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Post by Kw00 on Sun Jun 15, 2014 7:48 pm

So, I need better paints (working with Snazaroo, gonna get a Diamond FX 12 color pallet and a rainbow cake) . I need a nice tablecloth with a skirt to hide my belongings. I need professional attire. I need a good chair for stand up work (am currently borrowing my mother in laws). I need a practice head. I have two public gigs coming up and 5 birthday parties. What should I focus on investing in first? I know it's a tedious question to answer but I would greatly appreciate any help I could get. I am not the best business woman, but I am trying to learn.

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Post by artyfacesbyluz on Sun Jun 15, 2014 8:14 pm

1. Paints, 2. split cakes (just a few)3. rainbow cakes
4. good brushes.5.business cards.
You can practice on your arms and legs, but a good work relies on good quality products, split cakes will save you time and help to produce the wow effect.
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Post by Boe on Sun Jun 15, 2014 8:27 pm

paints! Smile
im thinking of starting my own business too! and i think it might be a good idea and cheaper to get a bunch of solid colors and make your own splits.......... im i wrong?

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Post by rthling on Sun Jun 15, 2014 8:33 pm

You need paints, brushes, and a good attitude. The rest is just trimmings.

And I hated my practice head. I sold it to a haunted corn maze.

My festival booth has grown little by little. I don't know anyone who can afford to just get it all at once. But just in case you can, here's pretty much what I take to a festival.

Tent
Rug
Tables
Chairs (both lawn and professional, for face painting and glitter tattoos)
Table cloths (no skirts. I stash personal stuff in the bottom of my kit that is mostly empty while I work.)
Lighting
Extension cords
FAN (I sweat like a soldier. BOO!)
LOTS of business cards
Trash can for both stations
Buckets to fill with water to weigh down my tent
Signs
Banner
Feather banner
A Pelican case full of all sorts of odds and ends, such as: wipes, hand sanitizer, zip ties, bungee cords, ball bungee cords, a pillow for henna, step stool, paper towels, TOILET PAPER, trash bags, knife, hammer, etc.
Cooler of water bottles and assorted snacks


And then there are the kits:
Face paint kit
Glitter tattoo kit
Balloon kit
Water jug

Hope that helps. Happy painting!
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Post by TheGildedCat on Sun Jun 15, 2014 9:29 pm

Here's what worked for me (ymmv) when I started:

I'm really tall and I paint standing up, so for me, a good director's chair would be #1. Painting out of regular chairs just doesn't work for the way I work.

After that, I'm going to sound wierd, but DON'T go crazy on paint. Get a few basics until you make a few more bucks, then a few more basics, then more bucks, etc.  Plus, the more you work, the more you'll figure out what you really *need* and you won't be tempted to blow your load on pretty colors that don't end up being workhorse colors for you.
Check out the late Brian's Wolfe's kit - perfect simplicity! http://youtu.be/P6ZiIhWNouA

Also, check out Kerry Ann DePetro's kit (she had a six-figure income one year from face painting). Her kit is the epitome of simplicity:
http://youtu.be/RiUInj0_qPQ

I did my first gigs with a 12-color small pallette from wolfe (http://www.chitchattheclown.com/product-p/pal5.htm) and one rainbow cake. From there, I built an EMPIRE! [Hahaha, or a small deserted island, but whatever, I have cookies and rum and glitter on the island empire.]

FYI: Wolfe/DFx/TAG are very similar, so whatever floats your boat.

Tablecloth: Dollar store or Party Store plastic tablecloth in whatever color you like. Save a better one for a corporate event or a private birthday party. Festivals are inherently messy.

Clothing: Depends on what image you want to project. I favor the black slacks (washable!), and a simple polo or shirt. I wear a cool vintage-cut apron I found at a hardware store. I let my art do the talking - not my clothes. By dressing in slacks (as opposed to jeans), I also fit in at corporate events.

Business Cards - if you want people to find you - this is essential. If you don't have the capital to order some, you can buy templates to print them yourself (Officemax, Office Depot, etc).

After that:
1. Chair
2. SIMPLE paint purchases until you figure out your style and paint preferences
3. Metina's Glitter - this is an all-around GREAT color for all faces: http://www.facepaintforumshop.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=47
4. 3 Brushes: #4 round, #1 round, 3/4 inch flat one-stroke - with those you can work magic.
5. Spray bottle
6. Sponges (tack sponges, giant carwash sponge cut into pieces, or these: http://www.facepaintforumshop.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=740&CartID=0)
7. Q-Tips - cut in 1/2: for lips, dots, whoopsie pinky-smear erasers, etc.
8. Water jar and something to refill it from.

Everything else will come as you get more work and more $.

#1 Business tip: Make sure you're charging enough to actually make a profit. Nobody feels like a professional when they first start, but you are. You're charging for your service. You're representing the industry. You're a REAL face painter. If you don't charge enough, you can't build the rest of your business.

Good luck!
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Post by JJJJJ on Sun Jun 15, 2014 10:52 pm

I agree with Gilded on the charging. I charged a good price right out the gate and my booth at my first festival was swarmed all day. For the first festival I had ten choices at $10 each and that was that. And it was non-stop busy!

Over time, I of course developed more. I began to stagger my pricing and to offer $7 choices and also some at $12. People continued to mostly choose the more expensive options.

But the important thing, like Gilded said, is to represent the industry. Do your very best work, every time. And charge a fair and good price for good work. Many people are so used to paying $5 for small sloppy hearts on cheeks and wobbly outlined butterfly smushes, and this is what they have come to expect. This is sad and when they come to a booth offering great work, they are more than happy to pay well to have special art on their child.

Good luck to you! Enjoy the journey! Oh, and get the best poop-up you can buy when the time comes. I decided to shell out $450 for a Caravan that was heavier, had pull-rings instead of buttons on the uprights, had a heavier fabric tent top, etc. And I sprung for good tent weights too. I have never regretted (and every time I put up the tent, I am so so happy) getting this. It is truly easy to put up, and it holds up where other tents have twisted and mangled. I figured I'd rather pay more for something that could last several years, than to have to buy three or four cheaper tents year after year.

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Post by JJJJJ on Sun Jun 15, 2014 10:54 pm

Oh my gosh! I said "poop-up"! Fessy is going to choke on her cookies!

I meant POP-up! I really really really did!

I am going to bed now. I am too verbally dangerous to be on here!  What a Face 

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Re: Need help with prioritizing my purchases for my new business!

Post by Forest-Fairy on Mon Jun 16, 2014 8:56 pm

out of all the stuff you mentioned Moonbow.Masquerade the chair would be at the top of my list. You need to have good support for your client to sit in and a proper height so you don't get back problems. THAT is most important thing, More important then a table cloth, or new paints event. Invest in proper equipment for comfort and posture or else you will regret it soon.

After that invest is good brushes, and then paints. Signage of course and business cards. The rest is toppings really.

http://www.facepaintforum.com/t16069-the-kit-essentials

Here is a write up I posted here on the Kit essentials. Perhaps I will make a 2.0 post for displays and event tents!
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