Hi I’m Kate, and yes this is my ACTUAL job…..
My husband asked me the other day “if we were to win millions on the lottery, would you still do your face painting?”… my answer was a resolute YES. I think that there probably aren’t many people in this life that could say that. I have a job (and yes, non-painter type people it’s an actual JOB not a hobby, or a sideline - a real, paying, skilled job) that is hard work, sometimes back-breaking, not to mention all-weather, and can be extremely challenging but…..is mainly joyful, exciting, and full of COLOUR and creativeness and SPARKLE. I count myself as having one of the best jobs imaginable.
Unlike many of my fellow talented artists I do not have a background in Art, and wasn’t in the least bit artistic when I was younger, infact my family are still rather bemused at my making a living with such a creative career! My first foray into face painting was when I worked for 10 years with Adults with Learning Disabilities. They were performing a ‘Cats: The Musical’ show and so I was thrown in the deep end - but it was all great fun (and probably atrocious face painting!).
I gave up work to have my babies (I have two energetic boys, 5 and 8 years old) and fate was to show its hand when I volunteered to help face paint at the school’s summer fair, with an old crusty snazaroo kit, terrifyingly long queues and a few photos for guidance! Despite all of this I got some really nice feedback, and just had a feeling that I needed to give this a go. So I bought a basic kit, did a lot of research, contacted a local, amazing painter (who is now a great friend) who took me under her wing, gave me some amazing advice and practiced practiced practiced.
PTA first kit horror story vs oversized current kit and neons above
I’m now in my fourth year of Kate’s Faces and still feel like a newbie (does that feeling ever disappear?) but I’m lucky to have had some fabulous clients, worked with some amazing artists and have a fantastic local network of talented painters whom I work very closely with. I also now have a ridiculously large kit, which I am continually adding too (ssshhh, don’t tell the hubby). I adore face painting, and glitter, and special effects and gore! I adore baby bump painting too – it’s magical painting a bump and feeling baby kick from the outside! I would like to delve more into the world of body painting and plan to use this blog to show you how I get on!
I’m so excited to get involved in blogging for The Face Painting Shop – I’m going to be writing about my life as a face painter, how I built the business up, face painting and family life, doing step-by-steps and lots more so let me know if you have any topics you’d like me to cover.
I would also really love to help, and support other painters who may need it – so if you can think of anything you would like me to help with- be it a certain design you are struggling with, or a business issue, client problems, if you are a newbie and want to start up etc please do comment below or get in touch - It doesn’t have to be on a public forum. You can contact me through my Facebook page www.facebook.com/KatesFaces26 or website www.katesfaces.co.uk and I would be really happy to help.
Hi There!! Welcome to my first EVER blog, my name is Jane, I’m 40 and live in Leicestershire UK with Mark (human) and our fur babies Ted (dog) & Socks (cat). I hope to take you on a somewhat brief journey of how I found face painting and how it became my full time job.
In January 2017 I launched my face painting business ‘Daisy Jane’s Face painting’, with the intent of it being a little side hobby to earn me some extra ££ at the weekends. But fast forward 5 months and I had left my “main job” to become a full time face painter and a dream come true!
But hold on, let me just take you back to 1993, I clearly remember sitting with my careers advisor at school and being told, “You can’t make a living at drawing and painting. Why don’t you work with children instead? You can draw and paint with them!”.
Whaaatt?! It had never crossed my mind to work with children, but that’s what I ended up doing for 20 years! After qualifying, I worked in a nursery for a year, I then spent a year in New York as an Au Pair and on my return to the UK I began my 18 year “career” within Children & Young People’s Services, working with vulnerable children and families, eventually spending 8 years as a child behaviour specialist.
Initially I loved it, but as you’ve no doubt heard before, over the years the government cuts and restructures took its toll and my role was morphing into something I had not applied for. With work load, responsibilities and stress rising my health suffered and eventually my happiness. I needed out… so I quit!
What the…. Am I going to do now?!
I wasn’t trained for anything else!
So for the next 18 months I bumped along in a few part time jobs, trying to find a new dream. I actually really enjoyed a couple of those jobs, but my health still kept getting in the way.
I know… I hear you! “But what about the face painting?!”
Well, something I’ve not mentioned is that over that 20 year period I was often “roped in” to help out. Part of working in area I did, we periodically organised open days and fund raisers to encourage families to come along and get involved and face painting always went down well.
You know how it goes… “Jane, you’re ‘arty’, here’s a box of 5 Snazaroo colours, one brush and one sponge… would you face paint for us?”
