Jack of all Trades, Master of None?

I was in Alcone the other day buying some post fashion week organization containers when I bumped into Angelina Avalone. In catching up with each other on work we had an in depth conversation that most artists I think would find absolutely fascinating, though to us it’s the norm. The conversation was about being “a jack of all trades” in your industry, and how important it is to have a ton of skills underneath your belt, and how if she and I did not, we might be up shits creek with our careers.
Now I know you are probably thinking “but what about the second part to that saying? “Jack of all trades, master of none?” While there is a lot of truth in that statement, there’s also some key understandings that make the difference between being an expert in your field, or a wandering nomad with no focus.
 
Let’s examine the intention of that saying, and the truth that lies within it. In this industry people have a mega short attention span, and the ones doing the hiring are looking for someone masterful at developing whatever specific vision they have. If we aren’t a specialist, we’ll be passed over for someone who is. That’s why it’s not wise to have too much going on with your website and promotional material, too many genres of makeup. It will seem unfocused, and in a sense that you are a “Master of None”.

Juggling Many Balls and Dealing with Overwhelm

With Fashion Week starting up – a time where many makeup artists are juggling several balls, and when I personally experience the craziest schedule perhaps all year – I thought that examining how to handle “overwhelm” would be appropriate. You’ve got juicy goals, a crazy work schedule, friends that are dying to hang out, and it’s been way too long since you’ve seen your mom,…what do you do?! You can’t stop time (I’ve tried), and life will keep throwing you curve balls. If your go to response is “I’m too busy/tired/overwhelmed” it’s time to reevaluate! How can you juggle all the pieces without falling apart?

#1. Just accept you will need to become a superhero.
Someone once told me “If you have a lot on your plate, then switch to a platter”. When you are going to be up to a lot in your life, it is not possible for you to handle it all by doing things the way you have always done them.  You will need to approach it with a different way of thinking, a creative way of thinking.  You will need to step into the nearest phone booth (if you can find one that actually exists anymore) and change into your “super suit”. As your super self you can handle anything, you will see ways to do things differently, and no matter what it looks like you will be committed to getting it done.  What’s the trick to becoming your “super” self? Just keep believing (even if you don’t know exactly how, or what it will look like) anything is 100% possible for you to complete, 100% of the time. My favorite quote from Einstein is “you cannot solve a problem with same manner of thinking that created it.”
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