WOW! How did it become 2018 already? Last year right about this time I decided to quit my job at an ER in Fort Worth, TX and go for it as a solo freelance MakeUp Artist... Melissa and I had a plan, I would work 50/50 between Texas and Missouri.Our plan failed... I did not work 50/50 making a living being an exclusive MUA in TX and MO. I made it 100% in MO! 6 months later I moved RaeLei and I back home to Missouri and the rest is history.
So now what? What's this life all about?
First and foremost, it is a privilege! Thank you to every face that trusted my hands on a day that they needed to look their absolute best. Every person on this website, every person who I somehow didn't get pics of, and every photographer that makes it all come together so amazingly! Thank you for helping me achieve dreams! Artists are not trained, they are born, discovered, and sometimes freed! I was not born an artist, I was discovered and taught to appreciate what I never knew I had. Then I was freed of the single mom stigma that we work our fingers to the bone in misery to provide for our pride and joy(s). It's kinda of like the Tangled song when Rapunzel has a dream, but mine came with MakeUp brushes and not a frying pan or glowing hair!
Second aspect about this life is it takes courage and dedication! I was scared to quit my job, even with my best friend and parents standing by me! What if I fail, but what if I fly? Every new face, every trial, every new photographer, every rejection (yep, those suck, but it's life!) It's waking up at 3am to an email from my website (OMG, I have my own website!) and not being able to wait til the morning and "normal working hours" to respond! It's opening Facebook and seeing a bride, my bride, in her wedding photos! It's the phone call when someone notices my work and wants me for their day/project! After that courage comes, its the 4am set calls, 12 face weddings, and the latest trends that I dedicate myself too that keep me going!
Third, this was the hardest for me to learn, is the trust that is given to me! By no means have I ever not earned or deserved it, but wow, y'all trust me and call me a professional! I'm just Jacqueline! I mean for years I wasn't even mature enough for the full name, I stopped at Jacque! But people who do not even know me, took a chance, asked for my opinion and work, and trusted me to make their day/event that much better! To some this is "just makeup" and how hard can it be? I get it, I'm not saving lives out here, but I am making smiles brighter, beauty pop, and confidences rise. I think that's something to be proud of!