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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The Makeup Show 10th Anniversary

This year The Makeup Show is celebrating their 10th Anniversary!

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It took me a few weeks to believe this was really true! More on my fears and insecurity here in this blog post on the site I use for my personal freelance business. 

I swear I didn’t believe it was true when I saw the email saying that I had won! Then they announced it on their blog here and their Instagram page and it started to feel a bit more real. I posted to the MMMUA Instagram feed (are you following there?) but just now got the confidence to share on my Emily Hudspeth blog and Instagram where there are so many more eyes to see it!

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Thanks Sarah Kane Photography for this photo!

So I guess it is real! This is really happening! I am traveling to New York in a few weeks with my new baby daughter. I am both terrified and excited for what this adventure will bring!

Over the next few weeks, I will be preparing for the show. I am making my wish/shopping list and deciding which key note speakers can’t be missed and signing up for Focus sessions. In the past, I have been fortunate enough to attend the blogger previews and social media events and I am keeping my fingers crossed that I will be able to get a media pass this year. Then I can report back on more behind the scenes adventures!

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I am so grateful for the opportunity to attend this amazing educational and inspirational event. Every year, I come back ready to grow into the next level of my business. This year is especially exciting, more to come on that!

Will you be attending the Makeup Show this year? In New York or any city? What are you most excited about? I would love to meet up with you at the show or the Gala event!

Leave me a comment and lets connect!

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Who is in your network? Why it matters who you know!

Networking Guest Post

The One Thing Every Successful Money Making Makeup Artist Is Good At (It’s Not Makeup)

In almost every profession your success depends on two things. Results and relationships. Makeup artistry is no exception. Whether you are rising up the ranks in the fashion industry or establishing yourself as as a local MUA for weddings, if you do exceptional work but no one knows about it then your success will be stunted.

Some would say there’s a missing element to the equation – that as well as results and relationships you also require some luck. I would argue that if you actively build meaningful relationships, if you give your time as freely as you can and if you are generous to all in your circle, you will make your own luck!

Emily’s a great example of this – she’s warm and friendly, and generous with her time (she’s been kind enough to respond to all my emails and take my calls before she even knew me), is engaged with her followers on social media and blog comments and consequently has a great network to reach out to for everything from interviews for her site to help with her business.

So in other words, if you want to be successful you need to be building a network.

Emily uses events like The Makeup Show as great opportunities to network with other artists.

Emily uses events like The Makeup Show as great opportunities to network with other artists.

But isn’t networking a bit sleazy?

If there is a book that could be said to be the bible of networking, it is Never Eat Alone (and other secrets to success one relationship at a time) by the master networker Keith Ferrazzi. (There is no book I wish I’d read more when I was still in school than this one!)

In it Keith argues that good networking, far from being that cliche of stopping to talk to someone just long enough to find out how they can help you, is in fact all about finding ways to make other people successful. He says this…

“A truly effective networker begins with the question “How can I help this person?” and not “How can they help me?”

This may sound a little back to front. Surely you don’t want to be surrounding yourself with people who need your help?

Well first, consider the people that you think are successful. Have they achieved this success all by themselves? Of course not! Many people have helped them on their journey. And why? Because generosity leads to generosity – perhaps they’ve asked for a favour in the past. Perhaps they just take pleasure in helping someone out.

Which leads to my second point – helping others is actually one of lifes great pleasures! Yes it can be time consuming, but it can also be satisfying, rewarding, fulfilling, all of the above.

As Emily says in her book Market Yourself to Make Money –

 

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“We all grow our businesses by supporting each other. I have learned some of the best tricks and secrets from other makeup artists. I have gotten some of my best jobs from referrals from other artists and I am convinced that it only makes me look better when I have a good person to refer to a photographer or client when I am unavailable.”

And what makes this “help-others” mindset so fantastic when it comes to a room full of strangers? Because it removes every last drop of sleeziness. If you’re thinking how can I help this person every time you speak to a stranger there’s no way you can come across as grasping!!

