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

December 31, 2012  |  

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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