What is the one piece of advice you would share or that you received over the years?
We have all heard it but it will only be as powerful as you let it be: “if you are the smartest person in the room you need to find a new room”. Check your ego at the door, you will be shocked at what opportunities arise and what you can learn when you aren’t afraid to put yourself out there!
Is there anything else you would like to share /add?
I love the business side of the industry but to simplify things: KNOW YOUR NUMBERS! KNOW YOUR WORTH!
What Setbacks or discouragement have you experienced throughout your career? OR share an aha moment.
I will never forget my first Saskatchewan Fashion Week, again, my niche is bridal so fashion/editorial looks were very different from what I did in my job. I did horrible, a few people were horrible to me, I went back to my hotel and cried because I felt I didn’t get to show what talent I had, I cried because my body hurt and my heels felt bruised. But it was SFW that lead me to my tribe, a community of women that inspire me to become more and to lift me up when I feel defeated! Remember how I said, “find a new room” “check your ego at the door”…
Did you have a mentor?
I never had a mentor and I think that is why I love sharing anything about the industry with others, I would love to mentor artists and help get them going!
What Motivates you?
Success, for me that means reaching for heights that haven’t been achieved as a makeup artist in rural Saskatchewan, to build a reputation that I am proud of, leaving a legacy of being kind, always offering a smile, and willing to help wherever I could.
Where do you see your career taking you 5 years from now?
Let me just say I have some huge goals and I can’t wait for the world to know when the time is right!
What has been one of your biggest accomplishments?
Biggest doesn’t necessarily mean my more treasured accomplishments but one thing I never dreamed about was having my work published in an international magazine out of London, UK. That I was so proud of!
What does it take in your opinion to succeed in this industry?
Drive; you need to be able to push through the hard times because there will be hard times i.e.: a pandemic when all special events are canceled or postponed, you need to want it bad enough to be ok with a 3:30 am start time, to disinfect your kit after a 10hr day on your feet with no breaks just to get up and do it all again for 5 am the next morning. You get out of it what you put into it!