But I hate to ask…

A mindset of generosity will get you so far, but as willing as you are to offer help, you must also be willing to ask for it. For many people this won’t come easily. Many will not like the feeling of asking for a favour, or potentially owing someone one.

But look at it this way – do you enjoy the opportunity to help out a friend or colleague? Isn’t it satisfying when you can connect someone with just the right person to help them out – a good recommendation for a stylist or an accountant who you trust? Why should your connection feel any differently? Plus we’re all adults here – they can say no if they wish and no harm done. But if you don’t ask you won’t receive!

Don’t delay – start yesterday!

Okay, you’ve come to terms with networking being a good thing and you’re comfortable with asking for help. I cannot emphasise this next point enough…

START NETWORKING AS SOON AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN!

Why do I say this? For two reasons –

  1. Cultivating meaningful relationships takes time, and getting to know influencers in your field will not happen overnight. Even if you have a clear idea of who you’d like to connect with, reaching out to them directly might not be workable, and getting the right introductions might take some work.
  2. Because people already in your network will start to slip away unless you pro-actively stay in touch. When I think about all those people at school, uni, former jobs that I’ve lost touch with it makes me sad

And inevitably it will be the opportunities that you haven’t anticipated that will benefit most from beginning now (or suffer most from not!). Have you ever been in a situation where you’ve thought “I used to know someone that would be perfect to chat to about this… man I wish I’d stayed in touch!”. Well never again!!!

Have a plan

While you shouldn’t exclude anyone from your network (you just never know), that is not to say you shouldn’t be clever about expanding your contacts. And the best way to think about this is in terms of your career goals. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • As a makeup artist where do you want to be in five years time?
  • To get to where you want to be in 5 years time where do you need to be in 2 years time?
  • To get to where you want to be in 2 years time where do you need to be in 6 months time?

Once you’ve got answers to these questions, you can use these career goals to define your networking goals:

  • Who if you got to know them could help with getting to your six month goal (Person A)?
  • Who if you got to know them could be a big help with getting to your 2 year goal (Person B).
  • And who if you got to know them could be a big help with getting to your 5 year goal (Person C).

And final step is about using your pre-existing network to make all this happen!

  • Who do you know already that could introduce you to person A
  • Can person A introduce you to person B, and if not who can?
  • Can person B introduce you to person C, and if not who can?

Write the answers to these questions down! It’s a proven fact that people who write down goals are much more likely to achieve them!

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(To help with this process we’ve created a work sheet. At the end of this post we’ll be running a competition, with this as a bonus free download for everyone who signs up and enters)

Once you know who you need to know, you can start doing a bit of research and finding ways to connect with them. Ask friends for introductions, which are always better than going in cold. Follow them on Twitter, or their blog if they have one, contribute to conversations and let them know you like their work. Sharing, liking and engaging with their stuff is a great way to get on their radar.

Some incredible artists that Emily met at last years Makeup Show in Los Angeles.

Some of the  incredible artists that Emily met at last years Makeup Show in Los Angeles.

Most importantly, don’t let your first conversation with them be asking for something! Remember – what can you do to help them?

And have a system…

If you’re going to maintain warm, deep relationships with tens, if not hundreds of people that you can potentially call on at a moments notice, you’ve got to stay in regular contact, and this means you’ve got to get organised. It sounds clinical – but the simplest way to do this is have a reminder set up for every person in your network, to prompt you to check in and say hi.

You can do this one of several ways – and this will depend on your personal preference. You could…

  • Keep a list of names in the back of your diary and write next to them when you last contacted them
  • Use a task manager such as Microsoft Outlook on your PC or Wunderlist on your phone. Set up a reminder (in Outlook the shortcut is Ctrl-Shift-K) and then set the task to recur every 6 months
  • Put an recurring appointment in your digital calendar
  • Use LinkedIn’s built in Relationship feature – where you can make a note about how you met and set up reminders to reconnect.

