I started painting my own face at Halloween time when I was a teenager. It was at the time when I was too old to dress up, but I still wanted to be festive and participate in Halloween. And, I usually could spend less on costume pieces, or throw something together from my closet if I had a cool design on my face. Plus, I didn't like to wear masks. Too hot and uncomfortable.
Flash forward to now. I have three little girls, and they have lots of parties. I started painting their faces and their friends faces. I still love doing it. Well, after we moved from California to Texas, we were struggling with finding good jobs, and were having some financial challenges. I wracked my brain for a year trying to figure out how I could make extra money.
I don't remember exactly what happened, but on September 6th, of this year (less than two months ago) I had a idea... I could learn some new painting skills and start face painting professionally. Or could I? I started watching You Tube videos. I figured out what paints and tools I needed.
A few days later, my mom was visiting. I started talking about wanting to try this. Meanwhile, I had jumped right in, and signed up on Thumbtack as a Face Painting Professional, and had already booked my first gig. But I needed practice! My mom said she would help me get some supplies. We started with a simple primary pallet and a few brushes.
We were going to our friends kids birthday that weekend, and I would have an opportunity to try painting a large group of kids (with no pressure, since it was free), and see if this was a good idea... EVERYONE loved it. The kids were happy, the parents loved my designs and patience with the kids, and told me that I better start charging more for my services (my first gig got me at a steal). That was amazing!
The day after that, my girlfriend called me really excited. She said that one of the
parents at the birthday party posted some pictures of my face painting on Facebook and someone in their school carnival
committee saw, and wanted to ask me to come paint at the carnival. Wholly cow! So, my mom, bless her, helped me get more supplies. Pro face painting supplies are not cheap. So she invested in me.
In 10 days, my side career in face painting exploded. I booked 4 more gigs. At most gigs, I would book another gig. I got booked for a National Night Out, more birthdays and some Halloween city and corporate events. October has been amazing.
I have always been a serial entrepreneur, but never really could get anything off the ground.