Today, I want to talk about inspiration. What inspires you? What inspires me are other individual's success stories, encouragement from my peers, and setting goals for myself.
I want to share an experience with all of you because I think a lot of you can relate and I'm not afraid to call myself out or share my journey- both ups and downs. My documentary will be exposing it all so you will find out these things regardless of me blogging about it now or seeing it later haha
The past two weeks have been TOUGH. And I mean the toughest months I have experienced in my career thus far. Starting early December, I started not getting much work. I thought, eh it's the holidays, I'm sure it will pick up soon! Well that turned into January.... Mid January.... End of January... February... You get the picture. This brought me to being behind on not one, but TWO months of rent, two months of car payment and threeee months on my car insurance. It was a disaster. I felt helpless, stressed, and completely overwhelmed.
Even though it was tough... Really tough.. I tried my best to not think about it, not let it get to me. Don't get me wrong- there were a few jobs. But those few jobs literally only gave me money to eat! All while I am trying to create this film- I was a mess. Crying all the time, being cranky...
After I heard some inspiring words during an interview- I thought to myself, "My gosh, what's my problem! I'm doing what I love! I knew going into this industry that there would be days... Well months... Like these. Cheer up and start pushing myself even HARDER." So I did. I emailed previous clients asking if they needed a Mua, sent my resume to a few places, and then started really kickin butt at organizing this documentary. I called these companies about my late payments that I had been avoiding for months, and it felt so awesome to just do all of that. I felt so accomplished. And guess what happened....
In one day. ONE day.. I got 4 calls for work. It was the best feeling haha and the previous week before that, I was hired to be a freelance artist for a cosmetic company. I can't even explain the relief I had.
By sharing this story, I want to show that even though I post about all of my fun experiences and successes, I still have bad days, months, etc. We all do. But we can't let these days get to us! Remember why you're reaching for your goals and dreams. Never let that get away from you in hard times like these. If you're having a bad day, week, month, just know that when you believe in what you're doing, and you are persistent, it will ALWAYS pay off and you will see results when you least expect it.
I know this blog ended up being very long, so if you're still reading, thank you for taking time out of your day to read what I have to say!
Cheers to you all and have a great week!
Amber Talarico and Kenneth Alexander. Amber is the Director of What It takes, and Kenneth is the producer. Our mission is to motivate, inspire and empower freelance makeup and special FX artists around the world to pursue their dreams by sharing knowledge, encouraging artists at all stages, and bring a voice to our industry as professional makeup artists!