2013 Going Into 2014- Dreams, Goals, Mistakes and Lessons Learnt
Do you ever see signs that you need to move forward – to go towards your dreams? In 2013 I achieved many of my dreams and progressed in my make-up world… My dreams were to work with new talented creative artists creating inspiring collaborations, for my make-up work to be published in more established magazines, to improve my make-up portfolio to a higher standard and to launch Karla Cosmetics. Everyone has a dream and a dream means different things to different people.
Dreams I believe are- ‘pictures of promise.’ Dreams are ‘portraits of the future.’ They are simply sketches of our imagination. Some people believe that dreams are their own exclusive conception. They reject the idea that they could be a well known published make-up artist in a top New York Fashion week show. Whichever side of the divide you might be, nothing is exhilarating as achieving your dreams. That’s when the ‘pictures of promise’ become reality. And even though my goals were small in 2013, I achieved every single one of them albeit a ‘bumpy process.’ Having a dream is one thing; achieving the dream is another! Your attitude and reaction to the ‘bumpy process’ is a test of how strong is your desire to achieve your dreams.
The last few years I have been working hard to get into this industry, however I have learnt this year to believe in all of my dreams, goals and ambitions more than ever. . If you really want it then you have to believe. Believe in your dream and believe in yourself and you’ll make it!
Towards the end of the year I made a mistake in my career. It is never easy to admit you have made a mistake. Recognising your error and taking responsibility means you can learn from it. As soon as you start blaming other people, you distance yourself from any possible lesson. But if you stand up and honestly say “This is my mistake and I am responsible” the possibilities for learning will move towards you.
“It is the highest form of self-respect to admit our errors and mistakes and make amends for them. To make a mistake is only an error in judgment, but to adhere to it when it is discovered shows infirmity of character”
So in 2014 progress for me won’t be a straight line for sure but I will keep learning, which will encourage more successes than failures, and the mistakes I make along the way will help me get to where you want to go in my career.
Becoming Brand Ambassador for Crownbrush UK.
Working with NYC (New York Color) for online make-up tutorials
Working on the Abandoned Fashion Series around Europe. Our work has now been published in many publications this year. My favourite was International Fashion and Lifestyle Magazine- Urban Coco.
I was given the opportunity and chance to visit the Superstar Face Painting factory in Belgium. After discovering Superstar face paints at the end of 2012 and falling in love with their unique formulas when creating my make-up looks, I had the amazing opportunity to visit the factory to learn how they make their face paints. Check out my blog post >here< when I visited the factory in April.
Is it a drawing or is it make-up? That is the question I want people to ask when they see my Pop Art Inspired Make-up look I created back in April… I wanted to create an illusion and inspire others. It was an amazing feeling to also see so many people be inspired by my Pop Art work this year and re-create it.
Continuing the Abandoned Fashion Series Project in The Lake District- ‘Monster’; published in Dark Beauty Magazine …
Creating make-up and hair for Fierce Angel NEW Album cover.
A dream come true for me. Demonstrating at IMATS London.
Working in Paris to continue the Abandoned Fashion Series. My Painted Lady was published in Hong Kong Magazine, Razor Red.
To continue my Lip Art Make-up portfolio I created my Broken Glass Lip Series.
Rise of the Golden Princess,
Creating close up make-up looks for Rock Beauty’s new season eye and nail rock designs.
Mine and Ryan Handy’s Pastel series published on FaceON Magazine (Official) front cover. What makes this edition so special is that it’s the first time FACEON Magazine was available in 1,600 UK Stores including WHSmith and The Martin McColl Group for their 12th Edition.
At this point of the year I was so proud that my make-up work made different front covers! I was so honoured that Scratch magazine used my Pop Art make-up work front cover of their September issue.
My Pop Art make-up work being used for IMATS 2014 Student Competition Battle of The Brushes Art work. A proud moment for me when I go to IMATS this year.
The launch of Karla Cosmetics.
Winning the llamasqua Distinction in Make-up Artistry Award 2013- Professional Category. Congratulations to the other winners! I am so thankful and over whelmed about winning the Illamasqua Distinction in Make-up Artistry Awards competition from this day. A challenging experience I will never forget.
After the success of my Pop Art Make-up creation which made front cover of Scratch Magazine & me doing a live demonstration of the look at IMATS London my followers called out for me to teach my Pop Art skills at my first ever exclusive workshop.
After winning the Illamasqua Distinction in Make-up Artistry Awards I was kindly asked by Illamasqua to do a live make-up demonstration of my Blizzard Disco look in their Beak Street store window Thursday evening using their new 'Envy' Christmas Collection 2013, where my followers and shoppers had the chance to watch me at work using the new products.
To see my make-up work front cover on the Urban Coco stand at Clothes Show Live, demonstrate the look and to have the chance to sell my Karla Charts was an over whelming feeling where I couldn’t help but feel so proud what I have achieved this year. This was a great end to 2013.
My goals for 2014 are to push myself to the limits with my freelance make-up work, working with new inspiring creatives to better and improve my make-up portfolio (which I challenge myself to this goal each year) and to achieve my small goals in making Karla Cosmetics a success in 2014.
Thank you to everyone who believes in my dreams and supports me.
“Surround yourself with people who believe in you.”