach and we help celebrate with the new designers when their names are announced and their toots show up around the web.
I recently wrote an article for Scrapbooking.com Magazine called “Auditions from the Inside” about my recent audition for the Cosmo Cricket Design Team. The article includes a few tips about submitting for design teams, contests or publication calls. You can read the article here.
I am so inspired by the following designers… I mean, really, just look at their work! They have a few tips/stories to share to help get you focused on your next big audition.
“WOW them! The response to DT Calls is huge, in the high hundreds. Do your absolute BEST work specifically for that call, challenge yourself and spend a little bit of time and thought on your projects to develop a design that will showcase their product with a big WOW to get their attention and make you and your work stand out.
Submit GREAT photographs. You’ve worked hard on your submission projects, now take the time to photograph them well so they look attractive and catch the judges’ eye. Photos should always be IN FOCUS. Use a solid light background to minimize distraction and get your project to pop. Take multiple photos to highlight any interactive or dimensional features.”
“A funny story about the Rusty Pickle Amazing Race (three week, crazy, non-stop DT audition)… We moved into our new house the day before it started! Forget the beds and cutlery, my hubby was setting up tables and organizing scrap stuff so I was ready to start. While I was scrapping away for the next three weeks he was unpacking hoards of boxes! Not only am I grateful to Rusty Pickle for accepting me on to their design team but for getting me out of unpacking!
My advice for submitting is just go for it! Life is way to short to umm and arr! I have submitted to a few places and not gotten anywhere but I’ve enjoyed the challenge of giving it a go!”
“I look at contests as a way to challenge myself and try new techniques, sometimes they work and sometimes they DON’T!!! After the contest I look at my entries again and sometimes think ‘what was I thinking’ lol….perhaps a little less coffee and late night scrapping next time!”
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GIVEAWAY! I would love to hear from you! What are your thoughts on entering the DT Calls or the big annual contests like HOF, SOY, or MMM? Have you entered? Do you have any advice to share? RUSTY PICKLE will be sending a RAK with yummy products to one (1) person that comments on this topic by Thursday, Sept 25th. A winner will be selected via an online number generator and announced on Friday, Sept 26th!