Fashion Editorial Submission Dark Temptation – captured by Freiburg fashion photographer Sebastian Schmoellerhttps for Flawless Magazine . Designer/Styling courtesy of fashion stylist Carmen Raimann. Hair styling by Franka Baehr and make-up by Makeup artist Franka Baehr .Model: Laura Alisa (No Agency) .
10 Things I Love About Being A Makeup Artist
- Creativity: Makeup is truly an art. Even when I need to create the more “subtle” and “natural” looks, they still require a level of creativity to make sure I am emphasizing each individual’s features appropriately. Then there are the more “out there” looks, like for Halloween. Those are a LOT of fun!
- Business: I am fortunate to be able to run my own business making people up, waxing, tinting, and lifting lashes. To successfully run your own business though, you need to enjoy the business side enough to want to grow it and remain professional, even when it’s not easy.
- Diversity: I love the fact that I never really know what kind of client I will have next. Will they be quiet or excited? Will they be darker or lighter? Will they want the most subtle look or a completely dramatic look? Diversity definitely spices things up and makes this career more interesting and exciting!
- Eyelashes: Whether I am completing a makeup look with fake lashes or lifting and tinting your own lashes, I LOVE LASHES! So much so that I even have them tattooed on me! I love using individual cluster lashes to be able to fully customize the look per client. I love how many different styles of lashes come in. I love how much they complete a makeup look or open up your eyes, make you look more awake, and make you look camera ready.
- New Makeup Releases: A great aspect of being a makeup artist is never getting too comfortable with the makeup you always use. The cosmetics market is so saturated, you would be a fool not to try some new goodies every now and then! You never know what could be the next best thing for your kit and your clients.
- Wedding Day Bliss: I specialize in bridal makeup services and nothing makes me more elated than seeing a stunning, happy bride from the inside out! I adore seeing the whole look come together in front of their eyes and mine. Their confidence to walk down the aisle to their new life makes me so giddy!
- Makeup Lessons: Another fun part of my business I offer are makeup lessons. I have taught young girls just starting out, makeup enthusiasts wanting to become professionals, and older women wanting to refresh their look. I enjoy being able to fully customize the experience for each client’s needs while providing constructive criticism and a hand on approach to make sure they’re getting the most out of their lesson.
- Education: Makeup Artistry is definitely a world where you have to take voluntary continued education to continue to be successful with it. I say voluntarily because unlike other professions like teaching and nursing where you are required to take a certain number of hours per year to stay licensed, with makeup it’s usually not required. Every state varies in what is and isn’t legal when it comes to being a makeup artist. I live in CT where you don’t need ANY licensure or certification to be considered “professional”. This means I’m all about the education, certificates, and more to prove that I take this super seriously and want to provide only the best services to my clients.
- Networking: Not only is networking with other industry professionals like photographers, DJs, venues, etc. important to help your business flourish, it’s also super fun! Once you find your niche in this saturated industry, you’ll start attracting the right kind of industry professionals that will help you flourish both professionally as well as personally. It’s a lot of fun to make friends with people who understand your dreams and sacrifices!
- Photography: Although I would never call myself a photographer by any means, I love the aspect of photography that comes with being a makeup artist in the 21st century. Social media has become bigger than ever and it’s super important to put out content that is authentic, not overly edited, and high quality – in terms of the makeup AND photography. I invested in a good camera a couple years ago and it has paid off tremendously – not to mention it’s also fun to use!
Credit: Lauren Page – Owner of LA Page Makeup
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WILL FREELANCING AS A MAKEUP ARTIST EVER BE A WAY TO MAKE A SUSTAINABLE LIVING?
by Hayley Darcy
Can you make a sustainable living off of being a freelance makeup artist? This is a question I get asked a lot being in this industry. The answer is yes, absolutely! I personally know a few artists who have been in the business for a few years that support themselves solely with their makeup business. Anything you invest your time and energy into will eventually manifest itself into success. I am not saying you can just watch a handful of makeup guru videos and all of a suddenly label yourself a “makeup artist.” Don’t quit your day job just yet! Building the right skill, knowledge, and clientele takes time; but you will eventually get there.
