In May, I participated in an Art Battle in Toronto. If you haven't heard of it before, check it out -- > Art Battle
I have to say this was a very scary experience for me. What compelled me to sign up for it, I'm still not sure, because the idea of painting in front of even one person gives me the shakes. But guys, this was one of the most satisfying experiences for me! I'm so glad I pushed myself to step out of my comfort zone.
Although I didn't move forward as a competitor (it's a tiered competition which you can read about here) my painting was auctioned off at the end and it sold as the highest selling painting of the night. Which, come on, is really a pretty big win!
After participating in this competition it just seemed like other opportunities started coming in (related or not) and got the ball rolling - which was my goal of the competition all along!