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On Saturday I face painted at the local Cineplex Odeon theatre, the Grande Prairie Grande, for a couple of hours for their Community Days.  It was a national event where Cineplex Entertainment ran free movies and provided, in many locations, free face painting and balloons, and concession items were $2 with all proceeds going to Starlight Canada, their foundation for seriously ill children.

Starlight Community Day

A lot of professional face painters across the country were hired for these events which is fantastic.

When we (mom came with me to wash brushes) arrived at 8 a.m. to get set-up there was already quite a line of people waiting.  They opened the doors at 8:30 and I was immediately slammed.  The line did not end… even after all the movies had started.  I was shutting down just as the first movies were ending so there was a lot of “sorry, I’m done” happening as I packed up.

This was one of the few times I didn’t paint my face to work.  We were up so early, and I had to get mom up and ready too, that I just didn’t bother.  I thought I might do something once we got set-up, but there wasn’t any time.

Last night I spent sending out confirmations to all my weekend bookings.  Everyone responded – no cancellations.  Got some more information from some of the customers about what they want.  I will be spending part of Friday pre-making “skin” for the zombies and corpses to speed up the application process.

This year Zombies and Frankenstein are the most popular.  I’ve already done one Monster so far this season…

I also was booked for a party on Sunday night.  As it was October 30 I assumed it was for a Halloween party. But when the customer came by to drop off the contract and down-payment I realized she was Muslim, so I asked her if it was a Halloween party (didn’t want to make any assumptions).  It isn’t.  It is a celebration party for the freedom of her country –  a party to celebrate the freedom of Libya.  So I asked if there were any restrictions as to what she wanted me to paint – said no, some kids will want flags others tigers.

So… I got on google to make sure I know which flag is the right one to use!! Red, black, green horizontal stripes with a white crescent and star in the centre black.  Simple graphics and colours.

I’ve also got bookings for early Monday (actual Halloween Day)… and I mean early.  I have one for 6 a.m. yes, that is 6 A.M. in the morning!  He wants to go to work as a bloody corpse.

Author: Shannon Fennell

Multidisciplinary artist, world traveller, make-up artist, and cheese lover. I follow a low carb lifestyle to keep my diabetes in remission. Canadian expat in the UK.

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