I grew up with a lot of dream jobs. Interior decorator, personal organizer, teacher, event planner…I could go on. But it wasn’t until my mid-20s that I realized I could take doing makeup–one of my passions–and turn it into a career. Yes, it took me a while to come to that realization, but I’m so glad I did.
If I’m not doing a makeup job, I’m watching a makeup tutorial, blogging, researching new trends and products, or experimenting on myself. I literally dream about lipsticks and new color combinations and I can’t look around a room or at nature without getting inspired by colors or textures. My life is covered in makeup and I love it.
It’s a great feeling when a bill is less than I expected it to be, or I find a the perfect dress to wear to a wedding. I enjoy going to see a funny movie, or getting in a good run. But nothing compares to the feeling I get when I’ve done someone’s makeup and they look in the mirror and say “Oh my God! I love it!”
When I’m doing makeup, I don’t think of anything else. I’ve done makeup with viral bronchitis, a broken heart and during other times of personal stress. During one wedding job, I damn near knocked a toenail off by stubbing my toe on a claw foot bedframe. I get into the zone, where I’m so focused on making someone look their best or look the part that I literally cannot think of anything else.
When I leave a wedding, photoshoot, or film knowing that the clients/photographer/director are 100% happy with my work, I’m on a high. It makes me feel good not just professionally but personally. I find it hard not to take people’s reactions personally. When you create something, it’s personal. When I can successfully take someone’s vision, get it into my head and achieve the results they’re looking for, there’s no better feeling.
I haven’t done this alone though. I’m extremely grateful for all that referrals that I receive from clients, friends and family. I’m also thankful for people in my industry like Joe Rossi and Jennie Kay Plumb who have helped me along the way. I’m working my dream job and a combination of talent, skills, luck, and great business contacts got me there.
I can’t imagine not doing makeup, so I’m looking forward to many more makeup-covered years in this business.
Have a beautiful day 🙂