2013 in review. Help me Grow!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,400 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

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What Changes Will You Make?

Highlighting Features on Dark SkinAs this BUSY year winds down, I’ve decided to make a list of goals that I’d like to accomplish for 2014. While some pertain to beauty, others pertain to my inner self. 2013 brought an entirely new set of challenges for me as a makeup artist and as a human being. After relocating (for the second time) from Texas to Chicago, I found that I had to reestablish myself as a makeup artist in Chicago. You see, while in Texas, I met a wonderful woman, Vivi Gregg, who hired and referred me several times for makeup artist jobs in the film industry. I was able to accrue 4 movie screen credits as a professional makeup artist and I enjoyed every moment of working on film sets, creating the right looks for the films, while earning the respect of my peers for being a professional and fun makeup artist.

Returning to Chicago, my birthplace, was exciting because I’d missed the aesthetics of the city. The problem was that I was known as a high school social studies teacher in Chicago, and not a makeup artist, even though I’d been doing freelance jobs here and there for years. It’s quite difficult to just show up and start working in Chicago, especially since some people still don’t recognize that the city is becoming a beauty, film, and fashion contender in those disciplines. We hear about NYC and LA all the time as the “place to be” if you are an aspiring or professional makeup artist, but people don’t always recognize, or seek out the talent in The Windy City.

Some of the challenges that I’ve faced while reestablishing myself and my brand caused me to second guess if being a makeup artist is the right career for me. Fickle clients who book then flake out at the last minute, potential clients who only want me to use a certain brand of makeup, and those who want looks that make them look like contestants on RuPual’s Drag Race are challenges that I faced in 2013. Naively, I believed that people who hired me would stay true to THEIR own word, but it backfired and I learned several valuable lessons. Some things I learned and vowed to change for 2014 are listed below:

1. Always get things in writing.

2. Stay true to myself.

3. Continue to grow and learn from my mentors.

4. Get professional help for marketing my beauty brand.

5. Realize that Rome was not built in one day and that it takes time to get to where I want to go.

6. Keep a positive attitude.

7. Continue to eat healthy and workout.

8. Stay organized and finish all tasks, even the small ones, on time.

9. Look for every opportunity to work and grow as a makeup artist, including taking more classes.

10. Enjoy the journey.

I won’t be posting again for this year, as I have a lot on my plate right now and I need to regain my focus. I hope that everyone who reads this can take something positive from what I’ve said, and make whatever changes they need to make in their own lives. What are some things you’d like to change for 2014?