When balloon twisting and face painting move from something “fun to do”, to “this IS what I do”, it can feel a bit like a freefall. It’s one thing to be confident while you are having fun with a few kids in the neighborhood or at a friend’s party. It’s quite another to “set up shop” and get serious about promoting your passion.
I am sharing a few posts here and there about my journey and the resources that have helped me “up my game” while retaining a love for the art and creativity that go into these entertainment disciplines.
First a foremost – I have a mentor. I consider this person a friend first and mentor second but, in reality, those two are “smooshed” together. She lives and breathes helping other entertainment artists and has been a Godsend to me. You can learn more about her wonderful creative talent at https://www.theclassyclown.com/ and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MidwestFunFactory/
What can a good mentor provide?
- Avoiding major pitfalls. Yeah – you still have to “live and learn” but they can help guide you around the major pits of darkness that you didn’t even know existed. Entertainment is a competitive business. Some people play “nice” and some just don’t. Like any other competitive business. It helps to have someone knowledgeable in your corner.
- What you actually need to buy to get rolling versus all the WONDERFUL things that are available. They will remind you that buying is not the same as creating (or practicing).
- Encouragement to put your foot in the pool. There are so many incredible postings on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube. It’s easy to forget that ALL those people got started with basic balloons and/or face painting designs. And they were bad at it in one way or another. AND that some people are really, really good at creating photographs. Nothing wrong with putting your best foot forward. But for a newbie, it’s important to remember that not all that sparkles is gold – and there is NO substitute for practice, practice, practice.
That’s enough to chew on for now. Do you have a mentor? How have they made you smarter/better at your chosen enterprise?