Marvellous Mum Debbie Morris is a multitasking mum who has turned her passion for music and creative talents for face painiting into two successful businesses – TIGER FACE PAINTING and THE TODAYS.
Family members: 2 children aged 6 and 4 & Partner (only 3 years younger than me but does go on about it a lot)
Sum up your business in a sentence:
Face painting by day and singing by night!
Painting – Hoping to shortly be offering a hire service alongside the children’s party face painting: LED dance floor, music/karaoke, smoke machine etc.
Music – our next gig is at The Feathers, Chalfont St Giles Fri 29 Nov 8:30pm.
What did you do before starting up your business?
Taught aerobics, promotional modelling, singing, renovating properties but mainly PA/office management work for computer games, music and property companies.
When did you start your business and why?
Painting – After a friend asked me to face paint at her daughter’s birthday party, she said “you should do this for a living” so I did. I should have done it years ago, I love it.
Music – I’ve always sang so just needed to get back into it after having 8 years off with the kids.
The best part of your day / running your own business?
Painting – Holding the mirror up and seeing the smile on the children’s faces.
Music – I get a buzz out of performing in general but particularly with unusual songs (I’m learning a song in Brazilian Portuguese at the moment).
And the worst?
Never enough hours in the day to get everything done.
How do you juggle running a business and family life?
Bit easier now that my youngest is in reception but just keep chipping away at the to do list.
What challenges have you faced?
Painting – My children have had enough of me practising on them! Any volunteers?
Music – It’s always a challenge finding the right musician to work with – someone who has a similar taste in music, who has the same amount of time to invest and someone you like, so I feel lucky to have found David.
Your biggest success:
Painting – Most of my face painting work to date has been word of mouth, which is very satisfying.
Music – Overcoming stage fright to an extent (though it never goes away…….)
What business tip/advice would you offer new mumpreneurs?
Follow your passion but don’t forget the market research.
To have a successful events company that encompasses the music and face painting and to build our dream house with a swimming pool.
What are you listening to at the moment?
The Best of Chic.
What’s your favourite tipple?
Chilled Sauvignon Blanc in a posh glass or Merlot/Shiraz (also in posh glass).
Your simple pleasure:
Ultimate treat – full body massage. Laughing with family and friends.
Back to the Future trilogy J
Self-help books and auto-biographies – The Incredible Years by Caroline Webster-Stratton, currently reading for the second time! The Master Key System written in 1912, a tough read but interesting.
Tell us a joke:
Why is the queen’s head on a stamp? Coz if it was her bum no-one would lick it.