Re: Lots of questions about slinging at an India Festival


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Posted by Maureen on October 31, 2002 at 14:42:20:

In reply to: Lots of questions about slinging at an India Festival posted by Erika on October 30, 2002 at 16:46:23:

Hi Erika,

I agree with taking basic design elements from a design or style you
like and find ways to simplify it.

I would never suggest working with a new tool or new partner for the
first time at a gig that was real important to me. There is a lot of
time between now and the date of the Indian Festival. Perhaps you
and the same person can arrange to meet and do some work together
under a different circumstance. Regardless of what agreements or
arrangements you make up front, it is only in the crunch and in the
moment of a large event that you will find out how competitive the
person you are working with...how honest the person is...how the
person deals with people...how much of a team player/partner the
person is capable of being. Some of these same things will reveal
themselves if your work with the same person on something small. If
the event didn't matter to you, I would say just go for it. But
since it does matter greatly as a way to get a foot into the door,
you will need to be sure of who is with you...if they are capable of
having your back...if they can represent you and your business well.
No one is going to remember or separate out the nice competent and
friendly and distinguish you from your partner in this endeavor if
that person leaves a lot to be desired.

If bottles work for you they work for you. For this sort of gig you
need to go with your strengths and comfort level. I would not want
to be discovering anything about a tool with a line of folks in front
of me. There is time between now and the event for you to play with
other application tools and determine if you can gain at least equal
mastery and comfort level as you now have with your bottle and #5
metal tip. If you by that time have mastery of two tools and if your
are interested in switching...then you will also know which tool
works best for you when laying the lines of the designs you intent to
have available.

It would be really nice for you if you find that you and the other
henna artist from Orlando will be compatible in the way you work and
can then work out terms. Having someone to work with and who can
cover for you and you cover for them...and even to have someone to
talk to during down moment....help to set up...help to breakdown is
truly truly a wonderful thing. Even if this does not work out for
this event, you might want to start networking and identifying some
one or some folks you may be able to partner up with for some other
time and events. Splitting table/booth/vendor fees with someone you
can work with makes a lot of events affordable with a partner that
you couldn't consider doing alone.

Let us know what you decide and how the event actually goes.

Maureen

 


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