Your salary as a makeup artist depends on a variety of different factors. The area where you live plays a huge factor in determining your salary. Where there is more demand, there is more potential to make money. Where there is more demand, there is more competition; something to keep in mind. So it is important to set yourself apart from the rest. In my area, most makeup artists are self-taught. So the first step I took towards becoming a freelance makeup artist was finding a certified makeup school. I felt getting certified gave me the edge I needed to be a cut above the rest in my area. Clients have told me they choose me because they felt safer choosing a certified artist. In my experience, clients have told me artists appear to be more “professional” when certified. Even if you are already a talented makeup artist, there are many tips and tricks I feel you can learn from going to a certified makeup school. In my case, being certified has helped set me apart from the majority of artists in my area, helped me gain some clientele, and helped me acquire a more professional reputation.
Another factor that will weigh into your salary is your level of experience. With any job, the more experience you have the more money you can make. The first question clients always ask me for before booking me for a job is to see my portfolio. Your portfolio should be large enough to show you have experience and should give your client the confidence they need to book you for their event. As a freelance makeup artist, in order to be successful in this business, you need to have a diverse portfolio. Your portfolio should show your client that you are capable
of applying beautiful makeup to every skin tone, and skin type. Having a diverse portfolio will widen your clientele, and therefore help you book more events.
Next, the way you market yourself will help determine your salary as a freelance makeup artist. Investing in a professional website, business cards, and getting onto social media is extremely important. It might surprise you that the number one way my clients find me is actually from referrals. It is vital that you are professional at all times! The way you represent your business and brand will determine your future as a freelance makeup artist. You can have the most professional website, and pay hundreds of dollars in advertisements; but if you have poor etiquette and professionalism, it is all a waste of time. Having a friendly and warm personality is a must when working as a freelance artist. A warm and inviting personality helps clients feel comfortable booking with you and referring you to friends. An unhappy client can do more damage to your business than you might realize. Make sure your clients leave satisfied with your work. Your number one priority when working as a freelance artist should be client satisfaction!
There are many different avenues you can get into to increase your salary potential when working as a freelance makeup artist. The potential income you can earn depends on what type of makeup clients in your area are looking for. It is important that in the beginning, you open yourself up to more than on avenue to increase your earning potential. Depending on where you live, the work demand will be different. Where I live the highest demand is the wedding industry. In my business, I offer wedding trials, bridal shower makeup, engagement shoot makeup, boudoir makeup, and of course the day of wedding makeup. This opens me up to more potential to make money within the highest demand of work in my area. It is also important to know what other artists in your area are charging. Setting your prices too low will raise red flags. Prices that are too low makes costumers think you are not experienced and skilled enough. Having them too high will limit your clientele. Make sure your prices are competitive for your area.
You can most definitely make a sustainable living as a makeup artist with the right
knowledge, skill, and perseverance. The truth is, the makeup artist industry is growing fast. It is a competitive field, and it seems makeup artists are a dime a dozen. If you are serious about becoming a freelance makeup artist then take the right steps towards making this a career. Get serious about growing your business. Invest your time and energy into education, refining your skills, start expanding your portfolio, and sell yourself. Your own determination will determine how much earning potential you can make as a makeup artist. As a freelance artist, you are your own boss. The sky is the limit!
How to Get Hired As a Makeup Artist
In today’s beauty industry there is a sea of aspiring, novice and experienced Makeup Artists amongst influencers. So what can help you get hired for a gig?
Every makeup artist has a list of rules that they intrinsically abide by in order to set them apart from the pact. There are also many tools that include literature, classes and working professionals who speak to this very topic. Two of my favorites are Kevin James Bennett and DeShawn Hatcher who are both candid yet truly a wealth of knowledge.
