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Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life

I wanted to start blogging a little more about myself so that my wonderful clients can know a little more about who I am :)  So I wanted to first of all share all about how I became a makeup/hair artist.

I actually started my love for makeup when I was a little girl. I still remember riding my bike up to CVS with a couple of my grade school friends and getting the flavored lip glosses that cost about $3 a piece and at that time it was so expensive!  I then graduated to buying Revlon products which at the time were the best I could afford.  I would try different looks and then also sneak into my mom’s makeup collection and see what else I could try on.  I remember that one of my staples use to be a Revlon quad that had a black eyeshadow and a gray one that I use to use almost everyday!  As for my hair I would always put “Sun-In” in it (not sure if anyone remembers that product but it lightens hair with the heat of the sun)  I was not allowed to color my hair until I was almost 18 so I would just put Sun-In in it and it would gradually get lighter but it would look orange…. eww!!  So not what Im looking forward to!

So as I grew older I knew I wanted to become a makeup artist!  That was my true passion but as a good Indian girl does – she follows what her parents want her to do.  So I started college and started on my Bachelors of Business.  I probably changed my major a dozen times (even to Fine Arts for a bit – but I knew that would not be proper with my parents) but finally graduated with a double major in Marketing and Management.  As I was in college I started to work part time at a dept store at the Prescriptives cosmetics counter.  This is where I started to learn the ins and outs of the makeup world. I stayed there for a bit but I knew MAC was calling my name one day.  I started to cross train and sold cosmetics for Chanel and Dior. I really enjoyed myself and knew that this is what made me happy.

I spent about 2 years working at the dept store and then when I graduated college I had to get a “professional” job.  So I started my business career and was a consultant for about 4 years.  In those 4 years I pretty much worked for the money and to make others happy…something no one should ever do!  BUT at the same time I had built my portfolio with some great makeup pictures and learned some wonderful makeup tips from some great MAC Artists.  It helped that I was at the MAC store almost every other day!  I was probably one of their best customers! So after I had built my portfolio and made some friends at MAC I decided to work for MAC part time.   This was my escape, my happiness, my dream!  I was working for MAC and I loved every moment of it!

After about 2 years with MAC I was ready to get married!  Which meant I had to leave the Washington DC area and move to Chicago. I ended up leaving MAC and went back to the professional career which again was something that I didnt want to do but kinda had to since I was a good Indian wife and a professional! Why did I waste all my money on college if I was not going to pursue what I studied?  Well let me tell you one thing, having a degree was a great idea for me!  Without my degree I would never have had the knowledge to start my own business – which is what I have today.

In the last few years I decided to leave the professional world of working from 9-5 – leave the world of 8 by 8 cubicles – and leave the world of answering to someone else and do what makes me happy.  What makes me happy? Being with my beautiful family and doing what I enjoy – making others beautiful and happy! Every bride I work with always is such a joy and I am so privileged to be apart of their special day.  I love that I only work when I want to and I can spend extra time with my babies.

There has been so many changes in my life in the last few years, people that I loved and were close to have passed away with regrets that they didnt do what they wanted to in life and I never want to be one of those people.  If you can – which Im sure you can – always do what you love and you will forever be happy.  Dont get influenced by others and dont let others rule your life – do what makes you happy (of course use common sense!)

Today I have a very successful Makeup and Hair business and I am started to teach classes. I am very happy with my work and Im happy that I can teach my kids that you dont have to follow the path that every other person takes, you can choose your own path in life and still be successful :)  Always keep smiling because there is always someone there to help you along the way.

  • July 4, 2011 - 10:53 pm

    Payal - Wonderful post! Your perseverance and hard work to do what you love is highly commendable! Especially on top of being a devoted wife and mother of three…!! You’re truly a rockstar :)

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