Friday, February 27, 2015

Hiring a Face Painter Costs That Much???

If you're shopping around for the first time looking for entertainment you may be in shock when you find out pricing.  Don't freak out so soon, a lot goes into that amount.

What you are paying for?

Before I started my career as a professional face and body painter I had no idea what a face painter charged or what that cost included.

Here's a quick breakdown
I charge $100 per hour for private parties with face painting services.  Before you read this, I just want to say this is not me complaining.  I love every minute of my job - even the paperwork!  Let's say you book a one hour party...
  • I spend at least 10 minutes during the booking process (providing your quote, answering questions, creating a contract and invoice)
  • I spend about 10 minutes to sterilize and pack my kit for your event
  • I drive up to 30 minutes distance- that's included in your price
  • I arrive 15 minutes early to set up  - that's included in your price
That's an hour or more of work before your event has event started.  Not including practicing and creating special designs to match a theme or special request.  
  • I stay 15 minutes late to clean up - that's included in your price (sometimes I stay longer if someone showed up late or there were more guests than expected)
  • I drive up to 30 minutes home - that's included in your price
  • I spend about 15 minutes cleaning my kit and supplies
  • I spend at least 10 minutes to follow up about the event and bookkeeping
That's another hour of work after your event is over.  Not including unpacking my car and kit.
So far that is at least 3 hours of work for $100.
Besides the time directly related to your event, I also have business expenses; a huge list! All the things I pay so I can operate my business.  I won't bore you with every penny but the largest and most pertinent of which are...
  • Taxes - that's right I have to pay taxes
  • Liability Insurance - this protects us both
  • Supplies - I buy only cosmetic grade, FDA compliant supplies
  • Advertising and Internet Fees - how else would you find me
All that and I still spend hours each week...
  • practicing and learning new techniques
  • on workshops and classes (which can cost hundreds of dollars)
  • networking with other local businesses 
  • updating my social media accounts to keep people interacting with my business
I spend most weekends and holidays working, taking time from my family.  That is probably the hardest part of my job.  Other than that, the list above and the rest that I do makes me happy.  I am fortunate enough to be my own boss and do something that I love; at the same time being able to bring happiness to others.  After all is said and done I may not be making a ton but I am happy; and it doesn't get much better than that!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

What to Look for When Hiring a Professional Face Painter

If you are thinking about hiring entertainment for your next event, face and body art is a great choice! 

So... what should you look for when hiring a professional?

Let me start out by saying that just because you find a face painter online or at a public event does not mean that they are a professional.  I mean they are in the sense a "professional", because they are working in a profession; but that doesn't automatically mean you should hire them.  

Back to the question - what to look for... Safety, Quality, and Professionalism! 

Do they have a website? 
Almost everything you need to know about them should be on their website.

You should be able to see:

  1. Is the artist using cosmetic supplies? There is a difference between “professional supplies” and cosmetic supplies. Professional supplies may be great paints and expensive; but they may not be for use on skin.  Anyone applying paint, ink, or glitter to the face or body should only be using cosmetic grade products. There are many brands available, but only one brand local.  
  2. Is the artist/business insured? For face and body painters in NYS there are no special permits or insurance requirements.  It is at your discretion if this is a necessity for you. To me… insurance is a must! Even though using cosmetic grade products make an allergic reaction less likely, they can occur.

  • Photos – you want to see photos for a couple reasons…

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  1. Do you like the quality of the work? If you don't like their designs or artistic ability shown on their site, it will not be any better at your event.
  2. Is their work consistent?  If you see a couple spectacular designs and others that are messy, chances are they have photos of other's work portrayed.

With social media and google images are easily available, you can find almost anything when you search.  Even though it's wrong, some artists use photos that do not belong to them to show examples of what can be done with face paint.  No one should ever use a photo that is not theirs, but it does happen.

  • Testimonials – you want to see that previous clients are happy.
*Reviews can be tricky because anyone can leave one. Check for accounts with the following… GigSalad, GigMasters, Thumbtack, PartyPop… etc. These are popular vendor sites that only accept verified reviews from clients who booked through the site.

A true professional face painter will display all the above and more:

☑  Professional demeanor
☑  Good with children and adults
☑  Arrive early to set up and stay late to clean up (without charging you)
☑  Should have their own table, chairs, and canopy if you don’t have them available
☑  Be able to deal with a crowd and adjust their time and designs according
☑  Have an ample kit that is clean and ready to go
☑  Refuse to paint the face of anyone with open wounds, skin problems, or obvious sickness

Most face painters charge between $100-$200 per hour, per artist.

Spend a few minutes to check out your local face painter; compare them to others, make sure you get what you pay for!

Find out What You Pay for When Hiring a Professional Face Painter!