Make-up artist and CEO of MakeupbyAshabee, Abisola Akintunde, speaks on her profession and different points
With the variety of make-up artistes within the nation, what’s your secret to success?
It’s due to how passionate I’m about what I do. Many make-up artistes on the market are into the enterprise for the revenue, however I really like make-up manner past that. It isn’t only a job or a pastime; it’s a life-style for me. I don’t know the rest I’d have been doing aside from make-up. One other secret to my success is consistency. Sadly, many younger individuals are not constant. It’s straightforward to enter any enterprise however what retains it going is the urge to maintain exhibiting up, even on dangerous days. Lastly, I by no means cease studying. I’ve gone for make-up coaching in so many locations around the globe. Make-up is extremely craft-based. You need to sustain with the tendencies and add your personal signature, which is what makes you distinctive. We don’t simply provide companies; we offer an opulent expertise that makes us stand out. That manner, the shoppers are happy and a relationship is constructed.
What components acquired you to turn into a celeb make-up artiste?
I’ve a background in tv, having labored as a make-up artiste with Africa Magic for 3 years. I met many actresses whereas I labored on set and so they liked the best way I did their make-up. That manner, it was straightforward to retain them and keep the connection I had with them after I left Africa Magic in 2015 to start out my firm. I’ve added extra celebrities to my consumer record from referrals additionally. These, added to the grace of God, are what have gotten me this pedigree. I’ve a protracted record of shoppers who’re celebrities and people who aren’t. I additionally get shoppers by making nice use of social media.
What are the challenges you confronted whenever you first began your enterprise?
Firstly, as a result of it was my first time of proudly owning and beginning a enterprise, getting the proper employees was a bit tough. It was tough to steer a gaggle of younger individuals and get them to do the job in my absence. Many younger individuals need the cash with out doing the work and that’s not what I used to be on the lookout for. I’m positive they had been additionally taking a look at my younger age and pondering they may simply rise to the highest since I used to be younger and in management. One other factor was getting reliable employees who wouldn’t steal in my absence. Issues are higher now as a result of I now have individuals administration expertise.
What are the challenges you face now?
It’s the identical staffing drawback I’m nonetheless going through. In fact, I’ve loyal employees on my group however we’re rising and I would like extra palms on deck. I additionally want shoppers to be assured that I’ve competent employees. I would like them to belief that if I don’t do their make-up on my own, I’ve very ready palms to do it in my place. As soon as I persuade them, they move simply with the employees however the problem is getting them to that time.
How profitable is the enterprise?
It’s a very profitable enterprise. I’ve colleagues who cater to their households solely from the proceeds of this enterprise. It’s excellent when you’ve a model as a result of even whenever you’re not working, you might be promoting merchandise. That’s one other option to generate income with out actively doing something. I’ve false eyelashes that promote in lots of international locations that I’ve by no means even been to. Whereas I’m in any a part of the world, cash continues to be being made in my absence. However, this enterprise isn’t for lazy individuals; it takes lots of work, diplomacy and endurance.
Did you’ve fears beginning out?
I left a paying job to start out a enterprise and take dangers that would have led to success or remorse. I undoubtedly had fears and I nonetheless do now.
How demanding is your job?
I used to assume it was a weekend job however in actuality, it’s terribly demanding. I work around the clock, seven days of the week. The one time I get to relaxation is when I’m not within the nation. My job requires me to run my studio, practice my college students, handle my false eyelashes model and attend to shoppers in the course of the week. Thursdays to Sundays are for brides. I’ve to power myself to take breaks and I can solely efficiently take such breaks when individuals see that I’m not round.
What are among the highlights of your profession?
I get highlights nearly each Saturday after I see how stunning a bride appears on her marriage ceremony day. It provides me a contemporary rush of pleasure and satisfaction after I see a bride trying completely happy and assured as a result of the make-up I’ve performed for her is an element that helps her day go easily. That, in itself, is an accomplishment. One other was going to Makeupforever in New York, USA, which had all the time been a dream for me. A lot of my make-up idols had enrolled in that academy and after I had the prospect to go and pay my charges myself, it was a dream come true.