It’s been a year since I made the leap to doing what I love on a full-time, freelance basis … and with each day, I’m loving it more and more with its rewards and even with its challenges.
The one thing I love about what I do is that it’s in a constant state of change (new trends, new products) and that there’s always the opportunity to learn and grow more … or to do something better. One thing that I really wanted to work on as I made the jump to doing beauty full-time was my ability to do hair.
A bit of background: Â not going to lie, my first love is make-up – I started off doing it first and learning it always felt like it came naturally. Â On the other hand, styling hair generally felt like it required a little more effort. Â I have memories from years ago of a hair teacher putting his hand to his forehead in a hopeless sort of motion, as I was likely wearing his patience thin, trying to do the different braids he was teaching that day lol. Â Of course since it’s easier to just give up then keep trying, I wrote off doing hair and updos back then … thinking to just focus on make-up in the hope that my basic hair skills would get me by. Â As I worked on more gigs and as more inquiries came in, I realized further the benefits of doing both make-up and hair to be a complete beauty artist. Â Simply put, the more skills you offer to a situation, the more indispensable you are … and the greater your chance of a callback.
Determined to improve myself over this past year, I picked up a part-time gig at a blow dry salon to work on my timing and to build experience (and confidence) with styling different hair types and textures. Â After all, for the sake of sounding like a broken record (which I pretty much do because it’s my blog!), practice makes perfect.
Needless to say, over the past year, I’ve also been spending lots of time with my friend over here:
In the beginning, I was also lucky that a basic knowledge of hair was enough for when I had been hired to do both make-up/hair onÂ commercial/corporate gigsÂ (where usually curling, straightening and taming flyaways for HD cameras are of main concern). Â But it’s different when you’re on-set and you can be on-hand to do any tweaks needed, versus when you have to walk away from a hairstyle and know (instead of hope) that it’ll maintain its shape for the rest of the day. Â Further, seeing the outstanding work of talented friends like Suzie Kim and Justin Ming Cheung made me realize that it would take a little bit more time and practice before I could fully offer hair and updos at a quality level that I was happy with and proud of :). Â [If you’re going to do it, do it right, right?]. Â Thinking back on those first attempts at trying to do hair,Â I always hated that feeling of knowing that I could do something better. Â I mean, you can onlyÂ fake it til you make itÂ for so long. Â Thankfully with working at the salon, seeing artists like Suzie and Ming in action, with them being gracious to share their tips and tricks and even letting me assist them a couple of times, I’ve learned plenty given the past year of doing hair on a regular basis. Â Here are a few samples and more to come on www.artistrhi.com:
Overall, I love that knowing more about hairstyling also gives me more creative control for when I want to execute a certain make-up and hair vision. Â Moral of the story and this dear diary entry – don’t be afraid to learn and grow.
…and yes I can’t forget to mention (likely not for the last time), practice makes (closer to) perfect.
Of course, I have lots to learn … but that’s the beauty of loving what you do that keeps you wanting to do it, but also wanting to always be better. Â The journey continues…