When I started in the beauty industry it was literally trial by fire. I did not initially have a mentor and it wasn’t the popular profession to be a member of. As such, I had to do quite a bit to get my name out there. I began using an alias which was witty and fun but pigeonholed me into one type of clientele. I started doing research on business and marketing and it changed how I wanted to be viewed as an Artist. I improved my environment by relocating to an area where I believed I could flourish. I even went back to school to become licensed and my career took off. I learned to utilize three key elements that continue to help me attain clientele:
Sounds simple I know, but allow me to dive deeper.
Portfolio – A portfolio should be a true representation of what type of Artist you are. It should showcase what your specialties include whether it is beauty, commercial, editorial, bridal, special FX, etc. It should also be clean, easy to read and highlight diversity. Despite the misconception do not solely rely on social media to be your calling card. Yes, it is a vital part of any marketing strategy but not the end all be all. Hi-resolution images are best and web size files can be used to create content on social media. A working portfolio should be an online website or a hardcover print book with a variety of 8×11 images. Both formats to include your name, location, experience, and education. Print portfolios are great to have when meeting agents or agencies in person.
Professionalism – The way we communicate plays a huge role in booking a potential client. As such professionalism is extremely important. You do not ever want to come across as a haughty or angry person. Have you ever had a telephone call with someone who sounded like they were having an awful day or didn’t have time to speak with you? It produces a negative effect and your perception is now tainted when you get off the phone. In contrast, have you received an email where the sender’s tone came across so pleasant and warm? A smile should be heard in your voice when speaking and in your tone when writing, it is inviting. When a potential client feels welcomed they will be more open in their communication which in turn helps you to understand their needs. Email communication can be tricky so be aware of grammar and punctuation. Read and re-read before clicking the send button.
Persistence – A potential client can come from just about any source. A web search, a friend, family member or a networking event. A past client can offer a referral and in strong communities, there are other Artists who will refer one another when they aren’t available. An inquiry can turn into a potential client. When an inquiry is received be certain to reply within a 48-hour time frame. We are all busy people but your follow-through is vital. Schedule a date to return the call or email. Organize your thoughts and prepare based off the information you were provided. Carve out a specific amount of time within your day to respond. Have your calendar, laptop and phone at your fingertips. The follow-up call is twofold, answer questions that the potential client may have and ask questions you have in order to get a better understanding. If another call or email is required move forward, however, be concise with what you need clarity on.
Each of these elements plays off of the other. A diverse portfolio showcases your work and opens the door. Your level of professionalism gives the potential client a glimpse into your business acumen. Finally, being persistence and consistent with follow through ties it all together. Once booked remain in contact with the potential client. The only thing left to do is show up and put your skills to work! Stay professional and attentive throughout the gig and after it is complete be sure to send your thanks. It will be motivation for the client to call and rebook you for any future needs.
Jalia Pettis, Licensed Beauty Professional
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The Most Common Complaints About Freelance Makeup Artists, and Why They’re Bunk
“What foundation are you using? Oh I’ve never heard of that brand”
Understand that the beauty industry is bigger than you can imagine. There are many makeup companies that do not sell to Sephora or Ulta. Most artists will have high-performance foundation palettes in their kit so that they can mix and create the perfect shade of foundation for each skin type and color. This allows the ability to customize the shade as well as the finish of the foundation to each skin type accordingly. Not to mention as far as traveling is concerned, palettes are much more compact than attempting to carry 42+ individual foundations.
“What are your rates? Wow, that’s a bit much don’t you think?”
When asking for a makeup service from a freelance makeup artist, keep in mind the time and money that goes into their kit, education, sanitation supplies, marketing, etc. It isn’t cheap to build a business let alone maintain a career. An artists makeup kit is always growing and always needing replenishment. Even the little things that people often forget as simple as websites, advertisements, business cards, mileage, etc. Asking an artist to lower their prices is almost offensive to their craft. Of course, depending on the circumstances, most artist will accommodate and work with you to manage group rates. It about how things are worded and can be perceived.