Whatever you do, make the time to do these regular check-ins. You don’t always have to have an excuse (“Hey Emily, it’s been a while so just thought I’d say hi – hope you’re doing okay and had a nice Christmas”), or it can be flimsy (“Hey Emily, just passed the bakery and the pie in the window reminded me of your cooking! Hope you’re cool”), seasonal (“Hey Emily – Merry Christmas!!!”) or as extensive as you like.

But trust me – get into this habit and not only will you have this expansive network at your fingertips – but you may just get some nice replies in return too.

Next steps…

Okay, if a message is important it’s worth repeating – start your networking efforts TODAY!! Write down all your potential sources of connections – school, college, work, clubs – for each one try to list the people you’ve perhaps lost touch with, and then start re-establishing connections. No pretense – just a “I haven’t been in touch for while and I just wanted to say hi! How’s it going?!”

For your career’s sake, this is especially important to do for people that you’ve worked, other MUAs you know or anyone working in the industry.

So to both motivate and challenge you we’re launching a special competition! The winner will receive a special career building bundle:

  • A copy of Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi (Chris’ Networking Bible)
  • A copy of Emily’s eBook – Picking Your Ideal Client
  • A copy of Emily’s eBook – Marketing Yourself – which includes her own tips on networking

(all downloads by Emily can be found here)

But it’s not just any competition – to encourage you to stay in touch with your network every entrant will receive a “lucky link” to share – if some else enters through this link you’ll receive a further ten entries into the competition!! Brilliant huh?!

Click HERE to enter

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Plus everyone who signs up will receive free access to our Networking Goals Worksheet!

So no excuses – reach out, build and maintain those connections, help your peers and take your career to the next level!!

Images courtesy of EventphotosNYC, Keoki, Jason,Chris Small


Chris is one half of the team at CareerInMakeup.com – a website focussed on how to become a makeup artist and how to run your business once you get there. He’s passionate about helping MUAs to run their businesses effectively so they can get back to doing what they love – Makeup!

 

 

 

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Thanks Chris!

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You can also use social media as a way to network and connect with artists all over the world. Join us for the February Photo Challenge, get inspired by what your new friends have in their kits and win some products for your kit. Check out this post and see how to win!

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February Instagram Challenge!

Have you seen our new #MMMUA Instagram page? To stay up on the latest and greatest, you want to make sure to follow and get your MUA friends to follow too! Check that out here.

Photo Challenge!

In February, I thought it would be fun to do a challenge. We can share pics from our kits of some of our favorite things. I thought this would help inspire us. I always like to see what other artists love. Since February is all about love, what better time to share!

Win this fun collection of OCC liners and Lip Tars (+ a brush) ! Over a $100 value to add to your kit. 

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Here’s the deal…

  1. Runs Feb 1-Feb 28
  2. Person with the most entries wins the prize (shown below)
  3. Winner must follow the MMMUA Instagram page
  4. Repost the 21 day challenge photo at least once to let us know you are in
  5. Post as many of the 21 options that you want
  6. Do as many as you want and in any order that you want. Winner but do at least 14 of the 21!
  7. Include the hashtag #MMMUA  AND #insideyourkit in each post
  8. Tag @moneymakingmakeupartist in each post
  9. We encourage everyone, everywhere to participate and get excited about sharing kit secrets. However, I am only able to ship the prize within the US only, no international shipping available. Sorry!

VERY IMPORTANT!!! Following & tagging the page and using the hashtags (correctly) are how we keep track of your entries!!! Tag your friends who would want to join the fun.

Comment to let us know if you are going to enter! We just like to hear you get excited! (and it could be a potential tie breaker entry, if it comes to that.)

If you are an over achiever, you may want to do these extras to earn some bonus points, in the event we need to break a tie. Here are some options….

