Every year I go through the same thing a week out from any major industry event. My wife and friends call it "Skip's Show Mode". It starts out with me feeling stressed and driving her nuts. I'm worried about what I've missed. I'm racking my brain thinking about logistics, the schedule, meetings I've got planned, etc. But that stress only lasts a little while as my excitement builds. I find myself acting no different than a sitcom's portrayal of a first-time expectant father pacing in the delivery room!
This is Sunday morning and I always try and keep it short, so here's the point. I keep writing about planning ahead and here's a prime example. Start planning NOW for events you want to attend over the next six months. I know there are state photography conventions coming up. Florida for example is August 17-21. Then there's Photoshop world and PPE in New York. IUSA kicks off the year in January, followed by dozens of smaller state shows and WPPI in March.
With the help of a whole bunch of terrific friends, we built the original Skip's Summer School in the middle of the summer to give you a quick charge on creativity, networking and building your skill set, because there isn't much going on over the summer.
Plan your schedule for the next twelve months so at the very least, every quarter, you've got some event to look forward to. Creativity, enthusiasm and that rush you get when you're trying something new don't happen by accident. They happen because you're feeding your passion. That anticipation leading up to any event will keep you focused and pumped to keep growing as an artist.