“Do you use airbrush makeup?
There is a big difference between airbrush makeup and the airbrushing tool on photoshop. Personally, I enjoy the process of mixing products and textures to create the perfect customized foundation with the appropriate finish. Airbrush takes away some of the artistry fun. Using different application techniques and products will give more of that “airbrushed” finishing you’re imagining in your head but adjusted to your skin type.
“I want a simple natural no makeup look, like Kim K”
Just to clear the air, most “no makeup” looks are actually a lot more makeup than you’d probably ever imagine wearing. A “no makeup” or “natural” look can mean dozens of different things to each individual. Someone’s natural look could just be lipgloss and bronzer, while another could be 20+ products. Everyone has a different definition of natural these days, so be clear as to which “natural” look you’re referring to. Also note if the look needs to be photo ready, it will most likely be more makeup than you’d think “natural” would entail. Trust your artist.
“I want something smokey, but natural”
Let’s face it, there is absolutely nothing natural about a smokey eye. What is considered “smokey” to one person could be completely different to the next. Typically a smokey eye is a light to dark gradient. The dark shadow is focused along the upper lash line and blended through into the crease. Most makeup artists will already understand the look you really want, but it never hurts to specify a bit more.
“Why do I need to book in advance? Can I just pay the day of?”
Booking in advance or giving a deposit is just common courtesy. Someone is reserving their time for you, blocking off their schedule for your servicing. Especially if this is for a wedding, the less stress on the day of the event, the better. The last thing a bride is going to want to worry about on her wedding day is payment. Your artist will stay organized and on top of it, but in retrospect, make the payment process as easy as possible.
“I don’t know what do you think will look good on me? You’re the professional after all.”
While that’s true to a degree, makeup and style is personal. Makeup is all about what makes each individual feel like their most beautiful self. Showcasing your best features and making you feel the most confident. While one person may feel confident in a bold red lip, another may feel out of place. Honesty is always a great place to start. Be open and honest with your artist to what makes you feel beautiful and confident and they gather a better understanding of you and how to make you your best self.
Written by makeup artist Nikki Carmela
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15 Lessons & Terms to Know to Survive as a Makeup Artist
Fasten your seat belts as I take you on the cosmetic express of lessons learned and terms to know to have a smooth flight into artistry success. It’s a wild adventure but traveled the right way can be one exciting career.
- Roots to Boots: You are your own walking billboard of advertisement. You should look the part. From the roots of your beautiful balayage to tips of your heels, your look should flow and be consistent. Some artists will disagree, but I have proven it to get me clients, evenstopped on the street and asked for my business card. Your look is usually how you are remembered so make it a good memory. No one wants to be the homely girl in kicks and messy bun in fashion and beauty.
- Pacey! Pacey!: adjective: fast-moving, quick, lively: translation: Move your ass! This is a fast pasted business that calls for detail, like up in their business, right in their face work. You must move along whether you are on set, in a department store or busting out a bride. Move quickly but calmly to not add panic to the situation or your client.
- Warm and Cool Tones: You need to know these and be able to identify them easily. When matching foundation or choosing a lip color these play a big part. Choosing the wrong tone can make your model look tired or washed out. An easy trick to determine is to look at the veins on the inner wrist. If the veins are blue-cool tones, more greenish- warm tones. Warm tones usually look better in gold jewelry, cool in silver or platinum.
- Natural: Not a foreign term you say?… Well, it could be. Make sure you understand your client’s definition of natural. For example, my natural is a full face of makeup but softer neutral colors and the “I just threw myself together in 5 minutes,” yet I used 12 products. Their definition of natural maybe a tinted moisturizer, gloss and a few swipes of mascara. Ask the right questions to get to know their daily routine. If a stage setting, know your lights and what you need to use to optimize the look you are going for.
