We had the good fortune of connecting with Magdalena Ayon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Magdalena, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I feel risks were a necessity in my career. Being your own boss and a business owner, following your dream, requires immediate risk. I left school and a job that guaranteed me a check to become a freelance makeup artist. Risks are necessary to accomplish something you’ve never done before and with out taking them I wouldn’t be where I’m at today.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Having the skill and confidence to work with all Skin tones is something I take very much pride in. As a makeup artist I believe you should have the skill to work with anyone who sits in your chair. To get to where I am today I have put in many hours to grow my business and myself. Some examples would be in the beginning doing free work and taking educational courses, which I still do. Assisting other artists, networking in person and via social media. Making self care a priority because mental wellness is an important part in building and managing a business. It was a big challenge to be financially stable in the beginning of my career when I quit my job and went full time with being a makeup artist. I was getting little to no pay. I had to remind myself what my goals were and to stay consistent. I’ve learned along the way to always stay true to yourself, be kind and be an honest person. My brand represents me and what I believe in. I want people to know that my brand is all inclusive. That my work is for everyone from every background with any skin tone. That my goal is to highlight peoples natural beauty. I want to help them see the beauty they already have.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’d probably take them to Venice then Yard Bird or some of our Local taco trucks to grab a bite. To grab a drink and vibe We probably go to Ep & Lp or somewhere in West Hollywood.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’ve had a lot of support in this journey from many different people but I want to take this time to shout out Erica Nicole. Networking and learning how to run a business is a daunting task and in the beginning I felt discouraged. Erica was the first photographer I worked with and she herself runs her own business. Working together I was able to get my career rolling. I learned so much about being a business owner and having confidence in my art from her and I made a true friend. She is amazing at what she does! Her IG is @ericaaanichole
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