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Post by Perry Noia on Mon May 02, 2011 12:23 pm

Here is my most recent blog entry about festival set ups... I hope it might help some of the people who haven't done it before to get an idea of what you might need to bring. http://perrynoia.blogspot.com/2011/05/festival-set-ups.html
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Post by fluttersby on Mon May 02, 2011 6:08 pm

Thanks for the great info Perry. I have never worked a festival, and I am not sure I will get to this summer, but it is something I aspire to be able to do at some point and I find this very interesting.
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Post by Jody Rife on Mon May 02, 2011 9:46 pm

How nice of you Perry, to take the time to share this info. You are terrific. Smile
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Post by Perry Noia on Tue May 03, 2011 12:15 am

Thanks guys, glad to share what I can... I can't claim to be THE expert, but I hope that people can at least learn from the horrible mistakes that I make now and then LOL
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Post by Denise Cold on Tue May 03, 2011 2:00 am

Thank you. Have a booth coming up in June and this was good to read. Do you have other pictures of your "boards"? I'm wondering how to do the quick design board.

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Post by Perry Noia on Tue May 03, 2011 7:28 am

that picture is my old banner actually, my new ones look like this:

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Post by Denise Cold on Wed May 04, 2011 1:27 am

Thank you PN..they look great, you did a great job. I've had a Vistaprint account for years for my side graphic arts business. I'm just starting to use it for myself.

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Post by Jody Rife on Wed May 04, 2011 6:36 am

Perry, I am curious, did it get expensive adding each of those pics on Vista print? I really like how they look but I was thinking they charged for every pic and thought it would be to high? Sorry to be so nosy! pig
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Post by Perry Noia on Wed May 04, 2011 7:37 am

each banner is one image file.... if you look at the image specifications for the banner, they tell you how many pixels the dimensions should be. I created an image in Gimp with those dimensions and inserted all my photos into the one image file, text and all. Then it's one upload.
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Post by Denise Cold on Wed May 04, 2011 1:50 pm

I don't know how hard it is to become one now, but I have a reseller account for doing business cards and get lots of discounts and shipping deals. Things like free photo uploads are included.

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Post by MelodyFPL on Mon Jul 04, 2011 12:27 am

BRILLIANT information. Signs are gorgeous too. Is it in bad taste to ask how much you charge for (A) designs as opposed to (B) designs?
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Post by Perry Noia on Mon Jul 04, 2011 7:46 am

they are either $5 and $8 or $5 and $10 depending on how much I had to pay for the booth. There have been rare occasions where I have made it everything for $5 but only at events where I'm worried that I might not get anything at all that day and full faces are more impressive walking around.
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Post by MelodyFPL on Mon Jul 04, 2011 10:04 am

Thank you for sharing your information and for the comprehensive post regarding festival tips. I am doing my first festival next week (county fair, omg) and I am shaking in my boots!
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Post by Lady Jayde on Tue Jul 05, 2011 10:25 am

One piece of good advice for festival work... if you have a line mangler (yes...mangler...my 7 year old does more mangling that managing at times) paint him/her up in a middle or high price paint design and give him/her the task of walking the festival grounds or sitting at the front of the tent. The parents will be leaning towards the low point design, but often opts for the more expensive design when he/she sees it on a living breathing model (it also helps when the child sees it and wants it, lol). My daughter had her full face tiger and her arms glitter tatted up... all she needed to do was run to get the food vendors or walk through the play area and I had a line outside my tent...
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Post by cattsy on Tue Jul 05, 2011 11:26 am

Perry Noia wrote:they are either $5 and $8 or $5 and $10 depending on how much I had to pay for the booth. There have been rare occasions where I have made it everything for $5 but only at events where I'm worried that I might not get anything at all that day and full faces are more impressive walking around.

How do you decide what to charge for what? At the farmers market I do $5 for pretty much anything, but I have simplified most designs to be half-face or less. For those "something small" people I do something like a kitty nose and whiskers, or a super fast one color eye design for $3.

Do you go by time it takes to do the design? how much of the face it takes? Just curious cause some (like the unicorn mask thing) seem the same size as some of the A designs but obviously would take longer.

