L.A. makeup artist Liza Macawili Ramos shares advice on kit building

Our friend Liza Macawili Ramos is back again with some tips on kit building. She was here a few years back sharing some tips with you guys. Circle back to her interview here!

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I asked her the same questions that I asked Christopher Milone, check out his answers in the last post here. 


 1.What is your advice to someone starting out as an MUA on how to build a solid kit?

If you are just starting out as a makeup artist, I suggest you buy a starter kit from your makeup school or favorite brand. They usually deeply discount the kit and it contains the basic necessities for doing a makeup. I also think you should work in retail for a beauty supply or counter. Not only do you get familiar with a variety of products but you get gratis from several lines. You really get to figure out what you like and don’t like.

 2. The 1-3 things everyone should have in your kit.

Every makeup artist should have a range of foundations to match every skin color and quality makeup brushes.

In my kit I’ve been using a lot of the Viseart palettes for eyeshadow, concealer and lip color. I also love the Youngblood powders and highlighters. There is a new Illuminating palette that’s coming out this summer I am really excited about. The Cinema Secret foundation palettes are great for offering a wide range of colors, offer beautiful coverage and travel nicely.

 

3. What you wish you had known when you started building your kit?
I wish I didn’t waste so much money on cheap makeup. Yes, you can make it work, but you have to work harder to blend it and keep it on.  I would rather just spend the money on quality products and not have to fight the makeup as the shoot goes on.

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Bio:
Liza Macawili Ramos has over 20 years of experience working in the beauty industry. She is a current judge for The North American Hairstyling Awards makeup category and a member of the Youngblood Cosmetics Artistry Team. Her clients include Wella, Clairol, Sebastian, Nordstrom & The Enthusiast Network.

I love to follow Liza on Instagram, she is so fun! @lizamakeupartist or @lizamakeup

I said this on the last post with Chris’s tips but I will say it again because I can’t scream this loud enough…….

Surround yourself with artists like this!!!!

Artists, like Liza, who are smart, experienced, kind and generous enough to share their knowledge with you. Why? Because they get it. A rising tide lifts all boats! Build your community with people who lift up others. Be the person who is lifting up others. That is how we strengthen and grow this industry.

Want more insight on how I built my kit? You can pre-order the Kit Building Course today. It will be available at the end of April. Use the code PRESALE to save $10 before the course goes live.

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New York Makeup Artist Chris Milone shares kit building tips

You guys know that I have been hard at work on getting the Kit Building Course ready for you guys later this month. For all of you who have given me feedback in the surveys or emailed me with your questions, you have been so helpful and given me great content to add into the course. I can’t wait to share this treasure with you.

One thing that has been incredibly valuable to me is information that other, more experienced artists have shared with me along the way. Some folks like to hoard their knowledge but I’ve been lucky enough to get to know some real jewels over the years.

This week I reached out to these two artists to share their tips with you on kit building. Both are super successful and busy working artists that I am so grateful took a minute to share their knowledge.

First, let me introduce Christopher Milone. meairbrush

You may recognize him from a featured post here awhile back. He so generously shared his knowledge with us when asked these questions…..

What is your advice for someone just starting out and building a solid kit?  What are a few things everyone should have in their kit? What do you wish you had known when you first started?
1. Your main and first kit item focus should be skin, be sure you have a great global range of foundation that is versatile, for me that is creams. Creams can be built up or sheered down, its a good basic item to carry in your kit, Brands I like are Graftobian, RCMA, MAQpro, Kryolan.
If you have a good solid range of skin products in your kit you will be golden, the rest is really up to the artist on personal preference, and range. A good basic shadow palette, Viseart is my brand of choice. Palettes are the key, condense condense condense, I’ve gotten my kit down to one working bag, vueset.com, has helped with that. Keep it streamlined and clean. Depot glass bottles into smaller plastic, ditch the wasteful bulky packaging for smaller condensed palettes, your back will thank you.
2. Sanitization is key for working professionals, be sure you have the proper tools at all times. A metal spatula, and metal palette! 70% alcohol for sanitizing. and lots of disposables. And hand sanitizer, Jao brand is the pro band of choice.
3. Don’t take the whole kit and caboodle to every job. Pack for the job. If you know you are doing clean beauty leave the glitters and bright shadows and blushes at home. we are all guilty of the “what if’s”, and the minute you don’t take something is when you need it. But those situations are what challenge you as an artist.
You will eventually learn the more you work, what products you can’t live without and what products you can do just about anything with. So my advice to new artists is get your hands into as much product as you can, try everything, experiment, what this does is builds confidence. You Know what the product can do and you know what results you can get with it, and no one can take that knowledge away from you. And confidence is the name of the game here, always keep learning. Knowledge is power.
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Christopher Milone is one of the most sought after Make-up Artist. His work can be seen on the runways at fashion week, to the large and small screen, to touring the world with Madonna.  

