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An introduction and a question...

Post by Sam I Am on Mon Oct 04, 2010 10:04 am

Hi, I'm Sam and I live in Perth, Western Australia.

I've been face painting for about a year and I got my start as one of the evil Bunnings face painters (if your in Oz you'll understand). I fell in love though and have built up a fantastic kit, done a workshop with Nick and Brian, practice, read and watch every thing I can. I love this forum and have lurked for ages, your all such an inspiration and so talented. Thank you xx.

So now my question, I have been offered a stand at a market, the stand is $185 for the day, its a clothing market geared toward christmas, the stand is far to big for me and I bring everything I need (fatmax, directors chair, money man) should I try to get them to lower the price for a smaller stand or just suck it up and get the exposure and practice at a ppf gig.

I'm also taking my burly (but very kid friendly) brother to deal with the money for me, so he will need paying.

I would just love a bit of advice, the whole taking money to paint faces thing still gives me the heaby jeabys.

Thanks

Sam
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Post by Tracalla on Mon Oct 04, 2010 12:17 pm

To me $185 for a day seems a bit steep. I would see if the market would let you sublet part of your booth to someone else. That way you maybe you could network with another company, and split the cost of the booth possibly.
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Post by Psalmbook on Mon Oct 04, 2010 2:16 pm

A lot of face painters go to the organizers & explain that since they are providing a service & not a product, your income is based on the numbers of kids they can paint & what the participants will pay for services. This limits your income. Ask if they will give you a reduced booth fee, as you are adding to what the market will be providing. A lot of organizers will understand & since they want you will give you a lower fee.
Figure out how many kids you can paint in an hour & how much you're going to charge. Then figure how many hours it will take to make your fee back. This helps you see the big picture & if the event is worth the time.
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Post by JBax on Mon Oct 04, 2010 8:37 pm

Agreed.

If those fail, maybe you can find a vendor who is already there to let you work from their booth. A face painter attracts kids, where there's kids, there's parents who have to wait in line. Instant captive audience to hear advertising or peruse their goodies.
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Re: An introduction and a question...

Post by michellesfantasyfaces on Tue Oct 05, 2010 2:14 am

welcome!
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Post by maurs on Thu Oct 14, 2010 2:16 pm

A clothing market eh?? Well, you can buy two or three frocks, but you can only get your face painted once. That might give a better perspective to the organiser when you go to haggle the price of the booth Wink
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Re: An introduction and a question...

Post by Sam I Am on Fri Oct 15, 2010 2:25 am

Thanks all, the markets fallen through. I'm not surprised as they were asking a lot for the stalls and not advertising very well, also the quality vendors were dropping like flys when someone found out that that they were letting in mass produced stuff and still claiming it was a boutique market.

Ah well, Im not stressed any, my agents just got me a massive shopping centre gig for all of November.
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