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)