Hello love, I am back after 3 weeks, it took me longer than I thought to get back to you. To be honest there was so much going on with the LGBT/Protest crisis that I didn’t know if I should write about it or post the part 2. I finally chose to allow myself to process everything and talk about this crisis in an objective way when I feel ready. You’ve been waiting for it, so here is the part 2.
1. Back pain
The Lord only knows how much I’ve spent in sessions with osteopaths for my back. I’ve found myself in situations where I could barely climb stairs or sit straight because of the pain. Back pain will definitely have to be one of the worst things about being a makeup artist. When I first met Siddiquah Rujak, a well known makeup artist, she told me “Hans you are so young, be careful with your back and invest in a high chair”. Since that I try to use the highest chairs available while doing makeup, if I don’t have one available I put a cushion under my client.
My tips to protect and heal your back would include practicing stretching or yoga, to remember to breathe while working and as mentioned above to use a high chair. Your body is a temple and caring for it is what will allow you to be more productive on the long term.
2. Working Schedule 24/7
Makeup artists do not work a 9 to 5 job 5 days a week. No we can work on public holidays on Christmas or any other time. I have often missed birthday dinners of family members or slept 2 hours a day to be on set. This is the worst! Ounce I worked for an advert for a local clothing brand where I had to start work at 3am and we finished at 11pm. Now I might have to work from 6am to 9pm for adverts. And I can say that I need at least 1 week to catch up with how tired my body feels after these long working hours.
Being very objective I do not work such horrible working hours every day but when it happens it’s hard and I do it because I have to pay bills and the people on set are very warm and fun to work with.
I am writing this post and its 1.40 am, I just finished writing mails and editing invoices, it’s not the funniest part but I accept it and do it with respect for the client and a positive mind.
3. Fashion - Working for free
Sometimes we have to work for free just to build our portfolio and reputation or to be under the spotlight. It’s not always about money. Collaborating with photographers, magazines or stylists is a way for us to showcase our work and reach more people.
I do a lot of adverts and that’s the only part of fashion that’s interesting for me business wise. However, when it comes to magazines or fashion shows, most of the time I’m not paid for it. Why? Because the industry is too small to get paid for it.
Recently someone would say, we don’t hear you anymore Hans? Where are you and what have you been doing? It’s true; I do not work much on events and editorials, not because I do not get requests for it but because I feel that my time deserve proper remuneration. I’d rather be silent on social media but publish only quality work for which I have been paid. It happens that I work for free, for charities, with people I trust and love. To work successfully is to either grow financially or emotionally.
Sometimes I would read comments on my social media written by people I don’t know and I would ask myself if they know that I am a human being, that I feel too and that their comments might affect me. I abide to a rule: speak your mind publicly only to improve or help not for the sake of using my freedom of speech. Everyone is free but our freedom stops where our acts might begin to hurt others.
When I was younger I would allow myself to criticize others and I didn’t know how much I could hurt others. The moment I experienced online bullying in such a violent way I chose to work on myself, grow and become confident. This allowed me to understand the power of words and how to use them. It also taught me that people hate only because that’s the only thing they know. Do not curse them, do not argue with them, just understand that you are not how people treat you, YOU ARE HOW YOU REACT TO IT.
5. The dark side of being a public figure
When you are often working with big brands, that there are billboards with your work on them and you’re in a public eye, people tend to think you are not approachable. This can be true; I’ve had this short period of time where I behaved like an arrogant brat. Life quickly brought me back on track with some major failures reminding me that I am a simple human and that being humble is my truth.
I love meeting new people and chat with them but I seem to scare people. I would receive messages asking if it was really me at such or such place, I would see people staring at me without talking etc… The weirdest are on the dating apps. Most people would receive messages like “Hello how are you?” I most of the time get messages saying “Hello are you the makeup artist?” Being a makeup artist is part of who I am but I would love others to see what’s beneath. When I put my brushes down and in my personal life I am Hans a 25 year old man living a life.
The past months I have decided to be more outgoing and when I see someone staring at me I would simply say good morning, nod or smile. If I can’t change others, then I can change myself.
I will end this post with this quote "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." – Confucius. I love my job. I love the people I met thanks to it, the man I have become thanks to it. It is challenging but worth it.
Have an amazing week everyone.