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Life & Work with Veronica Solis

Today we’d like to introduce you to Veronica Solis.

Hi Veronica, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
In 2010, I volunteered at Chac (Chicano Humanites Arts Council) Art Gallery. It was a place that I always dreamed of being a part of. I was a part of a few art shows and even sold my first painting there! I met a woman who needed help with face painting for First Friday Dia De Los Muertos. She was kind enough to loan me a face painting kit to practice and use for the event. I painted pictures of calaveras before and thought to myself this could be easy. The event date came and my first customer’s sugar skull came out beautiful! At that moment I was hooked! I fell in love with face painting and the joy it brings to children and adults. After my first event, it opened the door to more face painting gigs. I was still working other jobs and one day I realized what am I doing?! I’m a face painter. That day I took a leap of faith and quit my full-time job to pursue a career in Face Painting. Getting booked was a challenge so a friend referred me to a local business Wowzers (formally known as Artsy Events). Wowzers helped me get more gigs and I eventually joined the office team which I am still a part of, I started as a Fun Specialist and now I am in charge of Artist Relations & Acquisition.

The owner Sean took me under his wing and showed me the ropes of owning a small business. Not only did Sean teach me about the business he also encouraged me to learn balloon twisting, caricatures and henna. Knowing these services gave me more gig opportunities and I was able to quit my part-time job! I started my business just before the pandemic and it totally flopped. It was heartbreaking, having the sudden thought that this could be the end of my dream. I wasn’t going to let go of my dream. After the long year of social distancing and mask-wearing business began to pick up and fast! My children are trained also help out with events, they too face paint and balloon twist! We’re the perfect team for large events! Now, my business Amazing Faces LLC has expanded entertainment services to adding bounce houses! My dream is to keep adding more entertainment services, eventually serving as a one-stop shop for all your entertainment needs. As a business owner, I feel truly blessed for all the opportunities and talents I was given. Lastly, the joy that my team artwork brings to so many people is the reason why I am in this business, for the smiles!

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I faced many struggles, my husband was injured on the job and was unable to work. He was on short-term disability but that wasn’t enough. I worked at King Soopers and picked up a second job working for Lyft. When we were really struggling, I made tamales and sold them on Facebook and at King Soopers. While all this is happening I still manage to get a few face painting gigs. It was exhausting and it was frustrating to be away from my family.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am an artist entertainer! I specialize in face painting, balloon twisting, caricatures and henna!

But, I’m mostly known for my face painting skills! I can paint most anything, I take requests and do the best that I can. Kids always want characters or their favorite insect and I want to fulfill the request the best I can.

I am most proud of my ability to teach (those who can’t draw stick figures) people how to face paint.

What sets me apart from others is my patience. I have face-painted many children and some with disabilities. They want a face painting but it’s hard for them to sit still or hard for them to feel the paintbrush touching their skin. Breaks are important and it’s also less stressful for the child. When the design is finished and they see it in the mirror, their reactions are rewarding to me. Everyone deserves to be treated equally.

We all have a different way of looking at and defining success. How do you define success?
I define success as doing my best to create smiles with my work. I love seeing the reactions. Who knows, maybe that person was having a bad day and a face painting, balloon animal, caricature or henna made it better. So success to me is making you smile!

Pricing:

  • Face Painting $100/hr
  • Balloon Twisting $100/hr
  • Caricatures $125/hr
  • Henna $100/hr
  • Bounce houses  $150/hr

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