  • comment on this blog post to let us know you are playing
  • Tweet me @emilyhudspeth and include #mmmua
  • blog about how the challenge is helping you refresh your kit
  • share your blog post on the MMMUA Facebook page (so I can see it!)
  • Repin either this image here or this one to your Pinterest page.

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Name that Biz!

Naming your business 

This is one of the top five things I get asked to help people with when they are starting their business. Unfortunately, recommending a name for your business,  is pretty much impossible. Especially if I don’t know you, who you consider your ideal client to be and what your marketing strategy is.

Naming your business is important, and it does require some thought so take your time!

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Remember when I told you that your ideal client profile and the types of work you wanted to do were super important things for you to think about and that both would have a big impact over so many decisions in your business? Naming your business is a great example of one of those decisions you will have to make. Think of your ideal client and the services that you will offer.  If your ideal client is engaged and work you want to do is bridal, then name your business something that brides would be attracted to and want to hire.

You can use your name, but think about whether or not that will change during the course of your business. I started working as a makeup artist long before I met my husband and even though I was open to meeting a great guy, getting married and changing my name, it never occurred to me that I would be anything other than Emily Hudspeth.

So I invested a great deal of time and money, branding myself and my business as Emily Hudspeth, hair design and makeup artist. That is where you will find all information about my business. I am listed as Emily Hudspeth, LLC. My website is emilyhudspeth.com and all of my social media is /emilyhudspeth or @emilyhudspeth.

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Sure I could change all of those things but I have been know as Emily Hudspeth, a successful working makeup artist in 4 markets across the United States. If I just one day decide that I am going to be Mrs. Emily Greenwald, hair and makeup,  I would have to work really hard to people to recognize my branding under a new name.

Think about the long term goals of your business. Do you see yourself being the lead artist on every job that you book or do you want to have teams of artists that you can contract out to several events in a day. If you have plans of growing your business to be more than just yourself, that may be another reason to avoid using your first and last name. You should also consider whether or not you would want to sell your business to another artist one day. Using your own name makes selling to another artist a little more tricky.

Be original but don’t be so out there that it doesn’t make sense or people don’t get what you do.  A name like Glitter Girls, probably isn’t going to make people think of timeless, bridal beauty, but a name Your Big Day Beauty, may be more in line with that image.

You also don’t want to be so generic either. Certain names may be more in line with the type of client you are attracting but you don’t want to be one of 10,000 makeup groups with that name in the world because when people search you online, you will be lost in a confusing sea of people with the same name. Do a quick search and see how original the name you are thinking of actually is.

If your name is Betsy and you know you want to build a rocking business with awesome teams of artists who can go out do hair/makeup/nails/tanning/skin care/all things beauty for all types of special events, then maybe the perfect name for your business is Betsy’s Beauty Babes, or the Glamour Girls on the Go. You get the idea. Names like this paint a clear picture of a team of beauty experts that come to you!

You want a name that is unique but not crazy weird and clearly defines what you do. In today’s world, being known online is super important so you want people to find you.

What will your url be? Is it easy to spell? Will people be able to search for you easily in Google and find you. Make sure it sounds good when you say it outloud. Think of successful businesses like Whole Foods, it is pretty easy to understand what they are all about, even if you have never been in their store before. Brand names like Coca-Cola roll right off the tongue.

Here’s a little truth bomb for you. Spelling is important! Using slang or creative spelling of words will just make you harder to find. Naming your business something like “Painting Phaces” or “Glitta Gurl”  isn’t going to make you look unique or creative. It is not going to make set you apart in a positive way. It just makes people think you are unprofessional and can’t spell.

As far as what you should do to legally register that name as a business, you will need to check your local regulations and state laws to determine what steps you need to take to legally set up a business under that name. If you are in the United States, check with your Secretary of State’s office. Check in with a legal and tax professional for information on how to set up your business in the area that you plan to work.

While I am all about sharing my experiences and lessons that I have learned becoming a Money Making Makeup Artist, I am not capable of or interested in giving you legal or tax advice. Please seek out someone you trust that is local to you to help you with that.

