Re: Quesions about henna gigs in New England

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Posted by Christine on June 4, 2002 at 01:07:50:

In reply to: Quesions about henna gigs in New England posted by Lauren on June 3, 2002 at 15:53:59:

: I did an event on Sunday and it made a bit less than half of last
: year, which is odd as the weather last year was nasty but yesterday
: was henna-perfect.
: Anyway, I've been reading about people in other places having great
: crowds and waiting lists and stuff at events, and I've never gotten
: that. Is this a New England thing, or do I need to change my set-
: up? I usually get *enough* customers but not the large numbers of
: other artists' gigs. I'm usually doing smaller events, maybe 2-
: people, but even at the big festival of 60,000 I didn't have a
: constant flow. What has your experience been?
: Lauren

As for New England in my personal they are a funny lot(well as you
know I'm orginally from NYC)they are either conservative or I hate to
say it they do not appreciate art forms. In New england first of all
it has to be "trendy", second of all it has to be instant
gratifcation. and third simple not complicated. fourth they have to
away from their cell phones or Palm pilots to realise there is a
world out there and if the phone doesn't ring then they are not
interested.(cruel words but true) poeple if they want henna they will
seek you out. If it were the Sono arts Festival or New Haven Intl
festival you would do great. Harborfest & Oyster Festival is all
about the food & drink, yes they have art & entertainment but those
are geared as "food festivals" people are more interested in the
newest microbrew or the chowder than getting hennaed.(that is why I
don't do them people here don't like hard sell, you will loose more
customers that way, and the flip side- they will want your undivided
attention-there is no middle ground sorry to say. (unless you had
different experiences with people)
Henna at least in my neck of the woods it is all about parties and
keeping up with the Joneses(Not offense Catherine)since Susie had a
party, katie want's one too. And so on. I don't really advertise, I
should but I don't. And it a hit or miss and I do parties when my
work schedule permits. Weekends forget it I work retail-so festivals
are out of the question for me and I like to enjoy them not work them-
unless I'm dance performing. For me parties are ideal for me. (my
husband is my helper so I am safe in that way). the new england
festivals they are either art related or food related. go figure. If
you haven't guessed. this is they way of festivals in CT (like i said
people here are a funny lot) I never seen your booth set up so I
can't comment if you are doing anything right or wrong. I am just
letting you know about the difference in festivals and venues in CT.
And it depends what your henna confort zone is,in translation where
you are the most confident doing henna(excuse spelling) whether doing
parties or festivals. I hope this helped.

Christine- who hopes she made sense


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