Last night I was watching the best of TEDx talks on Netflix. If you have never seen or heard of TEDx talks I suggest you look them up. There is a lot to be learned. Of the various talks I watched, one really resonated with me. Ironically enough it was a talk by professor Larry Smith, from the University of Waterloo. Professor Smith is well known on campus, however I had never heard him speak. His talk was on why we fail to have a great career. He compared interest to passion and I couldn't help but relate what he was saying to my own life. If you're curious and want to watch it you can do so here:
If you don't have time to watch it, what he says is this. It is up to us to follow our passion and not settle for merely following interest. So many times people will make excuses as to why they won't follow their dreams. I know this because I have experienced it first hand. I had been thinking about launching my website for quite some time. I had created my website and slowly picked away at it for months, but I was nervous about putting myself out there. I kept thinking, but I'm a teacher...not a makeup artist. To be an artist you have to take risks, and that can be overwhelming. The truth is, I've loved art for as long as I can remember. My mom recently sent me a few pictures which only reaffirmed what I've known all along. I really do love art. Not in a traditional sense, but in a transformative sense. I recently helped a woman re shape and fill in her eyebrows for an upcoming wedding. This may seem like a trivial thing to most. But, seeing how she felt after the transformation filled me with happiness. I see makeup, eyebrows, costume makeup, correctional makeup, as art. I always have and I always will.
The response I've had to posting my pictures has been overwhelming. Today my Maleficent makeup transformation has been pinned on Pinterest ( from the website Beautylish) over 600 times. I never would have known that unless I took a risk, of putting myself out there. When you post your work you open yourself up to criticism, but I don't mind. Criticism can help you grow as an artist. I plan to continue to follow my passion. I am not afraid. In fact, I am excited. I have no idea what the future holds. Although that is terrifying in some respects, it is incredibly exciting in others.
Thank you for sharing in this amazing experience with me. As always, if you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. Chances are someone else is wondering the same thing.
Thanks for reading!
Favourite Bridal Makeup Artist
I am a freelance makeup artist who works out of Waterloo. I am an Ontario qualified teacher with a passion for makeup. I love to help people look and feel their very best!