|Posted on August 14, 2016 at 9:05 PM|
Some may say Face Painting is the dream job... I can't really argue, I get to go and share my love of art with so may people. I get to be a part of the most wonderful events. I have even been called the highlight of their week. I just love it when you see children who you have painted in the past who are so excited (if not a little shy) to see the face painter.
What many people don't see is all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes. I am fortunate that most of my work outside of the house happens during the weekends, which means I can be flexible with work during the week to still be able to be there with them when they need me.
We are a small local, family run business. Seven years ago I just started painting my own children for fun, we were soon being invited to paint a parties and events and before I knew it I was running my own business. Running a business definitely comes with its own challenges, especially while juggling small children, growing our family and running a household. My husband also works 2 other jobs as well as helping out with the painting and balloon twisting on the weekends. To say life if busy is an under statement.
Running a face painting business involves a lot more than just painting faces and taking a few bookings. I spend a lot of time practicing and working on new designs. I am forever studying, finding out about new techniques and researching new products, to make sure we are always offering a top quality service for what ever type of event we are involved with. I am always on the lookout on ways to keep the business growing.
There is a lot of time keeping you all up to date on our website and Facebook page. There is an amazing online community of face and body artists that are continually sharing and inspiring each other. I really do try to share as much as I can with you all and answer as many questions as I can.
Not only do I paint, I also teach. There is a lot of time put into putting together classes or online tutorials. (I am currently working on classes for FABACONZ - the New Zealand Convention which will be happening in Auckland next month - I hope to see you there!) And Yes! I am still working on a book (when I find time between everything else!)
Then there is all the boring paperwork involved in running any business (I won't bother boring you with details) It takes up far more time that I would like.. but it is essential to keep things running smoothly.
There are many roles one has to take on when running their own business, and I have really enjoyed embracing each new skill. Not only am I a face painter, I am a manager, marketer, writer, accountant, web designer, photographer, and a teacher, all on top of being a Mum.
What we may lack in size we definitely make up for in Passion. We have grown this business from a baby and are very proud of where we are at today. We sill strive to offer a professional service, while maintaining that personal touch. We are grateful to everyone who has supported us over the years and we value our customers because we know they are the reason we are still here today.