Follow Chris on Twitter/Periscope/Instagram- @chrismaquillage

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Find these people and treasure them! Most of all, be that person yourself. After all, a Rising Tide Lifts ALL boats! Not just the ones who have been at sea forever, ALL boats. Lift up your creative tribe to stay afloat friends.

Cheers! Thanks Chris!

Next up, we will hear from our buddy Liza Macawili Ramos. You may recognize her from the featured interview a few years back. Stay tuned for Liza’s tips for kit building.

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Check out the Rising Tide Society for a meet up near you!

Pre-Ordering is on! There are still a limited number of discounted seats open but they are filling up fast. 

Why should you pre-order today?

  • There are a limited number spots to use the code PRESALE and save $10. Sign up early and save!
  • Your credit card will not be charged until the course goes live next month.
  • I’m sharing what I have learned over the last decade of working as a pro artist, along with tips from my artist friends. Learn from our mistakes and ah ha moments to save time and money and build your dream kit faster!
  • There will be some surprises that are only for the people who start the course on or before the launch date. Giveaways for products and Sephora gift cards will really help build your kit!

Pre-Order Here

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xoxo

Emily

Kit Building Tips. Lighten Your Load!

If you are like me and you are on location with your clients, you want to keep your kit as light and efficient as possible, while also still having what you need. Which one of these campers looks like you showing up on set?

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Here are some tips on packing light but still being prepared!

1. Repackage anything possible into a travel size container.

Inexpensive 2 oz containers can be picked up at the dollar store. Having products without labels allows you to use inexpensive drugstore products along with your more high products without your client being swayed by packaging and labels.  Having it repackaged in smaller quantities exposed less product to the elements which extends their shelf life.

2. Depot!

Use palettes like Z Palette or Japonesque to organize shadows and lipsticks in a way that makes them more visible and take up less space in your kit.JaponesqueLipWell.

Removing lipsticks from the tubes makes it much easier to custom blend a shade for your client and saves time of sorting thru tubes to find the shade you want! This also removes brand awareness and allows you to place your Chanel color next to a Revlon shade.

Check out Z Palette for loads of options for depotting and creating your own palettes. They even show you how to depot and build your own custom collection! If this is too labor intensive you can always purchase palettes and even create you own custom versions with brands like MAC cosmetics with their refillable Pro Palette.
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3. Get Creative!

That should be a problem for you, right? You are an artist! Yes, there are a ton of containers and palettes out there designed to streamline your kit but you don’t have to choose those. Like I have said SO MANY TIMES, there is no one way to do this. Your kit is unique to you and the clients you serve. So build the kit that works for you.

You may even find a better fit for what you need going outside our industry. Check out craft stores, hardware stores and office supply stores! Sewing and scrapbook supplies are amazing and if you download the Hobby Lobby app you can save 40% on something every day (except Sunday).

I keep my eye and lip liners in a pencil box! They are pencils, right? The hard case will protect them and keep them organized.

These are a few things I do to streamline. Do you have a system that is working for you? Let us know in the comments! Share your genius. Borrow ideas from fellow artists. Your back will thank you!

BONUS 4th Tip— Go back to the previous post on how to do more with less.

(Hint- know how to build or sheer your foundation to manipulate the coverage and custom blend your shades)

Im sharing my experience of what has worked for me in the Kit Building Course this April. There are a limited number of pre-sale spots, save $10 using the code PRESALE  when you pre-order here. 

Why should you pre-order today?

