I spend a lot of time watching YouTube videos on face painting and other art forms in this same line. I was very much inspired by a beautiful and talented young woman by the name of Lisa Joy Young. Not long after discovering her, I came across Heather Green of Silly Farm, shortly followed by Anna Wilinski of Jest Paint. There are many others out there that have influenced me but these are those ones that have inspired me the most.
I get all of my products online and spend a lot of time comparing prices, products and through experience with each of these, I discover their quality or lack of “customer service”.
My husband and I have owned and operated Boogey Lights since 2001 – we know how important it is to keep customers happy. It is the secret to a successful business. You see, it doesn’t matter how much you spend in advertisement… word of mouth is your best advertisement. if you have unsatisfied customers, the word does get around. Now, I’m not saying that every customer that complains gets everything they want but we will do all that is reasonable to turn them around. Sometimes, you can never achieve that… some people are just never happy no matter what you do!
In the face painting industry, so far it seems that everyone does a good job at keeping their customers happy. What appealed to me was each company I dealt with, was very friendly and as a matter of fact, an cyber friendship has developed in some cases. Of course dealing with face painters/artists can be a little different than dealing with bikers as I do in my industry! Not that there’s anything wrong with bikers – it’s pretty obvious that dealing with folks that work around children is going to be very different than dealing with folks that ride steel horses! I’m just saying!
I’m rambling here and getting away from my blogging goal! As I said, I watch a lot of videos… many, many have inspired me and shown me how easy (and sometimes how difficult), certain techniques can be. I think what happens is that many of these artists start making videos only when they are very good at what they do and produce videos that assume that the viewer is at the same level.
For instance, when I first started, teardrops were a challenge to me. It didn’t matter how many “how-to’s” I watched, my teardrops never looked “right”. I felt discouraged at times because I thought if I couldn’t master teardrops, I probably couldn’t move on. Then one day an epiphany occurred! It wasn’t technique, it wasn’t the brush, it wasn’t the rubber head, it was the PAINT!!! This could simply be a “Christine” issue but as soon as I switched from Snazaroo to DFX, my teardrops looked just like they were supposed to!
Then I had this issue with roses. Didn’t matter how many different painters I “stalked”, I just couldn’t get it. Then I realized that the main reason I wasn’t “getting it” was that I wasn’t “seeing it”. Those wonderful face painters out there that can easily face paint themselves (I say this with a jealous tone – I wear reading glasses and can definitely not paint myself!), always seemed to have their hand in the way. Although I paid attention to the verbal instructions, all the magic was hidden behind the back of their hands!
So, the point of all this is to let you know that I plan on occasionally producing videos for the true newbies like me. Maybe I should start the “Facepainting for Dummies” series… what do you think?
So, bear in mind as you watch my videos, most face painters are much better at face painting than I am – My hope is to reach an audience that is just not quite there yet… as I am. I’m hoping to produce videos for the person that has just gotten into face painting. I want to share with other newbies how to reach the next level. Whether it be with face painting itself or the how-to’s of storing products, setting up, working out agreements, etc.
Please feel free to comment and as my mother always said, “If you can’t think of something nice to say, don’t say anything!”