Who am I? That is a great question. For one, I am Emily Hudspeth of Emily Hudspeth, hair design and makeup artist. I had a lot of fun with the “about me” section of the website, especially the 10 things you may not know about me part. Here, I want to tell you a little more about “HOW” it all got to this point. My journey as a Money Making Makeup Artist has been a 10+ year work in progress. And I don’t plan on stopping any time soon.
Honestly, I feel like I am just getting started. People say that I was born in the business (I have 3 aunts and 3 cousins who are all hairdressers!). That may be true, I come from a long line of stylists and I was practically raised in a South Louisiana beauty shop. I can’t count those years of sweeping hair and cleaning perm rods as professional experience.
That was more “life training”. Think Steele Magnolias, that was my life.
My professional experience started when I enrolled at Aveda Institute in Baton Rouge, LA after I had graduated in Public Relations and Business from Louisiana State University. People thought I was crazy, I told them it was my “post graduate” program. I had worked my way thru college as a receptionist at an Aveda Concept salon and while I didn’t really know what all I wanted to do with my new adult life, I knew that I wanted the beauty industry to be a part of it.After graduating from Aveda Institute, I set out for the West Coast to fulfill my dream of becoming a Los Angeles trained stylist. What an incredible learning experience! I took a job as an apprentice at Kenneth George Salon in Santa Monica, where I trained for a year before completing the program and getting my own chair. I still can’t believe that I survived living in Los Angeles on minimum wage for a year! Its a amazing how driven you are, and how little you can get by on, when you are 23 years old. In this case, I had very little hair, with very little color!When I was 28, I decided to head back home to be closer to my family. That transition brought me into a new role. I suddenly became an entrepreneur. I am grateful for all that I learned while building a client base under someone else, that really helped me get started. While I hadn’t exactly planned for it to happen like this, I was really glad I picked up that degree a few years before.
I had been working on strengthening my skills as an artist, taking classes and learning from amazing professionals in the field. Now, I was out on my own, and I had to learn a new skill. That skill was how to successfully run a profitable business. What I really wanted to do was take a class or buy a book on what to do to set up and sustain your own freelance stylist business. Turns out that didn’t exist but has inspired me to create this program for you. But first, I had to get starting figuring out how to create a successful, profitable business. This is how my brand began.This program is inspired by my story, by my journey to get from there to where I am today. The short version of that story is that I, thru a lot of trial and error, set up my freelance business. I managed to keep a roof over my head and not go hungry. I had extra responsibility because I had just become a mother to this little doggie and I wasn’t about to let her down!While on this journey, I met my husband in Baton Rouge, LA and his work took us to Dallas for one year. Then brought us to Richmond, VA where we are now. So I have set up a client base and profitable business for myself 4 times, in 4 states. In 3 of those states, I was the boss lady, so it was all up to me! Im glad I had the opportunity to create something that was my own. It lets us keep things fun, which is pretty important at our house. Can you tell?I am proud of this journey and I really inspired to share my experience with you. I want you to be able to get there faster and maybe with less trial and error than I experienced. I had no other choice, it was the only way.
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