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The Minimalist Makeup Kit of a Professional Entertainer

Posted on by Carisa Hendrix in Articles for Performers, Blogs & Vlogs, Gismos & Gadgets, Minimalism & Zero Waste, Random Fun, Travel & Adventure Comments Off on The Minimalist Makeup Kit of a Professional Entertainer

There was a time when my collection of cosmetics rivalled that of a professional makeup artist, although I certainly did not have the skills to match. I had a terrible habit of picking up one or two new things every time I walked passed a Sephora. Two years ago I began to minimize and simplify all aspects of my life, and when I started to downsize my professional makeup collection, I found it overwhelming.

As a full-time entertainer who often performs as different characters, each with a very specific look, I believed that I needed an elaborate professional makeup set up for my job. The giant makeup case pictured above on the left was my mainstay, a beauty with a set of working lights, extendable legs that fit into the base for transport, wheels, and a telescoping handle. It was super cool, expensive and very, very heavy, which meant I rarely took it to gigs. I had originally purchased it with the fantasy that I would cart it around from dressing room to dressing room and would always have everything at my fingertips, but instead it just became an overly fancy makeup storage box that sat idly in the corner by my vanity.

As I whittled my collection down slowly over months, I discovered a few downsides to my mound of cosmetics:

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When you have a huge makeup collection it can be difficult to find what you need which puts you at risk of buying doubles or even triples of the same thing.
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It’s almost impossible to keep track of how long certain things have been sitting around. Makeup expires which is a bigger concern for people like me who suffer from acne-prone and sensitive skin.
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A large collection can make you more susceptible to makeup trends; what’s one more cream, lipstick, or specialty brush when you have the space in that giant vanity?

It took a lot longer than I expected to sort out what was essential for me but it was worth it. I went from a case the weighed over 50 pounds when fully loaded, to one that is just over 2 pounds. One of the best parts of minimizing any collection is that the focus shifts from quantity to quality. It is an opportunity to reconsider your values and how your purchasing decisions can reflect those values. For me, minimizing was a shift toward high-end products that are vegan, cruelty-free, minimally packaged (ideally with no plastic), and do not irritate or dry my skin. That is a lot to expect of a product, so often I have to compromise on one of those elements as well as be willing to pay a little more.

Minimizing has also helped to make my setup more travel friendly. I have been touring full-time for 8 months now and it would have been impossible to take my previous makeup case on the road. Reducing my collection to a well-curated set of just my ideal tools means I have everything with me all the time, no risk of forgetting something at home. I’m also less likely to leave something behind at a hotel because everything has a place, a quick glance will reveal an empty slot and therefore a missing item.

If you’re interested in minimizing your collections here are a few tips you might find helpful.

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Be like Marie Kondo and get it all out in the open. Start by collecting everything into one place so you can get a sense of how much you actually have. Might be a lot more than you expected.
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Group like items together (lipsticks, foundations, brushes, etc.)
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Toss all expired products.
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Toss unflattering items, such as foundations that are 3 shades off or that grey lipstick you hate the look of.
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Toss or give away all impulse buys or trendy fad items you never use. The trill of buying the fun shiny thing is long gone and now it’s ready for a new home.
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Make note of the things you use most often.
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Clean your brushes and wipe down your containers.
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Display remaining items in a way that allows you to see the most-used products at a glance and put everything else away so they are organized and easy to find when you need them.
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Consider your values and ask yourself if you see them reflected in the items you have. Are you interested in zero waste? Vegan? How can you collection be a better reflection of your values.

I’m so happy with my current set up, it’s perfect for life on the road, but it took over a year of testing to get here. It’s a lightweight, well organized set and an one of the most beneficial things about this new minimized makeup kit is that it’s made getting ready for a performance a more satisfying ritual that focuses me before the show.

Bellow is a full list of everything in my kit for the curious.


What’s in our Go Bags? Travel Tips and Favorite Things!

Posted on by Carisa Hendrix in Articles for Magicians, Articles for Performers, Blogs & Vlogs, Gismos & Gadgets, Minimalism & Zero Waste, Travel & Adventure Leave a comment


Full-time touring professional entertainers Carisa Hendrix and Tianna the Traveller show you how they pack their go bags/mobil office bags/personal carry on item sized bags. When you are living on the road, it’s important to have the right things with you, and not a lot extra. Essentials will be different for every person based on where you are traveling, how you are traveling and who you are. Tianna and Carisa have different destinations, traveling styles and personalities which you can see reflected in what they packed in their personal carry on sized bags, but both run their companies from the road and have for years.

The goal of a bag this size is to contain everything you need to make your office mobil and your flight comfortable.

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Carisa’s Bag

Tree frog notebook backpack
Front Pockets
Reusable metal drinking straws
Pens – Stolen from a hotel
Passport, money in different currencies and keys
Reusable grocery bag
First Pocket
2X 2TB portable external hard drive
Sugru moldable glue
Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB microphone
Mic windscreen in blue
Second Pocket
Bagsmart cord bag
Many cords, thumb drives and memory cards
Jaybird X3 in-ear wireless bluetooth sports Headphones
Camera panasonic lumix DC-ZS70
Bullet journal
Tooth brush and Toothy tabs
Eye mask, sun glasses, wet wipes and deodorant
Wow stain remover stick
Ear covers
Flossers
Folder for papers
Coffee mug
CamelBak eddy water bottle, 25oz 
Big Pocket
Macbook pro
iPad

Tianna’s Bag

Resistor Charged Backpack
Front Pockets 
Ear stuff / Ear plugs and headphones
Luggage scale
Kindle
Rechargeable lithium battery kevlar iPhone cable – https://amzn.to/2xOMF5v
Laptop charger
A bag of hotel toiletries
First Pouch
Asthma Inhaler
Shea butter
Advil
Carabiners
2TB portable external hard drive
Thumb drive
USB wall plugs
Pens – Stolen from a hotel
Micro USB cord
Promo cards
Pencil case with pens, sharpies and highlighters
Pens, fancy multi color
Keys
Swiss army knife
Second Pocket
Lock Safe Bags
Bullet Journal
Personal Life Musings Journal
Go Pro
Bobby pins, chap stick, Lavender oil, mascara, lipstick
Travel Tooth Brush
Extra Charging Cables, Tape Measure, sewing kit with upholstery thread
Big Pocket – It opens all the way!
Macbook Pro
Duotang
MEC Smaller foldable backpack
Coffee Mug


The tyranny of tiny bottles!!

