About Me

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.EH_BloggerHeader  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.LSU-gradAfter 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!salon-soireeWhen 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.EH_Logo_WebsiteThis 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!JasmineWhile 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?Emily-and-JeffI 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.

If you are setting up your own freelance business, I would love to mentor you and be that support. Contact me, sign up for the email list (at the top, under the logo, GIVE IT TO ME!) so I can send you some great resources for FREE and find out how you can work with me!

Make sure to sign up for the email list (under the logo, right around where you find that “Give it to me now” button) so you can stay in the loop and be in the know when I give good deals and free stuff.

You will get my guide to creating an awesome professional makeup artist kit AND where/how to get all the professional discounts available to makeup artists! What are you waiting for?

Professional Makeup Artist KitWhy did I start this site? Here is a little insight to what brought MMMUA to life.

25 thoughts on “About Me

    • Awesome, Lakota, let me know what you think and if you want to see something specific, let me know and I will answer any question in a post or video.

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  2. Found your blog while searching for tips today and I’m so glad I did! I am starting out as a makeup artist and I couldn’t be happier. I’ve wanted to do this since I first tried out makeup ten years ago and felt as beautiful on the outside as I do on the inside- the idea of being able to do that for someone else is what is driving my passion to want to do this! I look forward to watching your YouTube videos and reading more from your blog! It’s always great to see inspiration from your home state! Thank you for sharing!

    • Fantastic Amy! I am glad you that you find the blog and videos helpful. Please let me know if there is anything else I can do to support you in your business. I am happy to cover any topic that you have a question about.

  3. Hey Emily, i like your website I have been into makeup for quite sometime I did get my skincare license about 12 years ago but never had any formal training in makeup. I would like to know different tech and work with other artist because I believe there is always something more to learn. What are your suggestions?

    • Hey Karen! Skin care is a great foundation of education to have. Makeup looks best when applied over beautiful skin so that is a great start. Formal training is great but there is so much you can learn on your own. Check out some artists on YouTube that have styles similar to what you want to learn. You can check out my channel for some updates too! http://www.youtube.com/emilyhudspeth

      I would suggest reaching out to stylist/makeup artist that you admire and ask them for the opportunity to assist them. If you are a good fit and work well together, this can often lead to paid work. But be humble and volunteer your time to help them, giving your time and assistance is a great trade for watching and learning from a more experienced artist. I learn so much every time I work with a new artist, whether they are just starting or have twice the experience that I do. Good luck!

  4. Hi! Your website really interested me & I think that it’s so amazing that you are willing to help others reach their goals. My story is that I am in cosmetology school at Aveda right now and I graduate in a couple months. I plan to find work at a high end Aveda salon, however my true passion is makeup. I want to start a makeup business as well, but I only will have cosmetology school as experience. I hope to attend MUD in L.A someday to learn more about makeup. Anyway sorry this is so long but my question is to ask you what kinds of things I can do to get started. I have a pretty good idea about what my kit will consist of, so I really need to know how to get people to become interested in my work. Also, some marketing ideas, etc. Thanks!

    • Hi Cassidy! Welcome to the website. I also went to Aveda Institute for cosmetology, that is an excellent starting point. Cosmetology is a great place to start in the beauty industry. If your passion is makeup, you can expand your knowledge and skill set with practice and working with clients. Working in a salon gives you a great opportunity to do this.

      To answer your question, you hare already doing exactly what you need to be doing to get started. Get your license and continue to learn within the company you work for. Going to MUD for more training will also be amazing. Now that you are aware of this blog and on the email list, you can stay up to date with the information that I share a few times each month. I think the most important thing is to start by knowing what part of the industry you want to work in most and identifying your ideal client. We get really heavy into that in the group workshop that I teach a few times each year. I hope that you can join us for the one this fall. That will really kick start your biz in the direction you want to go.

      Good luck girl!

  5. I have been a makeup or 14 years but don’t ve a full kit. I don’t know how to put myself and business more out there. Please help help
    And thank u for this…I don’t know where else I would ve gone
    Hannah

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  7. Awesome story!! Such an inspiration that this dream is possible and successful through determination.

    Just wanting to get any info as to how to go about setting up my freelance makeup business (which I just today did majority of setting up social media sites) the legitamate, legal way. I live in TX. Have 700+ hrs of Cosmo school. Live happened and a baby and fiancé later, i’m currently freelancing at M.A.C. with bigger dreams! Any and all suggestions would be awesome.

    Thank you!

    • Hey Krystal

      I am hosting a call tomorrow to answer questions and share some insight that will be helpful to you setting up your freelance biz. I am emailing you now!

  8. Hi Emily! Love your bio and I am inspired even further to pursue my passion. I will be enrolling at the Media Makeup Academy here in Chicago and plan to open up a “beauty house” as well as launch my own lip wear line. I have added myself to your mailing list and look forward to working with you!!

    Renita

  9. Hi Emily!

    I am currently a junior at a university in Pittsburgh studying marketing and Public Relations. While I enjoy the business field, I ultimately would like to start my own freelance business. I want to attend beauty school after college and your story was inspiring to see that you did what I plan on doing. I never realized how passionate I was about hair and make-up until I took it upon my own interest to learn more about it. I am just worried that my degree will kind of be considered a “waste.”

    I was wondering if you had any advice for me? I truly want to start a freelance business more than anything.

    Thank you for your help!
    Alyssa

    • My undergraduate degree is also in PR! I think the combo of a business/marketing background has been especially helpful to me in building my business. Your degree will never be a waste! It is all in how you apply it. If you would like some additional help, I am currently taking on select one on one coaching clients, email me if you are interested!

  10. Hello, how are you? I am 20 years old and I love makeup, I’ve been trying to get all the products that I need to do a full makeup but I don’t know how to start or what to do! Can you give me any ideas or advises? I would appreciate it! Thank you for your time.

  11. Hi Emily,
    How you going?
    I am very new to the make up business. my goal is to become a freelance makeup artist.
    I am studying make up through the school qc makeup academy. I half got my kit ready. (So i am organised when i finish my course) Foundations etc. I need help to set up my make up kit properly and i want to build a professional port folio.

    Best regards,
    Kirsty

  12. Hey Emily,
    I am truly interested in starting my own small freelance makeup artist business in Melbourne sometime this year. I am currently 15 and in year 10. I currently work at benefit and my last job was at an arcade center. I have done bridal makeup for around 6 months now just through my family finding me jobs with people they know, although I have my heart set on having my own business. Am I too young to be doing this? And if I did would people not hire me because I’m too young?
    Thank-you x

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