- Décolletage: This is the part that runs from your neck down to your chest. Many are clueless about it’s name or the importance it can play. Make sure skin care is taken all the way down to here or if your model has a low cut outfit make sure to bronze, moisturize or what is needed to continue the look and not leave it to have the appearance of a floating head. When pulling the décolletage into the look it appears complete.
- Baking: No Martha we are not talking about whipping up a batch of cookies. We are talking about the latest viral makeup trend of covering under eyes with multiple layers of translucent powder and letting it sit for 5 to 10 minutes before dusting it off. This leaves the skin looking airbrushed and brightened.
- Beat your face: They say beauty is a pain but have no fear, this is not. This technique involves a sponge, most communally a beauty blender, and working the foundation into the skin by “beating the face” using a stippling motion taping it into the skin repeatedly leaving the complexion looking great from all angles.
- Contour: Kim K West and the Kardashian/Jenner Clan put this in the spotlight recently, but this technique started as far back as the silver screens. The woman on tv would have to work with only being seen in black and white on tv and would sculpt their faces by contouring. I like to call it my “skinny blush” because done correctly it is a miracle diet that can give you the appearance of sliming features in seconds. Amen!
- Strobing: This is the complete opposite of contouring. Contouring uses a darker color to hollow features making them recess. Strobing is similar to highlighting areas to make them pop forward. Highlighting is used with contouring, as strobing stands alone without the contour. Think heavy light to the cheekbones and halo area of the face.
- Holographic: A lot of recent hype about holographic products. Think rainbow, unicorn, fairy glow all in one to visualize this look. Strobing 90’s highlights, shadows, lip glass to nails are all part of many collocations that have been popular with festival goers and beauty bloggers and picked up by some of the most popular lines.
- Tight line: To line the inner wet line of the lower and upper lashes. This a gamechanger for many! It can take the eyes to a whole new level of drama or to simply thickening the lash line. The trick is to use a soft waterproof liner and then get your client to look the opposite way of where you are lining to avoid poking them in the eye.
- Giving me life! This may be a term overused or your phrase of the month. This is great, for it has a good meaning! Just make sure you explain this if you are using it and your client looks confused or laughing awkwardly. We are artists and some more extra than others but enthusiasm is nothing to downplay so have fun and let it.
- Clientele: It is easy to get wrapped up in the excitement of a makeup job but remember, you are running a business and most likely your own. If you don’t clientele you will most likely not have consistent gigs. Keep in touch with your clients, build a database, stay connected through social media, ask for referrals or be talking about other ideas to have you back or book you on other shoots. This is a huge key to success and has kept me some of my best clients for many of years leading to great opportunities.
- Ring Light: The holy beam of bliss lighting that selfiedreams are made of! This gem is a great piece to invest in. Good lighting is one of the hardest things to come buy when doing makeup. A ring light solves this problem for a lit application.
- Yasssssss!: Last but not least. The term we all hope to hear our client shout at the end of the completed look. The pay off that your client is happy and feeling like her best self is what we do it all for. The head is held higher and an extra confidence boost from feeling beautiful!
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Makeup artist is certainly one of the most vivid and creative professions. We draw inspiration from everything that surrounds us, we use the textures that surround us, we change the person completely, create a new character, or emphasize the natural beauty. Human being is our canvas.
Everything you learn in makeup school is about techniques and, sometimes, if you’re lucky enough, about how to find inspiration. It is certainly not enough, there are so many aspects of this profession that you will have to learn by yourself. I will try to tell about them, based on my personal experience.
1) Thirst for knowledge. That’s basic! The work of a makeup artist is associated with constant training, improvement of your skills, testing various textures, mixes. You will have to learn the colors, light effects and to master the human anatomy. When you are left alone with the client, you have a couple of seconds to understand what textures, what colors you should use, where the shadow will fall and where will be partial shade. So if you think your makeup school will be enough then… don’t even try to be a makeup artist. Yes, you will have to invest your time and finances in your training.