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Today was all about bubble show decluttering!
For many years I have been doing bubble shows. Often I will pick up a few fun new bubble tools to test out, which all will inevitably come with a bottle of a tiny bottle of bubble solution. All these little bottles just go straight in a box in the storage room, never to be seen again; until today when I took them ALL out, sorted them into the two basic types (traditional and touchable bubbles), consolidated them into larger containers and washed and recycled the remains.

This has me thinging, what else can I consolodate into fewer bottles?


Hiring Magicians for Grown-ups – Corporate Magic Shows for Adults

Posted on by Carisa Hendrix in Articles for Performers, Blogs & Vlogs, Tips for Booking Entertainment Leave a comment

When some people think of a magician, the image that immediately comes to mind is that of a lanky teenage kid in an ill-fitting top hat doing tricks for kids. Although I myself have seen a number of these performers, I have also seen rooms of adults gasping in wonder at the spectacular magical talents of quality corporate magicians who create a tone that is ideally targeted to adult audiences.

Are Magic Shows a Good fit for Adults?

Well, yes and no. The distinction is that Adult magic shows are a good fit for an adult event. However, it can be difficult to know whether you are booking the correct style of performance. Magic shows can be a wonderful mix of comedy, audience participation, and amazing magical acts, if the performer is well suited to their audience. A good magician who caters to adults will create a show specifically designed to thrill your crowd with impossible feats and strong visual moments of magic. For corporate events, these types of magicians are often a better fit than other forms of entertainment because they play big even on a small stage, and they tend to be incredibly flexible even in the changing circumstances of a live event.

Tips for Booking a Good Magician

Ideally, you want to start with recommendations from friends or family members who have hired a magician they liked in the past. If no one has a recommendation, an entertainment agency will be able to offer you a list of qualified performers who will best fit your needs. As a last resort you can use google, but be warned. It’s easy to put together a professional looking website with stock images these days, so make sure your entertainer has good videos and nice photos of their show being performed in front of crowds of happy adult crowds.

Hopefully, this information will help you decide if you should consider a corporate or comedy magician for your next event, I think you’ll be happy you did.

Contact Our Event Management Team

We can help answer a variety of questions to provide you with all the information you need to make the right choice for your event.


6 Tips for Booking a Fire Show / Fire Dancers

Posted on by Carisa Hendrix in Articles for Fire Performers, Articles for Performers, Blogs & Vlogs, Tips for Booking Entertainment Leave a comment


If you are looking to make a big splash at your next event, you want something high energy, dramatic and fun. Depending on your theme a fire show might be the perfect answer – but where do you start? I am a fire performer with fifteen years of experience in the industry, and I’m here to offer a little help in planning your big Fire Show with all the necessary safety measures.

6 Tips on hiring fire performers

1. Get a recommendation

If you are lucky, one of your friends or family will have hired a fire performer in the past or know someone who has. It’s worth asking around to find out if someone might have a lead on a good entertainer in your area; recommendations are most likely to lead you straight to the best talent.

2. Permits & liability

Who is responsible for making sure the venue and the performers have their permits and insurance in order? You are! If your fire dancers are any good, they will likely offer to do the legwork for the permitting and talk to the local fire prevention authorities on your behalf. They have the experience and the knowledge in this area so let them take care of the red tape, but make sure you get a copy of all the documents. Many states and provinces have fines for performing with fire and without an open flame permit and you could be on the line for big money if you get caught. Better safe than sorry.

3. Minimise Distractions and Maximise Focus

No matter how good the performers might be, if your guests are distracted they might blink and miss the show. Fire shows are stunt and trick based so if you look away for a moment, you are likely to miss something amazing. Do your best to make the experience a good one for everyone by making sure there are no visible distractions around the performance area and that the performers are given a proper announcement to help direct the attention of your guests to the spectacle about to begin.

4. Check Out Your Performer

It is reasonable and recommended that you ask your fire performers for proof of insurance, a safety plan and references. Not only does this give you added peace of mind, if they have these documents on hand it is an indicator of an experienced, professional, full-time performer who is likelier to give you a quality show.

5. Googling for Performers

Anyone can put together a nice looking site in minutes these days. Don’t be fooled by stock photos and website templates. Look for lots of pictures and videos of your performers doing their show in front of many different audiences. Look for awards and quotes on the website, and make sure this is not their first rodeo. You don’t want to accidentally book a newbie for the price of an experienced professional.

6. Read the Safety Plan

Your fire performer should provide you with their safety requirements. This will include information like fueling systems, the distance the performer must be from the audience and whether you will be asked to provide a fire extinguisher on site. If you have agreed to these safety requirements and don’t follow through, the performer may refuse to perform. That’s no fun for everyone, so please read the safety plan and the performers requirements.

See? Easy!

That’s it! Fire shows are beautiful and impressive, making them a great choice for many galas, festivals, and corporate events. However, they can be dangerous if performed by inexperienced amateurs. These steps will help protect you from liability and harm and make sure you get the most out of your artists.


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