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Vision – the BIG PICTURE

Often we get so caught up in the day to day of running our businesses: actually BEING a makeup artist, being creative, coming up with ideas for shoots, interacting with our clients, answering emails, texts, DMs, posting to social media etc etc etc… that we somehow seem to FORGET about the big picture.  Today I want to talk to you all about VISION – that BIG PICTURE about what you really want to do, the life you really want to live.  Only when you can see your vision clearly, can you achieve all the success you are striving towards.  Every bit of human progress was first visualised before it became reality.

Without a vision, it is difficult to achieve anything in your life. You need to know the destination before you set out. When you have a clear vision of where you want to go, will it be possible for you to set goals, and action steps to help you achieve those goals.

A vision is different to your GOALS. A vision is a BIG PICTURE of the way you see your future. A vision is also different to a dream… a dream is just hypothetical, where as a vision is real.

Lucy & Rich’s beautiful wedding at Montville. Photo: Amy Higg

In his book “The Success Principles”, Jack Canfield defines vision as “a detailed description of where you want to get to. It describes in detail what your destination looks like and feels like.”

In terms of your career as a makeup artist/hair stylist, your vision should include things like what area of the industry you want to work in, where you want to work, who you want to work with, will you be travelling, etc etc.

So, for example, you might decide that you want to be a full-time wedding makeup artist, with a team of other makeup artists and hairstylist working in your team. You might decide that you want to work on blockbuster films in LA, or Bollywood. You might want to travel and work on the Fashion Week circuit, Milan, Paris, New York…

Its all very well to say you want to be an internationally famous makeup artist, but what does that look like for you? What will it take to get there? Who is the person you need to become to achieve that vision?

Note that Jack also talks about what that destination FEELS like…  how do you want to feel?  I’m sure its not stressed, overwhelmed and frazzled, but sometimes as a freelancer its only natural that we DO feel like that, because we have so much going on at any one time.

Still shot from the Weber Stores TVC I worked on mid 2018 – Photo Elouise van Riet Gray

When you are working out your vision, remember it’s all about the JOURNEY and not just the DESTINATION. Getting a magazine cover is just a stepping-stone (a pretty big stepping-stone if its Vogue!). Do you love the challenge? Can you keep on going through the tough times? Just because you have one magazine cover, have worked on one feature film, or done one wedding, doesn’t mean you’ve made it. I remember when I moved to Brisbane, and got my first “big break” assisting a very well established makeup artist on a big TV Commercial. I was so excited thinking about all the big jobs that would come rolling in now… Boy was I wrong! It still took a lot of work, testing, networking, honing my craft, working on my skills, keeping up to date with trends and fashions….

What are you willing to do to achieve your vision? Eric Thomas says: “Fall in love with the process and the results will come”. Nobody is an expert or famous when they start, and a big part of success will be learning the skills you need to develop yourself to the level you want, to achieve your vision. Practicing these skills, making mistakes, learning from mistakes, this is all part of the process.  Of course, this isn’t just about your makeup or hairstyling skills – there is a lot more to becoming a successful freelancer than just the ability to do great makeup and hair.  Do you need to work on your customer service skills?  Your marketing skills?  Your book-keeping skills? Consistency with posting to Social Media? Your mindset?

What are your strengths? What areas do you most need to improve on? The ability to accept constructive criticism from others, and also to be able to look critically at your own work is really important when it comes to the path to success.  As creative artists this is one I find a lot of us struggle with. Many of us are perfectionists at heart, and some tend to compare themselves with other artists whom they perceive to be more successful, creative, or “better”.

One of the biggest skills I learned when I was starting out was the ability to look at my work, at my portfolio with a critical (but not TOO critical) eye. A mentor once told me “You are only as strong as your weakest image” and that really helped me when I was putting my portfolio together. Knowing which images to put in my portfolio, and which to leave out helped me book a lot of the work I wanted to book. Remember: “All Killer, No Filler”

From my recent commercial shoot for The Ruby Collection GC, photo by Two Birds Social

What are your fears? Is it meeting and working with new people? Dealing with difficult clients (bridezillas perhaps!)? Working with different ethnicities, skintones, skin types, hair types? Learning to face those fears will be part of your vision, as only when you face them can you learn to work with them (because, of course, fear never really goes away!)

Your vision should be flexible. It will likely change (and grow) as you grow into the artist who will live that vision. It’s important to review your vision regularly and see if it is still in line with who you are at that time, and if it is still the direction you want to go.  Over the years, I have changed my vision a number of times, sometimes because I have set and reached my goals, or other times simply because outside circumstances changed (like, changes within my family) which had me looking at things a little differently.

Once you have outlined your vision, you can set goals around that vision, and action steps that will be required to achieve those goals. And then, the most important part, you need to start communicating that vision, in order to have other people enrol in your vision and work towards it with you.

Remember, like Tony Robbins says: “Most people over-estimate what they can achieve in one year, but under-estimate what they can achieve in five years”

Your vision can be like the five or ten-year plan… and your goals can be for one year, one month, one week, even one day! Celebrate each win, and remember, that life is like a roller-coaster, sometimes up, sometimes down. The only way to fail at anything is to quit. Never quit on a bad day! It will get better. Keep going, and keep growing. See your vision vividly, focus on it daily, and eventually you will achieve all of it, and more!

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