2) Sociability. You have to constantly communicate. We are not just makeup artists for our clients, we are psychologists. How important it is to calm down the bride before one of the most important events of her life! Our customers are very sensitive to intonation, way of talking. Do not be familiar, be extremely polite, but friendly.
But our clients are not only brides and girls who have an important event, our clients are photographers, editors of various magazines. Be able to listen to the customer, their job and be able to explain how it is possible to perform. Communicate with photographers and videographers, because they are one of the foundations of being a makeup artist.
3) Respect for your work. Know how to say no when you need to. I had to learn it on my own. Set prices and keep them. Everyone wants it cheaper, but no one understands how much you invest in your tools, cosmetics and knowledge. The make-up artist’s work is truely work and worth its price.
Unfortunately, in our age of digital technology, our profession is almost devalued. Why? Because there are a lot of tutorials on youtube where you will be taught makeup tips for free. Most of the professional cosmetics become available to anybody!
That’s why many makeup artists feel the urge to get trained in an additional profession, manicurist, hair dresser, cosmetologist, etc.
Sometimes a client do not want to pay, well, it is also an experience. If possible, of course you should get paid for your job, if not, then wash off the client’s face !
While studying at school, you are already studying with your competitors. Now there are a lot of makeup artists, so you need to offer something that others cannot do. You need to be different from the others, so you have to invest time and money in your training, in your cosmetics, in your advertising (website, social networks, flyers…). Think of your name as a brand, even local brand.
5) Individuality. Feed yourself.
Our little secrets, our super tricks. This is what can set you apart from other makeup artists, from your appearance to the technique you use. Find the small thing in which you can be the best, in which you can express your talent at its best.
6) Stress and lack of affect.
This is important. Do not let emotions overwhelm you, be able to control yourself. No matter how capricious the client is, smile and keep working. No matter how extravagant the customer is, behave in a relaxed, friendly and open way. It may be a good opportunity to learn something!
If you show yourself irritated, then believe me, it will be an extra reason for your client to find something negative in your work.
7) Self-defense and security basics.
No one is safe from an aggressive client. It could be a Perv photographer or a hysterical client. Be ready for anything and fight back if anything happens. Sometimes your job can end late at night, but you will still need to come back home, so take any security measures. If you have any doubt about the client, tell all the details to your family or friends and ask them to call back within half an hour when you expect to arrive at the client.
8) Self-feedback. You must invest yourself in your work. You should follow the important events of the year, such as Oscar, Met Gala, etc. Watch all the fashion shows, cruise collections, bloggers, top makeup artists, because they dictate the fashion trends.
Read articles, go to the Museum, be inspired by art. Draw, create, think about makeup! Give most of yourself to your profession.
9) Good photographer. I hope no one thinks that right after school all the famous photographers and magazines are waiting for you with open arms. Of course no. In order to have a beautiful portfolio, you have to find good photographers and talented models. To do this, you will have to choose your target audience. If you plan to work as a wedding makeup artist look for a wedding photographer, models, dresses, participate in various wedding projects, etc. Believe me it is unlikely that a professional photographer (and model) will agree to work with a novice makeup artist showing a portfolio made of training pictures. Exercise your eyes to distinguish good photographers from bad ones and start networking. Ask them if you can help for collaborations and reassure the photographer regarding the quality of your work (and be sure you can do it !), you can even come to them with creative ideas.
Or be ready to invest money, for a good portfolio. Or be ready to marry a talented photographer like I did!
10) The most important from the most important, it won’t be taught anywhere. That’s basic! Love your profession, breathe it, live it. Being a makeup artist is great!