  • There are a limited number spots to use the code PRESALE and save $10. Sign up early and save!
  • Your credit card will not be charged until the course goes live next month.
  • I’m sharing what I have learned over the last decade of working as a pro artist, along with tips from my artist friends. Learn from our mistakes and ah ha moments to save time and money and build your dream kit faster!
  • There will be some surprises that are only for the people who start the course on or before the launch date. Giveaways for products and Sephora gift cards will really help build your kit!

Did you miss this post on 13 things to add to your makeup kit today? Or this one on how to get the most coverage and shade options using fewer products? Learn to layer or sheer out foundations and custom blend shades to stock less product in your kit! Life changing.

Happy Kit Building!

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Professional Makeup Artist Kit Building Tips. How to do more with less!

The question I get most often, after people subscribe to the email list and get the list of kit basics is what specific brands and shades of products that I recommend. The answer is always to first evaluate who your Ideal Client is (you should really dig deep into this guide!)

Since I get this question so often, I decided to dig a bit deeper into what is in my actual working artist kit. The work that I do is mostly in commercial production, portraits and special events, so my kit is built for the type of client that I work with.

In this video, I talk a little about the 2 main foundations that I use (Graftobian and Temptu S/B airbrush) and why they work for me.

No matter where you are and what type of clients you are serving, I recommend choosing products that will take up minimal space in your kit. Palettes are great space savers.

A professional artist is prepared for all complexion colors and skin types!

In this video, I talk about choosing foundations that you can build up the level of coverage or mix moisturizer to sheer out as needed. Be prepared to manipulate your products to customize the shade and coverage that is ideal for your client.

More Kit Building Tips are coming soon. If you would like to walk thru how Ive built my kit and why it works for me, join me for the Kit Building Course in April. Pre-Order now here and save $10 by using the code PRESALE.

If you have questions, add them in the comments and I will make sure to add whatever you are looking for into the course before it launches!

xoxo

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13 things you need to add to your Pro-Mua Kit today

Over the years my kit has grown and expanded with my career. I have gone from the tiniest little tackle box to a loaded down SUV full of everything I can think of that I may need!

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Yep, that is the actual little tiny Caboodle (but a knock off!) that I used to keep my treasures in when I first started many, many moons ago! I keep in the closet, (empty and apparently very dirty!) to remind myself of how far I’ve come. And maybe just in case I ever need it

In the event that a client needs anything, especially anything personal (hello tampons!) they are going straight to the makeup artist/stylist. You want to be the one who saves the day! That is kind how my kit grew and grew. Anytime someone would ask me for something, if I didn’t have it that day, I would make sure to have it the next time.

I work in a market where I do hair, makeup and wardrobe styling so that is one reason why I have so much stuff. Another reason I can afford to bring so much with me is because I am driving my kit around in my big mama SUV. Regardless of where you are in your career or how you travel with your kit, you will want to make sure you have some of these “in case of emergency” items.

Yes, we are talking about a makeup kit and what I am about to tell you has nothing to do with makeup BUT when someone on set or at a wedding needs one of these things, the makeup artist is the first person they ask. If you don’t have it, they won’t hate you forever and never hire you but if you DO have it, you will basically be a super hero who saved the day from impending doom.

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Sounds dramatic but its just so true. Production or special events can be a full on soap opera at times. I like to avoid the drama and turn frowns upside down whenever possible. Here are some things I carry with me that have wowed my clients.

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  • Snacks- For you or your client in a low blood sugar situation.
  • Tampons
  • Drinking Straws- To keep your lipstick in check!
  • Lint Roller
  • Sewing Kit- Get one with prethreaded needles, scissors, safety pins, seam ripper
  • Manicure Kit
  • Eyeglass Repair Kit
  • Baby Wipes
  • Breath mints/Wisps/Mouthwash- Keep everyone’s breath minty fresh!
  • Nail Polish Remover
  • Bug Spray
  • First Aid Kit- You never know when you need a bandaid or OTC pain reliever.
  • Umbrella

These are not expensive items, but they are priceless when you need them. That umbrella is clutch when the bottom falls out of the sky and that gorgeous client you’ve been working so hard on has to step out into the rain. Or when you are on an outdoor set working in film and tv, that umbrella may be the only spot of shade you can find for hours! If its summertime and you are in the south, you will want to make sure to have bug spray and sunscreen.

