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Posted by Erika on July 9, 2002 at 13:23:54:

Florida has pretty unpredictable weather during the Summer. At
least an hour or two of rain every day. I did a festival that
lasted from 12-9:30 onthe 4th. Between 12 and 3 I made less than 50
bucks. It was so hot, nobody was showing up. Then it started
raining and everyone that was there decided to go home. Then the
weather cleared up around 7. Everyone came back and I made another
$200 including tips before shutting down a little after 9. I had
nearly left when it started raining but figured it would suck to
have to take down the tent in the rain. I'm glad I stuck it out. I
made a few contacts for people wanting to hire me for teen parties.
I also met a guy and his wife who were massage therapists and
acupuncturists. They gave me a hand and head massage for a tip.
LOVED THAT! The guy makes jewelry for Renaissance fairs, so I'm
thinking of getting him to wholesale me some toe rings to sell at my
gigs.
The next day I was set up at a health food store. Unbelievably
slow. I did one of the girls in the store for free and didn't make
any money other than that. I did meet a local artist who talked to
me about setting up at a small art show and another guy who wants to
buy some henna supplies from me so he can take it to a family
reunion (out of state.)
Anybody ever sell henna kits? How do I price that? He's going to
need 100g of powder, oil, a j-bottle, some cones, etc...Do I double
my cost?
Saturday I was at a coffee shop. I only made 20 bucks but I figured
that covered my henna costs for the past 2 days so at least I wasn't
at a loss. I did henna on one girl who was telling me about
the "other" henna artist in my area. This other girl evidently has
a huge book and walls covered with flash. I was feeling pretty bad
when she told me this, but then I asked if she used real henna or
that black shit. The girl didn't even know for sure, but she said
that she had a very dark stain (black) that lasted a long time. She
said she had even asked the henna girl about PPD's and the girl told
her, "Well...my stuff isn't tooo dark." I guess she was trying to
let her believe that it wasn't dangerous. Shit! Now I'm going to
have to schedule a trip over there to rant.
At the coffee shop I met this lady who is some type of event/party
producer. She wants me to do henna at an "Erotic Art Festival."
This should be interesting. She says she does a lot of parties at
night clubs..hot wax dripping, suspension....weird stuff, but hey,
I'll have a lot to talk about afterwards.
Yesterday I got a call from the event coordinator at my local zoo.
They have concerts every Saturday night through the Summer, and they
want me to set up there.
So, not a big money weekend, but I got a lot of legwork done on
keeping the business ball rolling. I'm pretty pleased with the
overall picture.
How was your weekend?

 


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