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Products, Productivity, and Small Business - Chicago Burlesque Dancer Red Hot Annie Weinert
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Red Hot Annie / Ann Marie Weinert
Date: 2011-06-27 16:36
Subject: Products, Productivity, and Small Business
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Wow! What a productive day. I managed to sift through a lot of the papers that have been sitting on my desk and answered a lot of emails. Hardly seems like work, but it's a necessity of running a business, of course.

Later this week, I'm working as a makeup artist for Target - and I got to go on a shopping trip yesterday to pick up products to use for the gig. I especially love shopping when someone else is paying the bill! I picked up a couple palettes from Pixi, Napoleon, & Jemma Kidd, along with some foundations from Sonia Kashuk.

Fortunately, I'll have a chance to experiment with them tonight, since we're filming Ep. 4 of VaudezillaVision. I'm particularly curious about the darker pigmented foundations, as I've found many brands are very hit/miss with African-American skin tones, which is baffling here in the 21st Century.

It's going to be a good week - with this many day jobs, it might even be the kind of week that makes it so that I can afford to go to BurlyCon later this year. We'll see.

Overall, I'm feeling really happy and content about how well things are turning out. I'm learning a lot about myself while I refine how I do business - making a lot of small changes that appear to be adding up to some big picture improvements.

It sounds strange to actually say this out loud, but there have been times when I didn't really fully realize that I had to be the person who says how things are done in my business. I assumed that if I had a good product, experts would come along and dictate how certain aspects are done - but actually, experts come and go. And it turns out that that's actually a fundamental problem small businesses have - not just me! A lot of us love doing the things we get to put our hands on (like dancing or makeup), but so few of us focus on making our business sustainable...so few of us realize that the people we depend on may move on. Reading and observing and asking business people all of my burning questions is bringing me so much perspective, and I feel really excited about the next wave of Vaudezilla, and I feel super content letting go of our old habits, refining our approach, and even embracing the unavoidable drama as a part of doing business.

I feel so much more centered. The occassional nasty email or facebook post just doesn't bother me lately - I'm too busy working on my business! I love being an artist, but the truth is, I think I love working on the business end of being an artist almost as much! :)

xoxo

Annie
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Miss K
User: thatblackchick
Date: 2011-06-27 22:16 (UTC)
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I'm particularly curious about the darker pigmented foundations, as I've found many brands are very hit/miss with African-American skin tones, which is baffling here in the 21st Century.

Thank you for caring about this and not being one of those sort of makeup artists who doesn't give a shit and ends up making their Black models look like clowns. That is the main reason why the only movie I've ever been in, I can't bring myself to watch...my makeup was absolutely horrendous and I was totally embarrassed by it. I clearly recall saying "these colors do NOT go on Black women. This shit isn't going to look right", but nobody gave a damn. I let my white male roommate watch the movie and even HE said my makeup was all wrong and he couldn't believe they put it on me. :(
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Red Hot Annie / Ann Marie Weinert
User: redhotannie
Date: 2011-06-28 03:05 (UTC)
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I'm actually very passionate about this because it pisses me off! I don't understand how we can have progressed this far towards civil rights and not have foundations that match darker skin tones.

It seems like subtle, intentional segregation, and I get very angry about it. The beauty industry as a whole has got a loooong way to go before AA women can sit in a hair/makeup chair and not feel anxious if their stylist is white. There are inadequate products and training - not to mention a whole batch of cultural sensitivity that most stylists can only get the jist of if they read AA beauty magazines (which I do)!

In point of fact, I tried the foundations mentioned above - and the darkest tone they had (and they only carried 6 tones) was beautiful - looked great on a lighter-skinned, carmel-ly colored African American woman.

To me, the lack of deeper, darker tones beyond that is bogus!
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Miss K
User: thatblackchick
Date: 2011-06-28 15:59 (UTC)
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Yeah...beauty is still behind the times. I would never feel comfortable having a white makeup artist unless I had seen their portfolio and saw that they had worked with AA women (and not just light skinned AA's either) and had done a good job. I also wouldn't feel comfortable with a white hair stylist either, unless they had been educated in black hair care. Maybe it sounds bad but its true.

I look forward to the day when I don't get incredulous looks from white people when I tell them my skin gets darker in the sunlight and when white people stop asking to touch my hair, like I'm some sort of circus oddity. I get mad when that sort of stuff happens, but then I have to remember that eurocentric beauty is still the norm, and I am not. I try to stop getting mad and use those moments as teaching moments instead. But it still irks me very much that its 2011 and I have to give people a science lesson on how black skin can tan just like white skin can. Have you found any makeup lines that are especially good for darker skin tones? My mother used to use Flori Roberts years ago. The only foundation I have ever bought was MAC and I loved it. However, I seldom wear makeup so it typically isn't an issue for me, but when I DO want to wear makeup, I know I can't go to places like Target for it. I have to go to the mall and go to the MAC counter and drop $$$$$. :/
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Red Hot Annie / Ann Marie Weinert
User: redhotannie
Date: 2011-07-01 11:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I actually really love Mac - that they offer neutral and cool color options and the dark pigments are really deep makes their foundations really gorgeous. But expensive!

I'd like to see Target or any other department store carries these kinds of pigments. Working the booth yesterday, we had about 30% AA ladies...and many said, "I didn't know Target had products for my color."

Thanks for the great dialogue! The sun-burning and tight/curly hair thing drives me crazy - it's so obvious! I don't know why white people are so ignorant about those things, but I wish they'd get it together.
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