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Conversations with the Inspiring Kelly Privado

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kelly Privado.

Kelly, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started doing my own makeup when I was 13 years old and suddenly, I was doing my cousins makeup every time they went out. I had a hard time figuring out what I wanted to do but I finally realized I wanted to be a makeup artist when a lady complimented me on my makeup and asked if I had ever considered being a makeup artist so from there I just looked for schools and decided to get certified as a makeup artist. Makeup isn’t just a hobby, it’s my passion. I suffer from depression and an anxiety disorder and ever since I have devoted my life to what I love to do. There has been no more anxiety and no more depression, so it was the way out of my sickness.

Has it been a smooth road?
One of the struggles I went through was not feeling confident enough and feeling like my work wouldn’t get recognized, but my clients have loved my work and keep coming back to me.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into Honeybees makeup story. Tell us more about the business.
I am currently a beauty adviser for a beauty store, Planet Beauty, where I am also allowed to take my own clients during work hours and prepare them for any events. I think what sets me apart is that I’m so open to trying new things and different colors. I try to think outside the box. I am currently juggling working for Planet Beauty, taking care of my own clients and attending Santa Monica community college to become a licensed cosmetologist.

Do you have a lesson or advice you’d like to share with young women just starting out?
Don’t ever stop trying. Even if you think no one is paying attention. People will look up to you and you will have secret admirers, so keep pushing yourself for the people that love seeing your work on their feed and don’t ever change your style because someone says, it’s not good enough.


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