First name or nickname: Cindy
Date you joined MK: November 2004
Highest level attained: Senior Consultant
Date left company: Still Active
Initial Inventory purchased: $3000.00
Brief story of where / how you were recruited: I went to a Mary Kay party with one of my friends, and the consultant throwing the party looked like she was having a good time doing her “job” so I decided I would sign up. But, I had to wait 2 weeks until I turned 18. I signed the day after my 18th birthday.
What thing(s) appealed to you most about the MK opportunity: I really liked how fun and easy it looked. The money appealed to me too, but not as much as the recognition and prizes. After all, I was only 18 and my parents still paid for everything!
What was your most embarrassing moment as a consultant or a story you’d like to share: Well, there are a few! My director has a 21 year old son and she really wanted me to date him…and let everyone else know that she wanted me to date him. This would be flattering, but I constantly had to defend the fact that I have a wonderful boyfriend of 3 years. I am also embarrassed by the fact that I called some of my friends 10 times a week asking them to hold parties for me. I have since apologized!
What are you doing now? Right now I am throwing myself into my school work. I am a sophomore in college and I have never been more motivated to graduate! I was told over and over again by my cult leader…*cough*…I mean director that I didn’t need college and all college would get me was a $30,000 a year job. Looks like I’m going to need that $30,000 a year job to pay off the credit card she advised me to get.
What are the main things you learned from your experience?
I learned SO MUCH! I’m going to go back and tell you my inventory story.
I told my director that I didn’t have the resources to purchase inventory. I really wanted inventory, don’t get me wrong, but there was no way I could afford it. She told me I should ask my grandparents if I could borrow money from them. I told her this wasn’t a good idea. She then told me to ask my parents. I told her they were putting 3 people through college and didn’t have the money to give me. She then told me that it would be a GREAT idea to look into getting a student loan! (At this time I am 19 years old…is she KIDDING me?!?!) I told her I didn’t know how to go about doing that, and so the idea was nixed. She then said that it would be very easy for me to get a student credit card. Because I didn’t want to upset her (she was the number one director in the sapphire seminar last year and number 2 this year) and I really did want inventory, I decided I would look into it. I ended up getting approved for 2 cards…one for $600 and one for $2500. I used both of these and am now selling back my inventory and working on paying off the left-over debt that I will have.
I have learned not to trust someone that will be making money off of you. They will tell you whatever they need to tell you to make sure their paycheck is increased.
I have learned that if you are gullible then a job in direct sales isn’t for you.
I have learned that just because God’s name is used, it doesn’t necessarily mean you are going into a good situation.
I have learned that whenever someone tells you that “your parents don’t need to know”…they in fact DO need to know.
I have learned that even if I’m only going to make $30,000 a year, at least I am doing it honestly.