Press Package Overview
This is all about the press package which is a whole bunch of different things and will mean something different to each person depending on your particular business and what you want to be putting out there into the world. So, it's important to note that maybe some things that we're gonna talk about, you'll leave behind. Maybe other things you'll keep, and it all depends on the business that you wanna build. And I'm gonna go over what materials you'll need for what and when and how and why and all of that. But a press package is very important. First thing you're probably going to think is I don't need a press package because I don't have any press to give my package to, right? So that's like an important thing to consider is why would I even need this. Well in my experience it's really good to have something like this already made for when that opportunity does come or for creating your own opportunities. You know, we all think that we have to sit around and wait for this big magazin...
e to email us and feature our work. No, send in your press package to people ahead of time, then see what it gets you. And that's what I love to do in my business is make a plan, do it ahead of time, give it to the people who might need to see it, and then hope that I get hired later. That's how my fine art business works. So press package. Let's talk about what that entails specifically in a press package. One thing will be the Artist Statement, and this is a very, very important part of the press package. If you are not used to writing a lot, this will be incredibly difficult, and I'm just saying that right up front because I want you to know that I recognize the difficulty in this. It's not something that will probably come with the first thing that you write. You'll probably have to do a number of passes on this. Maybe show it other people, see how that goes, but an artist statement is your statement as an artist. That solves the whole mystery doesn't it? So what you're going to be doing is writing about your art in an intelligent, thoughtful way so that somebody who wants to know what you're all about will know based on this document that you're going to send them. How to write captions for your images, another thing that we're going to talk briefly about. So, this will come up mostly. Let's say that you're submitting to a juried show, and they want you to write like one or two sentences per image that you're submitting which is very, very common with awards, trade shows, things like that. And you're gonna need to know how to do that. What are they looking for and how can you put that together and have it ready prepared ahead of time. An About Me is what you're going to need. Some call it a biography. That annoying little blurb that you have to put on your website that no photographer wants to write, ever. Do you all have About Me pages written? Do you think that they're awesome? Me neither, I get it. It's really hard, and we're gonna talk about that in depth. A CV which is your artist resume. Understanding what needs to go on there. Making sure that it's nicely presented, that it's not too long which is the problem that some of us have, and that it's not too short which is the other problem that some of us have. So what to put on there to get a happy medium. Head shots, it seems like a really obvious thing, but there are different types of head shots that are appropriate in different scenarios. So it's good to know how you should have your picture taken. Have any of you guys ever shot your own head shots? I'm so antisocial that I won't even ask anybody to shoot my head shot, and it's a problem. So, if anybody out there wants to shoot my head shot, please help me. But I'll show you the ones that I've done so far. And then I have this thing called a Leave Behind which is something that you would leave behind. I know, I know, it's really fancy. So, you'd wanna leave this behind with a client or a potential client. For example, a gallery, a publisher, a magazine. Any meeting you might have something really good and solid to leave behind. An Elevator Pitch. You're not gonna like this, but I'm gonna make you do it. An Elevator Pitch is something that's part of the press package insofar as you need to know what to say when you're in this situation where you could give somebody a press package. Okay? So if they're like, do you go up to someone, you're like, hi, my name is So and So, and I do this thing. What are you gonna say? What is your pitch gonna be to them to get them to really be interested in who you are and what you do and what you have to say?