We had the good fortune of connecting with Stacey Dennick and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stacey, we’d love for you to start things off by telling us something about your industry that we and others not in the industry might be unaware of?
Most people don’t realize how involved face painting can be. Those of us who are dedicated pros take classes, attend conventions (yes, on Zoom during Covid) and practice a lot. It’s so much fun, but also a business that requires a lot of office time scheduling, promoting, ordering supplies, etc.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I started face painting ages ago when a friend showed me a few designs. After I moved to Sonoma county I got serious about it and fell in love. Last year was really hard, I missed painting and interacting with kids so much, but it makes each job all the sweeter this year.
Since most face painting happens at parties and most parties are on the weekend, it’s difficult to make ends meet as a face painter. There’s only one Saturday per week! I am grateful that I teach creative writing for Santa Rosa Junior College. They have a fantastic no-fee roster of classes open to all adults living in California. My students inspire me all of the time with their fascinating life experiences and witty stories. I have amazing writers in their 80s and even one in her 90s.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
There are so many beautiful places to see and delicious places to eat here in Sonoma county. I live in Sebastopol, a cute town 2 hours north of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, 20 minutes from the coast, 15 minutes from swimming in the Russian River, surrounded by vineyards, wineries, restaurants, and farms. Now that venues are opening up I’d take my friend to hear music at the Barlow, and for lunch at Handline.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Santa Rosa Junior College OAP program
photo by Stacey Dennick