RAW ARTISTS is a great tool for emerging artists to start promoting themselves. I participated in their showcase at Ruby Skye and it was an awesome experience. I think I talked to more people in those 4 hours than in the last 6 months!
This organization throw events in many cities in the U.S. and a few other countries. They gather all sorts of artists: visual artists, performers, fashion designers, make-up and hair artists, etc., generally in big nice venues, like Ruby Skye. The artists selected are the ones in charge of the event promotion, by selling 20 tickets each. And that's how the event I participated - MERGE - got to be packed on a Wednesday.
I would highly recommend emerging artists in their early stage to try one of these events. To me, it was a good training in terms of talking about my art. Most artists -like me- feel like their work speaks from itself, but people will always have all sorts of random questions. And it actually feels really good to be surrounded by people intrigued by your art :)
Photo credit: Shutter Pandemonium
Getting everything ready! Photo credit: Shutter Pandemonium