How to work in the beauty industry. While working in the beauty industry is fun, challenging, and exciting, it also involves a fair share of struggle. It is an inspiring and inviting industry to be in but entering and surviving can be tough. Here is what some industry leaders have to say about how to work in the beauty industry.
Shannon Dellimore, Co-Founder Of Glamglow
Dellimore partnered with her husband Glenn and founded the cult mask line, Glamglow. Shannon started off with her career at a premier entertainment law firm and was doing well. As a result, she was afraid to quit and follow her dreams. Glenn encouraged her and so she left and devoted her life to Glamglow.
So have confidence, take risks, and get out of your comfort zone.
Joy Chen, CEO of H2O + Beauty
H2O + Beauty just took a turn and has started focusing on marketing innovation such as e-commerce, only because of Joy Chen. She partially dedicates her success to one of her mentors who advised her on a very crucial ingredient of success i.e. teamwork.
She puts emphasis on the importance of having the right team on board. It is important to design a team that fits the company’s culture. Everyone should feel successful in their own domain. The reason why H2O + Beauty’s rebranding turned out to be successful is due to team cohesion.
Jessica Richards, Founder Of Shen Beauty
After Jessica gave birth to her first son, she decided to become a stay at home mom. But soon she realized there were no good skincare brands out there. Her research skills, determination, and passion got her where she is today.
She advises newbie’s to work hard and stay humble. Do what you truly love. Interact with your customers. Truly own your business and stand behind the counter if you have to. Nothing comes easy. You have to work day and night to achieve your goals.
Romy Soleimani, Celebrity Makeup Artist
Romy Soleimani had started working towards her dream very early on. She took every learning opportunity that came her way. She made contacts at her internships during college days. One day, she happened to meet Linda Cantello who was looking for an assistant at the time. That’s where Romy Soleimani’s success story began.
Romy says it’s all about grabbing every opportunity that knocks on your door. Be ready for anything. There is learning everywhere. But be patient, calm, and work hard.
Learn to manage the swarm of different personalities you are going to come across on your way to success. Take something from each of them. It may seem impossible to handle from the outside but a plethora of new lessons lies just beneath. All you need to do is hang in there, stay strong, and be true to yourself.
Fiona Stiles, Celebrity Makeup Artist
Fiona Stiles didn’t know anyone in the fashion industry so she used to just ring people whose names shed find in the credits of magazines and ask for work. This is how she began her career with Pat McGrath.
“Be quiet and listen”, she says. Observe the tiniest details around you, from the lighting to what the editors and stylists are doing i.e. everything. Have a can-do attitude and be warm and gentle to the people around you.
She says that there are very few talented people who are working. If you are one of those, it is because you are lucky, not because you deserve it. This goes to show the part luck plays in this profession.