It was such a fantastic experience working on the show of Kaat Tilly in Gent ! I met wonderful and talented people from all over Belgium. It was like a dream coming true. A fairy like theme filled with comediennes ( see the picture above ), dancers, opera singers and so much more. I saw the show, and the work that I put into it, and it seriously gave me goosebumps. Enthusiastic and proud and leaving me hungry for more! The people I have met were so friendly and nice, gave me tons of advice and tips. I couldn’t have asked for more. I learned so much from Geneviève Lacroix and Lucia Finken Saraiva by just watching them and talking to them. I literally thanked my lucky stars for this opportunity.
As a beginning make up artist, it is a bit of a struggle to find work. Especially payed work. And although it is normal for your first jobs to be voluntary, which is good to learn, gain experience, network, building your resume and so on ), it’s a bit of a struggle to make a living. Kind of figures, of course.
It is a great way to network, which is of extreme importance in the business. Keeping your eye on the goal. Keeping your positive energy. People will see you work, and If you show your good mood, your eagerness to learn, your social abilities… They will remember you and they will keep on asking you for new assignments.
You also learn a lot from those first jobs. From amazing products you never heard of, to organizing your work station, your kit. Putting yourself out there is a massive assignment which in the very beginning can be a little intimidating. But you have to get over that hill and enjoy the view.
What I also find very important is that you have friends and family who support you with their love. Who stand beside you. Yes, you are choosing a road less travelled. With a lot of insecurities money wise. Well, in the beginning that is. But it is a path that leads to amazing adventures. And if you work hard, you will grow and grow. You will keep on getting better, and so will your bank account. You might ( just like me ) have to combine it with a regular daytime job, full or partime ) so I am focussing on a daytime job at the moment in make up ( like M.A.C and so on ).
Big tip from the artists I worked with those few days : don’t work on your friends for free. Keep on trying to find paying customers ( wedding, party make up and make overs ). They will put food on the table ( or make up in the kit ) and spread around your name, giving you more work.
Thanks to workig at the Kaat Tilly event, I now got a new assignment. This time for a movie project called “Laura”. Can’t wait to get started!
Hope the beginners out there found this a little bit usefull. All I can say is, hang in there. Work hard, with a smile. Surround yourself with people who love & support you and whom you love and support.
❝ You must be willing to change. You must be willing to break the deal you made with the devils within. You must be willing to leave the past and not be tempted to rebound when times are tough. You must be willing to let go of everything and anyone that takes you back to your mistakes. You must be willing to have hope. You must be willing to have hope that you can change and that you will and that you will be better. You must believe you are worthy of change and you are worthy of improvement and you are worthy of being the best. You must be willing to set aside your negative notions about life, about hardships, about people, about things, about yourself. You must be willing to stop feeling sorry for yourself while looking at the world move around you.
Get up and make something of yourself. ❞
Stumbled upon this fantastic quote! It just summed up what the last 5 months have been all about to me ! And I am sure many of you will feel the same way!
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It has been exactly one week since my return to Belgium.
Honestly, it still feels weird a little bit!
Focussing on the goal, on my dream. As promised, you guys can follow me from the very beginning, as I enter the big big world of make up. At this stage it is organizing time. Getting things sorted.
After being gone for almost one year, it is nice to unpack little by little. Old treasures seem brand new. But, I have to say, it is also a bit chaotic… Stuff is literally everywhere.
In between catching up with friends, I have been trying to create a nice working space, where I can create… well, magic!
In big cardboard boxes I have found my huge collection of magazines, most of them Vogue and Nylon ( my favorites ) , which I have collected for many years. My make up books, old make up courses, and lots and lots of documentation. Shelfs filled with products, old and new, still need some sorting out. Trying out products is one of my absolute favorite things to do!You can definitely say I am in a spring cleaning kind of mood. That is the beauty of spring! All is brand new, colorful and joyful. Ready for the new!
To me it is very important to have some space entirely to myself where I can do my thing. Play with colors, stare at pictures and get my inspiration flowing. Start drawing, and making face charts… preparing for coming september : House Of Orange! Literally, I am counting the days!