If you subscribe to the mailing list, you have gotten the list of kit basics and pro discounts. If you haven’t gotten that, make sure to subscribe today. The list of basics doesn’t go into specific products, shades and brands because that is really personal preference and should be tailored to your ideal client. But the question I hear most often from you is that you want to know what I am using in my kit.

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So that is why I am designing the Build Your Own Pro-MUA kit course coming in April. You can pre-order and get it for just $19.99!

To preorder, head over here and use the code PRESALE, this will be available for a limited time so act fast if you want to save $10. 

This course is for you if you want to see what I actually use in my real working artist kit. I will show you how I pack and organized my products and which specific products/tools I use and why I chose them.

This course is NOT for you if you want me to tell you how to “get cheap products”. Building a kit to work as a professional artist is an investment in your craft. Your products should be chosen with your ideal client in mind and I don’t think anyone would describe their ideal client as a girl who wants “the cheap stuff”.

I work in special events (brides), portraits and commercials/tv so that is what my kit is build for. If you are building a kit for special effects or body painting, this course is NOT for you. I do some editorial and high fashion shoots, mostly for personal projects, so I will chat about that but we will mostly focus on what to put in your kit to work (and make money) as an artist.

What you can expect in the videos….

  • Getting started
  • How to chose the right bag or case.
  • Storage
  • Brushes and Tools
  • Complexion
  • Color
  • Definition
  • Lashes
  • Lips
  • Airbrushing

Of course I’ve got some good bonus info for you! Here are some of those extras…

  • Hygiene Tips
  • Product Expiration
  • Handling Mature Skin
  • Working High Def
  • Bridal Musts

You can order pre made kits to get you started but I feel that building your own arsenal of carefully curated products and tools lets you show up and work as a true professional. There is not one way to do this. Your kit will be unique, (think beautiful snowflake!), just like you as an artist and your fabulous clients.

I would love to give you a video tour of the kit that I have built over the last 13 years.

Pre-Order HERE and Save $10 Today!

Use the code PRESALE (for a limited time) and save! Once the course is live (April) it will be $29.99 and some extras will not be included.

Know a friend who is struggling to build her kit? Be a pal and pass on this info!

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Get Started Building Your Makeup Kit and Business

Hey There!

I have been hard at work over here getting organized for the big rebrand. I can’t tell you how excited/nervous/anxious I am to share everything I have been working on.

Why am I excited?

Because I think you are going to be excited about all of the resources that I am putting together for you.

Why am nervous?

Well, this is a big, big, big investment. I am investing a ton of time (all day, every day) and a small fortune to blend my work as a freelancer (check me out here) with these resources to help you do the same thing!

Ya’ll when I say a small fortune, I mean it! I have a few thousand out to a designer who is working on the visual flow of the new branding and website, a few thousand to an attorney that is filing a trademark for the new business name (that is why I haven’t shared it yet!) and hundreds of dollars to have my kids in daycare so I can focus on getting this off the ground this year.

But I’m investing, I am investing in myself and in my business. Why am I telling you this? Because I want you to invest in yourself. I am challenging you to stretch yourself a little. Stretch yourself to the point where it is a little scary (but still fun) and see what you can put together.

I am doing it! Let’s do it together! If you aren’t dreaming big, you may not want to come along for the ride when we switch over to the new brand.

Are you up for the challenge?

Here is the new makeup kit basics checklist! It is free to download!

You can see more guides and resources here, at the store front. 

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More stuff is coming your way! If you want to stay in the know, make sure to subscribe to the email list. AND open the emails when they come to your inbox because there are some special goodies that only subscribers get.

xoxo- Let’s create great things!-xoxo

Emily

Goals That Stick

Many people fail in life, not for lack of ability or brains or even courage, but simply because they have never organised their energies around a goal.

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Preach! Right? Who wants to be throwing their hands up and celebrating their wins this year? I know I do!

Hey ya’ll its mid February and I know some of you have already kind of given up on those resolutions. I don’t even make them anymore, well I never really did because I know I am never serious about them.

What am I serious about? Goals!

Who wants to take a refreshed (my word for 2016!) start and get cracking on what you want to make happen this year?

