Here’s an interview question you might not have run into before:
Do you believe that life is (a) a set of circumstances one makes the best of, or (b) that life is a result of choices one has made?
Today’s guest, Rhonni Dubose asks this question to every person she interviews. She is a Festival Professional, who has crafted a career as an entrepreneur within the world of outdoor theme parks known as Renaissance Festivals.
Discover how a community of Freelance Creatives: Artisans , Craft Merchants, bakers and home brewed Alemakers, drawn to the creative anachronism of the medieval times and the awakening of the Renaissance—created a marketplace and an outlet for their products, crafts and services.
Renaissance festivals built a marketplace around the fascination for the medieval and renaissance periods. They appeal to people who want a break from today’s highly commercialized, technology driven, mass market entertainment experiences.
Privately owned Renaissance festivals are big business, plunging millions of dollars into their host communities. We know, for example, that the Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Irwindale, Calif attracts 200,000 visitors and pumps an estimated $8.2 million into the area’s economy each year; and a Renaissance festival, that debuted in Wisconsin in 2005, is expected to generate $15 million within five years, according to the Chippewa County Economic Development Corp.
There’s an educational marketplace. School trips plan excursions to Renaissance festivals to experience the sights and of a 16th century European Village. Students interact with f costumed characters representing the courts, culture, art, science and literature of the Renaissance Period. They watch artisans in period dress illustrate the technological advances of the Renaissance age through live demonstrations in pottery, glass blowing blacksmithing, armor making, and have the opportunity to learn courtly dances, the ancient art of falconry. “It’s like an Etsy you can walk through” says one admirer.
There’s even a wedding market. The pageantry and romance of these fairs inspires dozens of couples each year to tie the knot. Texas Renaissance Festival offers an extensive wedding packages including a rose garden and a vine-covered chapel. They anticipate booking 30 weddings a season.
If your passion and skill set revolves around combat and chivalry, archery, heraldry, equestrian activities, costuming, cooking, metalwork, woodworking, music, dance, calligraphy, fiber arts, you can connect with this robust marketplace at a link on our website, Livelihood Show.com. You can also read the article so you want to work at a renaissance festival , and learn more about Rhonni’s experience as a blissciplined serial entrepreneur, who has crafted a life in which she is surrounded by people who do what they love. Check out her blog at www.RhonniRocks.com
Renaissance Faire Information for Everyone:
Job fairs, vendor marketplaces
Florida Renaissance Festival is in Miami March 29 through April 14; and they can click on the link for information about the festival and find discounts for tickets as well.