What is raw artist?
Raw artist is a world wide agency for artists. With their tagline “ we dig the underground’; they focus on helping newer artists getting into the art community. Their goal is to help you showcase your art with other types of art in fun and unique setting with other artists. They just don’t focus on “art”, BUT they also like to feature musicians, singers, designers, and more. They do this by getting you to invite all your friends to showcase everyone’s art so you can get noticed. It’s an opportunity for exposure. An opportunity that might be impossible elsewhere.
What is a scam?
Alright, so we talked a little bit about what RAW stands for. Now let’s dive into the topic of a scam. What is it actually? According to google they state a scam is a “dishonest scheme; a fraud”. In other terms, it’s promising a deal with no return that you are not aware of. For example. Let’s pretend someone is calling you for insurance. One of the bosses of the “company” are telling you how this insurance deal is going to benefit your life once you retire. Little did you know, it was actually a scam BECAUSE there was no insurance company in the first place. To conclude, this is putting your money into something that actually wasn’t real AND loosing it to someone you don’t know.
"this is putting your money into something that actually wasn’t real AND loosing it to someone you don’t know. "
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The misconception of RAW?
Okay, so you probably heard of RAW as a ‘scam”. RAW is not a scam. Why? Because they are offering you EXACTLY what they say they are. People have thought that RAW was a scam because you needed a ticket commitment believing there would be no showcase IF you don’t need sell them, you would need to pay the difference in order to showcase your art. Therefore, the money you are selling IS going directly to your showcase.
I would like to point out, FEATURING ART is expensive for many exhibitions. A LOT of artists do need to pay their part PLUS have a ticket commitment. If you have been an artist for a while, you definitely understand the costs of shows. Not every show is like this, but most are. I think that RAW helps a lot with this ticket commitment. If you sell them, you don’t need to grab a couple hundred dollars to showcase your work.
SOOOO, because the tickets YOU ARE SELLING are going towards YOUR show and it’s a LEGITIMATE business, you are getting exactly what you been told to get.
The reality of it.
Alright, I had to make that clear. Many people think RAW is a scam because you had to sell tickets. Think of it as you please, however know the difference before you assume it’s a fraud deal.
So if RAW is not a scam, the question is now...Is it worth it? And my answer is sort of. I enjoyed RAW, though I was expecting it to be a little more rewarding. Let me explain.
Even though they had a ticket commitment, the price per ticket was sort of high. It was more expensive then a movie. However, I had WAYY more people that I expected to come. So in my scenario, I did not have a issue selling tickets. But you really need to sell them and follow up with people so you make that commitment.
After the ticket commitment, I found they had a pretty simple process that was done online. You could keep track of your sales through your profile and show what you are show casing. To add, The lady who recruited me was extremely helpful and genuine. She made sure I had all the information and supplies that I needed, especially a brochure.
My only issue I had with RAW was that this event was not the “ideal” place for exposure. Even though I had the opportunity to showcase my art, I had TOO many people I knew. Because it was more of a family and friend show, people weren’t extremely interested in buying your work UNLESS it was cheap. Making connections were difficult because it was more of other artists looking at others work. It also didn’t help that the people you invited were talking to you. You didn’t really have a chance to get personal with NEW clientele. Another thing, some artists were put in very bad locations were they couldn’t really be seen.
However the show itself was put in a beautiful location and set up. I would say this is an event to just build up your resume and CV. It does show you the work required to showcase your art and how to make yourself stand out.
If you're a new artist, RAW is fun but don’t expect making big bucks or meeting all your clients there. It’s more experiencing the expectations of art shows AND connecting with other artists.
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Here are the elements I found that didn’t meet my expectations.
- High ticket prices
- Set up isn’t ideal for everyone
- You need to have art work that stands out/ it’s competitive
- Its more a family and friends event
- You won’t be rich or famous from this
- It’s great for building up your resume
- Perfect way to connect with other artists
- A good opportunity to show the expectations of setting up your space
- A chance to show the work required on a financial commitment
- Able to see what’s popular in the art world
do i Recommend raw?
I do not recommend RAW for everyone. I would only recommend RAW for artists that are newer OR really need an event to build up their resume. RAW does also give you the option to showcase your work for FREE in a different province (this may vary in other countries); which is nice. However, do not expect big money or fame out of this show. If you really found an interest in this show, remember the hard work that is expected to sell these tickets and really value the experience. This is what you will get out of it WHICH will definitely prepare your for more serious events.
Note. Each experience and recommendations vary from person and person. Others may have more OR less success depending on their determination of hard work OR location.