With over 20 hours spent combing through applications and schedules, I've just about finished my list of 1st and 2nd choice shows. Now comes the time to get photos and slides of all my new work and look for cohesive groupings. Then it's off to paperwork land again!
I have so many design ideas in my head that I try to at least get down on paper. With all the "background" work that has to be done to make it as an artist I sometimes feel like very little time gets spent on doing what I really love. *sigh* I know that one day I'll be spending less time on the background; pay dues now, reap benefits later. You definitely have to be committed to your passion to make something like this work. I have that dedication!