Monday, June 4th 2018
Since this is my first blog post, I find it only fitting that we properly introduce ourselves.
My name is Autumn and this is my blog.
I'm your textbook Capricorn; goal oriented and extremely driven to succeed. Therefore, I love a boss babe, entrepreneurial mindset. I'm always working, setting crazy high goals for myself and taking life a little too seriously (lol). To get a better grasp of exactly who I am, click here . I don't know if you guys believe in your zodiac the way I do, but I'm telling you, this is me 2000% !
In addition to my makeup artistry, this is a place where you can come to catch up with what I'm doing in life; fashion and lifestyle related things as well as traveling with my Welsh husband. I'm sure we'll get to know each other better along the way.
The first thing most people ask me when I tell them I'm a freelance makeup artist is "how". How did I go from graduating university with a degree in political science to working for a cosmetic brand used at New York Fashion while working weddings on the weekends? How am I making a living doing it, and on top of that, how am I doing so well in my short career as a makeup artist.
Its funny because if I had a dollar for every time I've heard "you don't need a degree to excel as a makeup artist" , I'd be able to go on a nice little shopping spree!
While I agree - the material that I learned in my international relations course spring of my junior year isn't benefiting me as a makeup artist, the habits I taught myself as a full time student have helped me excel as an entrepreneur. The degree also looks stunning on my resume and has gotten me several higher paying leadership positions with little to no experience.
( DISCLAIMER: This was before I knew what I was doing with makeup lol )
"after graduating from Seton Hill University in May of 2015, I wasn't ready to start applying to law schools. I had just finished 4 years of being a student and I just couldn't bare the thought of 3 more years. Additionally, my then-boyfriend, now-husband was living in Wales (in the U.K.) and I wanted to travel. I had been doing makeup lightly since my sophomore year (for friends before we went out, on myself and maybe one family bride) and certainly had a love for it, but didn't want to get a hardcore "straight out of college" job. So I booked my plane ticket for a month, packed my bags (SO MANY BAGS), and left for London, Heathrow, traveling internationally for the first time, by myself. It was all so new and so terrifying, but I fell in love so quickly with the independence and freedom I felt while traveling. From then on, traveling has been a huge priority in my life.
Upon my return, I had already suffered from numerous anxiety attacks due to the fact that I had no idea what I would be doing for a job when I returned. I had no car (my twin got to keep our shared car), no job, and not even the slightest idea of what I wanted to do with my life. All I knew was that after the experience I had traveling, I couldn't do something that would tie me down and prohibit me from getting away.
With the only real interest I had being makeup, I decided to apply for a job at Ulta as their Prestige Department Manager. It was, in my mind, a higher paying/ more respected position then a cashier position, so I just went for it. I didn't have an ounce of retail experience, but I had done an internship in college for a social media class that I thought kind of related and I had waited tables back in high school as far as the customer service aspect related. Along with that, I absolutely loved watching makeup videos and doing my own makeup so I figured I kind of qualified for the job.
My interview process was quick and fairly simple and two weeks later I was working as the Ulta Beauty Prestige Manager with no retail experience and a college degree. I didn't care that I was working a retail position, I was just happy that they were paying me over $15/hr and I could pay my bills. I also thought it was cool that I would be working so closely with popular prestige brands like Urban Decay, Too Faced, and Benefit Cosmetics. So overall I was pretty excited to start this next chapter in my life.
At Ulta, I learned a lot about makeup through my own trial and error. The provided education wasn't ideal, but if you put the effort into it, you can learn a whole lot with the resources you were provided. My biggest take away was the management aspect of things (because Id never been a manager before) and how to properly apply makeup on people other then yourself. Loving makeup is one thing but being able to apply it to other people correctly is a whole different ball game.
My main objective as the prestige manager at Ulta was to hit monthly/quarterly sales goals through successful selling, planning and executing events. At the time of hire, I really wasn't clear on what I was going into, but as the months went on, I became even less clear of what I was there to do. I was doing a little bit of everything; sales merchandising, cleaning, covering the cash register and so on, with little to no time to push sales or plan events, the two things that should have been my main priority. Additionally, the training I had been receiving in my time there was so confusing and all over the place that I found myself questioning my purpose in working there any longer. I decided I would stick it out for a full year before I started looking for other options.
I needed a job that I would love doing. Working in Ulta wasn't ideal, but at the same time I didn't hate it. Something about working with people and making them feel beautiful everyday really made sense to me. What I hated about Ulta was busting my butt and working paycheck to paycheck. My bills were starting to pile up and I wasn't living a very decent or realistic life.
During my time at Ulta, I made a lot of useful connections and grew my network significantly. I attribute this skill to knowledge from a professor I had in University. I didn't like her, but her class really came in handy post grad. Anywho, the connections I made at Ulta as the prestige manager helped me further my career in the industry. Soon after deciding to leave Ulta, I had various offers to work for numerous brands as a representative; thus, my career change to a "freelance makeup artist"
Wanna talk about it?