Ever had a dream, a passion or a love for something and thought...' I wish I could do... or... when I grow up'? I'm a dreamer -
The girl that had tea parties, loved glitter, pretty things and city lights. Everything was a celebration for me. I wanted to live my dreams and I was fortunate enough to be allowed to.
For as long as I could remember I really struggled with learning, I had no interest in the subjects I was being taught. When I was in year 10 it was time to start picking subjects for year 11 and I told my mum I wanted to drop out of school, she begged me to stick it out. My compromise was her letting me also enrol in a VET school course and thankfully it was the right direction.
I did the Certificate 2 in retail makeup and skin care but I had no real intention of being a professional makeup artist. I was doing this course to get out of school work and it looked like a fun alternative. But slowly I found I was falling more in love with the art behind make up and by the end of the course I knew this was a career I wanted to pursue. From there I started my makeup page on Instagram (@isabellamakeupp). It took me by surprise, people starting booking makeup sessions with me and l became overwhelmed with the response and even needed my friend to help me. At that stage I was still working part time at my first job at McDonalds (yes, we all start somewhere), trying to complete year 11 as well as juggling a boyfriend, friends and all the other dramas you go through when you're a teenager.
Year 12 was fast approaching and I was started to panic, I already felt like I was in over my head with year 11 (I was only doing three subjects and my makeup course, I look back now and I wish my life was that simple still hahaha). I started researching my options and was genuinely thinking about a career as a makeup artist. I approached my mum about it one day and asked for her opinion. We confirmed year 12 would not make my makeup career any better and life could teach me just as much, if not more. She told me that if this was what I really wanted and if I was willing to work for it, support myself and pay for it then I could go right ahead. So that’s what I did. One week later I was enrolled in my certificate 4 in Makeup at Media Makeup and just like that I was done with high school.
People told me I was making a mistake, that I was just dropping out of high school to take the easy way out and that I would go nowhere with it all. That gave me all the more reason to push myself harder. I set out a goal and I told myself I would achieve it.
Sounds so easy right? WRONG. Little did I know I was in for the hardest year of my life.
So the agreement was that if I wasn't doing high school anymore I would be treated like an adult, which I was more than okay with. At that time I was getting $9 an hour at McDonalds while trying to start a business. My course was full time, 9-4 Monday-Thursday and I had multiple assignments to get done, bookings to respond to and I was trying to still have a life at the same time. For the next 6 months while I was studying I worked every single day to try and keep up. Nearly every day I would leave the house at 6am and wouldn't get home until 11pm. I ran myself to the point of sickness, stress and exhaustion but I knew that I had to get through it.
Funnily enough I did complete the course and again, now that I look back my life wasn't as bad as I thought. But for a 17-year-old who was fresh out of high school, still so naive to the real world it was tough. While all this was happening I was still trying to start my business which was my number one priority.
I won't lie, I really struggled in the beginning (I still struggle now sometimes, but don't tell anyone). I didn't realise that YOU are your business. Everything you do will always reflect it. I realised that every mistake that was made, I had no one to blame but myself. I had to watch the way I was acting when I went out because people started to recognise me as ' Isabella makeup' from Instagram.(My friends used to mock me so hard about it). But I wanted to make it work so I adapted my life around my business and tried to keep myself as professional as possible (again, when you're only 17 it's really hard).
I worked hard and I learnt from my mistakes. Looking back now I'm grateful for all the hard times amd mistakes because it taught me alot very quickly and helped me appreciate everything I have now. Every single person that sits down in my makeup chair, I am so appreciative and grateful to meet.
I often get emails from young girls starting out as a makeup artist and they ask me for advice. It's so surreal because I look at myself as if I'm the same as them. What Advice I can give to them is; If you have a goal or an idea inside your head don't ever let anyone tell you its stupid or unachievable. If you want something bad enough you'll find a way to get it. Don't let people discouraged your dreams as they're yours, not theirs. I want to remind everyone whom is reading this post that people will always have an opinion on you personally or career based.. But you don't have to let it effect all the good you have achieved. This is something I have always struggled with and constantly remind myself that it is a reflection of themselves, not of you.
Take a deep breathe, be a good and kind person. It's honestly never too late to change your life for the better, we only do this once so we may as well do it right the first time and spend every day happy!
Be brave - its worth it!