Hey everyone. I know it's been over a year since I posted a journal. While I still log on quite often I haven't been very active. Hopefully that will be changing.
In 2015 I had record breaking sales at the conventions I go to, so I spent a lot of focus re-stocking and less on commissions/new things.
Unfortunately I did not get into the 2016 Anime Boston Artist Alley. The demand for spaces grows every year, and even though I signed up within 2 minutes of the form going live, I didn't get it. I'm pretty far down on the wait list too, so I've accepted it isn't going to happen. I was upset for a long time, because I shattered every convention record in the 6 years I've been doing this and I had so many ideas for next year. I'll be trying for a spot in the vendors room. Even though it's more money to get in it's a small price to pay for the opportunity if its anything like 2015. Not holding my breath though, because It would be be my first attempt and unsure how that whole process works. I know its just as competitive to get in.
In the meantime I have re-opened my Etsy shop, and have accepted a few EASY commissions that I have made before. I started a new job in August in marketing / development, so I am finally working someplace where I am moving towards my career. It unfortunately came with a pay cut, so not getting into AB was a really big blow for me. Any online sale helps, and I'm trying to focus on this a bit more in the likely event I dont get into the vendors room.
I will be trying for PortCon again in 2016 and AAC. I won't have enough time off for convention season to expand, but in 2017 if I play my cards right, I may be able to take more time off at my new job and do some other conventions in New England.
On the positive side, I got PAX East tickets. Id probably be even sadder if I didn't get to go to PAX so at least one Boston trip is in my future. I don't really have the money to do a cosplay this year. I may just go as a normal person (boring!).
Also in my absence I have become a Spirithoods collector. I have 16 hoods LOL. My collection grew pretty fast due to my skills in buying/trading for good prices so I've had fun with this. If you have any spirithoods Id love to see
If you want to buy one, please use my ambassador link so that I get credit for referring you! If you need help picking one out I can help you with that too. mbsy.co/SpiritHoods/4783075
That is all for now. I hope you are all doing well and I will try my best to be more active