The backstage reality is what the audience does not see.
When the actors are on the stage and the play has begun, you are seeing what you paid to see – a great performance that is designed to touch you emotionally in some way. There is a backstage reality to directorship in Mary Kay too, the part that consultants usually do not see.
I know there are many of you reading this that are lurkers or naysayers. You believe that MLM’s really do work and that most of us are “loosers,” “whiners” or just didn’t work hard enough. Maybe you just don’t understand that those of us who gathered here are trying to share our experiences to represent the other side of multi-level marketing.
Many who have come here have experienced serious debt and broken dreams. I am one of those who woke up to find that I had wasted a good deal of time trying to build an organization that would always have to be rebuilt over and over again. I speak not only from my experience in three different MLM’s but also as an older woman who has worked in many different opportunities throughout my life. There is no comparison between the money you can make in an MLM and the money which can be earned by a solid job.
I was recruited by a friend (who quit immediately after ordering her $1800 and never selling any of it). My director (who’s a nat’l) had me order full inventory. I have a very large network of friends and happened to be really good at selling the products. I actually paid off my inventory and started making a profit after 4 months. I was prompted to become a director.
I wanted to give everyone at Pink Truth the perspective of a “higher up” director. I at one time had over 1,000 in my downline, and 9 offspring directors.
I have been lurking on this site for a while, and feel it is time to make a post. I am still an active director. I have been high up on the “food chain” for a while, but have never felt good about my position. I am open to all perspectives in life.
“If it was that easy, everybody would be a director.”
I heard this so many times from my upline and my sister directors. Being a sales director in MK is many things, and the “fake it ‘til you make it” pretty much covers all of the facets.
There are some fun things, and some good money occasionally, and some perks of course. The recognition is fun, especially when we are around newbies who think directors are sort of mythic creatures. We are taught and we practice elitism. Top 2%, don’t you know. The SUIT. The bling. Hangin’ with the “Big Girls” and wearing our big girl panties. Knowing what the new products are before the consultants do (although, not before Pink Truth knows…) Continue reading “Mary Kay Directorship: It’s Harder Than We Make It Look”
Yet another bunch of “false claims” coming from Mary Kay Inc. national sales director Tammy Crayk. She calls this a “tried and proven” plan, and I would love for someone to show me ONE person who did this. I bet she can’t.
And even if she could, you’d be talking about one out of millions. Oh, I know. That just shows it’s possible. It’s not Mary Kay’s fault if all of you are too lazy to do it. You could if you really wanted to.
Well, of course, I disagree with that premise. Even if a plan like this is theoretically possible, everyone needs to know that it’s not even remotely probable. The chances of a consultant being able to pull this off are so slim, yet no one in Mary Kay will tell them that.
We’ve all heard that Mary Kay is for some, and not for others. That you won’t know unless you try. That it’s your business and you make the decisions. That some will, some won’t, who’s next. That you control your own time and earnings. That you can just give Mary Kay a try for a low, low cost, and if it’s not for you, then you haven’t lost much. That your director will support you in whatever way you want to work your Mary Kay business.
Until you decide to quit. No one is really supposed to quit Mary Kay. I think Mary Kay is like a cult. When you want to leave, they make it awfully hard. And if you do escape, they will shun you and tarnish your good name. Your director – – who pretended to be your friend while you were ordering products – – will suddenly turn on you and urge everyone to stay away from you. Continue reading “How a Mary Kay Director Treats Someone Who Decides Mary Kay Is Not For Her”
If you are considering ‘moving up into management’ in Mary Kay, ‘promoting yourself to Director’, or even just getting started in the business, here are some facts that you might not be aware of.
Fact 1: The majority of Sales Directors make very little money.
To check this fact, you can do a couple of things. One real eye opener is to ask the Directors you admire to provide their 1099s for the last few years. They can easily access these from Intouch. Some may argue that this does not provide a true picture of income since it does not show expenses. However, even without deducting expenses you will be surprised at how low this number is. Continue reading “Just the Mary Kay Facts”
What I am about to say causes me the greatest heartache. The life of a current Mary Kay Director is one of desperate denial, and it is the saddest story to tell.
The old timers believe that the Mary Kay life they lived 20 years ago surely must still exist, and their loyalty to all things Mary Kay blinds them to the reality of who they have become, what they have done, and how far off the road they are from being that “woman of excellence” they pretend to be. Continue reading “The Desperate Denial of a Mary Kay Sales Director”
Why Mary Kay still won’t work when you grow a conscience.
There is a part of this whole Pro-Mary Kay/Anti-Mary Kay debate that needs to be addressed that usually isn’t. In most comments, consultants share the nasty self-serving character traits of their Director, when probably 90% of Directors are actually good women, following a success plan that was taught to them by their National and Senior. Continue reading “In Defense of Mary Kay Directors”