Silly question, just trying to figure out people's though process on how they price their designs as I'm still trying to work that out Smile

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Post by MelodyFPL on Tue Jul 05, 2011 10:57 pm

Lady Jayde wrote:One piece of good advice for festival work... if you have a line mangler (yes...mangler...my 7 year old does more mangling that managing at times) paint him/her up in a middle or high price paint design and give him/her the task of walking the festival grounds or sitting at the front of the tent. The parents will be leaning towards the low point design, but often opts for the more expensive design when he/she sees it on a living breathing model (it also helps when the child sees it and wants it, lol). My daughter had her full face tiger and her arms glitter tatted up... all she needed to do was run to get the food vendors or walk through the play area and I had a line outside my tent...

Awesome advice, yes! I am actually bringing two helpers, one of whom has a shaved (shiny bald) head. I plan on painting his entire head and sending him out for a stroll. Carnival manager said I can paint any of the other vendors I want too and have them point people in my direction. Hmmm I might have to go rather early in that case.
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Re: Setting Up for a Festival

Post by CottonKandyClown on Wed Jul 06, 2011 6:34 pm

I love reading blogs! A clown blog is even better! Awesome Smile

I'm such a clown want to be. I'm gradually learning as a I go, but I get more gigs for face painting. I need a real costume that's not from a cheap costume store! LOL I love your big puffy shirt! Where did you get it? I know it can't be a Mooseburger, could it?

I wish we had a clown/face painting section here Smile
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Post by Psalmbook on Wed Jul 06, 2011 6:44 pm

Another big bit of advice is to upsell like crazy! I have gems & liquid bling & offer them for extra. You'll get turned down by some parents, but many will upgrade if you just ask(that's why Super-sizing works so well at fast food places:-)
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Re: Setting Up for a Festival

Post by Mug Shots on Wed Jul 06, 2011 7:56 pm

Awesome advice, yes! I am actually bringing two helpers, one of whom has a shaved (shiny bald) head. I plan on painting his entire head and sending him out for a stroll. Carnival manager said I can paint any of the other vendors I want too and have them point people in my direction. Hmmm I might have to go rather early in that case.


I look for the vendors with kids. They almost always want their faces painted, and many times they won't let you do it for free, so when they start protesting about payment, I offer trades. You would be amazed at the free advertising AND Christmas gifts I get at a festival! lol
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Re: Setting Up for a Festival

Post by Perry Noia on Fri Jul 08, 2011 9:40 am

sorry for the delay, we were away on vacation and while there was wi-fi, it was really slow to load anything...

I made my whole costume, the shirt is an adaptation from the pattern I was using for my original costume which was a Raggedy Ann simplicity pattern. The rest of it was kind of off the top of my head.

As far as choosing pricing, it is based partially on size and partially on complexity. I consider the unicorn mask similar to the butterfly in complexity, while it doesn't cover the lower part of their cheeks, it takes at least as long because of the feathers. There are a couple on my cheaper board that could probably go on the more expensive one, but they show well so I want them around... funny enough, they don't get picked as often as I'd like (the small dragon for example is one of my favourites that hardly ever gets picked)
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Post by MelodyFPL on Fri Jul 08, 2011 9:47 am

Mug Shots wrote:

I look for the vendors with kids. They almost always want their faces painted, and many times they won't let you do it for free, so when they start protesting about payment, I offer trades. You would be amazed at the free advertising AND Christmas gifts I get at a festival! lol

Great idea, I don't know if any of the vendors will have kids with them, but I will surely keep this in mind!
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Post by Geekophile on Fri Jul 08, 2011 1:34 pm

I have a brand new supply to add to my festival packing list. mosquito coils! The bugs were so bad on the fourth- gnats and flies... ugh! I wished I had one then.
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Post by MelodyFPL on Fri Jul 08, 2011 1:38 pm

Geekophile wrote:I have a brand new supply to add to my festival packing list. mosquito coils! The bugs were so bad on the fourth- gnats and flies... ugh! I wished I had one then.

ooooh yes!! Bug repellent is on my list!

Here's a thought... What about a pack of straws? That way if a kid gets a full face design, you can give them a straw to use when they drink so they don't mess it up?
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