I got an email this morning from a “Curation Specialist” from a company called RAW Artists. They found me on Etsy and wanted me to come show my work for their “super exclusive” showing in Dallas.
They basically make it out like a sweet deal. Its free for artists to show their work and they take 0% commission on sales. They make money by selling tickets at the door. You get a whole 6’x6’ booth to do whatever you want with. They’re even having the event at the House of Blues, which is a nice venue.
Maybe I’m a cynic, but I’ve read enough scam emails to know that when people contact you out of the blue and claim they’re so exclusive they’re usually trying to take advantage of you being flattered. Sure enough when I looked for information online I found out that the artists have to sell tickets (one reddit thread said 20 $20 tickets, one said 30), and what tickets they don’t sell they have to pay for themselves. So instead of a big booth fee you’re buying “tickets” or begging others to do so. Apparently its a known scam that I just wasn’t in the know about.
Just wanted to spread the word in case any other artists at DMS got the same email.