Phase 1...

19 0ct 2017

It was the best of times… It was the worst of times…

…That was a little dramatic, but those are the words that came to mind at 12:12am while thinking about my journey as a makeup artist. I most recently moved to New Jersey- I know, random; but I’ll get into that later- and I have to get my creative juices flowing! Not just as it relates to applying makeup, but with regard to getting booked as an artist. I’m finally at the point in which I am confident in my work and have no qualms with taking a brush to any face, but I don’t have any faces to work on. Hash tagging every Instagram post can only get me so far because of the new algorithm, and quite frankly, I’m not as popular here as I am back home. While thinking of how to get booked, a light switch went off in my head reminding me that I met and spent time with @HeyGorjess and @Ownbyfemme a few months back. I remember them being very warm and sweet! I even bumped into Rene' at Coachella shortly after our initial time spent, and she was the same amazing spirit that I’d met weeks prior; she gave me her number and everything! This was it! I could do their makeup for free and get a little exposure! 

Immediately after my revelation, I decided to shoot Renee a text and instant message Jessica on IG ensuring to be clear about my request. Much to my surprise, neither of them responded. I was SHOOKETH! Taken ah back! Unsure of my next move! 

… Then, it hit me. “Take baby steps”, I reminded myself. My kit isn’t even popping right now! I finally came up with an idea that wasn’t dependent on anyone else’s time, interests, or influence. 

It hit me that i should build my website, locate my call sheets, and apply for my pro discounts. I had all of the tools to accomplish these things in a day, so why not start with this? … So, I did; It flowed so beautifully! At this point, the only thing left to do is wait. This process is teaching me how not to set expectations, as they essentially can lead to disappointments. With that, I’ll patiently wait to hear back from the cosmetic line about my application, and proceed to Phase 2 of promoting myself and prepare for my first gig on the mainland... 

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