What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
There are sites dedicated to face and body paint. I surf those about once a week, gleaning new ideas and trying them out on my kids....poor kids.....the shrink is going to love hearing the stories how I traumatized them at such a tender age)
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I stumbled into it at my son's band booster's Fall Music Festival. Phyllis Fowler was one of the school board member in Sunnyvale She was doing face painting and I was asked if I'd help her...I was terribly slow and clumsy, but had so much fun, I determined to get better at it and quick. Now I do birthday parties (mainly), school functions, fairs and corporate functions and work a couple of parties a month.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Since I do so many things, I get called for all sorts of events where an entertainer is needed. I do birthday parties, baby showers and weddings, corporate events, and alot of non-profit events when I believe in them. There are very few things I would turn down if my schedule is open. I do book up quickly though and if I am not available I will help you find another artist. I have several I can refer you to, or call in if you need more than one artist at your event
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I worked at a fundraiser for Butterfly Children (children with a disease that makes their skin tear by just touching them). There were a couple of the kids there. They were entranced by the entire evening and we raised many thousands for these poor families. It was a wonderful success and I was ery thankful that I had something to give that would help.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
If you've got a huge party, you might do better with 2 artists for 1 hour than having your guest wait for 1 artist to finish in 2 hours. I have another artist that I can call.
Artists often have a warm-up time. So, that special design you want on the birthday girl....have her be the 2nd or 3rd person the facepainter works on.