I am excited for you and I am here to help you make it happen. Yesterday I sent out an email to the list (are you on it? get updates here!)  to see who wanted to jump on a call with me to chat for 30 minutes. I only had 3 spots and they ALL got filled in less than 45 minutes.

Seeing you guys take action on your goals gets me all kinds of jazzed. I am so excited to chat with these girls!

But then I got sad because my inbox was flooded with folks who wanted one of the 3 spots but didn’t get there fast enough. When I woke up this morning, I wanted to do something for everyone.

By this afternoon, I was still so excited and opened up some spaces in my calendar for us to have more time to talk. Check it out here to schedule your spot. Use the code SAVE20 to save 20% off, available for a limited time!

That inspired this blog post and worksheet (you can download here)

I challenge you to be S.M.A.R.T.

This may be old news. I certainly am not claiming to have made it up. But setting your goals in a S.M.A.R.T. mindset will pretty much guarantee your success. I challenge you to download this worksheet here for free and put pen to paper.

There is something about getting your messy thoughts out of your brain, using your hand to put them on paper makes them magically come to life. Writing them down makes them real. And real is more attainable.

If you have never heard of the S.M.A.R.T. system, let me break it down for you so you can get cracking.

Last year I did something I NEVER thought I could or would do. I ran my first half marathon! I signed up and started training when my daughter was 4 months old and ran this race when she was 8 months old. I never thought I would do this (and wouldn’t have done it without help and motivation from my friends!). If you have something big you want to do, use the S.M.A.R.T. system to get you to the finish line.SubstandardFullSizeRender-2

S.= Specific

Specific. Get really, really specific about your goal. It should also stretch you a little outside of your comfort zone. What is fun about doing something super easy? Challenge yourself!

What do I mean? Instead of saying, I want to lose some weight this year and get in shape….Try saying I want to complete a half marathon this year. Take it even further, pick a race and sign up. Registering for races isn’t cheap and find that when I put money on the line for anything I am more likely to stick it out.

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M.= Measureable

Measureable. You have to be able to measure it so you know that it is complete. It should also be meaningful and motivational to you. Why do you want to do this? For me, running this race was something I wanted to do for myself and also to show my daughter that you can do anything! I was totally emotional on race day and getting to kiss her sweet face at the finish line motivated me to keep on trucking.

What does that mean? Once you get specific, you can know how to measure it. If you want to finish a half marathon, you will know it is complete when you cross that finish line. Just signing up or picking up your race day packet is not completing the goal! You have to cross the finish line and get your medal!

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A. = Achievable

Achievable or attainable. Now I am the first person to cheer you on and say you can do anything girlfriend! But if I am going to get real with myself, and I have to do that from time to time, even though I am a pretty good swimmer, I probably couldn’t/shouldn’t try to go out and swim across the Atlantic Ocean like Jennifer Figge did in 2009. If you want some serious inspo, check out this story about her solo trans-Atlantic swim here. 

What is achievable for you? If you are in your first year of booking weddings as a makeup artist, maybe you want to book 10-15 weddings this year. Maybe you do more and next year your goal is 20+.  You want to be able to achieve this goal but (back to the S) have it stretch you just enough so that you feel challenged. It won’t feel as good if you make it too easy on yourself!

R. = Reason/Result

This is your WHY! When I signed up, trained for and completed the half marathon last year my daughter was my WHY. She was born in March 2015 and ya’ll she is an amazing and straight up magical creature. A true star and independent woman from the first day of her life, I can tell that she was given to me to keep me on my toes.

Why was she my why? Well, I wanted to do it for myself. It was a good way for me to stay on track to losing the baby weight and physical activity keeps me sane. I was able to do some of my training runs with her in the stroller and I did my longer runs every week with my team so that gave me some much needed alone time.

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I feel like doing this made me a better mom. It forced me to take care of myself (moms are the worst at making themselves a priority!) which made me better able to take care of my family. Most of all, I wanted her to see that she could do anything. Especially with a great support system and plan in place.

This sweet face is totally what kept me going! She is my why!

