Most people want some type of recognition, an acknowledgement of their contributions. Businesses certainly want recognition. They want you to recognize their product(s) and purchase them. As a new to the business world artist, I am working on building recognition of my digital collage art by setting up this website, with an Instagram page, and business Facebook page.
Recognition and acknowledgement of my art is important. All artists want to know that their art touches people, stimulates imagination, and adds that something special that you cannot obtain without that specific piece they have created.
Being accepted as a professional artist by a gallery is one way of being recognized. Another is by email. Artists love to get email about their art, especially if someone wants to purchase something. So, the other day when I received an email indicating interest in my art, I should have been happy, right? It made my day, but it is not what you are thinking.
When I read the email, I started laughing. Why was I laughing about a potential client, one that was interested in my art? I was laughing because this is a common email many professional artists have gotten. The details vary slightly, but it goes something like this: I am interested in purchasing your art for my……, at $ (usually above what the artist is asking). Would you sent me some prints, samples, etc.so I can make a selection? If you haven’t guessed it yet, this is a scam. It is a scam that targets professional artists. I have finally made it; I have received professional recognition…by a Scammer! That is why I was laughing.
Bad things happen. Bad people happen. It is how we react that makes a difference. The Bible states that a happy or cheerful heart is good medicine.Happy laughter certainly uplifts the heart. I don’t know about you, but I certainly need all the good medicine I can get! Even if it was from a scammers email.
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