Today we’d like to introduce you to Samantha Alcudia.
Samantha, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
At a young age, I fell into doing hair and makeup for friends and family. I never thought of it as anything more than something that was just fun to do.
One day, my friends mom told me “you’re good at this, you should go to school for this.” And just like that, I enrolled in cosmetology school.
I’ve always wanted to work in the wedding industry. In the beginning of my career, I spent many years doing cuts and color, waiting for wedding and prom season to come. I started building my portfolio and networking. Finding the right connections and continuing to educate and push myself allowed me to remove myself from the salon and be able to freelance full time.
Has it been a smooth road?
There have been 2 solid times I truly considered quitting what I did. As a struggling artist, what I made was just not enough to make a living off of. I attempted being in fashion and medical very briefly and hated it. I always ended up going back to hair and makeup.
One struggle that I felt occurred the most was hearing from people that I should get a “real” job or get in the medical field to make more money. It discouraged me so much. I love what I do, and it was hard hearing that from loved ones. It only made me feel like they didn’t believe in me. But in the years that I’ve been building my career, I’ve been extremely blessed to be able to meet people who have been so loving and encouraging to me. They, along with some amazing clients, keep me going.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
I hair and makeup design for weddings. I specialize in bridal looks and formal event hair and makeup, As a company, I’m most proud of my network. I definitely feel like I work with an amazing group of people that I can always rely on when I need extra help.
It doesn’t hurt that my work has been featured too!
I’ve had one of my brides featured in Ceremony Magazine 2017 Los Angeles and will have another bride featured in The Knot Magazine in December 2017.
I think what sets me apart from other companies is how involved I am. I hit every aspect of the booking process. From responding to leads, to designing my website, to marketing and sending out contracts, I’m a part of it all.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I definitely think that LA is a solid choice to be doing hair and makeup for events.
Honestly, I think if you live in Southern California, there will be no stopping you if you’re in the wedding industry. There are always opportunities to network here. I recommend it!
Hair and Makeup By Glam by Sam