Friday, June 29, 2007

Design Teams and Band-Aids

Well, Magistical Memories announced their design team today. I didn't make it. I didn't even make a guest spot. Talk about OUCH! I really wanted this one. I love chipboard and I LOVE their chipboard. They picked alot of gals that have been on umpteen DT's....I can understand they want to sell their products, but what about the rest of us that are trying to break in?

There isn't a band-aid big enough to cover the disappointment on this one.

Now, just because I need to get it off my chest, be prepared for my daily rant. This happens every time I apply for a DT. I just can't help myself. It's part of the ritual.

It really bugs me when someone gets picked for a DT and the ONLY reason they joined the MB was for the DT call. But let me clarify, because I have joined a message board for the DT call. Most boards require you to register before posting. I will join the MB for the purpse of getting the feel of the board, seeing what the call is about, seeing if I am comfortable there. If I am not I don't apply for the DT. If I am comfortable I start posting so that I have a presence on the board. Towards the end of the call is when I usually submit my stuff. That way I have had usually a few weeks to post on the board.

OK, are you ready for my rant ?

The thing that drives me BEYOND CRAZY is when someone gets picked for the DT, and no one has a clue who they are. More often than not, their first post is "HI! I'm Suzy Scrapbooker from Scrappyville, USA!" Blah blah blah. Then the next post we see from them (3 weeks after the original post) is "OMG! I can't believe I made the DT here! I love it here! THis is such a great place!" You get the idea. You may think I am exaggerating, but I am not. I have seen this over and over.

Case in point: There was one MB that was brand new several months ago. I was on this MB from day 1. She was having a DT call. I really liked the place so I submitted. Part of the rules of submission were that you had to have a minimum number of posts. So I was posting my little heart away so that *if* I was chosen for her DT, I wouldn't be in violation of the guidelines she had posted. Well, she announces her DT, and several of the gals didn't have the required number of posts. One girl that was picked wasn't even a member of the board! All of the girls she picked were her friends from another board. It REALLY bothered me. I felt like I had been lied to. I wondered why she even bothered having a call.

Have I been back to her site? No, I haven't. And I won't either.

Ok, the moral of the story is...(IS there even a moral?) There are alot of talented scrappers out there. I mean, ALOT. So store owners and manufacturers (Not that I think you will actually read this or CARE!) quit picking the same people over and over. Give someone else a chance to shine. And other scrappers....do you REALLY need that 15th store or site in you siggy line? (Yes, I have run into this too.....) I think there would come a point where someone would say, "You know, I'm good right now. I don't need another team right now." But for some, that doesn't come. They have no qualms about applying for every team out there. And acting surprised when they get it.

Ok, I could go on and on....but this post would end up being PAGES long. So, I'm good right now;)

2 Totally cool people said::

Marci said...

I, for one, am in COMPLETE agreement with you. The thing I don't get is WHY would a store owner WANT people that work for their DIRECT competition? That just boggles my mind. I don't know how someone could juggle more then 2 or 3 teams anyway - well, okay I do....they cheat, but lets not go there. You would think with the thousands of store sites and manufacturers out there that there would be enough to go around, but some people have to be greedy. I used to blame the people applying, but now I don't - its the owners who screw it all up. They make rules and don't follow them, so why should anyone else?

I'm sorry that you didn't make the team at MM. Something better must be waiting just around the corner for you...Hang in there and keep on plugging away.

Amber said...

well said!!! I completely agree and hope that something good comes your way! Keep haging in there girl....all you can say is that it's their loss.