Beautiful...and some ranting about henna as a business


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Posted by Anne Beltestad on July 24, 2002 at 12:57:57:

In reply to: Anne - Medfest was a bummer posted by Kree @ Gilded Lilies on July 24, 2002 at 04:58:03:

Hey Kree,
though I know you all worked your asses off setting up, and I'm sure
the booth fee off the top was painful, as well as having to compete at
such a small fair, I would LOVE to make $15/hour doing henna!
Kenzi and I get very few hourly gigs, and the last public thing we
did, after expenses, we got $20 each for sitting there all day
watching unhappy hipsters sulk and abusive parents yell at us and
their kids, after the same kids bugged and bugged us for free henna.
Plus Kenzi's stupid neighbor told me at the end of the day that I
needed to lose weight, and now I wish I'd kicked her ass (verbally of
course).
If I were in Seattle I would advertise and go nuts helping you, but I
don't think I will live there again.
Also, I wonder if we will ever be able to have work like we used to
several summers ago. The economy is dwindling thanks to the inherent
contradictions of basing its stability on unsustainable consumerism,
there are more and more people doing henna (and people will pick the
McMehndis over us half the time) and I question whether we can ever
have that again.
However, as Kenzi well knows I am still adjusting here, and not having
henna appreciated like it is on the West Coast is still weird, and
uncomfortable when you sit there all day and pray to make back your
expenses.
One question though: Why on earth have all these festivals to whom
you've been loyal for years and years suddenly decided to let in other
artists?!?!
Are you finally ready to move to the Greek section of Queens?!?

see you soon

Anne

 


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