Raina Mermaid is the owner of the award winning companies Halifax Mermaids and Canadian Mermaids Inc. She runs a mermaid school in Canada, and published the first study on functionality of mermaid tails. Raina has a degree in child development and a degree in education, and has published 3 books to help others learn to be mermaids. Raina just finished organizing the biggest Mermaid Convention to date: Mermania 2017!
1. What did your first tail look like?
My first tail was a stretch vinyl plasticky material that was a hot orange. It didn't have a monofin and wasn't great for swimming in but I loved it.
2. What is the best part of being a mermaid?
I love empowering people, especially kids and especially women. I like to help kids tap into their imaginations and I like to help women tap into the unique femininity surrounding mermaids to help boost confidence.
3. What are some of the challenges you face?
I live in Canada and we have less population in my entire country than in the state of California. I don't always get the same opportunities as mers around the world and I really have to constantly be innovating in order to grow. It can be exhausting sometimes, especially when coping with chronic pain/illness. but I manage.
4. Did you plan on making a business when you where putting a tail on for the first time?
No, I used a tail to help me overcome chronic illness and pain. It evolved into a business very slowly and I was very reluctant at first. Many people believed in me long before I believed in myself. I had a linear plan in mind for my "grown up job" and it didn't include being a mermaid full time. But with the support of many mentors I learned how to infuse my business with all my skills and passions to make something both financially rewarding, and in line with my values.
5. What is your favorite thing to do with public groups, events or parties as a mermaid?
I really enjoy surprising people, whether it's being the surprise at a party, or spooking people at the aquarium, the reactions are priceless. I like being in the ocean and sneaking up to passing boats.
6. What is something you support as a mermaid to you have a cause or charity?
I was a premature birth by 3 months and a very sick child. Children's Wish Foundation sent me to Disney to help as a kid. I like to give back and donate a lot to them and also do hospital visits. I also support a local wildlife rescue, many non profit children programs, and World Ocean's Day. I am getting ready to help with a fundraising campaign for a new ocean literacy program.
7. If you where throwing a party what top 3 things are need for your perfect Mermaid Pool Party?
My merwrangler. (haha) won't go anywhere without him. A spare top (had one break at a gig) and about 5 towels more than I think I need!!
8. Any tips for beginners looking at starting out as a mermaid?
Check out my free resources, my video tutorials, and my books at www.makemeamermaid.com I offer everything in detail from big things to small things, common things to unusual things, general and specific!
9. What is your favorite on land mer-accessory?
I have a necklace that my partner bought me in Switzerland 8 years ago, long before mermaids were a trend. It was hard to buy or find mermaid merchandise, even online. No one was making anything. He found a one of a kind hand crafted silver mermaid pendant and brought her back for me. She was so heavy she broke many chains so for a birthday I got a heavy duty silver chain. I love wearing her and I think it's funny my partner had to go across the world to find me a mermaid pendant, when they are so plentiful now. I am not a big jewelry person outside of what I wear for my costume. She's really the only thing I consistently wear. She's accidentally had a few trips down the bathroom sink too haha.
10. Other then a Fabulous tail what is one thing no mermaid can go without?
Honestly, a good hair care system. Chlorine will kill your hair, I know, I have lost my hair to it 3 times in my soon to my 9 year journey. Just bite the bullet and invest in some really good quality clarifying shampoo, and a really good repair mask and use it A LOT. It is very emotional to have your hair fall out or break off especially in large chunks. If I could save someone that but of trauma I would.
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Beauty and the Beast based on the 1991 Animated Film, is getting a live action reboot! It’s far and away one of all-time favorite Disney films, and I can’t wait to see how Disney translates it from animation to live action. Not only is Beauty and the Beast getting a live action update, it’s also getting a new song from Celine Dion!
A Beautiful Melody for Beauty and the BeastCeline Dion, winner of five Grammies, will be adding her voice to the movie on the song, “How Does a Moment Last Forever”. Written by composer Alan Menkin, an eight time Oscar winner who worked on The Little Mermaid and Aladin, and Tim Rice who worked on The Lion King and Evita, this song is an emotional ballad worthy of the deep love story that drives Beauty and the Beast. The original motion picture soundtrack will be released by Walt Disney Records on March 10, 2017. The pre-order is available now at http://disneymusic.co/BeautySndtrkP.
Beauty and the Beast Will Sweep Us off Our Feet this MarchAs a fan of the animated Beauty and the Beast, I cannot wait to see this live action remake. With the combined talents of a cast which includes Emma Watson, Luke Evans, Ewan McGregor, and more, and the musical talents of Celine Dion, Alan Menkin, and Tim Rice, this is going to be one of the best live action musicals of the year! Be sure you see it in theaters March 17th, 2017.
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This example outline is to help you understand the levels of business ownership. “Through understanding comes mastery.” Starting you business is just a splash away. I hope this outline and example year 1 game plan is a big help. www.MermaidTailParty.com Reps, we are here to help you in all you do if you need help reach out.
Below is a game plan for a mermaid in Florida just starting out using family to help. Making less then $7000 a year after business startup costs . I think this is the average first year and you can grow in any direction with your business with this plan. I chose Florida as an example cause I live here and it's what I know all states are different but also very similar.
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Hans Christian Anderson's Little Mermaid original titled Daughter of the Air had little to do with living under the sea and a lot to do with giving kids a reason to be good.
Below is a summary version of the original little mermaid by Hans Christian Anderson I got this from Wikipedia during some research and I found that this is a great summary. Reading this for me was a reminder me how special and unique the story of the little mermaid is. To fans the little mermaid is the truest symbol of "true Love" even when all was lost and she faced no longer existing her love stayed strong and she wouldn't stop loving her prince. I believe all mermaids hold this truest love in them and that's why so many of us humans love mermaids.
