Feeling Nostalgic and Thankful
In today’s post, I’m getting a little bit personal and sentimental. I can’t remember if I’ve ever shared anything like this on my blog, but I was feeling nostalgic last night, and as a result, I wanted to share some of my thoughts and feelings with you.
When I was younger, two of my aunts would always tell me, “you need to do something with art. Don’t let your talent go to waste.” One of them is an art teacher, the other an illustrator. Both of my parents and both of my brothers are extremely artistic as well. It happens to run in my family on both sides. Drawing and painting came naturally to me but didn’t see how “art” could ever turn into a career for me.
I vividly remember one night during my senior year of college, early 2012, talking on the phone with my mom as I was standing in the kitchen. I told her how I probably shouldn’t have wasted all this money on a private college degree when I wish I could just be a makeup artist. At that point, it hadn’t dawned on me yet.
Fast forward to later that year. I graduated college and started my first “real world” marketing job. I was excited and grateful but knew I wanted more. Slowly but surely, I started building a makeup portfolio. I would practice on any family and friends I could get my hands on (sorry to those who let me practice…I know it wasn’t always pretty). Mind you, I created a physical portfolio. This was before Facebook and Instagram for business was a thing. I brought my portfolio to a few local hair salons to see if they would start recommending me. Some did, some didn’t. I then built my own website (something that I now do on the side for small businesses, too). I would also read the “engagement” section in local newspapers to see if I knew anyone who recently got engaged and needed a makeup artist. MAN, how times have changed.
Fast forward to now, November 2018. I am fully booked for 2019 weddings (and have been for months now), and have received dozens of inquiries for 2020. This isn’t me bragging or trying to make it seem like I live an awesome, successful life. Social media can be very deceiving like that. It’s just me reflecting on how much has happened over the past six years, how times have changed in the beauty and wedding industry, how much I’ve grown as a makeup artist and as a person, and how really, REALLY thankful I am to have worked with more than 2,000 clients at this point who have each helped shape my story and teach me new things all the time (not so much about makeup, that’s why they hire me…but about life).
Just about every weekend, I get to be a part of someone’s first day of marriage. They trust me to make them look and feel good on the most photographed day of their life. They also trust me to communicate with them constantly for about one year prior, show up early, stick to a schedule, have a fully prepared and high-quality kit (that kit is my baby), amongst many other things. I take pride in all of it.
I usually don’t complain when I need to be in bed at 9:00 pm on a Friday night because my alarm will go off at 4:00 am the next morning to drive to a wedding venue. Sometimes I wish I could be going to that concert or that get-together with my friends, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t. But for the most part, I love it all. Because I leave the job feeling fulfilled (exhausted but fulfilled).
Looking through these photos of me doing makeup throughout the years put a big smile on my face last night. If you are one of my past brides and reading this – thank you! I appreciate you. If you are anyone else reading this and you’re still reading – I’m sorry…I’ll end my rant, haha. And if you need a makeup artist…now you know who to contact 😉