Cynthia: Welcome Alaina, tell us a little about yourself.
Cynthia: How did you first get started in mermaiding?
Alaina: I have been fascinated with mermaids ever since I was a little girl. I remember going to see Disney's The Little Mermaid in theaters. When it was released on VHS, I watched it over and over and over again! During the summer months, I practically lived in a swimming pool. My little sister and I used to pretend we were mermaids, attempting to swim with our ankles crossed, trying our best to resemble a mermaid tail. It wasn't until less than a year ago I stumbled upon some videos of professional mermaid Hannah Fraser, and I realized that I could make my dream of becoming a mermaid a reality. Not long after, I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Mermaid Bonnie, the founder of Music City Mermaid (MCM). With her help, I was able to create my first tail, which turned out to be amazing! Then to my surprise, she asked me to partner with her and MCM!
Cynthia: You have done a number of mermaid themed paintings. Where can we see samples?
Alaina: Yes, I love painting mermaids! You can find all my work, as well as purchase any of my fine art giclee prints, in my shop From Paradise With Love on Etsy!
Cynthia: Tell us all about your travels to Hawaii.
Alaina: I have had the opportunity to visit the islands of Hawaii many times. Six separate trips to be exact! I have experienced four of the six main islands; Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island. Everyone usually asks me which island is my favorite and my reply is always, "It's too hard to choose a favorite, I love them all!" Each island is beautiful and special in it's own way. I love discovering and photographing the most amazing beaches on each island, as well as exploring natural sites like waterfalls, lagoons, volcanic craters, pineapple/coffee plantations, and more! The island of Oahu is extra special because that is where my husband proposed to me in May 2005, and then we returned for our Hawaii wedding in October 2007!
Cynthia: Do you currently work or perform as a mermaid on a regular basis?
Alaina: I hope to be very soon! At this time Bonnie and I are trying to get exposure for Music City Mermaid. We need to get our names around the Memphis and Nashville communities so people know who we are! I am available for birthday parties, events, promotional work, and more. As with any business, it takes time to grow and get things started. :)
Cynthia: Have you done environmental or charity work?
Alaina: Not yet, but I would love to... so hopefully in the near future!
Cynthia: What do you enjoy doing when you are not mermaiding?
Alaina: I love my job as a travel agent, researching and planning dream vacations; and of course I love traveling and experiencing new destinations myself! I enjoy painting, photography, shopping, running, movies, and spending time with my husband, family and three Yorkshire Terriers.
Cynthia: Do you have any special stories from your mermaid adventures?
Alaina: Well, just having the recent opportunity to be a mermaid in Hawaii was very special for me. I was able to get some gorgeous photos, and swim in the clear turquoise water. It was such an amazing experience! I actually had both locals and tourists come up to me, wanting to take pictures and asking me about my tail and being a mermaid. I was more than happy to interact with them of course!
Cynthia: What else you would like to share with us today?
Alaina: I just want to thank you for this interview and introducing me to your wonderful blog! It is very inspiring and a great way to learn more about others in the mermaiding community!
Cynthia: Thank you very much, Alaina. Best wishes as you dive into mermaiding as a possible career. Keep us informed of your adventures!
You can connect with Mermaid Alaina on Facebook and YouTube. Her art can be seen on Etsy, and she will soon be part of the Music City Mermaid site.
Treasure Hunt Update
The Treasure Hunt contest that kicked off on May 20th is still in progress. At the time of this writing, no answers (correct or otherwise) have been received, so there is still time to get in on the fun. Prizes will be awarded, and I am still accepting additional prizes from businesses what would like a mention in the contest rules.
See the Treasure Hunt contest page for all the details!
Best wishes and starfishes,
cynthia (at) goldmermaid.com
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