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Posted 3/4/15
Hey people, I recently got a job as a caricature artist at a theme park and since this is my first job, I'd like some advice.
So I'am asking if there were any things you did to get through your job in terms of people interaction since I have to yell and talk with quite a lot of people constantly. Any tips about working in general would help greatly, artist or not.

Also for any caricature artists out there, what did you do to improve your style/art and what was your overall experience doing live drawings? How do you emphasize someone's features but ensuring that they can be recognizable? Any tips for line art is appreciated considering I have 10 minutes max for 1 caricature.
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Working with customers in general:
1. There are SO MANY UNREASONABLE IDIOTS. Don't feel bad or freak out when they get demanding/angry and whatever it is they are complaining about is something you can't do much about.

2. There are also a ton of mean spirited, disrespectful people. Some aren't that stupid, they are just mean. You're just doing your job so, again, don't feel too bad.

3. Just do your best and you'll get used to the job. It's a bit tiresome at first but you'll adjust and gain more stamina over time.

I used to be an assistant manager for my uncle's hotels.
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I'm not much of an artist but since you have a time limit make sure you capture small details about the person your drawing "style of shirt, or are they holding something while your drawing them" so they will recognize its them. As for dealing with people just be nice and keep a smile and make eye contact. That will get you more customers than just yelling at whoever. Pretty soon you would be able to recognize which people you could reel in.
Good luck and I hope any of these tips help
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Posted 3/4/15
Call people sir and ma'am
It makes them feel important
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Posted 3/6/15
Experience is really the only way to get used to any job. Once you work a few days you'll feel like you've been doing it forever. Just go in believing that and you will be fine, take a deep breath, tell yourself you are capable and dive in.
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Posted 3/8/15
I work for a well known coffee chain at an incredibly busy downtown location.
It is not uncommon for me to see several hundred people walk through our doors in a given day.
Considering how many customers I interact with on a daily basis, it is not surprising that I deal with a fair amount of unreasonable and rude customers.

The best advice I can offer someone working in a job that involves public interaction is twofold:

1. Make yourself a work "persona" and keep a conscious separation between yourself and it.

I am nowhere near as personable or happy outside of work as I appear to be on the clock.
This is important both for keeping customers feeling appreciated and also in maintaining my sanity.

2. Never be satisfied with where you are at.

Certainly be proud of what you do and how you do it, but never stop trying to do or earn more.
Always be that guy (or girl) who is looking to learn and do more.
That mentality will take you far in any job.

Also, good luck.
Theme park employment seems...stressful.
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Posted 3/8/15
There's some good advice up above. Here's my 2 cents:

For caricature advice, I don't have much. The practice alone will be great for you. The only thing I'd suggest is to focus on humor and try not to make people feel stupid.

For personal advice, show respect and be polite, smile, and make eye contact. Ask people "How are you today?" If they give a good answer, great. If they give a bad answer, you can always try "Well maybe a caricature will improve your day?" Being cheerful and positive, even when you don't feel that way, will go a long way for you. It should also make it more likely you'll get tipped. :)

Then there's the bad part: You'll get all kinds of people, some of them annoying, rude, and mean. And you'll likely get some every day. You'll just have to work on your patience. The sad thing is that when people are in a setting like that, their "intelligence" switch tends to get turned off. After a long day of long lines and frustrations, they might start to unfairly take it out on you; because you aren't fast enough; because you aren't good enough; because you are in the wrong place at the wrong time. You mustn't take it personally.

We've all acted like that at some point or another. Just try and be understanding. Be polite. And just do your best. While you are there to give them a service, you aren't obligated to be their scapegoat. So, if you end up with some unruly customers, you can always tell them "I'm sorry you've had some difficulties" or "I'm sorry you feel that way" and direct them to Customer Services where someone will help them with their complaint. Then give them directions. Yes, you should always know where Customer Services, the bathrooms, and the exits are. If the park has a map, keep a few with you, just in case. That way, you'll look like the good guy and they can move on to the next spot as quickly as possible.

I hope that helps.
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Info for general things on jobs, if you're looking for a job to land that no one else has seen yet, try looking up your country or state's corporation public registry for new businesses that start up. Every business that opens has to register to the gov't or local for taxes and status.

Look at the owner or contact name, Facebook free public available info on that, determine what that company is all about and its goals. See if it works for you. Also, try to see what the company's atmosphere is like, are the people cool there? What are they like? To see if they'll be a drag. Yeah, you got to work with them but if you do this first, you might save yourself some grief later. Knowing the people you might find out through Facebook or other outlets. You not going to find everything but you'll get a general idea.

This doesn't include jobs not listed that people run on their own, so no guarantee protection by law. Still, if you know the people, it works out for you.
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