Cool Side Hustles: Want to Make an Extra $10k a Year? Try Face Painting

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December 31, 2012 ‐ By Sakita Holley
Tashia Bagwell Funtastic Faces

Tashia Bagwell earns an extra $10K to $13k a year from face painting.

Every mother has done it at least once. It meaning having to improvise and get resourceful at the last minute to make one of their child’s parties go off without a hitch. In Tashia Bagwell’s case, that meant making sure there was a face painter at her then-three-year-old daughter’s birthday party. So in 2004, she went and purchased paint and supplies from a local craft store and decided to take all “cheek art” matters into her own hands.

Nine years later, Bagwell has turned her love of art and face painting into a lucrative side hustle (Funtastic Faces) where she can bring in an extra $10,000 to $13,000 per year. When she’s not at her day job or attending school part-time, Bagwell can be found painting at events in the Baltimore area for a number of organizations, the Bea Gaddy Foundation, the Williams of York Catholic School, and the Historic Charles Street Association to name a few.

I recently caught up with Bagwell to learn more about how she got started and to find out how she plans to take her face painting business to the next level in 2013.

Madame Noire: What is your day job?
Tashia Bagwell: I currently work for a nonprofit in Baltimore City that does economic development for downtown Baltimore.

MN: Did you think that it could be a lucrative side hustle right away? 
TB: In the beginning, I never imagined that it would be such a successful business as it is today. I began to take it serious when I was hired to do events for [well-known] charities and organizations in the community. My work was exposed to more people and from that came more business.

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  • Ms_Mara

    Very inspiring. Makes me even more excited about my own ventures. I wish her continued success.

    • http://www.facebook.com/tashiab Tashia Bagwell

      I appreciate it.. .thanks!

  • Marleyrican

    This Article has inspired me to sell my Paintings :-)

    • http://twitter.com/MissSuccess Sakita Holley

      Do it!

    • http://www.facebook.com/tashiab Tashia Bagwell

      DO IT!!!! the time is now!

  • KamJos

    I had a friend who used to be a part-time clown with her husband. They’d do balloon animals, face painting, magic tricks etc. They picked up $1,000 in a DAY once at a street fair. They had a ton of little side hustles but being a clown was the most successful for them. I can’t draw, but face painting sounds like fun.

    • http://twitter.com/MissSuccess Sakita Holley

      Hmmm. Makes me think about what other cool side hustles there may be. Could possibly turn this into a series.

      • Dichu eba realy lub mehSteebie

        I would love to follow your series if you decide to do it

    • http://twitter.com/MissSuccess Sakita Holley

      Hmmm. Makes me think about what other cool side hustles there may be. Could possibly turn this into a series.

  • Afrorican85

    This is the kind of article that I like to read..one encouraging accomplishment and void of nonsense. It is always encouraging to hear about a person turns talent into to profit in the spirit of entrepreneurship. This is what we should strive to do for 2013. Wow full time employee, part time student AND a mother. Go ahead girl I ain’t mad at ya!

    • Laine

      I totally agree, not that nonsense on stupid celebrities, or how to find or keep a (white) man.. !

    • http://twitter.com/MissSuccess Sakita Holley

      I so appreciate this comment! My main goal when doing these types of stories is to give small business owners and dreamers a platform to inspire others and possibly gain a new audience!

    • http://twitter.com/MissSuccess Sakita Holley

      I so appreciate this comment! My main goal when doing these types of stories is to give small business owners and dreamers a platform to inspire others and possibly gain a new audience!

    • http://www.facebook.com/tashiab Tashia Bagwell

      Thank you so much!

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