Last night Season 2 of the SyFy show Face Off premiered. It was extremely awesome because two of our talented friends were featured. I have had the pleasure of working with Nix Herrera and Athena Zhe over the past 10 years, at the Face and Body Art International Convention and other industry events. I have witnessed Athena and Nix blossom into creative forces to be reckoned with. Kudos to both of them for having the courage to enter the competition, and to be open to criticism of their hard work.
Many of us avoid being judged by all means possible. We avoid the scale because of fear of seeing what we donâ€™t want to see, we avoid posting pictures of our artwork out of fear that someone might say something we donâ€™t like. Nix and Athena took that plunge and from that, we can all learn a lot.
If you are experiencing a slow month on bookings, pick up the phone and fight the fear of hearing no. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Call your local library and ask to speak to the activities director, offer discounted or free face painting so that you can pass out your business cards. Contact other painters in your area and organize a jam, make new friends and network with other outlets that might be able to bring you business. Join the chamber of commerce and get involved in the community.
All of these are great ways to drive in sales and get your name out there. You might hear a few noâ€™s before a yes comes your way, but just as Athena and Nix bite their nails each challenge, they donâ€™t give up. They push on with their chins up and know that giving up is not an option.
Catch new episodes of Face Off on the Syfy Network, Wednesdays at 10/9c.