Today we’d like to introduce you to Jill Anderson.
She’s ambitious, hardworking, down to earth and incredibly talented. Check out excerpts of our interview with her below.
Jill, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started out much like any other girl who loves makeup. Whenever I got new makeup, I would print out looks and have my friends over for a “makeover” party. I also taught my friends how to apply makeup and build their makeup collection. One year, one of my friends asked to me to do her makeup for her wedding. After that, she referred me to a friend, then another, and another… I was shocked that someone I didn’t know was requesting for me to do their makeup and they wanted to pay me! I wasn’t even aware that was a job. I was working a corporate job at the time and had a paid sabbatical coming up. I decided to go to makeup school while on sabbatical. I was all approved and ready to go. Before that could happen, my work laid off about 900 people and I was one of them. I took it as a sign that I needed to make all of this happen now. In January of 2008, I completed the Fashion Makeup Artistry program at Makeup Designory in Burbank. Since then, I have worked on a variety of projects like short films, runway, editorial, commercials, etc. My main focus has been bridal. I love working with brides and contributing to one of the most important days of their life. I am happy to say that I love what I do!
Has it been a smooth road?
It is definitely not easy to run your own business. There is always that struggle of not knowing how your next month or next few months will be like. Like anything, if you really want to succeed, then you have to keep going. The industry that I am in requires constant hustling. It is easy to get discouraged in the beginning when you realize how much competition there is. In my mind, I just kept telling myself to keep doing what I love. Since 2010, my team and I serve between 100-150 clients per year.
What are your plans for the future?
For the future, my goal is to open up a makeup studio/artist agency/bridal makeup school. I would love for my team and I to have the space to see as many clients as possible as well educate those that want to learn Bridal Makeup Artistry. I also want to be a source for clients who are in need of services. Currently, I have about 9 girls on my team that I call whenever I need assistance or if I am already booked with another event. I hate to turn clients away so I want to be able to provide them with a wonderful artist to provide services for them.
Let’s dig a little deeper into your story. What was the hardest time you’ve had?
Can we go a little deeper into your story? In particular can you tell me about the hardest time in your career (or life) – why it was hard, how you found yourself in that spot and how you got through it. Can you also share a little more detail about any moments/experiences where you realized you had made it (or if too humble for that) a moment when you felt wow – my career is really starting to work out that way I dreamt it would?
One of the hardest times during my career and life was when I first began my career as a makeup artist. I had gotten laid off of my corporate job the few months before when I made the decision to switch careers. With the intention of living off of my severance pay, I worked hard on networking and helping my new career to take off. I was also a single mom of two boys at the time. That first year was really difficult because most of the gigs I could accept had little to no pay since it was mostly for building my experience, network, brand, and portfolio. I had to rent out 3 bedrooms out of my 4-bedroom house to help pay my mortgage. My older son slept in the living room while my younger son stayed in my room. Though it was challenging and at times, discouraging, I chose to keep going and not give up. There were times when I doubted my choices, but I know now that my hard work and persistence has paid off. I know I am nowhere near the top yet, but I want to continue to climb up and build a name for myself.
- Bridal packages start at $375 for hair and makeup for the trial and wedding day.
- Special event hair and makeup is $115 or $70 per service.
- Tel: 626-502-8194
- Email: email@example.com
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