I have held photo shows in the past, and I have held live shows. I have never before hosted an online show. I know that some people think of online shows solely in the realm of photo shows. But the new style of online show that has developed in 2020 is far from a typical photo show. We still take photos of the entries, someone still judges exactly what is in the photo and does the placings, and prizes are awarded.
One of the big differences with a lot of online shows is the ability to add a bit of live show experience to them. When the shows are hosted on Facebook you can see results as they come in (unless I am the judge and then I write down all my placings and wait and post them all in one sitting, muah ha ha!) or a lot of people will do a partial livestream of some of the results. I have always loved this part of the experience and I definitely wanted to add that.
I wanted several things for my show; a performance class list, prizes, more prizes, a livestream for some of the results, and prizes, just to name a few things. So I decided to hold a show, sort of settled on a date (and had to change dates slightly a couple of times), made a class list that was comprised of both traditional show classes and the creative scene classes that I love, and I started shopping for prizes.I went 100% off the deep end with prizes. And it freaked me out. I got several small monetary donations from showers (so awesome!) with their entry fees and an over-the-top generous monetary donation from Susan Hargrove. Susan saved me. I also got a bunch of donations from people that helped grow the prize pool.