First name or nickname: Pink Caddy 🙂
Date you joined MK: June 2003
Highest level attained: consultant
Date left company: June 2004
Initial Inventory purchased: $1200
Brief story of where / how you were recruited:
I was going to a support group for new moms at my local hospital after I had my first baby. I was new in the area and had no local family or friends. Another woman who came to the mom’s group was a new MK consultant, and she told me she wouldn’t have to go back to engineering because of Mary Kay! I was an engineer, too, so I trusted her and believed everything she told me about the opportunity.
What thing(s) appealed to you most about the MK opportunity:
Being able to make a little extra money from home!
What was your most embarrassing moment as a consultant:
I called a girl who had left her name and number in my fishbowl at a nail salon. I thought she was an adult, so I booked an appointment with her. She lived in a trailer park, and when I finally found her trailer, I unloaded all of my makeup and my baby in her carseat. I rang the doorbell, and the girl who answered the door was seventeen. She had just rolled out of bed, and she told me she still wanted the facial. (at the time I had not been notified that I wasn’t allowed to make appointments with minors without parental consent!)
I gave her the facial despite my discomfort with the whole situation. The girl had a 13 year old cousin who wanted to join in. They spent the whole time talking on the phone, ignoring me, or making fun of me. And of course they bought nothing.
What are you doing now?
I’m relieved to “just” be a full-time mom now.
What are the main things you learned from your experience?
That sales is a scary business and it takes a very strong, outgoing personality and love of people to be successful at it. Other than that, I learned to be skeptical of people’s motives, and that MLM is a terrible investment. (Turns out my recruiter was drowning in MK credit card debt and had to go get a full-time engineering job after all.)