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T. = Timely

In order to be successful, you need to give yourself the time to make it happen. But not too much time or it will never happen! You probably can’t wake up tomorrow and build your own website in an hour, if you have no experience. But if you gave yourself 3 years to get your website up and running, you would probably drag your feet and no get much done because it doesn’t feel urgent.

Set that deadline! And make an appointment in your calendar to make your action steps a priority. Our group (#prettytoughmothers on Instagram) trained for this race over the course of 3 months. For two of us, we had never run more than 2 miles without stopping, so the fact we were able to work our way up to 12 nonstop miles in 12 weeks together was impressive. Every Saturday or Sunday, we met up in our neighborhood and did a little more each week  than had done the week before.

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We stayed together and when one of us wanted to quit, we encouraged the other to keep going. Between the three of us, we had 7 smalls kids from 8 months to 6 years old! There were days that we did these long runs on no sleep and after a long week of being everything to everyone in our houses. And don’t even get me started on having to get up an hour early to pump or nurse before we ran. Running 10 miles when you are breastfeeding is a special kind of challenge for sure!

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Can you tell how much I am struggling here? This is around the 10th mile and I had gotten separated from my teammate for a little while. I was struggling! Not going to lie, I shed a few tears and totally thought about quitting (but my phone was dead so I couldn’t call anyone to come pick me up!) but I connected to my WHY and caught back up to her. I was so thankful for my team and all they had done to encourage each other and keep us all going!

That brings me to another important part of setting big goals. Finding your support system. Some people call it your tribe/squad/crew/clique/mastermind, but whatever it is, you have to know you has your back. I knew throughout that entire training process that we would always be there for each other and that kept me going.

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Who is on your team? Find some support and accountability. If you don’t have it, let me know how I can help. We can schedule some time to talk here! With the rebrand in April, I am going to be releasing some new ways that I can support you. I am not offering the group workshops and training at this time but you can buy the guide on the shop page or snag a coaching session (sometimes they are free if you sign up in time!).

And remember to celebrate along the way! You are doing great.

xoxo #prettytoughmothers + #sloanejolie

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xoxo

Emily

Grow Your Business in the Slow Season

It doesn’t matter if you are working as a full time makeup artist or if you are doing a little freelance on the side, OR if you are primarily in bridal or strictly commercial work, this time of year can be a little quiet. And for creatives, sometimes we get stir crazy!

So what do you with the down time? My suggestion is that you use this time to GROW your business and take it to the next level!

Here are a few things that I am working on now to grow my business.

Work on New Portfolio Images

This time of year is booming with workshops and styled shoots. This is an excellent time to   get together a team and add some fresh work to your portfolio. These are the best types of images because you can control the content. Unlike with paid clients, you can choose the model, the wardrobe, exactly how you want hair/makeup, the photographer and location.

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This gorgeous shot of Helen Kreutzer (hellyofficial on Instagram!) by Caroline Lima Photography is stunning!

 Make Friends. Influence People.

It’s easy to hibernate in the winter. I get it, you just want to snuggle up and wait for spring time. But it’s so, so, so important to get show your face…like in real life, not on social media only! If you are new to life as a creative entrepreneur, make sure to get out and connect face to face with other creates.

How? Check out the Rising Tide Society and find a group that meets nearby. I think there are 4-5 groups that meet up the first Tuesday of the month in Richmond, VA. If you don’t know about the Rising Tide Society, look it up, join the movement. #creativityovercompetition

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Brainstorm New Services

If you have a busy season and a slower season, you should brainstorm ways to keep the money rolling in year around. At last months Rising Tide Society meeting, my dear friend, Joanna Avant (amazing wardrobe consultant) and I snapped the above picture at the meet up. Can you see the see the sheer excitement on our faces?!?!

Its because we were finishing up the details and getting ready to roll out our new package for Valentine’s Day called the Refresh Sesh. Its a virtual makeup and wardrobe edit! Cool, right? Its a mini version of our services that we are offering via Skype/Facetime and only selling 12 spots this week

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Educate Yourself

Sometimes I can be a big old nerd. I just love to learn new stuff. I don’t know why, but knowing new stuff is fun to me! Another super cool thing about the Rising Tide Society in addition to the community aspect is their focus on education.

