Are you selling out on your dreams to pay the bills?

“Where’s my next check coming from?”
If you are Freelance makeup artist, (or a freelancer period) that question is probably not only familiar, but brings a disdaining shudder to your whole body.
When we have it good we wouldn’t trade our freelance career for the world. The freedom to make our own schedule, the luxury of saying no to work without penalties, the possibility to make in one day what you might make in a week elsewhere (that’s the best), having a business that is your own… Doing what you love.
But when shit gets tight we often ask ourselves “If only I had that weekly paycheck, something I could rely on”. In a moment of down times, there are days we’d give it all up to just feel secure and know we can pay the bills. Sometimes it gets really scary…if you can’t make your rent or you have more than one mouth to feed.

Insta-famous or Insta-fraud?

Over the past few years there has been a ongoing conversation between industry professionals about the rise of YouTube/Instagram make up stars and how it may be devaluing the craft of professional makeup artists. Some of my dearest colleagues who will openly rant about popular Youtube or Instagram stars not being “real” make up artists, or how simply using a web cam and filter to take selfies is insulting to those of us who have worked for years on our craft. We built our knowledge and expertise from the ground up, we shouldn’t be fighting for notoriety next to people who have barely done the work.

I wanted to explore this more intricately because it’s not just as black-and-white as it may seem. I wholeheartedly believe that internet stardom is not synonymous with technical skill. But it’s also important to see what are these people doing right they were not giving them credit for.
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