Re: How it went at my first festival....advice for festivals...

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Posted by Alissa on June 17, 2002 at 12:29:36:

In reply to: How it went at my first festival....advice for festivals... posted by Erika on June 16, 2002 at 14:15:33:

Sounds like you had a damn fine event overall, and made decent $$ to

I also sell bindis for others to apply, but rarely have any takers.
It doesn't seem to have caught on here as it may have elsewhere.

I agree, a good "booth bitch" is essential for events. Since I
started having my dearest henna-lovin friend Rebecca as my girl, I
won't do another event without her. It's just too helpful to have her
there to chat up customers and explain henna knowledgably so I can
focus on getting designs done.

As for the pesky neighbor, I think you were more gracious than I
would have been. I think I'd have told her I had only a half hour to
spare or something when suddenly everyone showed up wanting free
henna along with her too.

I have a good handful of friends who regularly get henna done for
free by me (in exchange, I ask them to carry a few business cards of
mine so if they get compliments they can refer me). But luckily none
are pushy, and often they try to pay me even when I refuse to accept.
A henna leach like you dealt with is just selfish, and completely
oblivious to the fact that henna is not just fun and games, but a
service (same as a beautician, etc) and therefore your time and
talent is worth more than what she values it to be.

Best of luck with all the new events you're doing! It sounds like you
have a good handle on what you need for a good event.


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