|When did you first realize you could make a living this way?
After my period at Cercal I understood the moment was right to start working.
When we had success.
When the owner of my school approached me and said, "Hey, you know you are really good!"
When one of my first clients said to me: "Coming to you is better than therapy!"
I think I was born that way. My father is an amazing entrepreneur and has created multi-million dollar businesses in a very small community. I was taught to go out and create something and if you can't make enough money working for someone else then do it yourself and you will be happier. That is easier said than done, and most times you are not making more money than if you just worked for someone else, but in my case I am definitely happier. When you are making a living at what you love and love the learning curves while it is happening then.....C'est la vie. To view more press on Aria Boutique: http://ariaboutique.com/press.php
Maybe 7/8 years ago. It is an extremely competitive field that requires an amazing amount of knack, resilience and I guess resurrection internally.
10 years ago
I didn't! I just went for it - guns blazing and it was the best thing I did. It was a risk for sure but it made me so happy to work in makeup. I worked so hard initially to get my name out there and now I am reaping the benefits.
I realized that people wanted something different than what the masses were offering. I wear my vintage eye wear and I am constantly asked "where did you get those glasses" so this was the evolution of atticeyewear.com.
A friend suggested that I give it a shot and I really loved it. I hadn't realized that the job even existed. The hours are long but you get to be on shoots and see how everything comes together. You also get to meet a lot of cool up-and-coming people in the industry
I never set out to be a makeup artist...it came calling to me!
Opportunities and influential people kept showing up in my life leading me to many different career paths as a makeup artist, from department store makeup, to commercials, fashion shows, teaching makeup, to movies, sports makeup and to finally opening my own makeup business for weddings.
To be honest, I always knew!
The little money I made when I started my store initially on Ebay, it made me enough money to play around with, all my friends and passers by would see what I'm wearing and go crazy over it, some people would by the pieces right off of me! Once I moved over to Etsy, I read about all these artists that quit thier jobs because they simply had that much business! I hope to be that way someday.
i have been selling my craft since i was a child....
mom used to do the markets and us kids would tag along.
i think i started with selling cross stitches sewn into little cushions, and after many years have now sold artist teddy bears, patchwork quilts and clothing internationally as well as locally.
a few years ago i started selling my gothic and punk garments at the markets, with some success, and have been selling on ebay for about 5 years.
after a series of work injuries gotten through my most recent jobs, i decided it was time to concentrate on the talents i have and use the gifts i have been given in a more positive way - perhaps as a career even.
last year (2008) i fully dedicated myself to the fashion design and garment making, and sold off and got rid off my other time - takers, to allow better focus on making pretty clothes.
since making that decision i have felt pushed towards my small business endeavour.
"all of a sudden" i found myself able to aquire many many tools of my trade at a price that i could not refuse; i have met some new friends who have made me a lot of sales through word of mouth, and sales have picked up on the internet as well.
I saved and saved and bought my label this year, which looks ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS on my garments and really gives them a professional and finished look. i am so proud!
several opportunities have opened, and in fact more and more are opening every day, to get my garments out in the public - i received a phone call just today regarding selling some of my stuff in a new shop opening within the next month or so.
i have also expanded both in my knowledge and skills base over the last year and a half, and have learned to time manage enough to be able to "play pretties" every day and yet still maintain both house and life while i do so.
Only since last summer, when I lost my part time retail job! So I had to make Streaking Scarlett Vintage work to pay my bills. It has been hard work but definitely worth it.
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