Hi.  I'd like some advice.  A nearby community holds an annual holiday 'open house' where a 4 block strip of businesses do special window displays, give samples, host musical performances etc. for 3 hours.  How should I approach these businesses for a commission to draw caricatures of patrons during the event?  Some don't usually participate; Should I approach them as well? what do I say? Should I send flyers? cold call? both? Ideas please!

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Not my area of expertise here, but I would think of talking to businesses that their customers have the opportunity to sit and stay for a bit...like a cafe or coffee shop.  Just my opinion, but I would take some samples of your work and do cold calls.  Be sure to have a flyer and a business card on hand to leave with them, along with any price list, etc. that might apply in this situation.  You might even have two or three pieces framed and hanging in the shops for the 2 weeks or so before the event to build up an interest in the regular customers...if the owner/manager is willing to allow it.   Sounds like fun!  Good luck!

That sounds like good advice; I'll try it.  Thanks!

Pris Hardy said:

Not my area of expertise here, but I would think of talking to businesses that their customers have the opportunity to sit and stay for a bit...like a cafe or coffee shop.  Just my opinion, but I would take some samples of your work and do cold calls.  Be sure to have a flyer and a business card on hand to leave with them, along with any price list, etc. that might apply in this situation.  You might even have two or three pieces framed and hanging in the shops for the 2 weeks or so before the event to build up an interest in the regular customers...if the owner/manager is willing to allow it.   Sounds like fun!  Good luck!

I just hope it helps!!

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