Name: Linda Farfalla’s Metamorphosis
Are You Active or Inactive?
If Inactive, Date You Left MK:
Amount of Initial Inventory You Purchased:
How were you recruited? Tell us all the details.
The Director attends the church I used to assist, also knew my husband and step-kids for a few years before I met and married him. At the time when she approached me, I was feeling lonely: new gal in a new town, having left family and friends; missing my kids who were away for the holidays. I wanted friends, and was searching for a “ministry,” especially for women who had walked or were walking in the same shoes.
My schedule was free the day I attended a make-over event at a hotel and fell in love with not only the product (first time in about 15 years that my skin had cleared up), but also with the potential to meet the emotional needs of women.
The Director asked me if I’d like to become a Consultant, I signed the agreement three days later….and couldn’t sleep for weeks because of the excitement.
Do you have a memorable experience from your time in Mary Kay? If so, please tell us about it.
All the initial experiences are positive…I eagerly attended the weekly meetings, Career Conferences, other weekend getaways. They were all fun learning experiences.
I had earned Team Leader status, on my way to fulfilling the desire I had to really help other women….that is, until I started hearing that I shouldn’t worry about some of my Consultants that were slowing down; I felt like I wasn’t “allowed” to counsel them, in a way, to move their business.
Also, my customers got tired of me calling them constantly, even though they had already said “no” three times or more before…I was then told to “move on” to the “next face”…..a characteristic that is so not me. I don’t like using people.
As 2009 came to a close, I had lost all my team members, out of over 200 faces that tried the product, I can only count about 10 customers that purchase on a regular basis…….ME, my husband, my daughters and maybe 4 “outsiders.”
What are you doing now?
I am still working at my day job, which has to do with outreach. I am out in the field touching the lives of others and getting paid for it, which is what I was doing before starting MK.
I am also starting to get involved with Christian women’s ministries because I would rather go into a store or walk down the street and be aware of the spiritual needs of women than feel like I’m chasing them down to talk about their makeup needs; I would rather sit down with them for two hours and preach the saving power of Jesus Christ that is FREE than to make them feel pressured into buying a product that they probably won’t purchase again….or make them feel guilty for having me “wasted” my time.
The products ARE good…am overjoyed that my face cleared up; the foundation is great, the color makeup, too.
The overall idea of helping other women is awesome….but….the pressure to sell and purchase inventory, and constantly call customers (which, I don’t understand, because if I run out of something, I go out and get it…I don’t need another adult to remind me!!), the pressure to attend meetings where the same thing is taught over and over and over again…the lack of sisterhood OUTSIDE of Mary Kay (why not attend a Consultant’s wedding, babyshower, bbq at home?????? why does it ALWAYS have to be about Mary Kay????)….the inability to actually share your personal life with another Consultant or customer is frowned upon.
I just don’t understand that part….for that, I’d rather stay home with and give to my family instead of giving myself away to others.
I have made my request before the Lord, and if it’s His will to go forward with this business, I will….if not, it’s also ok. Like Paul, I consider it all loss/dung, for I’d rather be at my Father’s business.