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Let us know what you are thinking about naming your business. Leave a comment and share your ideas and some insight on who your ideal client is and what your marketing plan will be.

Check out the Shop page for the latest downloads available. Buy the Ideal Client Guide and Market Yourself Guide together and save 10%. 

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New Additions to the Shop

Have you seen our new SHOP page? Check it out!

We started with the Free Guide to Set your Intentions, a great goal setting tool for 2015.

Then moved on to step one, the Ideal Client Guide.

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Now you can get the Marketing Yourself Guide! (The first 100 people get a special price! Email subscribers will get the code so make sure to sign up!)

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You can save 10% if you buy them together!

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If you are on the email list, you will get a heads up when we have new things available. That heads up usually comes with some free extra goodies OR a discount code for early shoppers…sometimes both:) Get on the email list now!

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The First Step in Building Your Business

For the last few months, many of you have emailed me, asking for more info on workshops, courses and 1-1 coaching.  That been on hold because I was slammed this year with my own freelance biz, seriously business was booming like never before!

And, as I mentioned in my responses to you all, I was hard at work turning the content from the workshop into a series of self study courses that you can access and do on your own time!

Buy the first guide,  Start Here First! Who is your Ideal Client? here now!idealclientguidesale Now you don’t have to wait around for me to take on a new group for coaching. You can grab the info and get to work! I am SO excited to share this with you this year. I have missed the groups and working with people personally. Since we are weeks away from meeting our new addition (we are having a new baby in March!), I will not be doing any coaching for a few months. I would never leave you hanging! I am super excited to announce that the first in the series of ebooks is available for download now!

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You can click one of the images, or take a peak at the new Shop page at the top, and head on over to purchase the first (and most important) guide. Start Here First! Who is your Ideal Client?

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This is the most important thing you can do for your business, I can’t stress that enough. Where ever you are in your business, whatever you are working on (pricing/marketing/kit building), everything comes back to what is best for your ideal client. Get clear here and you are all set!

For more than 10 years now, I have been working as a full time professional stylist. In this time, I have been in 4 different states and my wants/needs have changed each year. As I think about the changes and opportunities that 2015 will bring to me and my family, I am going back to this very important exercise to help me set my goals and make decisions for my business this year.

Let’s do this together! Cheers to making 2015 the best year ever!

Make sure to get the free download that I made for you that was in the last post. It’s a great tool to help set your intentions and keep you on track with your goal setting in the new year.

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Getting ready for 2015!

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On the one hand, I kind of can’t believe that 2014 is coming to an end but on the other hand, I can’t believe it is time to start thinking/planning for 2015.

First, let me apologize for not being in touch as much lately!

This has been an insane year for me, personally (we are expecting another baby soon!) and for my business. The good thing is, I have so much good stuff to share with you that I learned this year!

Things are finally slowing down and since I am not booked on as many jobs during the Christmas and New Years weeks. I am working really hard to make the most of this time and finish a HUGE goal that I had for myself this year.

A few of you have emailed me about courses and working together lately. I responded to each of you saying that I was working on something to make the way I used to work with folks even better! And hopefully it would be ready by the beginning of the year. My plan was to turn what used to be the 8 week course into a book so that you could do it on your  own time and not have to be on my schedule.

I thought this would be a great idea to make this information available to more people at a lower cost! Then I thought of something even better!

I have broken the content into smaller, more manageable pieces so that it is a bit easier to digest. Now you can buy only the portions that you need, at an even lower cost! And focus only on what you need to work on. Do you like that?

To get us started, I thought I would first share with you a little FREEBIE!

This free pdf download is a script that I wrote for myself that helps me when I am setting goals and getting ready to make things happen! I have a lot of goals that I am working on right now, both personal and professional, and I am sure you are doing the same. I would love for us to support each other and hold each other accountable to making these things happen. 

I challenge you to download it here and print out this fun pdf that I made for us!

