For the last two years I have been applying to manufacturer Design Teams and kept getting turned down. I was so OVERJOYED in 2008 when I made the team for Zutter and was so upset when our term ended last year but luckily Zutter has kept the original team on as the Original Zutter Zisters so I still get to be a part of it.
Like anyone in this industry it is sometimes heartbreaking to be turned down so many times. Some manufacturers send messages like “try again next year” when you're turned down…well, after 3 years or so it's kind of like “why waste my time?”. Those submissions take alot of time! And I try to tell myself that if they did not choose me then it means that what I do is just not what they are looking for and it is good they did not choose me because I can't produce what they want. If you've ever asked me about trying out for DTs then I've probably said this same thing to you ;) You gotta be prepared for rejection and doesn't that just sound bass-ackward?!
I mean, in “real life” almost 99% of the time I ever went to an interview, I got the job. In scrapbooking 99% of the time I go to an “interview” I don't get the “job”. What am I still doing?!
At CHA this year I had a discussion about this with Robyn Weatherspoon who is on several manufacturer design teams. Last year I also had this discussion with Michelle Van Etten, who is also on some top manufacturer design teams and teaches all over the world. Elena Etcheverry from Scrapbook Royalty has always been a cheerleader for me and we've talked many times about my quest for manufacturer DT spots.
No one seems to understand why I can't get on a team, most of all me! LOL I work really fast (just ask Michelle Hill), I get compliments about my work all the time, my classes are generally full, I can get placed on kit club, LSS, and blog teams just fine, and I can even win few contests but for some reason I rarely get picked for DTs. Maybe I am choosing the wrong stuff to send in, maybe I am too brief in my narratives for the submissions, maybe I am not “schmoozy” enough, maybe they just need to get to know me (who has time to do that with 600 DT submissions), maybe I talk about too much personal stuff and silly stuff on my blog…who knows!? Really, I've racked my brain trying to think of “why” — it's the analyst in me ;)
So imagine my disbelief and awe and excitement and incredible feeling of honor and surprise and happiness when THE Donna Salazar asked me to not only be on HER Design Team for HER new paper line through Product Performers but also asked me to be the DT COORDINATOR?! Woah!
I am joined by some of the most talented people in the industry–my friend & fabulous Zutter Diva Nan Paturzo, Doctor and Scrapbooks Etc Contributor Leah Fung, and photography guru and instructor Johanna Peterson. Pretty cool! I am so excited to be a part of Donna's new adventure and honored that she asked me!! Woohoo!! She also helped design a dsitressing tool for Zutter — the Diztrezz-It-All as shown here:
So keep your eye out for some new pages and projects from me cuz I am just wayyy too excited to create for Donna–she knows my style, she knows me, and I am just so excited to work with her. I think 2010 just might be my year to break out of my shell and shine….and it is already off to a great start, getting to work with some great people and products! Thanks Donna!