Monday, August 17, 2015

Fifteen Secrets

Thinking of making mermaiding a career? If so, you may find this article useful.

Hanna van der Gaag, a mermaid from the Netherlands, was recently interviewed by BuzzFeed writer, Maggy van Eijk. Hanna would like to share 15 tips on mermaiding as a career.

Do you enjoy working with children? Do you have a way of getting from the dressing room to the pool? These are just two of the details that new professional mermaids may not think of right away.

While the article is entitled '15 Secrets Professional Mermaids Won't Tell You', that is not actually the case. Many professional mermaids and mermen are more than happy to share the ins and outs of the profession.

Universal Studios

So where was Mermaid Cynthia last week? Did you miss me a little bit?

Last week was a chance to get away, and a chance to visit Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.

I stayed in Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort. Not technically on the beach, but equipped with a beach-like swimming pool. I knew I was in the right place when I saw the mermaid murals at the resort's Starbucks coffee shop.

The primary reason for the trip to Universal Studios was to visit the Harry Potter themed areas, Diagon Alley (Universal Studios) and Hogsmeade (Islands of Adventure). The two areas are connected by the Hogwarts Express, a short train ride. Any fan of the Harry Potter books and movies would feel right at home in the Harry Potter themed areas. I would highly recommend the 'Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey' ride, by the way.

The weather in Orlando has been quite warm lately, and one does get thirsty. Try the Butterbeer or the Gilly Water. Fans will remember that Harry used Gillyweed in The Goblet of Fire to stay under water for an extended period of time. Gilly Water, while not as memorable, was also mentioned in the novels.

Click on the photos to the right to see them full-size. I am hoping to post additional photos from my trip soon. Many are not mermaid related, but might be of interest to those planning a trip to Orlando.

Model Mermaid

Meet Pan Gaojie, a Chinese model turned mermaid. Mashable has the story in this article by Elizabeth Pierson.

"And though she can't yet live under the waves, she certainly makes a splash in local pools, where she practices swimming."

The short article includes a number of great high-rez photos. Be sure to check it out!

Mermaid Photoshoot

Here is a mermaid photoshoot with a splash of color. Fashionably Geek and Sean Fallon are sharing a wealth of photos of a mermaid photoshoot featuring Sofia Chang.

The photographer is Pheonix Lin, and there is a question and answer section at the bottom of the article.

Eyes As A Canvas

Eyes are the canvas for the art of Tal Peleg in this set of photos at Bored Panda. This is no ordinary eye makeup.

"Inspiration is all around me, and I give my own unique artistic interpretation using makeup."

While all of the creations are stunning, you won't want to miss the one entitled 'The Little Mermaid'.

Best wishes and starfishes,
-Mermaid Cynthia
cynthia (at)

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