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February 2nd, 2008
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Holly is a Mary Kay Consultant
I'm actually quite excited about the chance to sell Mary Kay. I've used the product for over six months and love it. The friend who sold to me and then recruited me to sell is doing well and enjoying the work. Now is an ideal time for me to learn the ropes of a very flexible job that I can do while in graduate school.

So why do I find myself, rather than announcing the decision proudly, apologizing for it and justifying it?

A lot has to do with preconceptions both about myself and about Mary Kay. When my friend first invited me to her grand-opening event, I got a mental image of middle-aged ladies all in pink smelling of lavendar soap. Once firsthand experience changed my mind, I met with the disparaging opinions of others of my friends. One in particular (forgive me for using you as an example; I'm not angry) said that no one makes money from Mark Kay until recruiting other poor suckers to sell, as if it were a pyramid scheme. (It isn't.)

The preconceptions I think others have about myself make me more reluctant to mention my new business. First, I'm a self-proclaimed geek. I'm not known for fashion or glamour sense. I fear those who know me will wonder how I think I can make money "selling lipstick," as I've heard people describe Mary Kay consulting work. This attitude I sense in others often plays into a mini identify crisis I've been having regarding my growing interest in looking nice. I grew up identifying as a geek, and I continue to do so. I maintain that geekiness is a matter of having counterculture or outside-the-mainstream interests, such as science fiction or role-playing games, not a matter of dress or appearance. Still, most people associate geekiness with being unfashionable, whether through apathy or conscious choice. Because of my court-reporting job, I've had to assume a nice "corporate chic" wardrobe. Then I lost a significant amount of weight and enjoyed wearing clothes that flatter my thinner shape. Then I started using Mary Kay to take better care of my skin, and then I started using their makeup. Now I'm afraid I look and dress more like those who made fun of geeks during my grade-school days. I feel a bit like a traitor. And I fear some may see the Mary Kay pin as the final flourish removing me from geekdom.

Secondly, I think no one considers me to have business sense. I'm afraid to mention that I've invested money in Mary Kay inventory, because I anticipate my friends will think I've wasted it. No one considers my savings hoarded for graduate school as wasted. Why shouldn't I invest some in a money-making venture that can support me in graduate school? I find myself jumping to my own defense and informing others that anytime within a year of beginning work as a Mary Kay consultant, if I want out, I can return any unsold product for ninety percent of what I paid. If I sell less than ten percent of my investment, I'll be guaranteed to break even.

And here I go justifying once again.

All that said, I'm still excited about this opportunity. I'm going to have fun and make money. Let me know if you'd like a free facial, or if you'd like to earn free product by hosting a skin-care class.

Current Mood: optimistic but miffed

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From:shadmere
Date:February 2nd, 2008 07:40 am (UTC)
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Eventually I'm going to have to start caring about what I'm wearing, and I don't know how I feel about that!

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From:shadmere
Date:February 2nd, 2008 07:43 am (UTC)

Grr, I wasn't finished!

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The internet ate my post before it was finished cooking!

I admit I don't trust Mary Kay all that much, but I also admit I know nothing about them. If you can get a 90% refund on stuff you can't sell, then there shouldn't be a problem. :) Good luck! (I'll buy some lipstick!)
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From:brukwurm
Date:February 2nd, 2008 09:08 am (UTC)

Re: Grr, I wasn't finished!

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I vote a nice plum shade!
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From:brukwurm
Date:February 2nd, 2008 09:07 am (UTC)
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Lil girl, the stereotype machine in your head makes me want to go get my socket set. I think that it is kind of cute that you define the word geek as "a matter of having counterculture or outside-the-mainstream interests, such as science fiction or role-playing games," or as I paraphrase it, having a personality. If we decide that "most people" means popular culture, I still think that you are 1000% wrong in stating it is generally seen as being "unfashionable." I know you may cite "Beauty and the Geek" or whatever, and I would cite "Revenge of the Nerds" and then you would tell me your definition of geeks is SO different than nerds and I would distract you from the conversation with an amusing comment and go get a snack.

I don't think anyone at all, other than a lil girl voice in your head would think you were a traitor. I am so sorry you went to a school where mean people dressed nicely, but I feel I have things for you to tell your brain when you get worried up about how cute you are. 1) I sincerely doubt that the mean people wore sharp suits and heels--because they weren't grownups. They didn't act like grownups, they were evil little kids--any people who discriminate against geekiness now are not grownups. 2) Style is less a product of popular culture and more a focus of beauty and art. You can tell what art is most modern; you can also tell what is classic. Just tell the voice in your head that since you have the ability to pick the prettiest book edition from a shelf, you would be cheating if you did not pick the prettiest outfit from the hanger. 3)People should care how they look--if they did not, we would be running around with snot running down our faces.

Only ridiculous people would think you were without business sense. You save money. You don't run up high credit card bills. You do not make vain gadgety purchases. I mean, you graduated from a women's college--I think you have a number of contacts who would be interested in skin care.

I love you so much and I want to beat up anyone who messes with you--so I get confused as what to do when it is your own head.
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From:firebreatherjen
Date:February 6th, 2008 04:28 pm (UTC)
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Do you have any idea how much I love you?
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From:brukwurm
Date:February 6th, 2008 10:45 pm (UTC)
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Almost as much as I love you!
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