It’s been scary not knowing when I’d get a gig or how much money I’d need to set aside for my bills and groceries for the family each week (I have 3 kids, after all). Yet, I somehow was able to pull through with a combination of hustling for my next makeup gig, referrals by my fabulous friends in the industry, my husband’s support and, sometimes, pure luck.
Projects I’ve been pitched have fell through, yet I refuse to let that bring me down. I've been contacted by people wanting to work with me only to find that most want a free makeover or design consultation OR even provide my services at a deep discount...hmm, If only these people knew how much my products cost (especially for makeup), they'd understand why I charge what I charge...$20 for a full face (with lashes) isn't going to cut it! Nor will I offer my design services for free (because any amount of work I put into a design rendering can be whipped up in 30 minutes because it's pretty much mindless...riiiiiggghttt).
After graduating college in 2010 with a BFA in Interior Design, I didn’t have the hottest luck when applying for jobs. Since then, I’ve had some interior design projects - some good experiences and, unfortunately, some bad. I began to think whether my heart was still in it for design. Frankly, I didn’t have the confidence that I needed to feel good about any of my projects.
I haven’t written off makeup completely but I will be selective with any upcoming projects and I will still honor any commitments I’ve made for the rest of the year. Any clients that are reading this...remember, I still got you!!
So, here I go again, off to another adventure as I have an opportunity to do so. If I find that I still have my heart in it, then I'll be glad that I made the jump when I did and won't have any regrets. If I don't, then I will have a clearer sense about where I should be.