Their blog is a wealth of information on SO many topics that creative entrepreneurs struggle with. For the last few weeks, I have been signing up for their weekly webinars that have had incredibly informative speakers sharing valuable information that we all need. Check it out!

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Refresh

I have mentioned this a couple of times, and it is mostly because I want to make sure that you guys are ready for this……2016 is the year of Refresh for me.

What does that mean? Coming soon, I will be rebranding and fusing together Emily Hudspeth + MMMUA to live under a new brand that is going to be awesome! I have been hard at work with a super talented designer to create a beautiful home for all of this info to live. There will be new resources and guides and I can’t wait to show it to you later this Spring.

  1. If you have purchased a guide from the Shop, those are getting updated.
  2. The Instagram page for MMMUA will go away and Emily Hudspeth will change to the new name and all posts will come from there. So join me there and follow along.
  3. I will deleting this email list and starting over fresh. Don’t worry, you will have a chance to opt in to the new list here before April.
  4. More to come!

RefreshCan you guys believe that its February already!?!?! Time to make the magic happen before busy season strikes again!

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Emily

One thing at a Time

RefreshHappy New Year!!!!

Today was the first day both of my kids went to daycare. I feel like I am starting a whole new chapter, a whole new book really! 

Not just because its the new year but because I feel like we are in an entirely new season here. Both in my family life and for my businesses. While it is overwhelming at times, is truly exciting.

Are you on a mission to get your clutter under control so you can focus on your goals? Download this free resource here. 

Somethings that I am looking to ReFresh include the following…

  • Continue on my streak of Tidying Up, as mentioned in the previous post. I can’t tell you how liberating clearing the mess has been!
  • Updating the guides in the Shop. If you have already purchased one you will get the updates automatically. New ones will also be posted here soon!
  • New Guide for Kit Building! You will get that to your inbox!
  • New Coaching Sessions available so we can meet online and chat!

And what I am MOST EXCITED about….

A complete rebrand of both MMMUA and my blog as an artist, Emily Hudspeth. I am working with some amazingly talented, genius folks on this and I can not wait to share. Im not ready to let out all the good news just yet but I wanted to give you a little bit of a heads up so aren’t totally shocked when you see the name change as these two blogs merge.

Well, its more of a blend than a merge.

One of the the things I am most excited about is sharing the BTS process with you guys. I think it will really give you some great ideas and inspiration to watch me give my brand a facelift this year. 2016 is a PIVOT POINT for my brand.

It can be easy to get stuck in a rut and keep doing things the same old way when you have been doing this for as long as I have! Over the years, I have been pretty good about evolving as an artist, especially as my skills sharpened or location changed. The last few years I haven’t made any radical changes to my business since I was mostly focused on having my babies. Today they both started daycare a few days a week so I am really excited to have time to pour life back in to the business.

Keep your eyes peeled and let me know, either in the comments or by responding to the emails, what you love or don’t love about this process.

If you no longer want to receive emails, updates and resources from me please unsubscribe. I will be popping up in your inbox on Wednesdays.

Once the ReFreshed rebranded site is complete, I will ask you re-subscribe to the list so you will continue to hear from me.  I don’t want you to miss anything. Especially the fun prizes and giveaways I have to celebrate the transition!

Have you picked your one word or one concept to focus on for 2016? Please share it in the comments and let me know why you chose it.

Did you know I have a new free resource in the Shop that can help you get started on goal setting (and achieving) this year? Check it out here or on the Shop page. 

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5 Tips to Clear Clutter and Create Space for a Prosperous 2016

Happy Holidays 

From my sweet little family to yours. Allow me to re-introduce myself, I am Emily Hudspeth Greenwald, a full time mama and full time freelance artist. As we close out this wild year, I am doing some things to prep for a wildly successful 2016 and I wanted to share with you what I have planned and have you be part of this journey.

GreenwaldFamilyPortraitsRVA--2I know it is a completely cliche thing to say but I can’t even believe how 2015 flew by. It was truly a blur! Maybe because I started the year by welcoming my new daughter into our home and spent the other 2/3 of the year adjusting to having 2 kids under 2 years old while trying to also keep my business and household in order.

My most sincere apologies for being absent from posting new content for you. I started this website just as I was getting pregnant with my son in 2012. I think I had this unrealistic goal of being able to create this amazing resource for you and keep it going while also trying to grow my family.

