This young merling sure had me fooled! At a booking yesterday several of the kids had mermaid tails/ mermaid monofins. Most of them were still learning how to use them. When this wee one showed up with her whole outfit I assumed she’d need a lesson too. I offered to give her a ride on my back around the pool. She accepted and in this photo she explained to Sean (who took the photo) that she wanted to watch my tail move while we swam.  When I stopped the ride and she hopped off, she dove under the water and took off like a speed of light. 6 years old and she was better in her tail than most adults I’ve seen. I joked with her parents that in 10 years she needs to come work for me! I was floored by her agility. She was doing flips and tricks and had stamina to outlast me for sure.  NEVER underestimate kids. They will surprise you all the time 
 — with Raina Mer at Halifax Mermaids.
This young merling sure had me fooled! At a booking yesterday several of the kids had mermaid tails/ mermaid monofins. Most of them were still learning how to use them. When this wee one showed up with her whole outfit I assumed she’d need a lesson too. I offered to give her a ride on my back around the pool. She accepted and in this photo she explained to Sean (who took the photo) that she wanted to watch my tail move while we swam.

When I stopped the ride and she hopped off, she dove under the water and took off like a speed of light. 6 years old and she was better in her tail than most adults I’ve seen. I joked with her parents that in 10 years she needs to come work for me! I was floored by her agility. She was doing flips and tricks and had stamina to outlast me for sure.

NEVER underestimate kids. They will surprise you all the time
— with Raina Mer at Halifax Mermaids.

How we got around on land yesterday!

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Raina visits a summer camp!!!

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Anonymous asked: how come you don't have any POC in the Halifax Mermaids???

Actually… we do :)

Mermaid Mutiny just joined my team after several weeks of interview, training, and auditioning. I would like to have a much more diverse mermaid team. The thing is, there just arent mermaids here. I tend to “create” them because I generally supply the tails. I can only expand my company based on my own income, so it’s a slow process. Tails cost several 100 to several thousand dollars and even just getting a tail for Mutiny took me a while. (bought it used, love it!)

I want kids to see themselves in the mermaids. Just like they should be able to see themselves in their education. But I started small- just working by myself. Then I added my sister because I knew her well and she fit in my extra tail (she’s no longer working for us). Expansion was based on what I could afford and people who contacted me. I had NO IDEA my company would ever become so big and didn’t have much of a business plan to start… I was just sorta flying by the seat of my pants.

Right now my main priority is to find ways to replace all our tails (except Mutiny) because they’re all super well used and falling apart. Once I do that I can start purchasing more and turning more humans into mers! The materials for tails are very hard to get where I live and much more expensive so not many people are that interested in making their own- though a few have tried. We have a young woman who just made her own tail and wants to audition for us but she’s gotta wait a bit because I only just phased in Mutiny, and Sean and I are the only ones who do the training and book the gigs. It’s just a slower than I’d like process. I still carry student loan debt, and making life work as a full time mermaid to pay for my own life, health, debt, and then reinvest in my company? Not easy ;)

It is my hope that by this time next year our team will be even more diverse and I met a woman who works in a field that helps place minorities in work environments. She was very keen on giving me more mers once I can accommodate more. It’s not even just skin color/culture either. Id like to have some men, some gender fluid, some different ages etc.

For now, I am proud of all we have accomplished. It’s been a long road and very scary at times because of all the personal risk involved in running a business. I have learned a lot, and I cant wait to grow even more!!

I will say though, mers are hired for their ability to work with children, their professional behaviour, and their ability to wear a mermaid tail. I’m cool if people aren’t the best swimmers because I can train them. But I find too many people think a mermaid tail is a novelty. They say they want to work with me, and really they just wanna wear a tail and sit and look pretty. You gotta be able to handle behavioural problems with kids, being professional in public, and being in the media (which means giving consideration to your personal behaviour in public)

vthebookworm:

ragglefraggles:

when they say youre too old for disney

The hop, I can’t. I cackled.

every professional mermaid knows this hop

(via ruinedchildhood)

charminglyantiquated:

a little love story about mermaids and tattoos

I loves this

(via rosalarian)

I got the news interview I was in up on youtube. I know a few people said the news link didn’t work for them, so here’s the whole story!

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This. Is Rapidash. My silicone tail. She weighs 19lbs and is fitted with a competitor monofin. She was the very FIRST silicone tail ever made by Raven, and the first official tail of her company Merbellas. Rapidash was cast thinner than the average tail, because I struggle with mobility issues. 
As far as I can tell from my own research and calculations, Rapidash has been used more than any other silicone tail currently in the mer community, except for maybe Mermaid Linden’s. (Linden has had access to her spfx artist though to make frequent repairs and touch ups on her tail, I have not).
Rapdiash has been used multiple times a week, for 3 years. I’ve sat in her from anywhere from 1 hour to 7 depending on the gig. She’s been in salt, fresh, and chlorinated water. It is now July 2014 and in this year alone, I’ve been in Rapidash for about 130 hours. I don’t get “practice” time, so this translates specifically to gig time.
Rapidash was well made, but she was the first tail merbellas made, and merbellas have grown so much since then. I am receiving a new tail. I am stuck between pokemon names for it haha. I keep thinking flareon, or vulpix. You’ll see why soon. 

I have babied this tail. While she is well used and loved, I’ve also done my best to take good care of her. She’s nearing retirement though. but I think she’s a good example of how long and well a tail can last if you take care of them.

Rapidash was my dream tail. All those years watching Splash and wanting to embody what I saw. Merbellas made that a reality for me. In fact, Merbellas changed the course of my life. I’m a full time mermaid now and the experiences I have had that go with it would not be possible if not for this tail.

I’m sad to retire her, but she needs the break for sure. And I am excited to evolve into my next mermaid level.

Show Rapidash some love :)

This. Is Rapidash. My silicone tail. She weighs 19lbs and is fitted with a competitor monofin. She was the very FIRST silicone tail ever made by Raven, and the first official tail of her company Merbellas. Rapidash was cast thinner than the average tail, because I struggle with mobility issues.

As far as I can tell from my own research and calculations, Rapidash has been used more than any other silicone tail currently in the mer community, except for maybe Mermaid Linden’s. (Linden has had access to her spfx artist though to make frequent repairs and touch ups on her tail, I have not).

Rapdiash has been used multiple times a week, for 3 years. I’ve sat in her from anywhere from 1 hour to 7 depending on the gig. She’s been in salt, fresh, and chlorinated water. It is now July 2014 and in this year alone, I’ve been in Rapidash for about 130 hours. I don’t get “practice” time, so this translates specifically to gig time.

Rapidash was well made, but she was the first tail merbellas made, and merbellas have grown so much since then. I am receiving a new tail. I am stuck between pokemon names for it haha. I keep thinking flareon, or vulpix. You’ll see why soon.

I have babied this tail. While she is well used and loved, I’ve also done my best to take good care of her. She’s nearing retirement though. but I think she’s a good example of how long and well a tail can last if you take care of them.

Rapidash was my dream tail. All those years watching Splash and wanting to embody what I saw. Merbellas made that a reality for me. In fact, Merbellas changed the course of my life. I’m a full time mermaid now and the experiences I have had that go with it would not be possible if not for this tail.

I’m sad to retire her, but she needs the break for sure. And I am excited to evolve into my next mermaid level.

Show Rapidash some love :)