What did they tell? They want money? Were they already booked? Perhaps unavailable? Gave you the contact detail for someone else who “does that kind of thing”? or perhaps they agreed to do it for you and then at the last minute notified you that they couldn’t make it?
Why won’t any of them help you? Seriously all you want is for them to donate a couple of hours of their time!
Can I let you in on a secret???
The truth of the matter is that face painting is not so much of a “fundraising” activity as it is a “draw card” for you event.
What? Not a fundraising activity, what on earth do I mean?! As a face painter myself I think I’m able to answer this for you.
You see you rang me and asked if I could donate 2 hours of my time and come and paint for free. But I’m actually donating more than just that 2 hours of time. I have to put aside time to organise my kit to bring with me, organise someone to look after my kids for not just the 2 hours you asked for but actually 4 hours by the time I travel, set-up, paint for 2 hours, pack up and travel back to collect my kids etc. In addition to this its more like 6 hours by the time I pre-organised my kit and then clean it again when I got home, so do you see now my whole day has been taken up “donating 2 hours of my time” to your event?
Not to mention that I can guarantee I will get another 6 charitable organisations calling me in the next week because they saw me working for free at your event.
The other issue for us face painters here is that most charitable organisations are asking for peak booking time ie spring/summer, mid-day, on a weekend.
Summer is the busiest time for face painters, its our seasonal feed after coming out of hibernation after a lean winter. So, if I’m busy donating my time for free at your event in my peak booking period then you are also depriving me of an income to pay my bills...yes this is my day job, my bread and butter, not my hobby.
What I’m really thinking...
I advised you that I don’t work for free.
You answered “Well, by the time I paid the jumping castle people, the ice-cream van and the clown, I am now over budget, so now I can’t afford to pay for a face painter too...”
You see, you have now insulted my intelligence, my professional ability and my talent.
Just like the jumping castle dude, the ice-cream dude and the clown, I have bills to pay and mouths to feed and even if I don’t get a booking for the day of your event I’d rather spend it having a sleep in and cooking eggs and bacon for my family at brunch time.
I have spent lots of money on getting professional training to refine my face painting skills and so on to give it away for free without some kind of respect, I'm just not going to.
So, what did I mean when I said “The truth of the matter is that face painting is not so much of a “fundraising” activity as it is a “draw card” for you event”
If you are offering free face painting in exchange for donations, there are some people who “over pay” and some people who don’t pay at all and then there’s everyone else in between.
On top of that the moment you advertise free face painting, you have just tripled my workload...yes tripled! People will come from North of Whoop Whoop for free face painting even if it means they have to go via the black stump.
So why would I or why should I work triple time for no remuneration?
Your idea in hiring a face painter, especially if you are offering the face painting for free is that they are a draw card to bring people in to use the other entertainment that you are providing at your event, to donate to you coin tins and purchase your merchandise etc and if they happen to get some donations as well then that’s a bonus.
Be fair and respect what I tell you
Realistically anything less than $5 per face is not worth anyone’s time or effort; including yours.
Some face painters pick a charity or two that is close to their heart for whatever reason and then agree to do a certain amount of events for them for the year.
Other face painters, will do free events but may only choose to do a couple each year;
And then there are face painters like myself who choose to either discount my rate or offer pay-per-face with a donation back to your charitable organisation.
When you call the next face painter, maybe rephrase your questions “Hi I was wondering if you have reached your free face painting charity quota for this year?” or perhaps “What arrangements do you offer for charitable organisations?”
Think of it like this....
Tomorrow another charitable organisation calls and asks you to donate $200 to their special cause and you say “well it might run me a little short on groceries this fortnight but I guess i did it for someone yesterday so to be fair I’d have to help you out too”
The day after that a charitable organisation calls and asks you to donate $200 for their special cause and you say, “Um well I’ve donated $400 so far this week, that’s all my grocery money and if I donate this $200 as well that’s half my rent I won’t be able to pay either”
Now do you see where I’m going with this...if I said yes to every charitable event I was asked to do, I wouldn’t have time to earn a living, pay my bills or feed my family.