Re: OMG- My first Festival Gig- Need your best tips.

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Posted by Maureen on May 31, 2002 at 18:02:50:

In reply to: OMG- My first Festival Gig- Need your best tips. posted by Erika on May 30, 2002 at 21:14:42:

Hi Erika,

Congratulations. Sounds like you are now launched...:-)

All of the advice below is excellent. A few more tips.

Think about how you are going to manage your space. How people are
going to enter your Gazabo or whatever you far back into
your space you want them to much access you want them to
have to your work space. When you decide these things, arrange your
your things within the Gazabo so that it dictates and controls where
people are. You might have a few chairs in the area where you want
people to wait. And your tables set up so that people can't get
beyond a certain area.

Also, think through just how you are going to manage designs on
people. Are you sitting and they standing? A you both sitting? If
some one wants the top of their foot done, are they going to be
sitting in a chair and you on the ground or a stool? If they want
the bottom of their foot done, how are you going to manage that.
Having them face the chair back and put their knees on the chair seat
(a cushion helps) will allow you to work on their foot easily from a
stool. But, mainly I am saying think about what furniture, supplies
and whatever you are going to need based upon what designs you will
do. If you only want to do designs in certain no backs
because you won't have the place for them to lie down or whatever,
make sure you have that on a little sign. If you are going to do
backs and bellies, determine what if anything extra will you need.
Will the customer be stainding...lying on your table. Know that now
and have you area set up for it.

Are you going to do children? If so $5.00 for a little design on
them seems right. But they do smudge it and do create another set of
problems trying to manage little ones in your space. Also consider
age 5 as a cut-off age, the youngest age child you will do.

To your Gazabo, scarves and streamer draw attention. Ballons tied
and flapping in the wind addes the addition of sound to use to draw
attention to your place.

Do have your aftercare sheet typed up and looking professional. You
don't want to put the prices of designs on your sheets because you
may change them later and that will make the sheet obsolete. But
color codes can be helpful. With a color dot (the ones with the
sticky back) on the sheets with designs so you could refer to your
own price list if you don't remember the price of a specific design.
Eventually you will know the prices just by looking at the design.
But sometimes on your first gig, other things get on your mind. Your
color coding and personal pricelist will keep you from having to
remember or make something up on the spot.

Think about how you are going to take a break when you need one.
Having someone with you is just essential for making these events
manageable. Where are you going to go to use a restroom? Map it out
for yourself so you won't be caught in an emergency.

How and what are you going to eat? Are you going to carry something
along to eat? That is what I recommend if this is an all day
affair. You will also want to carry along something to drink that
will keep you cool on a very hot day. So you are talking about at
least a small cooler. Which is also great for carrying your henna in
and storing your cones or bottles that you are not using.

I am sure you will come up with other details that you will want to
map out and make sure you have planned for. It is those details that
ultimately can make your day smooth or crazy.

Hope this is helpful.



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