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Conversations with the Inspiring Claudette Silver

Today we’d like to introduce you to Claudette Silver.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I started doing hair when I was 12 years old. Being homeschooled got a bit boring, I had a lot of extra time, I remember I started doing hair on my barbies, dolls and when they were all styled I moved up. I followed my dad around the house begging him to let me do his hair, he didn’t have much hair, but I found it fascinating to do small ponytails all over his hair.

Getting close to my 13th birthday, my parents asked me what I wanted for gifts, I remember asking for mannequin heads to start styling. Sure enough, I got 2 mannequin heads. In the early 2000s, having twists in your hair was “in”, so that’s the first thing I learned to do. Twisties and tight/stiff curls. Soon after, my oldest sister’s Quinceanera came and I, being 13 years old styled her hair, I remember getting a lot of compliments.

Years passed by and I was old enough to have a job, I knew I wanted to do something in the hair styling field. I ended up getting a job as an assistant for a glamour shots studio, that’s where I got all my experience from. I took a couple hair classes and soon after, I was taking makeup classes.

I did pause my makeup career and I went to college for a whole different thing, I got a Bachelors in Criminal Justice, a field that really interested me. I also went to the Police Academy and graduated in 2012.

After 2 years or so, I realized I missed doing hair, I realized I needed to get back into what I really enjoyed doing hair and makeup, and so I did.

I started freelancing, advertising on social media, made my business cards and in a short time, I started getting clientele. Now, I’m a professional makeup artist and hair stylist. I also teach classes at an amazing studio Located in Pico Rivera (Mimis Glamroom).

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
No career is a smooth road, I remember growing up my dad always told me, “nothing worth having comes easy,” and that’s very true. It has taken a lot of hard work to get to where I’m at. Waking up as early as 2:00 a.m. every weekend to get ready for work. I can’t remember the last time I had a Saturday off.

In this career as many others, there’s much competition, I constantly practice on my mannequin, as much as I know how to perfect a hairstyle I challenge my work, I give myself a certain amount of time to finish hairstyles since I’m always working under pressure and time. In this field, timing is very important.

My advice to anyone who wants to become a makeup artist or hair stylist would be to get into a good makeup/hair school. Ask about your teacher’s background and work. I’m sorry to say but now all the instructors are good. Invest in a quality kit, that’s very important. And most importantly, get mentally ready to sacrifice, sacrifice your weekends, your sleep, and much of your time. This field really pays off, going to a good school and a good kit should be seen as an investment, it’ll all pay off down the line.

Don’t give up, even you get bad feedback, remember even the best restaurants have bad feedback, but use this to your advantage and learn. We all learn from our mistakes. Even if you have that client that wants to wash off her face, it’s ok, we’ve all been through it, you have two choices, let it break you and your dreams or learn from it and try to perfect it. I advice much practice, it’s the key.

What should we know about Mimis Glam Room? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I don’t just freelance as a makeup artist and hair stylist. I also teach makeup and hair classes at Mimi’s glam room in the city of Pico Rivera.

I teach basic to advanced courses, both hair, and makeup. They are all hands-on, we provide lesson and written tests. All of our courses are certified.

I’m really passionate about teaching, I don’t just teach my students, hair, and makeup, but I also teach them communication skills, hygiene, proper attire, networking, etc.

Everything to be successful in the field. I, including the rest of the team, are very passionate about teaching.

Pricing:

  • $150.00

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Image Credit:

MsSilver Mua, Mimis Glamroom

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1 Comment

  1. Sandra nunez

    October 24, 2018 at 02:30

    This is great. I had MsSilver do my makeup for my sons wedding. I love to look at the wedding pictures and my makeup was great the entire wedding .

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