What was the deciding factor for me to become a Makeup Artist? Though I am just a baby in this career and have yet to reach where i would like to be this is how I started my journey. Well, I was working at a variety of jobs since I was eighteen, and didn't know my niche exactly. I had no real direction. I worked at a variety of retail jobs but Retail didnt really motivate me much, though I did enjoy selling products, and being in the beauty Industry so to speak when I worked at a bath and body store. I liked that aspect. Well my Friend (JW Ill call her) and I wanted to venture working somewhere else, so we decided to apply to a big retail Department store and we both got interviews and job offers, But both of us backed out! She heard that management wasn't too good at that store and she didn't feel comfortable. And Me, well, I was hired to work on the cosmetics department, not the perfume or clothes which is where they start you at. I was shocked when the manager offered me a Makeup counter position! But I denied it. I felt intimidated, to be honest. I felt I needed to find a job where I could make my parents proud, pretty much a job at an office or something.I somehow felt that makeup was beneath me. I was only 19 and I didn't have a drivers License. I was a late bloomer i know. But in reality I was just scared of driving. Well I just decided to do it. Get it over with. I studied the test then Passed it. The whole time I had been working I would get driven by my husband so My schedule always revolved around his work schedule. At one point in life I would walk to my job and even ride a bike. That's right I'm not embarrassed. I had to do what I had to do. Leave my pride at the door, and worked for what I needed and wanted. What was that? We were building a home for us. Why did I work and not go to school? Well My husband and I got married very young at 18/19, and we had nothing. He is in the military, so we lived on base housing (which is NOT free By the way) and slept on an Air mattress for a while. We aren't the type of people to expect help from "mommy and daddy". Both him and I have worked for just about everything we have including our son. Nothing in life comes easy. And we learned that real quick.
So then I landed a job at a local Television station working as the receptionist while also working retail. Well eventually I moved up to be the administrative assistant, and also entered a big depression, and health problems, a lot of health problems. That's when I decided it was time to turn a new leaf. I then found a great job where I stayed at the longest, and though I did enjoy it, and the people, the location, I really had a passion to go to school for culinary arts. So I decided to pursue my then dream. That summer before enrolling to school I decided I wanted to work with a catering or banquet service, to get my feet wet a little bit. I ended up working for a few banquet halls. It was so new to me, so different that any other job. I asked the chefs and sou chefs if they enjoyed what they did and they gave me great advice, and also showed me the reality of the job. That is when I realized It wasn't for me. And to think, I was about to go for it. So then I decided to go to Makeup school, I then knew this IS what I want to do. I should not care what people think about this career. It is a career. I I will make it that way, I have BIG goals I want to achieve. And I am not one to not follow through on my own set goals. Literally weeks into enrolling in to makeup school, and speaking to one of the few makeup artists in the state I lived in, I reunited with my friend JW and she had encountered a new job path as well. She went to school to be an esthetician and we were launching a mobile spa service and then, she was offered a job so all plans had to be canceled with our project. But interestingly enough where she worked at also needed a makeup artist for smashbox cosmetics and I was hired. It seemed as if things were just coming together and in lightening speed for me. I chose this path because it is my true passion, and a career I can still have a family life with. Funny this was all happening, and then I found out I was pregnant. It finally happened! Throughout my entire pregnancy I worked and went to school, and worked on photoshoots, and models for my school and succeeded. Not too long after i graduated my husband got some news that we were headed to the East Coast! And here I am keeping up with this career as much as I can While making my Family Life a priority, but still I am not losing focus of the vision, that's for sure! God has a plan for me and I know this is just the beginning!