Website: http://www. charlottekh.com
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Kasia Struss Photographed by Victor Demarchelier
“13 Things About freelancing as a Make-up Artist You May Not Have Known”
Whether you are an established make-up artist or an emerging one or simply a beauty lover you do know that freelancing life is a glorious adventure indeed. God only knows the twists and turns it has – worthy of a thrilling Netflix series.
Here is a list of 13 things about freelancing life that you may not have known, it has useful practical info to:
1. Expect the unexpected – networking does work as does word of mouth recommendations, so engage and communicate within the industry – be proactive in approaching people you admire. This way you will open a lot of doors for yourself and advance in your career. A great website and IG feed will also help.
2. Even as an experienced MUA, people do take you for granted – no matter your experience there will always be people in the industry who will try and make a profit out of your work with no intention whatsoever to pay you.
3. Clients will compare prices and most of the times choose the more ‘budget-friendly’ alternative. This is why you need to create your own brand and focus on a certain niche so you can always appeal to clients who want you for you and not because your services are affordable.
4. When working TFP, you won’t always get the pictures you expect back – lower quality or nothing at all. This mostly happens when you start out as a freelancer – but also later – make sure that you know the photographers you test with personally or you work with people you were recommended by your peers – this will decrease the chances to work for free and get nothing in return.
5. Once you have a solid portfolio you can start saying no to unpaid work, as frustrating as it may be, it is also necessary. This way you increase the respect that people have for your talent and profession. And you will also be doing the industry a big favour.
6. Your portfolio should reflect the direction you want to work in – it is almost as if you would be an actor and you would build a brilliant career by choosing the right roles for yourself. After all, you are the creator of your success path and responsible for your own professional growth.
7. It’s best to check the official industry rates when quoting your clients – stick to your guns and follow the guidelines established by trade unions (e.gBECTU in the UK) so that you get a fair pay for your time and effort and you don’t undermine the industry rates.
8. If you want a balanced work life, leave no room for ego. You might get booked 10 times in a row by a client and if 11th you will not get the booking do not panic – the artistic universe is sometimes random and things just happen. As long as you stay professional and do a great job you will definitely get contacted in the future.
9. You need to use accounting software like Xero or Wave to keep track of your invoices – it will help so much with your taxes if you don’t want to hire an accountant (yet). Keep all your receipts safe and sound – they will be a lifesaver and will help you save up money at the end of each tax year.
10. The earlier you start saving into a pension fund, the better for your mental comfort. Not to mention that it gives you more time to increase your savings before retirement and more time to benefit from tax relief on your contributions.
11. As your work is based on ongoing contact with people, it’s highly recommended that you have public liability insurance to cover any legal claims from private or corporate clients– anything from an allergy to one of your products to a stain you accidentally made on a pricey designer item can massively affect your budget if you do not have insurance.
12. Contracts are never to be underestimated. It can make or break you as a professional. Especially if you do event and bridal makeup, you will find yourself postponed, canceled last minute, not paid and the list can continue. If you are clever and write down all your terms and conditions before doing makeup on clients you have your plan B in case nothing goes as planned. Bonus: you can get money in advance for your work as deposits from clients who want to secure the booking with you.
13. The artist community is real and people will help you out in times of need – they know the struggle so do not refrain from asking for guidance or support – artists all know how it feels to hit rock bottom, but they also know how to pull themselves up, keep fighting and do the victory dance. Use up all social media channels/groups to share your thoughts and ask for advice and/or support from fellow make-up artists.
Bottom line: Farewell financial security, welcome turmoil times doubled by an emotional roller-coaster ride. Goodbye free weekends and paid holiday, private pension paid by the employer – you are your own boss now. Oh, wait! This can actually be a good thing, right ?!
You are your own boss and you can make your own choices! Make sure they are great ones!
Written by ViorelaComan, @vior_ella, www.viorelacoman.com
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Tell us a day in the life of Dora Owusu?
