How to have a Professional Attitude

How to have a Professional face painting Attitude even if you are a beginning face painter: 

How to Act Like a Professional: As a face painter, you are a performer. You are "in Character". Therefore, once you get ready for a gig/event, you are "on stage" from the time you leave your house to the time you return home again. 

Have a good Attitude. A Business attitude. A Professional attitude. Remember this is a BUSINESS and you are a business owner. Have a professional, friendly, and approachable attitude at all times, with Service being your priority, and you will have happy repeat clients.

Here is the Why and How of acting like a professional: 

  • Social Media: People {potential clients!} are reading what you write. Reading what you blog about. Viewing pictures you post. Reading your comments to others. If you are on any Open groups, or comment Publicly, watch your language. Use kind words. Be wise and mature and accountable. Be the business person you should be. Be the performer YOU would want to hire. Always assume someone is checking you out with the potential of hiring you for an event.
  • Your Audience: Someone is always watching your behavior and performance, on and off the 'stage' of your event. Your neighbors watch when you load up your car (I got hired to work a birthday party from a neighbor I did not know, who always saw me loading my car in uniform for events). The early guests when you arrive at the event/gig and unload your car. The kids when you set-up. The host when you greet them upon arrival. The guests at the event when you pack up and drive off. When you are in the restroom. Someone may be watching at all times. It comes with the job. You are kind of like a celebrity at those gigs when you are dressed for your event. Don't arrive with music blasting from your car. Don't smell like smoke. Don't frown. Don't gripe or grumble or complain to the kids or guests. Have clean teeth and fresh breath and clean clothes. Dress modestly and appropriately to the event. SMILE. Common sense, right?
  • If you stop somewhere on the way to or from an event: You are probably in your work uniform/costume (mine is simply black outfit with face painting apron, face painting hat, and eye design painted on myself) so people will be looking at you. Keep business cards in your pocket and purse/wallet in case you are asked where you are going or why you are dressed up like that. Wear a smile. Stay in character. Be On Stage. You are Performing, even then. (I got a pizza parlor gig offer that way. The owner was watching me at a party, and after the gig he asked me to be a regular for his business every week).
  • At the event and at all times when you are On Stage/In Character: SMILE! Stand up straight. Carry yourself like a confident person (even if you are not!) Act like the professional you want to be. Have a Good Attitude.
  • When frustrated: We all get frustrated. We all get irritated. We all get upset from time to time. We all get annoyed by certain parents, hosts or guests. We all get burned out on occasion. It happens. But keeping that Smile and Acting like you are having a great time will help you remain professional and hold it together until you get home. And on the way to the event, do something that cheers you up and gets your energy going, such as good music, a pep-talk (positive self-talk), prayer, whatever. 
  • When you vent your feelings online and in forums: Use constructive criticism and speak well. Your peers are watching you too. Be someone that they can look up to. Raise the standard. This is a profession. Elevate the art of face painting to show people why they should hire a professional! Be proud to be a professional face painter!
Note: Safety and hygiene are very important of course, and those are number one priorities, along with having satisfied customers. Topics such as how to take care of your face painting kit so that you do not cross contaminate those you paint, what kind of paints to use, what kind of glitter to use, and so on will be referenced later in this article).

And now the other information you need to be a professional face painter:

Your Supplies: Professional Make-up Quality Face Paints Only (Never use acrylics; do Not use craft paints or craft glitter!) and professional cosmetic-grade glitter for skin. 
*Why I do NOT use acrylics for face painting here.* 
*Why I do NOT use craft glitter here.* 
Where to Buy professional face painting supplies here.

How to clean your face painting kit. Keep your set-up tidy, your water clean, your brushes rinsed. Look organized (practice your set-up at home). Heather the owner and CEO of SillyFarm Supplies has a great article on this here.

Brushes 101: Which ones to buy, and what they do. Excellent Video here.

Marketing your Business. "The Green {as in Money} Brush": Videos/or and articles, Part 1Part 2.

Being Business minded even if you are very artsy (not business-y) at heart: This is a business. Treat it like one. Have a logo, a website (wordpress, blogger, etc.), business cards always on hand, and a business facebook (not personal profile/timeline) and/or instagram business page. Social networking helps, so remember to act like the professional you want to be when you are on social media. 

Have a Contract, and require a Reservation Fee / Booking Fee to hold the time/date/location/facepainter, even if you think you do not need one. This is part of being a professional and will save you problems down the road when you will wish you had one to back you up. 

Training from the Pros: Learn. Study. Practice. Free face painting training online videos here. Professional FabaTV {subscription paid and free monthly live videos} from the Masters hereBooks and dvd's here. And of course YouTube has lots of free videos for your face painting training. Some of my faves are: Lisa Joy YoungSillyHeatherAshlea Henson/MimicksDenise Cold/Painted Party just to name a few!

Pricing your Work: There is something called price fixing, which in a nutshell means all face painters cannot fix the same price for their work, there needs to be competition. Having said that however, it is important to price yourself (a) according to your talent/skill level, (b) according to your local market and what the going rate will allow, and (c) do NOT under-price your work. This is ART. You are a PERFORMER. You are an ARTIST. You are ENTERTAINMENT.

Pricing Example: Say you are just learning and have very little experience. Maybe you say your hourly rate is $xx dollars/hour. In a year or two and after much training, practice, learning and improvement, you raise your prices an extra +20 $ an hour more, and so on, until you are at $xxx/hour when you have mastered your art and your professionalism (or just because the demand is there and you feel confident you can!)  Should you Post your Prices?

Happy Painting!
~Tricia the Children's Face Painter {Now Retired}

P.S. ~~~ Though I am retired from face painting now, my husband (Jingles the Jester) and I had more business than we could handle back in the day, so I know what worked for us and maybe some of it will work for you, too. I hope so! I am passionate about face painting and will never stop being a part of this great community. I still study face painting trends, watch the training videos, read the articles from the pros, and practice my art. I am ALWAYS LEARNING from the pros (thank God for the internet), always keeping up with my professional skills, always trying to be a light that shines on our wonderful form of Professional Entertainment. 


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