Turns out that this season of my life, which is totally amazing and truly the hardest thing I have ever done, hasn’t allowed me to be 100% here, and to be at work as a freelance artist myself and to be present for my family. Since family comes first and my freelance work comes next, there haven’t been enough hours to push this where I want it to go.

Running on little sleep, I’ve had 10,000 ideas with so much good intention but no energy to get it done. After going to the Makeup Show in New York (with my 9 week old baby, I can’t even believe I did that!), I really decided to just slow down and give myself some space to think about how I could do the best work in all of these areas.

Now that I have given myself that time to really sort thru what is important, I am excited to make big things happen in 2016. I want to share 5 tips that have really helped me and a free download to help kickstart your goal setting.

Before I could get started, I needed to clean up the clutter. My mind seriously feels so scattered with a million ideas of things I want to do and jumbled together with the things that I have to do. Its a mess around here!  I have started cleaning out stuff, purging my closet, organizing my makeup (personally and in my kit), organizing closets and tossing things that were stuffed in drawers. I can’t tell you how amazing that feels!

FullSizeRender-7For awhile now I had been seeing this book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, popping up everywhere. It seemed like everyone was talking about it! So I downloaded it and have been listening to it for the past 2 weeks and its really got me fired up to clean even more!

Seriously, it is so good. Its got me thinking of other ways to purge things that are cluttered and holding me back, not just around the house. Moving all the clutter out of my way has me totally energized and ready to take on 2016 in a big way. Here are some things I’ve been cleaning out. More than just the overflowing sock and underwear drawer!

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  • Email  I have had a notification in my gmail for weeks saying I needed to free up some space in my email. Because I have my hands so full right now, I ignored it until a few days ago when it said I was officially out of space and would no longer get my email. Uh oh! That prompted me to start deleting old stuff. Friends, I had emails for 2006! There were some serious flashbacks in there that I did not need reminders of!
  • Unroll/Unsubscribe  There is a fun little tool called unroll.me that is super helpful with email overload. I know you haven’t been getting many emails from me lately but if you are on my list or any other list and the emails are no longer useful to you please unsubscribe!  There is no need to keep deleting them over and over again and never opening them. You know I have to pay for the emails that I send you and if you don’t want to open them save yourself time and me money by opting out. Just unsubscribe and if you ever want to revisit, you can always sign up again. Its that easy!
  • Your Computer/Phone/Tablet Delete, Delete, Delete!  I have a bad habit of letting my phone storage fill up with pictures of my grocery list from my dry erase board or screenshots from things I want to try to remember or something funny to text to a friend. All of the sudden one of my kids does something adorable and there is NO ROOM for another pic! Cut to me frantically deleting texts or dumb pictures that I don’t need. Delete all those texts, pics, downloads and apps that you do not need! Free that space sister! Then your device can run smoothly without being bogged down with the unnecessary crap that is lying around for no reason.  Turn off Notifications! Go into Settings and turn off all notifications from your cell. I only have texts and calls set to notify. Everything else is silent so Im not distracted by the constant ding or    lit screen.
  • Stop TeleMarketing Calls Use 1-888-382-1222 to put your home and cell number on the Do Not Call List. You can also register your number online here. Within 30 days you should not be receiving telemarketer calls and if you do, you can submit a complaint thru the site too.
  • Set up Systems This is key to running your business and your home life efficiently. Think of things that you do regularly that you can automate or streamline. When you have a system in place you will not experience the decision fatigue that often comes when sorting thru the mundane day to day tasks. This can be putting your bills on auto pay schedules or using the subscribe and save feature on Amazon Prime so toilet paper and other necessities just show up at your door step without even thinking about it. Some people like a routine for how they will dress or do their makeup so it requires zero energy and thought process as they rush to get to work. One thing that is crucial at our house is planning our weekly meals and preparing them on the weekend ahead. It helps our weeks run so much smoother!

These are 5 things that are helping me clear out some space in my home, office, devices, and brain in order to create some good stuff for you next year. I want to hear how you will use any of these techniques and what you will do with the time it saves you. Do you have any other time saving tips that you want to share with us? Leave us some wisdom in the comments!

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