Re: In it for the $$

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Posted by Kenzi on June 8, 2002 at 01:05:29:

In reply to: Re: In it for the $$ posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on June 7, 2002 at 14:31:56:

It's true, we do have to pay rent on the roof over our heads, if only
to keep from getting pneumonia when it rains which would keep us from
hennaing. When I do a particularly henna whore-like gig (sometimes
it is hard to tell beforehand) I remind myself that this funds other
more fun, creative and/or meaningful henna work. If I can keep this
in mind I usually enjoy the gig and meet interesting people. My
cards get picked up and I get called to do more interesting gigs.

I was asked by a salon to be their henna artist but they only wanted
to give me 50%. I argued against this but they reasoned that I could
just raise my prices to cover the 50% I would have to give them. I
thought about this and ran the numbers and finally came to the
conclusion that I would have to raise my prices too high to make any
money out of it (and support the roof over my head). I feel that if
henna gets too expensive it will pass into the category of "luxury"
and I would rather see itg become an affordable, once-a-month
necessary luxurious part of every woman's adornment. Also, if henna
started to be seen as a high-ticket luxury item, Maybelline and
L'Oreal would certainly want to get their corporate paws into the pot
and I am afraid where that would lead.


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