Pam Wrigley’s Tips on How to Stay Busy During the Off-Season
It’s part and parcel with being a bridal hair and makeup artist that there will be, more often than not, an off-season at some point during the year. For most of us, and many other businesses out there, this is during that lull after Christmas and New Year when suddenly all of the excitement of Party Season calms down and there’s not an awful lot going on.
For newbies in the business, this can be catastrophic. Having just got off the ground as a bridal hair and makeup artist only to be plunged back into the land of no-work is not something that anyone wants and understandably, this is one of the biggest fears we hear about when our lovely students are thinking of taking the leap and going pro.
Over time, as you become more established within the industry, you’ll find that off season isn’t so terrible (there are weddings and many other events on all year round, after all!) but for those of you a little afraid of what off-season might bring (or rather, might not bring) we’re got some expert tips for you from the Create Beautiful Hair founder, award-winning bridal hair and makeup artist Pam Wrigley…
How to stay busy during Off-Season:
Manage Your Diary
It might be a little late for this one now, but for 2018 make it a New Years Resolution to plan ahead and manage your diary with the Off-Season in mind.
Although you might not have many brides getting married in the early months of the year, springtime is very popular for weddings so book in loads of trial days for the time you know things are going to be quiet.
By doing this, you’ll not only keep a semi-steady flow of income and stay limber with those hair and makeup skills, but you’ll also be less likely to have a trial day clash with a day that you could be earning bigger bucks for on an actual wedding day or other job which are more likely to come about in summer.
Don’t be shy about suggested dates for the trial to your clients – they need to have it at some time, so why not when it benefits you?
Shop the Sales
Now here’s something we can ALL enjoy! Make the most of the amazing deals you see popping up post-Christmas and stock up on all the supplies you know you’re going to need for the rest of the year.
Yes, this can be expensive but it’s worth it in the long run if you can make a saving – and usually you can make a BIG saving!
Start coming up with a list now of all the bits and pieces you could do with so you’re ready to pounce as soon as the sales start.
Take a Course
As a bridal hair and makeup artist, you’re only ever as good as the amount of time and effort you put into honing your skill, so use the quiet time of year to get your techniques up to scratch and learn all of the hottest new looks for the year ahead.
With all of the CBH courses now Habia endorsed, joining us on any of our 1 day, 2 day, 4 day or online courses will gain you invaluable CPD points, making you all the more qualified and desirable to higher end clients and amazing jobs.
Find out more about how earning Continuing Professional Development points can benefit you here.
Stay in Touch
Don’t allow a lull in work to equal a lull in communication with other suppliers and professionals in the industry. Having great contacts really can make an enormous difference to a burgeoning career, so make an effort to keep in touch with any photographers, wedding venues, other hair and makeup artists, event planners and whoever else you meet on your travels.
If you’re worried about pestering, get in touch with something they’ll want to hear about! A blog can be a great tool, not only for boosting your online presence and reaching your relevant target audience, but also for talking about and linking to other suppliers in the industry and having them do the same in return.