Posted by Maureen on September 8, 2002 at 05:23:49:
My advice is to heed the words of your mom, Flavia. I tend to find
mom's rather cautious when it comes to having their child go out and
risk themselves in a public venue...they kind of hold their breathe.
So when one says, "You are ready!" I tend to believe that to be so.
Llissa's designs are wonderful for the price point you are
considering. So is Alex's first Spellstone book. You can get to
llissa's designs straight from the web at her website.
Also choose those designs that you do the most often yourself, love
to do and can do in your sleep. Cut and paste some pages together of
a mixture of designs for yourself and go to a copy center and have
them copied...or find a friend who has a copier available at work or
somewhere who can make good clean copies. Get some of those notebook
plastic sleeves and put your pages in them in a two or three ring
notebook. Put your prices outside the plastic sleeve...having pages
of $5.00 designs and pages of $10.00. Don't feel it necessary to
start out with a big thick book. Start out with a book only of
designs that feel manageable to you right now. Too many designs
often leads to indecision in people wanting designs and just more for
you to manage on your first time out.
Then think about the sort of experience that you want to make this
for the people getting hennaed, and view yourself as the instrument
for the making of that experience. If you are by nature a calm
person...use that and create a calming experience. If you are a
person with lots of energy and excitement...use that and create a fun
entertaining experience. Have music that corresponds to the
atmosphere that you are creating. Place around you, where ever you
are working, things that are a comfort and familiar to you. Take
along your favorite thing to snack on.
Remember, people like to be tended to and to be around positive
energy. If you are pleasant and enjoying what you are doing, you
will be contageous. Long after the stain has disappeared, people
will remember what it was like to be with you as you did what you did.
What is nice about doing anything for the first time, is that you
bring wonderment to it. Embrace the mystery of what the day will be
like. Know that you have done your preparation and that you know
what you need to know to be there doing what your are doing. The
only thing you do not know...is what it is like to be there doing
what your are doing. One day later, you will know that too.
Do share your experience with us. Looking forward to it.
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