So lately I’ve been confronted with situations in my career that have forced me to take a real look at what it is that I do and the fact that it is my career and not my job. I have travelled the fine line between vanity and necessity and struggled to maintain some sembelance of dignity when having to answer “What do you do?” by the Doctor or Engineer that I just met. And having to face this scrutiny in a community that churns out professionals by the truck load all the while knowing deep down inside that somewhere below the surface, what I do is actually vitally important. A discussion at work yesterday brought me to my “aha” moment so I thought I would share it with you all.
What we as makeup artists do is more deeply rooted in the psychological than you would ever think. What happens to a person when they put makeup on? They automatically feel better about themselves. The look good=feel good equation is the primary factor that brings that woman through the door into the beauty department and up to the lipstick bank looking for anything that will take away from the fact that she feels fat that day, or her kids aren’t behaving, or her 9 to 5 job doesn’t satisfy or that her husband doesn’t pay enough attention to her. When she purchases that new lipstick or eyeshadow and goes home and applies it, she feels better about herself and her world. When she gets complemented on her makeup and told she looks pretty, well that’s a more powerful drug than all morphine in the world.
So the next time I’m faced with a professional who makes 3 times as much as me and asked what it is that I do for a living, I’ll answer it with dignity and my head held high, because these are the people that come to me for advice to feel better about their world.
That’s all I have to say on that, I’m sure there are those of you out there who will have your own differing opinions on the matter. I never claim to be right, everyone is entitled to their own opinions, this is just mine. Thank you for reading.