Re: OMG- My first Festival Gig- Need your best tips.
Posted by Lauren on May 31, 2002 at 14:39:28:
first gig. It was a lot of fun and made some decent money. Here's
what's worked for me-
You definitely need a sunshade. Not only will it somewhat protect
you from rain and sun, it gives you a "storefront" without which you
seem much less professional. Also it gives you a place to put up
signs, which is crucial. Make good signs with high contrast that can
be easily read from a hundred feet away or more. If people don't kow
what you do, they won't come by.
You will also need a table for your working stuff and a table for
pattern books. This can be the ends of the same table but you need
access to the working stuff without bothering the people looking.
Bring a friend who can talk and watch your stuff. I get so involved
when hennaing that I sound like a total moron when I try to answer
even simple questions. I also wouldn't notice if someone came by and
walked off with my books. Your friend will need to be able to tell
people what henna is made of, how it works, where it goes best, and
how long it will last. Any unusual questions can wait for you to
finish a line or whatever.
Some people mark prices in their books. I don't, as it lets me shift
them depending on what else is going on. Also, it brings me into
better contact with customers as I find out what designs they really
like, even if it's not what they end up getting.
Get books! Go to CCJ's bookstore and order one of everything! You
especially need Henna The Joyous Body Art and Spellstone. I
recommend getting the download instead of the printed books for two
reasons. First, you can remove anything you don't want to do, or
that takes too long or is too complex. People at a fair will wait in
line for maybe 15 minutes a person but if you start to take longer,
they'll wander. Second, if and when somwthing is spilled on it, you
can go to your files and reprint the page instead of ordering a whole
new book. Still, put the pages in a pocket protector. I also
recommend a book of pictures of your work. Have at least one set of
pics with the same design with paste on, then paste off, then a day
later, then a week later. This will answer many questions if people
can see what the progression is like.
Make aftercare sheets with info on how to care for and keep the
design. You can put your contact info on them and essentially give a
business card to everyone that gets a design. Also have regular
cards so you look like more of a pro.
Best of Luck, and let us know how it goes!
: I almost peed my pants when I got the confirmation email saying
: I would be a welcome addition to FridayFest. This is a once a
: street party in our downtown area. It's only going to cost me $40
: each month to set up. I could really use some tips on pricing and
: set-up. Should I buy a tent or something? Do you think insurance
: would be a good idea, if yes, where do I get that? How much powder
: do I need for a 6 hour festival if I'm working by myself? I could
: really just use any advice that you've found useful.
: Thanks so much,
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