Tail Maker tuesday – FIN FUN
Welcome to Tail Maker Tuesday, where each week Sydney Mermaids interviews a different Mermaid Tail Maker from around the globe in an effort to promote and support mermaid-owned businesses. This week we interview Fin Fun Mermaid Tails, the #1 Best-Selling Worldwide!
What inspired you to start a Mermaid Business?
Fin Fun started over 10 years ago with our founder, Karen Browning. Karen’s granddaughter really wanted a tail that she could swim in, and things just kind of took off from there. There is a cool little documentary about Grandma Karen that you can check out here.
What did your first Mermaid tail look like?
The first mermaid tail Karen Browning made was bright green. It’s actually on display in our home office so that everyone can see it.
What are some of your favourite Mermaid tails you’ve made?
Everyone in the company has different favorites. My personal favorite tails are the Limited Edition tails because our designers added an extra layer to those tails so that they sparkle in the water and in the sun. They are seriously stunning. But within the first season and the custom tails we have made in the past I’ve got to say one was Mermaid Rosa’s custom tail (on Instagram) and the MerBlu, pure and original.
Tell me a funny story or favourite memory while Mermaiding.
My favorite mermaid experience is watching little kids swim in a tail for the first time. Fin Fun believes that everyone deserves to dream and watching a dream unfold on a little girl’s face is unbelievable. There is absolutely a little bit of magic sewn into every mermaid tail.
What have you learned from owning a Mermaid Business?
I don’t own Fin Fun, but I can tell you that it has been amazing to be part of a company like Fin Fun. At every level, I see people willing to go the extra mile to help people dream and to provide the highest quality products. It’s really refreshing!
What do people do when you tell them you own your own Mermaid Business?
When I tell people I work for a mermaid company, they usually have a lot of questions. I usually pull up our Instagram account and show them pictures of real people wearing our tails and more often than not, people ask if they can try one on!
How do you respond to negativity or comments from trolls?
Believe it or not, even Fin Fun gets trolls. Sometimes the attacks can feel really personal, but I try to remember that hurt people hurt people — and that on the other side of the screen there is someone who is obviously going through something. That doesn’t make their bullying okay at all, but it helps me let it go without taking it personally.
One thing you can’t Mermaid without?
A tail and a good hair tie! I know lots of mermaids like to have their hair flow in the water but I like to keep mine up and out of my eyes.
What advice can you give to others who want to be a Mermaid? (or start a Mermaid Business?)
No matter how old you are, you can put on that mermaid tail and live out your dream. Don’t listen to haters. Don’t listen to people who tell you that you can’t. You can. And you should. You deserve to be happy and live out your dream!
Do you have any Mermaid tips you would like to share?
Make sure you can swim before you put on a mermaid tail and monofin! https://www.finfunmermaid.com/mermaid-tail-safety
What do you love the most about Mermaiding?
I love the mermaid community! There are so many incredible mers out there that I have loved meeting!
Who are some other mermaids you look up to and why?
I really love @mermaid.alissa on Instagram and @חן סויסה on Instagram
What are your plans for the future?
Fin Fun will be launching our Elite tail line this year and we are so excited to show you guys!