In a nod to Sol Lewitt, Sentences on Professionalism and Likability:
1. When someone supports your work in any form, small or large, say thank you, and the sooner you do it, the better.
2. Despite crowd density, make eye contact at social events.
3. Avoid social climbing.
4. Never ask this question: “What was your name again?”
5. At art fairs, do not bother dealers; wrong time, wrong place. No exceptions.
6. Give a firm handshake and smile when you meet new people.
7. If you agree to participate in an exhibition or any opportunity afforded you, then follow through on your commitment. If for some reason you cannot, let the interested party know as soon as possible.
8. Avoid being difficult. There is nothing worst than working with a difficult person, no matter how talented and respected.
9. No style of pajamas is acceptable in public or at social events.
10. Be appreciative.
11. If you see someone you know, say hello, even if that person is pretending to not see you.
12. Look out for your artist friends.
13. Respect everyone, even the intern; you never know who will rise to power.
14. Do everything with grace. Just because someone is being a jerk does not mean you have to respond in kind.
15. If you are with an associate and you run into an acquaintance, always make an introduction. Otherwise, it is awkward for everyone.
16. Do not alienate people with unprofessional behavior. If you have no place to hang your hat, then how do you expect to show your work?
17. Stay in touch with the people who have supported your work in the past, especially in the early years. It is the right thing to do, and you never know when you will need their help in the future.
18. Be honest about what you want from people and your expectations.
19. Get it in writing.
20. Stay humble and hungry. To quote Sean Combs, “Treat every project like it was your first.