Re: no longer doing henna in public

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Posted by Natasha Papousek on September 4, 2002 at 22:59:48:

In reply to: no longer doing henna in public posted by Darla so Dreadly on September 4, 2002 at 16:56:00:

You go, girl! Reclaim your energy. Take a breather and focus on the
kind of work that makes you happy.

I stopped doing public events after Bumbershoot last year -- it
totally wiped me out for DAYS! And although the money and
camaraderie was good, I had to ask myself at what cost? OK. I did 2
more public events after Bumbershoot -- and both times were worse --
solo big gigs that didn't break even and had rude customers. And I
was tired...bone tired...the kind of tired that makes you question
your existence and your choice of craft...

I've only done private parties and clients since then. And I've
never been happier.

I have a full-time day job and after awhile I just didn't have enough
personal resources to do everything. Something had to give. In my
case, it was big public events. Esp. since I don't have a team here,
so all my gigs are solo --that's very exhausting. Working as part of
a team helps with the gryphoemia (sp?) -- you can vent with your
partners after crazy customers.

Although, I will be doing a big event at a local college -- but my
hours are limited; I'll be a special attraction; and the college is
paying me a flat fee for my services -- so I don't have to do the
lowest common denominator henna to make money. It's a whole
different feeling.

So take as much time as you need to figure out exactly what's going
to maximize your talents and gifts and energy. And then try it. If
you miss doing the big events, you can always do them again -- or do
them in a limited way.


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