Re: Going Pro

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Posted by Maureen on August 29, 2002 at 01:21:40:

In reply to: Going Pro posted by Nancy on August 27, 2002 at 23:20:12:

Hi Nancy,

Sounds like to have an educational issue on your hands too if the
festival organizers don't seem to know what henna and mehndi are.
For festivals that will take place reasonably soon, the email and
pics sound like the way to go. But for next years festivals and
affairs...and no it is not too soon to be preparing for
might want to prepare for yourself a nice flyer...right on your
computer...that gives information about you and your contact info,
some information about what henna and mehndi is, how applied (brief),
that it is done at festivals all over the country and add your pics
of your work throughout. In most cities there is something
comperable to a Department of Parks and Recreations for both the city
and the county. There is usually some money that comes from these
city and county departments that goes to help fund community
festivals as well as huge festivals. They can provide you
information on every festival being held in the city and county that
they provide some funding to. That information includes contact
information. The same for arts councils. Right now you can get the
information relevant for this year. The information doesn't change
that much from year to year. Mainly the dates when the festivals
occur is what changes. Anyway, get the list and send your flier
along with a letter requesting to be added to their mailing list for
vendors for their next festival. I think if they see the work they
will recognize it though they don't always know what it is called. I
imagine you will successfully get on the mailing lists and receive an
application in the mail. Once on the mailing list you can't bribe
your way off. The other thing you might find worthy of getting
on...and I don't know what it would be called in Chicago, but here it
is called something that has to do with "Culture and Tourism." It is
usually funded through the city. The role is to publicize the city
and bring in conventions and such. What these organizations also
often have responsibility for is getting extras, locations, makeup
artists, etc. for movies. Find them and just for the heck of it, get
on their list. It usually cost nothing. Just requires you to fill
out some forms. And when movie makers come into town, they are given
the book created from the lists and they choose local talent from
that one book. As popular as mehndi is becoming, it may well be a
good time to get listed.

I found that once you start doing a festival and network with other
vendors, you will find out just through the vendors networking about
every festival, fair and vending opportunity in your location and
around the country. Just get yourself positioned to get into a
couple of the festivals you would like to take part in and then
network with the other vendors. Collect some of their names and
phone numbers specifically for the purpose of sharing information
about upcoming festivals. Some people travel the country year round
doing that sort out and get acquainted. I find
business people are very helpful to other business people...and they
are the ones with all of the trade secrets and inside information
about what vendors are paying the full vending fees and which ones
are not and why and whether or not you have a shot at being one of

Good luck!!



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