There is something about taking the words out of your brain and putting them down on paper that make things get real! Take it a step further and say them out loud! Either to yourself or to a friend! Or to your dog! Whoever will listen!

If you are using it, I would love to know how it is working for you. Leave me a comment and let me know all about it. Also, share it with your friends and make sure to keep in touch so you don’t miss the new material that will be available very soon!

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Artist Interview: My chat with Face Off’s Ve Neill

One of my favorite moments from The Makeup Show in Los Angeles this year was having the opportunity to sit down and talk with the one and only Ve Neill!

20140301_192935You may know her from  SyFy’s Face Off, a great reality show where special effects makeup artist’s compete in fascinating challenges to create the best human artwork you have ever seen. The show gives you a look into the process that goes into what it takes to create special effects characters, like aliens and horror characters,  that we see in the movies.

If you haven’t see the show (you should watch because its fascinating!), you may not have seen Ve Neill, but you have seen her work for sure. She is the master of makeup behind some of our most beloved characters, such as Mrs. Doubtfire, Edward Scissorhands (I think this was one of the first movies I saw in the theater and it was life changing!) and Beetlejuice. She was the creative genius behind the looks we saw in the Hunger Games, Pirates of the Caribbean and the first Star Trek film. Her thirty year career is impressive and it was an honor to sit and talk with such an amazing artist.

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I wasn’t expecting to be able to have the opportunity. It first day of the Makeup Show, and I was fighting the exhaustion of the previous day’s travels from the East Coast. It was easy to keep going because there was so much excitement around me from the amazing education to the products the brands had to offer. As a blogger, I had a press pass and I got an unexpected invite to a press event that evening right after the show ended that day. The event was put on by Crown Brushes and was hilighting the new brush line they had for Ve’s brushes. I wasn’t going to miss that!

20140301_181349 Luckily, I had the forethought to jot down a few questions in my notebook, JUST IN CASE, I had the impromptu chance to talk with a pro that you may be interested in. I had no idea it would be her! Below are a few questions that I asked her…

What would you choose as a career or job, if were not a makeup artist?

She said she would either make jewelry or have an antique store. I thought that was a pretty brilliant answer! Then she shared with me that she used to make jewelry for fun, and as a hobby…can you believe this woman has time for a hobby?  A little known fact, the beads that Johnny Depp wore in his hair for Pirates of the Caribbean are from her jewelry making collection!

What is the project you are most proud of? Or a project that was most challenging or most fun?

She has done so many impressive projects, I was embarrassed to ask this question! She did tell me that she is very proud to have created brushes for the everyday woman to use. (You can check them out here, Im seeing like 10 more that I want now!)

I also asked Ve what is next for her, she said that she would love to have an exclusive line with a department store like Nordstrom. She also wants to create tools and products at a price point that would make them available to students. Ve believes (and I agree!) that students must have great tools available to them to excel! I would love to see Ve create a product line, how about you?

What is your must have, can’t live without tool or product that is always in your kit?

Ve loves this Kabuki brush for applying liquid foundation and liquid products. She is never without it!

What is your biggest piece of advice for someone at any phase in their journey as a makeup artist?

“Never compromise your art!” She added that you must be flexible enough to make adjustments but do not compromise your art! I love this. Thank you, Ve Neill!

20140301_183350 Just having the opportunity to talk with such a talented artist and legend in the industry was an honor! Seeing her new brush line, by Crown Brushes (shown above) was amazing. But watching the talented special effects artists, work on these characters, live at the event was super impressive.  If you have the chance to make it to the Makeup Show in Orlando this weekend, do not miss it! Its the last one of the year, so if you can’t make it, plan to visit one next year.

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Im thinking about trying to make it to Chicago in June or Dallas in September. Which one will you be at?

Thank you, Krystal from Beauty By Krystal, for sharing your photos from that evening with me. I met at The Makeup Show in Los Angeles, she rocks!. See her post on her chat with Ve here. 

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