I started the new year with a bang by displaying jewelry at one of the celebrity events in Los Angeles! Several of my handcrafted jewelry items were showcased, in association with The Artisan Group®, in a by-invitation-only luxury celebrity gift lounge hosted by GBK, honoring the nominees and presenters of the 2018 Golden Globes.
I have been a member of The Artisan Group for several years and have participated in many events, but never as a part of the display team.
This was a great experience! I highly suggest pushing yourself to try something you’ve never done. Not only is it exhilarating, but it teaches you new things about yourself and your business.
My top 4 benefits from displaying jewelry at celebrity events
Today it seems like EVERYONE has decided to go into business for themselves. The gig economy is trending and it’s easy to start your own website or sell on many social platforms, etc. How do you compete with all that? Somehow you have to stand out from the crowd.
Displaying at a celebrity event gives you a way to stand out. Below are what I feel were the top 4 benefits from participating in this event:
Great PR for a small business! I live in Central Florida and no one cares, but this consequently gives my small business credibility. View my Press Release here
Awesome photos of a two celebrities wearing my jewelry. I couldn’t have gotten any better “model shots”!
A new cool display for my jewelry should I ever decide to go back to setting up at local craft or art fairs.
Most of all this was a great morale boost because I did have to apply and be accepted onto the display team 🙂
Will I do this again?
Absolutely!! Not only did I display my handmade products, but I also gifted attending celebrities a sample of my jewelry.
The result of this puts one of my products, and also one of my business cards, into the hands of people I would never see at a craft fair or art show here in Central Florida!
Somehow the year has just flown by, and I have hardly touched this blog! Do I have a good reason why I haven’t been posting regularly? Not really, but I do have 4 flimsy reasons, and you can use these same excuses for just about anything.
There are many reasons to start writing a blog and there are just as many reasons not to start blogging, or to start one and then ignore it.
One article I read recently focused on getting out to meet other people instead of blogging, which kind of reinforced my recent thoughts about finding local businesses who would carry my Vampire Diaries earrings and bracelet or my handmade rosaries.
That right there would require face to face meetings, and I could probably come up with the same 4 reasons not to solicit!!
4 reasons I have ignored my blog lately
I have an appointment – that is always a good reason! A doctor appointment, an appointment with the BEACH, a dinner date, you name it!
I just don’t feel like it – this is one of my top reasons, and it is associated with number 3
Takes too much time – it really does take a lot of time, no matter how easy everyone says it is! First you have to write, then look up keywords and think of cool ways to illustrate because some people only look at the pictures!
FREE HBO/Cinemax weekend! – that’s right, because watching a new flick is always a good reason not to blog or do anything 🙂
These 4 reasons are so generic that you can use them for just about anything!!
I do like to share ideas, and new cool beads and I will continue to do that. But somehow this year has just slipped past me. I really just wrote this little article to kind of apologize for not posting much lately.
What are your reasons for not blogging? Are they the same reasons for not beading or not exercising? Or not doing anything? Comments are welcome!
I am excited to share this collection of items in The Artisan Group® swag bag that will be given to attending celebrities at GBK’s Celebrity Gift Lounge honoring the MTV Movie Awards Nominees and Presenters.
Celebrities and members of the press will receive these popular gift bags which always contain finely handcrafted products from participating members.
This years invitation-only luxury celebrity gift lounge, hosted by GBK Productions, will be held on April 8-9, 2016.
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At the top of my goals for the new year is to learn resin casting and enhance my custom jewelry making with unique designs. I played around with resin once but found it difficult to work with, but that was because I didn’t actually learn how to work properly with this medium.
Vampire Diaries jewelry earrings and necklace that were spotted on the hit TV show. As seen on TV, these jewelry items were gifted in consideration for use to the costume stylist of the CW Network series in a collaborative gift bag from The Artisan Group®.
This eye-catching Blue Frost Crystal Pendant necklace is an Alyce n Maille Original Design. This jewelry design was worn by the character Elena Gilbert (actress Nina Dobrev) in the season 6 finale. Made with Stainless Steel and Swarovski Crystal.
Ever wonder how to take your handcrafted products to the next level? Want to move beyond selling your products to family and friends? Apply to The Artisan Group® for a chance to add terrific opportunities to your small business formula for success!
Taking it to the next level
The Artisan Group is always on the lookout for really top-notch, best-of-the-best seasoned artisans who handcraft their products to join in on our celebrity gifting and TV show stylist opportunities.
Here’s additional criteria that is considered when reviewing an applicant of The Artisan Group:
High-quality, handcrafted products created by YOU (No factory-made goods)
Fantastic product photography
Impressive branding and online presence
Established, seasoned sellers with at least 25 actual products for sale online (not supplies)
Products that could be easily gifted (size-wise) in our celebrity gift bags
You must be at least 18 years old
At this time The Artisan Group is not accepting any additional artisans who create children’s toys, apparel, or accessories. One-of-a-kind (OOAK) products are not the best fit for celebrity giftings, or TV product placements.
Products that are always a big hit at the celebrity events we participate in include handcrafted…
Small clutches, wristlets, and sewn makeup cases
Matted fine art photography
Small bound journals
Trendy adult hair accessories
Cosmetics (eye shadows, nail polishes, etc.)
Pet accessories (toys, trendy collars and leashes)
APPLY to The Artisan Group and be sure you mention my shoppe name, Bead Lovers Korner, in the “How did you hear about TAG?” field on the application!
Good Luck!! Leave a comment and let me know if you plan to apply 🙂