Date Joined MK: March 2003
Highest Level Achieved: Red Jacket
When Left MK Or Are You Still Active: Still Active, but slowing
Initial Inventory Purchased: 300, but more over time
How were you recruited? Filled out a fishbowl questionnaire at a local Mall
What about Mary Kay appealed to you most?
The tax advantages, positive attitudes of those that I met
Tell us about one of your most memorable or embarrassing situations while in Mary Kay
There were a few memorable in a positive way. However the most recent memorable situation which had a negative impact remains the most vivid. While in Dallas for Seminar, on an off day, while out shopping, I ran into my former NSD and some of her Directors. I was wearing a split skirt, a cute top and sandals with no hose. While the other SDs, whom I knew (all but one), smiled and greeted me, the NSD, who I previously had great respect for, looked me up and down, turned her nose up, and didn’t acknowlege me. It was because I wasn’t in “MK Attire”. This NSD was famous for being a stickler for the “old MK” ways. This same person had hugged, greeted and encouraged me at many MK functions (including Seminar, which I attended 5 times). But while I always thought her a bit shallow, the be treated in that manner was not only embarrasing, but I began questioning why I wanted to associate with people or a business that focused so much on the external, artificial areas of womens lives.
Another experience that stands out is when my SD was promoting something that seemed to be in violation of MKC guidelines. I asked her about it, and she brushed me off a bit. So I called MK legal and gave them the situation. The agreed with me, and confirmed via an email to me that the manner that SDs were conducting business in a certain area was not correct. Assuming my SD just didn’t know this, I shared the email and the contents of the phone call I had with MKC with her. To my surprise and disappointment, she acknowledged that she and my NSD were aware that it was “not completely Kosher”, but that “everyone did it that way”, and she was planning to continue supporting this promotion.
Another straw was when my SD and I clashed over her wanting to sign up a recruit of my online without her being present, a clear violation of company policy. I wasn’t comfortable with her doing that, but I was told that while it may be my recruit, she was the SD, and when I became a SD I could do things how I felt comfortable doing them. Needless to say, I discouraged that recruit from signing up.
As I write this, so many scenarios are coming back to me. I could go on and on. Suffice it to say that I had a feeling that MK wasn’t all that it purported to be. But I wanted so badly to believe that it was that simply ignored or overlooked warning signs. I’m no longer doing that.
What did you learn from your Mary Kay experience?
Trust my first instinct. I can’t say that I was coerced, or went into debt, or anything like that. I wasn’t and I didn’t. But I felt on more than one occasion that the business encouraged superficial and matieralistic goals, and used faith as a cover for promoting personal agendas. It wasn’t until this past year that I finally stopped ignoring and putting aside some of the nagging doubts that I had about the MK business model, and began examining them. I honestly did not like what I saw. And for me, that was huge, because there was no one “pinker than me” in my MK heydey.
What are you doing now? Working full or part time? Working from home? etc.
I am currently working full time, making a great salary ( I did for my entire MK stint). In fact, I recently switched jobs, and when I told my SD that I was working fulltime and only planning to be personal use for MK (previously I kept promising that I would one day be ready to go DIQ), my SD, whom I had considered a friend, hasn’t bothered yet to call me back. Yet, I still received several emails from her, mostly in reference to ordering in some shape or fashion…Oh well.
I feel compelled to share my story, because not everyone is hoodwinked or coerced into joining, or supporting MK. I believe that the current business model for promotion encourages those who choose to lie, cheat, etc. “find a way, make a way” to get where they want to go. It doesn’t have to be that way.
While I have no debt or horribly bad experiences, I have begun examining situations that I knew were not right, and calling them for what they were. I am currently still active, but I refuse to order anything that I haven’t already sold and have the money in my account beforehand. Which means, I’ll be I1 soon, but until the sales are there, no more “investing”. My basement has four shelves full of “investments”. Enough already.