Free diving and breath holding often go hand and fin with the work mermaids do. Even if mers aren’t getting to do glamorous photos and video shoots in the open ocean, the basic safety skills for holding your breath and being underwater apply to everything we do.
Free diving – for those who don’t know- is a form of underwater swimming or diving that relies on the swimmers ability to hold their breath until they come up to the surface, rather than relying on a snorkel or scuba gear. It is done as a sport, recreationally, or even used as a tool for underwater fishing/scavenging. Aspects of free diving are also used for synchronized swimming.
One of the trickier things in the mer world, is getting people to accept you. What we do is a bit of a niche, fringe, and unique thing. This can be hard for people to wrap their heads around. Sometimes it’s the media, sometimes it’s family, and sometimes it’s just people on Facebook. This blog is going to look at some of the more common issues.
I do not have any formal business background like my partner Sean who has multiple degrees and certificates. I have sought out my own learning by taking workshops, seminars, professional development, and reading books. A professional development workshop I took recently, focused on looking at why Walt Disney was successful, and how we can apply his method to our own businesses. I’d like to share with you, what I learned from this workshop!
Are we as business owners mythical creatures?
In today’s blog I want to talk to you about the role that our cultural histories can play in our mermaid persona.
With so much buzz about “cultural appropriation” in the media, I have been working hard to understand it and know what I should be changing about myself. It is tricky, because some things are fairly obvious, for instances… I am not an aboriginal or native person. Thus, I don’t have the right to wear a war bonnet. Wearing an “indian” costume at Halloween? Blarg!
Other things are trickier. If I put rhinestones all over my face, am I appropriating bindis? At what point does cultural exchange cross the line to appropriation?
Fitness has always been a bit of an intimidating word to me. I’m often asked what I do to help me stay in shape as a mermaid and the truth is, I’ve done a lot. But not a whole lot of it has been… effective!
When I started dating my merwrangler years ago, he got me into the gym. He’s been going since he was 15 years old and had a pretty standard routine. I didn’t know my head from my tail at the gym. I bought a few personal training sessions. They weren’t anything out of this world, just a basic introduction to the gym.
Facebook is an excellent tool to boost your business, but it is often underutilized. Facebook also frequently makes subtle changes that can have a big effect! This guide will show you some of the best ways to get the most from facebook, and stay on top of general changes to help you get the most of it.
My dear fishy friends;
Most adults who follow my escapades do so because they are either professional mermaids/mermen too, are interested in becoming one, or are interested in mermaids. Over the years I have endeavoured to provide resources to my fellow mers in hopes of raising the industry standard and helping our field be viewed as professional. When we are viewed as professional we can be paid better, and experience bigger and better opportunities.
In doing this I’ve covered a lot of ground (or ocean if you prefer) in the past few years. I’ve published two books, many online tutorials, this blog, speaking at conventions, running workshops online and I run a Youtube Vlog series that addresses things. It has always been my hope that in helping my peers more people will experience this mermaid world, and that we can all validate the work we do. That’s why I offer so many of my resources for free.
How did it all get started? I get asked that question a lot and it is so hard to answer. I’ve been a mermaid for so long now, and the answer seems like such a long one. I documented it a lot in my first book, but I really just wrote brief excerpts of what it was really like. I think it’s important for people to know how I started and how I got to where I am. So often mer-enthusiasts will see a big silicone tail and think, well she just bought that thing and got a business. It’s not that easy!
Hi every-fish! Thanks for the great response to my first journal entry about Mermaid K. I’ll be doing a follow up one where we post the video from surprising her, and also about her upcoming birthday once it has happened. She appreciates all your words of encouragement.
Today I am going to talk about my first aquarium experience, and the several experiences I had after that! I have always wanted the experience of swimming in either a tank or an aquarium. Over the past 7 years of my professional mermaid career I have come so close to getting to do one of those; only to have the opportunity fall through.
This past June I was invited to audition and give a pitch for Doors Open Halifax through Dalhousie University. Doors Open is an event that happens all over North America where parts of the city that are normally closed to the public are opened up, and public spaces give “behind the scenes” looks. I was being contacted by one of the most prestigious marine science departments in the world to participate and I’ll admit it was a bit intimidating. The specific contact person had been at a booking of mine 4 years ago and I’d won them over back then, so they wanted me to come in!
I’ve decided to start this blog to share my experiences as a professional mermaid. The idea is that I’ll be able to share tips and tricks for others, entertain with stories, but also have a little corner of the internet of my own where I can express my own thoughts, opinions, and memories.
I’ve decided to make my first blog post about Miss K. Miss K is a special family friend who has grown quite close with me and my team of mermaids. Her journey has been a difficult one but we do our best to fill it with love and laughter.
This is the first time I met Miss K. (Named so for privacy, though images etc are shared with parental permission). It was a special summer event in 2014 and she and her family had recently moved home to Halifax. Miss K had previously lived with her family in Costa Rica. But ever since her birth she’d been dealing with a slew of intense health problems. It soon became quite clear that in order to get the best care possible she needed to come home and go to the IWK children’s hospital. (We do a lot of volunteering and donation for this hospital). Once Miss K arrived treatment began and she would be in and out of the hospital for the rest of her life to the present.