Whilst I was doing my MA I was very good at trawling the lists of calls for work and making a big spreadsheet showing the closing dates and what I submitted. Since I finished my MA I have not really looked at the calls and have not submitted any pieces. This is just another area of my practice that I am struggling to keep up with. Everything seems to go in bursts of activity around one sector at the detriment of the others. Am I trying to do too many different things, should I concentrate on one thing? I like doing all the different elements of my practice and feel that it makes me a rounded artist but it is becoming increasingly difficult to juggle everything.
My hit rate was always pretty low with calls but it was important for developing my practice and my CV. I don’t have a game plan for my sound art and have not managed to work out how I can make it a worthwhile revenue stream. Clearly I can market the audio elements in the same way that I have been doing with the band music but I have not worked out how to monetize the audio/visual combined. I seem to fall between the cracks of a musician and a visual artist. This could be another area where networking with other artist/musicians would be helpful. I think I will look at being more active socially in the local scene.
I will rejuvenate my trawls of the calls for work in an effort to increasing my work rate in this area and to foster my continuing practice development. I am interested in hearing from anyone who has experience of success through the calls process.