Of course I did… admittedly I wasn’t very good, but I absolutely loved it.
After one of these types of events in November 2016, a few people suggested to me that I should do it ‘as a side thing’. I mulled it over for a couple of months and after deciding I could really do with a bit of extra income, in January 2017 I decided to ‘Feel the fear & Do it Anyway’ (Great book by Susan Jeffers BTW!).
For the next 4 months I worked part time and during my days off I started working and building up Daisy Jane’s Face painting. I worked really hard behind the scenes, I practiced, I researched, and invested everything I could into my kit. By May 2017 my calendar throughout the summer was getting really full; I was even turning away work during the week. So I then took another big gamble. Well, I was getting used to these life changing decisions now! I decided to leave my ‘main job’ and focus all my time and efforts on face painting.
So there you have it… for the last 15 months I have been a full time face painter and I can safely say it’s the best career decision I have ever made… ‘Take THAT careers advisor!’
Of course, like many of you I don’t just face paint anymore; I’ve added some other strings to my bow and have plenty of exciting plans for the future. The BEST is yet to come!
I am really looking forward to sharing my thoughts, product reviews, tips and tricks in my future blogs. I’d also love to know if there is anything you would particularly like me to blog or vlog about, so drop me a comment below.
And finally, I just want to say… ‘THANK YOU’ for reading my first blog, I hope it wasn’t too self-absorbed! But I think it’s important going forward that you know a little bit about me. If anyone has a similar story, I’d love to hear it, so please share it with us in the comments.
Until next week…
Well here it is… my first EVER blog post!
I am super excited to have been asked to blog on behalf of The Face Painting Shop, and, I’ll admit, I’m a little daunted at the prospect! I hope I can, along with the other wonderful ladies on board, manage to share things that are useful and interesting to you all. I thought that I should start by introducing myself to you, and talking briefly about why I LOVE being a working face painter.
I’m Kathryn Craig, I’m 39 (eeeek!) and I live and work in Belfast, Northern Ireland. I am wife to David, and Mum to Ruby, 9, and Jude who is 15 months old. We also have a boxer dog, Bodhi, who keeps me on my toes (when I’m not tripping over him every time I turn around.)
My business is called Magical Masks Belfast, and last week saw our 5th birthday. In the 5 years that I’ve been working as a face painter, I have managed to grow what was initially my little side-line, into a fully functional business, with high profile clients that I could never have dreamed of working with when I tentatively posted my first advertisement on Gumtree, (silently hoping that no one I knew would see it and realise that it was me!) I started when my then 4 year old daughter developed an interest in having her face painted. I have an art background, graduating from the University of Ulster in 2001, with a degree in Applied Arts, and I had the classic “how hard can it be?” thought, promptly buying myself a little Snazaroo kit on Amazon. The answer, as always, was “harder than it looks!” and I fairly quickly got stuck into the process of upping my game, and educating myself about the world of face painting! Since then I have attended training with incredible artists including Juliet Eve, Sarah Smith, Naomi Gay, Jennifer Parker, Teresa Mullin, and Livi Lollipop, which has been amazing, and I now have a complete addiction to changing and adding to my kit, which is among my most treasured possessions!
This year, I have been focusing on growing the business, and it’s been a year filled with lessons learned, which I hope to be able to share with you all in future blog posts.
‘I LOVE MY JOB!’
How many people are lucky enough to be able to say that and mean it? Sure, there are stressful parts, crappy days and times I feel like throwing the towel in, but all in all, I genuinely do love my job! I love being self-employed, and I have the best work life balance that I have ever had. I’m able to walk Ruby to and from school, and hang out with Jude during the day. I can choose which jobs I want to take, and which I want to pass on. I can, for the first time in my life, see a direct correlation between effort applied, and financial reward, and am more motivated than ever.
I love that my job allows me to be creative (although on days were I’ve painted eleventy-billion unicorns, that can be challenging!) and I love how I get to work in places, and with people who I would otherwise never have encountered. I have had the privilege of working with some truly inspirational people, from refugee children, to local celebrities, and everything in-between. I feel privileged to be invited to share peoples happiest, and most intimate moments, from birthday parties to baby showers, big community fun days, to small family get togethers. A face painter is always a great addition!
I Love how there is an amazing community of face painters worldwide who share their work, share their knowledge and are always around to help and inspire other artists, new to the business and long in the tooth alike! I feel very blessed that here in NI, we have a strong face painting community, and are always helping one another out with tips, advice, empathy, comradery, and regularly working together on big jobs. Over time, these people have become friends as well as colleagues and we know that we genuinely have each other’s backs – you can’t ask for more than that!
