BG: I'm going to be part of an art show in a couple months that is organized by a non-profit organization aimed at helping young artists get exposure. This is a great opportunity as I would never have the financial means to do this sort of thing on my own. The organization takes on the costs of the show (renting the space, marketing, cost of refreshments, etc.) and in return, asks that the artists being featured sell a certain number of tickets ($10 each) to the event. If an artists does not sell X amount of tickets, they are asked to pay the balance on those tickets themselves. The tickets are sold through the organization's website and there is an option to choose the artist you are "supporting" by attending, or just "general admission". This is how they track how many tickets you have sold. There is no difference in the ticket if you do or do not select a name. It's just for record keeping. /BG
I need to sell X amount of tickets, but I feel strange asking my friends (who I would have invited anyway) to pay for a ticket to come see me at the show. I also wanted to invite some of my art professors, so the same awkward issue is there as well.
What do I do? Do I let them know I have to sell a certain number of tickets? Do I not mention that fact and just ask that they select my name from the options when they purchase? Should I not ask them to purchase tickets and just eat the cost myself? I'm already putting about $250 into the cost of framing my artworks, so another large chunk of cash on top of my student's budget is obviously pretty worrisome. Any help would be appreciated!