A day in my life starts by heading to lecture at 9 am then another at 10 am. My break begins at noon in which I sometimes go to auditions and rush back to campus to make it to my 2 pm lab. Between 4:30 and 6 pm I squeeze in a bite to eat and some studying before my next class which is from 6-9pm.
Where are you from? Where are you based now and do you travel for shoots?
My blood is from Ghana in West Africa. I was born in Los Angeles California but raised in the city of Rancho Cucamonga which is about an hour east of Los Angeles. I am currently based in the Los Angeles and luckily most of my shoots are within the LA area so I usually don’t have to travel over 30 miles for a shoot. Some shoots can be out of state which are always fun because I get to experience how people live outside of California.
Growing up did you know you wanted to be a model, if so who were you influenced by?
I definitely wanted to model growing up but my mom said ‘no’. She feared that I would be taken advantage of or scammed. She told me that if I wanted to model then I should “call Tyra Banks” as if her phone number was a simple google search away. I wasn’t influenced by many besides Naomi Campbell. It was nearly impossible to find a positive representation of myself in society.
How or when did you start modeling?
I started my modeling journey in May of 2016. I was approached by a brand that had a large influence on Instagram. After my photoshoot with them, my photos were being heavily reposted, photographers began reaching out to me, and people were asking how much I charged per photoshoot. I was overwhelmed by all of the love I was receiving but rejected any money offered for the first few months. I wanted to practice and perfect my craft as a model, I didn’t feel right charging people or taking money to do something I didn’t feel 100% confident in.
What do you look for when deciding to work with a photographer?
When a photographer reaches out to me, I first look at their Instagram to get a feel of the look they typically go for. Next, I check out their website to see any other styles they’ve tried in the past. If I like their style of work, I will ask them if they know specifically what they would like to shoot with me. They often send over a vision board and we set a date. Stylist and makeup artist are very important for every shoot. It’s best for the photographer to have an MUA and stylist to ensure that the project will be executed properly.
How important is social media in your success?
Social media plays a major role in my success as a model. Casting directors and agents have asked for my Instagram handle and checked my numbers. Also, social media has helped in getting me noticed by brands and booking me for a great number of gigs.
What else do you do outside of modeling?
Outside of modeling, I am a full-time student studying biology at California State University, Los Angeles. I plan on one day becoming a Physician Assistant however, I recently concluded an undergraduate research program conducting research on thermogenic (fat burners) which expanded my interest in research. I like to keep my options open and go wherever God leads me.
What are some of the mistakes you made starting out a model?
I would say I made the mistake of not being selective enough with the photographers I shot with. Some photographers’ visions did not align with looks I was completely comfortable with and others did not know how to properly light deep skin tones so I end up having photos that I cannot put in my portfolio.
What advice do you have for Working with Agencies for New models?
I would advise models to look up agencies in their area and find when the agencies have open calls and set the time to go. I would also suggest to update their portfolios consistently and lastly, not to be discouraged if someone says ‘no’. When searching for an agent I knew that I would hear a ton of no’s but I just needed one yes to get my foot in the door.
What are 5 Things clients look for when hiring a model in your opinion?
- Positive attitude
- Fitting the look that the client is looking for
- Healthy skin
- Social media presence
How did you grow Your Instagram account?
My Instagram growth mainly came from being reposted on pages that had more followers than myself. I know sometimes people tag the pages with a larger following to get noticed and reposted. Also, some pages charge a fee to promote a person’s photo on their page.
What are some Keys things to Landing BIG Clients from experience?
- Great personality
- A developed portfolio
- Connections with other creatives (MUA, Photographers, Creative directors)
- Having a decent following
What are some of the Risks Every model Needs to Take to Be Successful?
Be prepared to risk your current lifestyle. You have to be in shape year-round, maintain clear skin, and have an open schedule because auditions times and shoot dates are unpredictable.
Who are some of your 10 Must-Follow models on Instagram?
In no particular order
- @ adwoaaboah
- @ lili_ann