WHAT THE BODY ARTIST YOU ARE PLANNING TO BOOK FOR YOUR EVENT SHOULD KNOW- Body Artistry Do's & Don'ts 101
When booking a body artist for your next event, there are several KEY things you should look for in a Body Artist that goes beyond their design ability and natural talent.
Thinking of training staff or volunteers instead? This key list of critical things you should do and not do, will guide you to be fully prepared no matter which avenue you decide to venture upon.
Although you may think of face painting or temporary tattoos as just another "add on" activity to your event, there are potential risks and benefits that can completely change the outcome of the experience for our guests. This is why I have created this list for you to consider the various options available to you. Regardless of your event "budget" there are certain elements that are more important than others, and ones you should NEVER compromise on. Remember, you get what you pay for!
2. SCOPE OF PRACTICE/ DESIGN ABILITY
PERSONAL SAFETY OF YOUR GUESTS
SAFE SET UP FOR ARTISTS & GUESTS
THE TRUE COST
What are you really paying for when you book a Body Artist?
You are paying for not just their supplies, but their skill level, and professionalism. I don't know how many times I have had people try to cut the cost of the gig by offering to buy supplies, or asking the Artist to do the job of two people for less than the price of one. If they are not in your budget range, that is fine, but remember these are real people who DO pay taxes, and must be accountable for their gigs to their union, insurance provider, agent, and government.
Body Artistry IS a trade, and not just something ANYONE can do. Although more and more people are learning the tricks of the trade, an Artist has set their prices for a reason. The travel time to and from the gig, the time to clean and prep the supplies in between gigs, the time to order and arrange their products, type an invoice for you, answer your questions, and put a qoute together for you, all takes TIME.
Very few professional Body Artists are rich, so remember the price they have given you is most likely fair and reasonable even if it sounds to you like they are getting paid $100 hour, once divided into all the things they need to do for one gig, it is alot less. Just like any business, they have costs. They also have to pay for their own health insurances, travel insurance etc, so its rather insulting to make comments about their worth as an Artist. Often times this is the reason really good Artists retire early, and it has nothing to do with whether or not they are talented or enjoy painting.
So, remember, respect the Artist, and respect your Guests. Treat them well, and expect the best. Ask questions, provide support, and above all, do your research before bringing in an Artist. Ask for references, and do not allow the price of an Artist to be the main factor in deciding on who you want to book.
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Stephanie A.E Strugar
Certified Grumbacher Painting & Drawing Instructor.
She is a retired Certified Face/ Body & Temporary Tattoo Artist.
Caricaturist. She is currently an active
Public Speaker, Consultant, and Arts Educator in the Manitoba and greater Canada area.