3 things you can do with rejection letters

July 31, 2015

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Have you ever received a rejection letter?

The first sentence is that of "thanks...". The first few words of the second sentence usually gives it away. "We appreciate the opportunity....", and then reading further isn't necessary, but we do anyways. What follows is a letter, trying to be as nice as possible, explaining how you were not selected. In an attempt to make us not feel so bad, the blow is softened by stating, "there was a massive number of submissions and only a small percentage could be accepted." It's finished off with "it was a difficult decision...".

Below are three things you can do with a rejection letter.

Let it roll off your back.

It's not about you. There are criteria for the submissions, which is gone through and tallied up. The chosen pieces have to fit into the type of show and what kind of people visit the show. A certain percentage of each medium or subject matter is chosen to provide variety. The show would be boring if it was crowded with a ton of similar items. There are so many reasons as to why your work wasn't selected and none of them are about you.

Use it as an opportunity to improve.

What can you improve upon? Use this experience as a jumping point to learn something new. Step up your game. Find shows which are a better fit for your work. Participate in critiques. I don't care how good you are, there is always room for improvement. Take this rejection and turn it into motivation.

Be grateful for the experience.

Be grateful you had the opportunity to get your work in front of other people. This opportunity will lead you to the next. It's a small step in the right direction. Even though your work wasn't selected, someone had their eyes on it. It may generate a new connection by putting yourself out there.

 

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