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Daily Inspiration: Meet Yuri Antillon

Today we’d like to introduce you to Yuri Antillon.

Hi Yuri, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
It all started back in 2013 after I had my last baby. I had been a stay-at-home mom for a few years to my two older kids already and when you’re a stay-at-home parent you lose yourself a bit, and that’s exactly what happened to me. I dedicated myself to being the best mom I could be and in the midst of that I lost myself. But after having my son things felt different, I felt like I wanted to pursue a passion I’ve always had and that’s makeup. I just remember buying a few products from the drugstore and really falling in love with the creative aspect of it. Then YouTube came along and I’d watch these tutorials and thought to myself “I can do that!” So there was another opportunity that I dove into. I bought a camera and began filming myself. The goal then was to dive into something that I could do at home while still being a full-time mom and maybe it wasn’t going to pay the bills overnight but I knew down the line it would pay off. I eventually became good at doing my own makeup, I was constantly practicing different looks every chance I got. Fast forward to 2020 when the pandemic hit I fell into this huge rut and I needed to do something about this feeling I just couldn’t shake. I decided that I wanted to challenge myself and start taking clients so I did. I became a Makeup Artist and have built this beautiful list of clients all because I took a leap of faith.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
When I first began putting myself out there on YouTube/Instagram, I didn’t realize how much scrutiny you receive from people who don’t even know you and how the negative comments could affect you. You eventually grow thick skin and realize that these people don’t know you and it comes with the territory. I also spent so much money on cameras, lighting, editing softwares, camera lenses, mics, etc. so I definitely was spending more than I was earning. My husband would say that it was all an investment and that one day we’d break even or actually make this money back and more. I don’t think I realized how hard this road would be for me. My husband and I were teen parents at ages 16 & 17 and we were barely making ends meet. Buying equipment for my Youtube videos or makeup for the kit wasn’t easy. There were days where I had to choose between buying myself shoes or new makeup that I could do a tutorial with and I chose makeup. I kept telling myself that one day I would be able to buy myself both.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am now a full-time Makeup Artist in the San Fernando Valley and Content Creator. I work with brands on sponsorships, I create tutorials with their products and have built a great relationship with the brands I work with. As a Makeup Artist, I travel to my client’s homes and glam them. I love what I do, I love how I make people feel when they have makeup on. I’ve always said that makeup isn’t that serious, It’s a way to elevate your natural beauty and the best part is it comes off. Applying makeup on others is a good challenge for me it’s never boring, it’s always fun, I meet new people, and I feel creative in the process. I feel like I have a certain look that my clients hire me for and that’s a soft glam. It’s a type of makeup application that really suits everyone at any age and on every occasion. I have practiced so much on myself and my clients throughout the years and am very confident in my craft but I continue to practice. I believe in always bettering my skills and learning new ways of doing things. Someone once told me, “your talent will get you in the door but character will keep you in the room” and this is something I stand by 100%.

Do you have any advice for those just starting out?
My best advice is just do it. If its something you’ve always wanted to pursue but you don’t think its the right time because maybe you are a stay-at-home parent therefore not a lot of time to spare, maybe you don’t have a lot of money to jumpstart something, maybe you don’t have all the confidence in the world, please do yourself a favor and just do it. PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE. Everyone begins at the start line. Just take a leap of faith because you may never know what could come from just believing in yourself. I wish someone would have told me this. I felt like I was not ready because I didn’t have the money or time but I learned that I made time because I wanted this so bad. I spent money on equipment, materials, editing apps, etc. and you don’t need all that. You can film yourself on your phone, make do with what you already have at home and start. Reach out to friends and family and practice doing their makeup this will help you so much!!

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