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Post by aussiemarie on Thu May 03, 2012 11:09 am

At a festival, had a line, kids wanting pirate, then a skull (not even on board) and then a character I have never heard of....These sweet boys could NOT make up their mind...I had people waiting behind them.....How can I handle this tackfully?
Do you skip them?
Do you dis them?
Do you even try to do something you have never heard of?
ARGHHHHHH
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Post by Perry Noia on Thu May 03, 2012 11:31 am

"ok, you have to pick... 5, 4, 3, 2, 1." That's what you get. If they really kick up a fuss, NEXT!
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Post by Stacia on Thu May 03, 2012 12:11 pm

"Sweetie, how 'bout you and the kid behind you switch places and while you make up your mind I'll paint them".
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Post by aussiemarie on Thu May 03, 2012 12:59 pm

I love teh counting down and ....sweetie....
THANKS!!!
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Post by Miss Ronnie on Thu May 03, 2012 1:50 pm

I use plenty of power of suggestion... sometimes you just have to be quick on your feet (or in my case, my butt) and just come up with a combination of what they're indecisive about... for example, you mentioned he wanted a pirate, then a skull...that could easily become a skull with a bandana or eye patch...
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Post by Caswell Designs FP on Thu May 03, 2012 2:11 pm

The last few gigs I have had to use the "sweetie........" technique and have the kid switch places while they decide.
I like Perry's countdown idea though!
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Post by squiggle on Thu May 03, 2012 2:37 pm

I just have the kid stand over to the side while they make up their mind... once you start painting other kids the parents usually make them make up their minds pretty quickly after waiting so long! LOL
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Post by PerfectlyPaintedFaces on Thu May 03, 2012 3:24 pm

I usually just make a suggestion for them, and they go for it.

"How about a Spiderman? I can do a REALLY COOL Spiderman!!"
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Post by Psalmbook on Thu May 03, 2012 4:07 pm

It just depends the circumstance. Is it shyness? Then I offer them an option so they can nod. Is it the kid that wants a demon riding a dragon while shooting his neighbor (yes this child sat in my chair & I still pray for him...). "Sorry hon, nothing to scary at a church event. How about just the dragon?" The kid that is frustrated & can't decide (these are the hardest)... I let them take their time while their friends get painted & keep asking, "Are you ready? Do you know what you want? Do you like his? You do? How about a tiger just like his?" I had one girl that didn't want to ask 'cause she wanted a "boy" design & was afraid her birthday friends would laugh.
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Post by Guest on Thu May 03, 2012 8:16 pm

I kick them out of the chair and call "NEXT!" they usually decide quickly.

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Post by Affordable Face Magic on Thu May 03, 2012 9:15 pm

How 'bout the little girls that lean over your paints, during the painting...say, as you reach for something & point to more paint saying"...& I want THIS & This &...)!!! I just say the same thing I use for the child that wants BOTH arms or face & arm. "No, Honey, only one thing. There's too many others waiting in line."RE: the count-down, I love it. I've tried the countdown but it didn't help. Maybe I should say "...or I'll decide"??? Naw, you're all right. Ask them to stand aside 'til they decide!
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Post by Perry Noia on Thu May 03, 2012 9:29 pm

it doesn't always work, but you can always have switch to taking the next person if it doesn't work and you gave them a chance to not miss their turn. As for the kid that wants some of every colour you own... Let's just pick two for today and we'll use the rest next time.... then when they narrow it down to 3 or 4, you can pick the 3rd and ignore the 4th Wink
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Post by martha on Thu May 03, 2012 10:02 pm

Is it the kid that wants a demon riding a dragon while shooting his neighbor (yes this child sat in my chair & I still pray for him...). "Sorry hon, nothing to scary at a church event.

LOL @ Linda. So glad you shared that. I have done that before at church events. Sometimes turn demon boy into dino boy as in my current avatar. Last event I painted, I was able to introduce the term "Artist's Choice". Everyone that asked for that got something unique that no one else had and I got a little creative freedom. Loved it (although I still had to do a ton of butterflies and three Spideys. LOL)
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Post by Miss Ronnie on Thu May 03, 2012 11:17 pm

Shannon Fennell wrote: I kick them out of the chair and call "NEXT!" they usually decide quickly.

