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Conversations with the Inspiring Yen Tran

Today we’d like to introduce you to Yen Tran.

Yen, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My career sprouted from doing minor hair and makeup for my family members for many years. It wasn’t until after I graduated with a BA Economics from UCI that I realize hair and makeup is my passion. I went back to school to study cosmetology and have been loving my career change ever since.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It was a natural transition for me since I have interest in doing hair and makeup. However, it did take a long time to realize that it is something I could do professionally. The cosmetology program and state exams were very rigorous. The most stressful part was waiting for the first few jobs to come along. My advice for new artists who want to get started is to do lots of research in addition to enrolling in a training program. There’s so much information available online that can you can access to bolster your knowledge in and outside of class. More importantly, put that knowledge into practice. If you are a beginner practice on willing friends and family members or invest in practice heads. If you feel passionate about what you do, everything will work itself out naturally.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into your business story. Tell us more about the business.
As a makeup artist and hairstylist, my services include color, cut, and makeup. My specialty is in bridal makeup, styling, cut and color.

Do you have any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general? What has worked well for you?
My advice for anyone starting out is to do a lot of research and follow the artist that you admire. If you’re fortunate, being their assistant will help greatly.

Contact Info:

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  • Instagram: @yen.ney

Image Credit:
Brian LaBrada, Kayla Plouffe, Oveth Martinez, Sarah Linda

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