We had the good fortune of connecting with Emily Wright and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emily, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
To me, risk taking is putting actionable steps behind all the wishes and dreams. You could meet a million different people with the same mindset, the same incredible business ideas and dreams. But the biggest difference is in the few that actually do something about it. There will only be a few who put action and risk behind the desires of their heart. To me, risk taking is not having a plan B. Risk taking is betting on yourself. Betting on your ideas and what you can bring to the world. When my husband and I had this dream of moving to LA for our future and our careers, we had no plan B. We set the date, packed up our car, sold the rest of our belongings, and drove across the Country. We didn’t end up having the amount of money we wanted to save. We didn’t have jobs lined up like we imagined. We didn’t even have a longterm place to live. But risk taking is following through. Risk taking is giving up good for greater.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a professional hair and makeup artist in Los Angeles, working in television, film, red carpet, and bridal. After moving from Orlando (my hometown) to LA, my focus was working on set, but I feel like the bridal industry fell in my lap. I’ve always loved working weddings, but eventually it just organically kept growing and growing. Over the last two years, I’ve really leaned into that side of the wedding/beauty industry and it’s grown into an amazing bridal company that I love. Last Friday I was working with a bride on Catalina Island, then the next day a beautiful venue in Temecula. My work days are ever changing and that’s something that really keeps me interested and feeling happy going to work. Creating art requires taste. And I’m so thankful that my taste has evolved over the years (haha)! You are never just instantly a fantastic hair stylist or makeup artist. It takes so much time and experience to learn, evolve, and find your niche in the industry. I’m obsessed with looks that are glowing/natural/braided/beachy (give me ALL the boho brides!!!). That is my niche and my clients can instantly see that in my marketing. Will that change in the future? …I’m sure, yeah. I’m sure trends and tastes will evolve with time. I think being moldable and open to learning and open to change will allow you to go far in whatever your art may be.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Other than the staple, first-time, LA experiences like the Getty Museum, Hollywood, driving up the PCH to Malibu, I love taking family and friends to all the “everyday” places that I actually frequent! Granville (must-have sweet potato fries), Mendicino Farms, Joan’s On Third, and Sushi Stop are some my go-to’s for a cozy/healthy lunch. I would take family to visit my husband’s recording studio in Burbank, then hop over to a classic Burbank stop… Porto’s bakery. Palos Verdes is a beautiful area just outside of Los Angeles – highly underrated! It’s a version of the Malibu cliffs without the crowds or traffic. Amazing hiking spots, cliffside views, and picnic areas. I also love a good staycation moment, Los Angeles has the best hotels!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There’s an army of beautiful people behind my story. For every win, I’m so thankful to have people in my life who celebrate that. I’m dedicating my shoutout to my husband, Chris. The way he puts in the hard work, never backs down, and takes risk inspires me to do the same. He’s always the one who’s championing me in my corner.
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