OMG, Shannon! You are an evil one!!!! Twisted Evil
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Post by Becky521 on Fri May 04, 2012 8:19 am

I have them switch places with the child behind them until they decide. Sometimes they want something but don't realize they can change the color! If they are leaning toward something but seem hesitant I remind them I can do it in whatever color they want, not just what they see in the picture. My husband is great at reminding people that when he is with me!
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Post by MeeMee on Fri May 04, 2012 8:39 am

As one child is getting in the chair, I always ask the next waiting child what they want. If they don't know I tell them them to keep thinking as I paint. In a minute or two, while I'm painting the current child without even turning around, I'll ask again. If I'm close to finishing the child in the chair and they still haven't made up their mind, which rarely happens, I'll ask the person behind them. That usually prompts for a quick response from them. I don't ask when they get into the chair but I like to confirm in case I have a memory lapse. I'll say something like.. You're going to be an awesome pirate or a pink butterfly is going to be so pretty on you.
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Post by Miss Ronnie on Fri May 04, 2012 9:22 am

MeeMee, I have constant memory lapses! The kid can tell me what they want and I get the paint for that design ready and then I'll turn back to the kid and have a total blank out! I'll have to say "Now what did you want to be again?"

I think it's an age thing for me!!! Laughing
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Post by MeeMee on Fri May 04, 2012 1:05 pm

Miss Ronnie, LOL! Can't blame it on the age though. You and I are the same age. Once a little boy went to sit in the chair and I said so you want to be a pretty princess. He said "Nooo!". He had break in line ahead of the little girl that was supposed to be next.
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Post by Affordable Face Magic on Fri May 04, 2012 1:41 pm

Miss Ronnie, I did that about 3x's a week ago @ a huge festival. We DO get tired!

Mee Mee, You made me LOL! Didn't anyone complain first about the "line-jumper or was he too quick?? At my week-end gig, a bounce house/party place I go to if no parties booked (can you tell I'm a newbie?), They pay @ the refreshment stand. They hand me a slip that tells me the # of kids they paid for. A few times I almost painted the wrong 2nd or 3rd kid. Now I ask the adult..."I have 3 in your party. Which ones are yours?"
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Post by Lauri Strandell on Fri May 04, 2012 3:19 pm

Perry Noia wrote:"ok, you have to pick... 5, 4, 3, 2, 1." That's what you get. If they really kick up a fuss, NEXT!

Great! I'm going to try the countdown next time Perry. Right now I just give the boss look and say "tiger or spiderman", that's what you get, end of it..... I dont think I've had anyone cry yet scratch

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Post by Lauri Strandell on Fri May 04, 2012 3:21 pm

Miss Ronnie wrote:
Shannon Fennell wrote: I kick them out of the chair and call "NEXT!" they usually decide quickly.

OMG, Shannon! You are an evil one!!!! Twisted Evil

I love you Shannon, my hero I love you

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Post by martha on Fri May 04, 2012 3:29 pm

Yeah, Laurie, a lot of us want to grow up to be like Shannon. LOL
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Post by Lauri Strandell on Fri May 04, 2012 3:34 pm

Agreed - I think I've responded the same way to a "shannon" post about 20 times. The things that come out of her are soooo funny. I just wish I was as quick Smile

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Post by Be11ey on Mon May 07, 2012 1:16 am

I find if they are sitting there Uming and Ahing between 2, and they are a boy I say "How about a lovely Princess! or butterfly" if they are a girl I say "what about a scary monster or spiderman" usually their mind is made up the next second and then we have a giggle about "Imagine if you made me a butterfly thats so girly!" Haha kids are so cute sometimes!
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Post by elantaura on Mon May 07, 2012 1:44 am

At parties I am more patient and will wait a little bit and kindly encourage them to stand aside while I paint another while they decide, at events it is NEXT!
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