The Little Mermaid dwells in an underwater kingdom with her widowed father (the sea king or Mer-King), her dowager grandmother, and her five older sisters, each of whom had been born one year apart. When a mermaid turns fifteen, she is permitted to swim to the surface for the first time to glimpse the world above, and when the sisters become old enough, each of them visits the upper world one at a time every year. As each returns, the Little Mermaid listens longingly to their various descriptions of the world inhabited by human beings.
When the Little Mermaid's turn comes, she rises up to the surface, watches a birthday celebration being held on a ship in honor of a handsome prince, and falls in love with him from a safe distance. A violent storm hits, sinking the boat, and the Little Mermaid saves the prince from drowning. She delivers him unconscious to the shore near a temple. Here, she waits until a young woman from the temple and her ladies in waiting find him. To her dismay, the prince never sees the Little Mermaid or even realizes that it was she who had originally saved his life.
The Little Mermaid becomes melancholy and asks her grandmother if humans can live forever. The grandmother explains that humans have a much shorter lifespan than a mermaid's 300 years, but that when mermaids die, they turn to sea foam and cease to exist, while humans have an eternal soul that lives on in heaven. The Little Mermaid, longing for the prince and an eternal soul, visits the Sea Witch in a dangerous part of the ocean. The witch willingly helps her by selling her a potion that gives her legs in exchange for her tongue and beautiful voice, and she warns her that once she becomes a human, she will never be able to return to the sea. Consuming the potion will make her feel as if a sword is being passed through her body, yet when she recovers, she will have two human legs and will be able to dance like no human has ever danced before. However, she will constantly feel as if she is walking on sharp knives. In addition, she will obtain a soul only if she wins the love of the prince and marries him, for then a part of his soul will flow into her. Otherwise, at dawn on the first day after he marries someone else, the Little Mermaid will die with a broken heart and dissolve into sea foam upon the waves.
After she agrees to the arrangement, the Little Mermaid swims to the surface near the prince's palace and drinks the potion. She is found by the prince, who is mesmerized by her beauty and grace, even though she is considered dumb and mute by everyone in the kingdom. Most of all, he likes to see her dance, and she dances for him despite suffering excruciating pain with every step. Soon, the Little Mermaid becomes the prince's favorite companion and accompanies him on many of his outings. When the prince's parents encourage their son to marry the neighboring princess in an arranged marriage, the prince tells the Little Mermaid he will not because he does not love the princess. He goes on to say he can only love the young woman from the temple, who he believes rescued him. It turns out that the princess from the neighboring kingdom is the temple girl. The prince declares his love for her, and the royal wedding is announced at once.
The prince and princess celebrate their new marriage on a wedding ship, and the Little Mermaid's heart breaks. She thinks of all that she has sacrificed and of all the pain she has endured for the prince. She despairs, thinking of the death that awaits her, but before dawn, her sisters rise out of the water and bring her a knife that the Sea Witch has given them in exchange for their long, beautiful hair. If the Little Mermaid kills the prince and lets his blood drip on her feet, she will become a mermaid once more, all of her suffering will end, and she will live out her full life in the ocean with her family.
However, the Little Mermaid cannot bring herself to kill the sleeping prince lying with his new bride, and she throws the knife and herself off the ship into the water just as dawn breaks. Her body dissolves into foam, but instead of ceasing to exist, she feels the warm sun and discovers that she has turned into a luminous and ethereal earthbound spirit, a daughter of the air. As the Little Mermaid ascends into the atmosphere, she is greeted by other daughters who tell her she has become like them because she strove with all her heart to obtain an immortal soul. Because of her selflessness, she will be given the chance to earn her own soul by doing good deeds to mankind for 300 years and will one day rise up into the Kingdom of God.
More to the story the ending was changed the orginal had a alternate ending I found out about in my research notes below:
The working title of the story was "Daughters of the Air". The daughters of the air say they can earn souls simply by doing three hundred years' worth of good deeds, but Andersen later revised it to state that all this depends upon whether children are good or bad. Good behavior takes a year off the maidens' time of service, while bad behavior makes them weep and a day is added for every tear they shed. This has come under much criticism from scholars and reviewers, with one commenter writing, "This final message is more frightening than any other presented in the tale. The story descends into the Victorian moral tales written for children to scare them into good behavior." P. L. Travers, author of Mary Poppins and noted folklore commentator, says, "But a year taken off when a child behaves and a tear shed and a day added whenever a child is naughty? Andersen, this is blackmail. And the children know it and say nothing. There's magnanimity for you."
Are they not gorgeous! Matching shoes coming soon... Us mermaids got to look good on land.
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I think it's the weather but all I want to do is curl up with my mermaid blankie and watch movies.
I found this Movie "The Mermaid" it has English subtitles and I just popped over to make this post during a break so if the end is bad I am sorry this movie looks promising for a non main stream film.
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Behind the sence look at Mermaid Kelly's interview on America's Got Talent season 12. Way to go Kelly!
Just Days away from Mermania, even if your not going you can still take advantage of our limited time sale only $40 for a mermaid tail and monofin. we have also extend the Valentines day Special untill January 25th also for all those that didn't get the email in time.
Mermania 2017 Mermaid Tail (Taxes & Shipping Included)
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Enter your Size Kid 6,8,10,12 or Adult S,M,L
Comes with a Pink or Green Colorful Kick Monofin
And the very much sought after Gold Mermaid Tail Necklace gift to the first 100 attendees of 2017 NC Mermaina Hosted by Mermaid Raina. Raina was the January Mermaid of the Month.
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