V.I.P. = very important person.
............because you paid for it.
Go to a fundraiser for ((insert charity of your choice)) and you can bet that the V.I.P.s will all be major donors or celebrities. V.I.P.s pay for the privilege, it's the nature of the beast.
see, you're right....i have seen the beast in action, a lot. i do a lot of fundraising, actually, i got tricked onto a board, i'm on a board. i did everything i could to not be in charge of my section, the person who was in charge fucked off, and now it's all me. while it is true that there are VIP sections almost every where you go (since the people i'm working with lately consider themselves...let's say 'highbrow'), it comes, in my case, in the form of patrons and 'gift clubs' like with set amounts and, like that. and i know you believe me when i insist that you run out of ways to do it differently, and i have little to no patience with schmoozing. the largest single donation i've ever been able to bring in was a piddling five k, and they're trying to raise like two million, or something unbelievable. i did manage to get a bunch of violins donated, though, and some cellos. go me.
anyway i do much better with doing letterhead doodles and weird stuff nobody sees so that other people can do stuff for audiences, and i can present the board with oodles of ticket money (or hang my head and say i didn't make it all back, as has also happened), and so on. the public frustrates me and also, i pretty much hate all humans at one point or another for real or arbitrary reasons, and i realize my posts reflect that in possibly more critical statements than i intend.
i have to agree with kennywisdom in the respect that being constantly reminded of....well, even cool shit going on that i just can't afford right now, sometimes......is hard. nobody
has any money right now. even the richest family i know, who were pretty damn rich, took it up the ass recently with the stock thing. i myself am probably out of stocks forever, circa 2005; you might as well gamble...but that's neither here nor there. i'm keeping the shop open by dropping a fourth of what i should be charging for just about everything, and if a tattoo shop isn't the perfect model for what is up with the economy, i don't know what is. sometimes it's even frustrating to hear about ninja gigs, free as they are, knowing i will not be anywhere near one probably ever, and if i am, i will probably be working on something for somebody for free and wont be able to go. i feel like i've put out a lot of negativity lately, and not being an overly negative person, it bothers me, especially because i'm pretty much dying to talk to the team itself about what's going on with this kind of business. i want to learn from it, both what works and what doesn't. it fascinates the hell out of me, and for more reasons than i care to go into. and, honestly, i want stuff explained, too, because a lot of times something looks like it is one way from what we see, and it's really totally another, and i am pretty sure i often say stupid shit by way of suggestions or criticism, and i don't even know the whole story, which means i am essentially talking out my ass, and i have no talent for that. i'd like those points of view. even though i understand you guys are more busy doing than talking about, and i know it's a lot to ask that the posting/discussion level increase when there is real, tangible shit to do.
i don't really know a solution to the VIP dilemma. i try, when it's up to me, to limit the VIP thing to people who participate and volunteer (such as talent) but shy away from the actual patronage.....i let the chairfolk deal with all that, and just try to cover up the tattoos when they prop me up near the theater table, if i have to actually attend something.