Interview with Angela-Lynn Ware on going freelance

IMG_1139Angela-Lynn Ware

Make Up Artist and Hair Stylist

Philadelphia and New York City

 

Age: 38

Current years working in the industry? 8 years

Are you married?
Yes. I have been married for 16 years and am currently going through a divorce. While it’ a major life altering experience, The lessons and challenges that come with it have paved the way for me to overcome some of the barriers that try to get in the way of achieving my goals, dreams and aspirations.

Do you have kids or plans to have kids?
Yes, I have two beautiful daughters. Yumiė Gabrielle pronounced (You-Me-Ā) and Selah Michelle pronounced (Say-Lah). They are 16 and 14 respectively. They desire to one day participate in the beauty industry as well, as they are already practicing hairstyling, makeup, and nail art.

Life Beyond Retail: Taking the Leap of Faith into Freelance Pt. 2

This article is a continuation of “Life Beyond Retail: Taking the Leap of Faith into Freelance”. If you haven’t already, give it a read!

The idea of being a full time freelancer – making your own schedule, working for yourself – is pretty yummy and enticing…but also pretty scary! It’s a big transition involving a lot of preparation and a leap of faith, but big rewards come from big risks. Last time we addressed first changing your mind about how to approach this leap:

1. Forget about the “Safety Net”, it does NOT exist.
2. The scarcity of jobs is not out there, it’s in your head.

What else can you do to set yourself up powerfully? So glad you asked!

Interview with Jessica Padilla on going freelance

1382347_10151786646511911_1517350437_n (1)Jessica Padilla
Film and Beauty Makeup Artist/​
Burlesque Performer
Brooklyn, NY
www.NoGutsNoGlamour.com

 

Age: 32

Current years working in the industry?

I’ve been in makeup for 6 years. I worked for MAC Cosmetics for 4 years, followed by 2 1/2 years of freelance​.

Are you married?
Yes, for 6 1/2 years.

Do you have kids or plans to have kids?
No not currently, but yes, someday we plan to have kids.

Life Beyond Retail: Taking the Leap of Faith into Freelance Pt.1

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Lately I have been surrounded by close friends, colleague’s, and mentees who either have recently left their full time jobs to pursue a 100% freelance career (some by choice, and some by force), or they are dying to take that leap but are nervous (or petrified) to do it because there seems to be no visible safety net or stable reassurance they will be ok financially. Having been 100% freelance since 2003, my heart goes out to those who are struggling with this decision, and gets excited for those who are taking on courageousness and walking into that great unknown for the first time. Working on this side of the fence for such a long time I know the benefits of being your own boss and the advantages of creating your own business. But I also know how bumpy it can be and the new way of thinking that one needs to learn to be able to circumvent the bumps. This way of thinking cannot really be taught except through experience because everyone’s journey is different, but there are definitely some standard steps you can responsibly take that may make the process easier. In my experience and in observing others do it, these following steps are vital:

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