My Days of Ice Skating are Over

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My FIRST and LAST Color Run. Another  “Color Walk?” Maybe. Another  “Color Run?” Doubtful.

I was part of conversation about golfing for blind people, which quickly digressed into a “nut shot” comment—and some good natured laughter. It got me thinking.

 

Our vision (if we are blessed with vision in the first place) gets worse with age, but so do a lot of things.

My potential bucket list is shrinking—and I hadn’t even realized it!!!

Things I’d like to do:

  1. Zip line: while I can still “fly thru the air with the greatest of ease…”
  2. Chalet Toboggan Shute’s (Strongsville, Ohio): while my knee still tolerates walking up steps.
  3. More Concerts: while I still have my hearing.
  4. More bike rides (with a helmet) because I’ve always LOVED riding my bike, and I don’t ride it enough.

Things that are out:

  1. Ice Skating: a former figure skater, I actually broke my wrist last time I skated 10 years ago.
  2. Roller skating/roller blading: Just NO, even though I wore elbow pads, knee pads, a helmet when I rollerbladed in my 30s. Really, most things with wheels are out; skateboards, scooters, etc.
  3. Skiing is over, too. This girl who was an excellent skier in the glows of youth and as a young adult cannot handle the chair lifts in New York, where they are not even that high off the ground! Almost being  evacuated from a broken lift in Colorado didn’t stop me when I was younger. Now? Forget it. I get all sweaty, anxious. It’s embarrassing! I cursed (a lot) the last time I was up in a lift with my kids. They won’t ride up with me anymore. Plus, my knee doesn’t cooperate very well.
  4. Swinging on swing sets is out because it gives me motion sickness. For real! My favorite childhood pastime is out.

Funny how one silly conversation can start the wheels turning…

Anybody else got anything?

Things you still want to do? Things that are out? How you discovered an activity was out? Or why it’s out?

This could be fun…

My Take on Vendors Licensing and The Rules of Playing the Game

clevelandThere’s been some hoopla this summer in Cleveland regarding proper licensing, especially for transient vendors.

With Holiday Event/Show Season upon us, it seemed a good time for this discussion.

My two cents…

As Creatives, we are running businesses.

As such, we take in monies (hopefully) from sales. By law, we are required to pay taxes. That is just the way things work.

Those working for organizations show up to work their scheduled hours and receive a paycheck itemized with quite a few deductions. Taxes are deducted.

Creatives work differently; it’s on us to come up with a system to track expenses, receipts, sales, and to consult professional accountants/attorney’s if need be. That is all part of running a business. If we don’t know, it’s on us to learn the rules, and the laws. Because that is how professionals operate.

As such, when we take our businesses out to the public, to promote/sell product, we should do so in a proper, professional manner.

Yes, I’m an artist. But I’m also a professional woman, running a creative business.

The best guide I’ve seen comes from The Cleveland Flea:

OUR UNOFFICIAL PRIMER ON NOT PISSING PEOPLE OFF

http://www.theclevelandflea.com/vendor-regulations

The other option…

To show up at an event without proper credentials, and then to complain, argue, and cause a stir. This is NOT the right look for any business. Doing so only shines a spotlight on a creative for being unprepared, makes a person/business look foolish, annoys other vendors, and organizers. Children show up to play a baseball game without a mitt, then throw a tantrum. Adults do not.

I wouldn’t go to the airport without identification and expect to board a plane. And I’m required to be properly credentialed to login to my computer at work with a chipped access card. Without my card, I can’t access my computer. (Yes, I have a full time “day job” along with my Art Business.)

Our creative businesses are no different. We are accountable to the rules/laws that apply to our businesses, just as other organizations are. As non-profits, government entities, private organizations have guidelines to follow, so do we Creatives have our own set of guidelines.

Obviously, it’s impossible to know everything—and to show up once without proper paperwork or to have some type of mishap… that’s probably going to happen. There is a learning curve. All we can do is apologize, and clean it up the best we can. BUT from there on, we should know the rules, the way the game is played.

To continue trying to get away with something is unprofessional and childish. It only serves to make things difficult for organizers, those killing themselves to put on an event. They already have more to do than they can possibly manage. And they have spent considerable time laying the groundwork for us ALL to shine at events.

Take it or leave it.

Get on board. Or don’t.

But expect that being an artist/creative doesn’t preclude you from having guidelines to follow, rules and regulations to adhere to.

Anybody else got anything? Advice? Learning Experiences? Links to Resources?

Comments and Discussion Welcome!!