Festival Faces & Feet

Glitter faces, hair, beards, arms……….

Summertime, wonderful everyone in great moods,  with the lovely warm sunshine we’ve craved is finally here,  which also means the great British Festivals are back, and anything goes. Music, friends, family, laughter food and lots and lots of glitter, even the guys are loving glitter beards these days. I love festivals because of the buzz of happiness is all around I’ve worked in Coventry, and London to say I have a brilliant time is an understatement everyone has so much fun.

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Branding utilise for your business 

Branding trying to help businesses.
Whether starting up your company or looking to re-brand, educating yourself on the importance of branding can ensure that, in this saturated world of business, you can stand above your competitors, with the right plan.
Not only is a brand a promise to your customers, but it tells them exactly what to expect from my service, who I am and what I do.

Just look around at some of the biggest brands in the world, their branding is so strong you need only to see the flash of red or an apple, to know which brands people talking about.

Many small businesses confuse marketing with branding, but in fact these are two separate mediums that simply intertwine. Marketing promotes your brand, and your brand is your business personality that I’ve created.

If I can create a strong brand presence,  that relates to my target audience, it will become an asset unto itself.

A truly incredible brand goes beyond a great logo and tagline. It has an idea behind it and a clear sense of purpose that drives everything that the company does and is associated with.

Defining who I am as a business is a time consuming adventure of self-discovery, of which seems everlasting.

It may take week or months until you hit that light bulb moment, but when it all comes together it’s worth it in the end, you will know when it’s right.

So begin this task asking yourself some questions:

* What’s your company’s mission statement?

* What are the USPs (Unique Selling Points) of your product or service?

* What do your customers perceive your company to be?

* What attributes do you have for your customers to associate with your company?

You have to set yourself somewhere in your industry. Are you top end which takes time, or lower end because your still gaining knowledge, are you an experienced company with traditional skills, or a new company with innovative ideas, for the new business world.

Do research into your prospective customers, so you get a feel for what they think when they see your branding.

Communicate your brand as much as possible everywhere you can and every spare minute you have to engage your audience. The foundation of your branding should be epitomised in a strong logo.

This is one of the biggest parts of your business, also encompassing  the very essence of who you are and what you stand for, this shouldn’t be created ‘on the cheap’ as they say. Qualified graphic designers are so helpful when getting it right, an incomprehensible logo that doesn’t make any sense and hasn’t been designed with the target customer in mind would be a disaster.

 Customers will gain an instant first impression about your business as soon as they see the logo as when they see you it’s the 30 second rule. You must ask yourself how it’s going to look on every aspect of marketing, from the letterheads, website, social media, to any promotional products you may have in mind for the future.

Even the psychology behind logo design can enable you to create a voice for your brand. Whilst rounded designs are often viewed to be feminine, straight shapes have been proven to resonate well with men. An increasing trend in logo design has been the use of green and blue tones, as these colours represent eco conscious, although mine are all colours.

Many brands are moving away from busy and outdated image themed logos, and moving to ones with cleaner lines, less imagery and more on the font. If you choose to create your logo yourself ensure that you are aware of these trends and the different meanings behind colour, I always check out the colour as some are not good colours for business.

Be aware

Branding is hard, but once you’ve nailed it you then have the difficulty of ensuring your brand message is never tarnished. Being consistent with where your branding is placed, and how it remains true to itself, will reassure customers that your business has integrity.  They will know you anywhere and if you have built a great reputation they will stop and look at what it is your saying.

Now your brand logo should only be assigned to products or adverts that you feel represent your brand philosophy. Deterring in any way will undermine the very concept you took so much time creating and have built on your vision. So be protective of your branding when beginning any marketing activities. If someone calls trying to persuade you into an advert just let them know the budget has been placed for this year.

Now that you’ve got you’re knowledge for the basics of business branding, use your brand identity in every part of your business almost everyday. From the way you answer the phone, right down to the way you dress, I have my brand on shirts and hoodies to keep me warm!!! Make sure your business is brand ready at all times, and you will succeed at capturing your audience, and hopefully keeping customers too.


Face Painting Explained 

Yes, I do this for a living, face painting is a real professional job! Many people seem to think that this is a hobby for me, something that I do for my own personal enjoyment, rather than a way to pay my bills, as everyone else does. Nothing could be further from the truth. Some people are in the care industry, solicitors, teachers, some people are … face painters. Face painting is a business just like everyone else has a job this is mine!!! 

I pay for face painting public liability 5 million insurance as I’ve worked with the council’s local to me, you can only work with the higher amount of insurance. I pay my tax and national insurance as everyone else does!! Ive taken training courses, only last Wednesday did a course on the business side. I travel far and wide to learn, and attend extremely expensive workshops and events to train and buy products. I refer to those of you that I paint as my “customers”. As a professional face painter this is my business, I take great pride in what I do, I represent myself therefore my reputation is on the line.
 Is my job fun? Well of course I love it I wish I’d done it years ago! it’s one of the most fun jobs I’ve ever had! But just because what I do is fun, doesn’t mean it isn’t a real job. It’s a lot of work, behind the events too. I meet so many people who are always shocked to hear that this is my actual profession, as I deal with a networking group of ladies people expect me to say something business like a PA, or a Manager of some sort. I’m sort of classed as a meaningless person when I say Face Painter. When I proceed to tell them I have insurance…it’s a registered business… that I go on business courses … many people look wide-eyed! Then they say I had no idea you do all that as a face painter and it’s an actual job. I am here to let you in on a little secret, it is and it’s truly fantastic.

Cool Pix

Zoe’s place is a charity in Bedworth to help children with cancer, they need lots of help as all charities do. Kirstie decided to bid on me to do facepainting at her son Rudy’s sixth birthday, lots of fun was had by everyone an amazing day and help for Zoe’s place too. If us face painters gave a little of our time for charity it all helps.