As I prepare for this year’s fair season, it’s hard to believe it’s been four years! I vividly remember shopping for table decorations at JoAnn Fabric, packing my suitcase for the show, getting to the Hearthstone Manor early to line up with the other readers to ensure I would get the “perfect” spot, and then once the doors opened rushing to find and snag it.
Thanks to my guides, my first show I was able to snag a spot in the middle of the back wall right across from the entry doors smack dab between two well known readers… PRIME REAL ESTATE. As I staked my claim, I received a looks that said the following “Who are YOU?” and “What makes you think you deserve that spot? Who do you think YOU are?”
I’d been warned about the fair politics and wasn’t surprised by these glances. I ignored them and continued to quietly set up.
That first weekend at the Hearthstone Manor psychic fair was a whirlwind and I opted to keep to myself. That is until I was invited to dinner with the “crew.” At that time, many of the readers would go to Alton’s diner after the show to kibitz… I was very excited they invited ME! And I readily agreed.
That evening I felt myself transform from an amateur to a professional. I was playing in the “big leagues!” The other readers accepted me as their peer and more importantly I saw myself as their equal. Since then the relationships have continued to grow, and many have gone from my peers to my friends. So as I prepare for the upcoming fairs, I look forward not only to a successful season but to seeing my friends.