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Drag Queens, Builders & Business

You can almost make it out. Somewhere in that title there's a joke. Yet, there is one thing far from a laughing matter those three have in common and it’s at the core to each one's success.

Foundation.


For drag queens, cosmetics are key to the transition and lays the framework for the entire look. Miz Cracker, from RuPaul’s Drag Race, says, “This is the most important part of the drag process for me, because you're really building a new face. Your foundation lays the framework for the entire look, so don’t skimp on the product that creates your canvas.” They go on to say the best investment you can make is in a fantastic foundation.


As builders know, a foundation is not just the place a structure rests on and fixes it into the soil, it helps to protect the entire system. The need for a solid foundation is the same no matter when or where the structure is built. This portion of the build is what keeps it stable, transfers load and is paramount to the longevity of the construction.


If a business is to thrive and grow, it also needs to be created on a strong foundation. From daily operations and technology to insurance and understanding finances, owning your own business isn’t a hobby – it’s your livelihood. Take your time when creating infrastructure like evaluating software, interviewing coaches, planning ongoing education and finding a CRM that helps with workflow and processes. Be thorough.


"...invest the time, energy and resources now, weak points will be few and painstakingly repaired without affecting the integrity and reputation of the business..."


I am in the voice over industry for the long haul and there will be cracks in my foundation, but I know if I invest the time, energy and resources now, weak points will be few and painstakingly repaired without affecting the integrity and reputation of the business I have created.

While no civil engineer or makeup artist, I do know the smart money says take care of your foundation first and foremost. I encourage you to create a business able to withstand the test of time (or hot stage lights) and be aware/take care of your foundation.


And I still believe there’s a good joke in the blogs's title.


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