So yes, I DO love my job, and I can’t see that ever changing. If you have had one of those weeks where you have answered endless enquiries, and not taken a single booking, or are feeling disillusioned with the whole thing, take a quiet 10 minutes and think about all of the positive things about being a jobbing face painter. It’s not always easy, but it is SO worth it, and we are all incredibly lucky to be able to use our artistic abilities and creative tendencies to make a living.
Anyway, That’s enough from me for now, but I will be covering all of the things I’ve talked about today, and more, in more detail over the coming weeks and months, so stay tuned, and a massive thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read my first ever blog post!
Our company director Nathalie has written some top tips on writing effective website content...Read on......
Your website represents your company. If your website content writing is sloppy, bloated or confusing, you’re going to lose sales, no matter how good your product and services are.
On the other hand, great web writing can help you across the board. Your blog posts earn more shares, your pages will earn backlinks and your site will start to earn trust the moment visitors click on.
Here are a few tips on writing content for websites
*Keyword stuffing is never okay
Keywords are a means to make your content valuable, readable and search-friendly. But when you start cramming in keywords, it does the exact opposite.
A page stuffed with keywords looks dubious and untrustworthy — to both Google and human readers. Your conversion rate and SERPs rankings go down, along with your page views. Readers will start to see it as a low-quality page and bounce quickly, and over time search engines will start to decrease you’re ranking.
There are a lot of factors that go into creating viral content. Promotion is a huge factor, and brand identity, timing, and plain luck all play a role. But almost all viral writing shares one thing in common; emotional impact, you need to make the visitor to your website that wants to read on and explore more.
So the next time you’re crafting a piece of ad copy or web writing ask yourself, “What’s good about this story? How can I give this more emotional impact?” Find it, and you might just have viral website content on your hands.
Good intros are hard. It can feel unnatural to skip right to the point. You want to provide some background, warm the reader up and then work your way to the main topic when you feel ready.
By that point, your reader is long gone.
Your website isn’t literature. Visitors aren’t there for your nuanced language or slow, measured flow. They’re there to get information or solve a problem (ideally by buying your product or service.)
And if you don’t give them a reason to care about your article, they’re going to get that information or solve that problem somewhere else.
The latter! Nothing drives us crazier than people putting apostrophes in pluralized words. When in doubt about spelling, capitalization or grammar, Google it!
There’s never been a better time to learn as you go. Double checking the words/grammar/spelling/etc. you don’t know about can help you catch mistakes and internalize the rules, so you can write correctly without looking it up next time.
If your positioning is clear, it’s much easier to stand out on the web and be found. If your message is clear, it’s much easier to create a persuasive web copy.
Be clear. Be specific. Be bold. Be amazing
The Face Painting Shop would like to introduce you to our new fabulous team of bloggers. These artists will be writing about thier experiences, giving advice, product reviews, step-by-steps and more. Keep an eye out on our page www.thefacepaintingshop.com, our Facebook business page and the original face painting tips and tricks group (The Face Painting Shop - tips, tricks and questions), where they will also be available to answer any questions. We are delighted to have them on board, please give them a warm welcome.
Please take a moment to congratulate our very own Ellie Roberts who has been announced as a finalist for Essex Business Awards for Apprentice of the year. She has her final interview soon and the awards night is Friday 25th May, We are so excited for her and of course MEGA PROUD <3
The most important social date in the Face Painting World!
Come and join us for an evening of wine, cake, food, special offers, paint and of course our legendary goody bags to celebrate our 5th birthday.
Every year we love to mix it up and this year we have done that! so get ready for a fun-filled evening with your painting friends.
Everyone is welcome - including little people
From 3pm at The Face Painting Shop
Facebook Event Link - https://www.facebook.com/events/1262290257241599/
The launch of our sister company is happening tomorrow - check out all the details here - https://www.facebook.com/events/159195358040900/
We would like to thank all our customers for their support this year and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Reminder for our Christmas opening and delivery times
Our last day for UK orders is 20th December
Last date for international orders 15th December
Christmas Opening Hours
Thursday 21st December 2017 - 8.30am - 3pm
Closed until Tuesday 9th January 2018
Please note orders will still be shipped over our closing period - they will occur slight delays
(Please note that internet orders will still be shipped out during the Christmas period when the retail shop will be closed but will be delayed due to posting if your order is urgent please email firstname.lastname@example.org)