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

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Posted by kenzi on June 17, 2002 at 14:11:52:

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 a great henna weekend! And it also sounds like you
got your business cards into a lot of people's hands which will
come back to you later.

As for leeching friends, i agree with are providing a
service which most people pay for, so don't sell yourself short.
Your neighbors need to learn that they may be bordering on
impolite. In the beginning I was eager to henna anyone who
would sit still and my friends obliged, so I have a debt to them.
Two of these friends are regular models for me now and usually
what happens is that they let me do some experimental designs
on them in return for getting the designs that they want. It's all
sort of unspoken between us but it works out.

You could try to set up something like that with your neighbors,
explaining that if they want free henna from you (emphasize free
to show them that they are getting a gift from you) they have to let
you do whatever designs you want. Also, you could casually fit
any of the following into your conversation while hennaing: "I did
this design for a woman the other day and she couldn't believe
that it was only $40", or "I love this design, but I don't get to do it
much because it's so expensive".

Once you start getting more clients and don't have so much free
time, you will be able to refuse your neighbor more easily. She
will have to accept that you will take paying clients over free
clients most of the time, since you do have to make a living.

Thanks for sharing your experience. It's always interesting to
hear different perspectives and see how all this works in
different areas of the country.


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