Competitiveness is not in my DNA. I have never been the sort of person that thrives on using others as a ladder to the top. I feel like there is room for everyone, and everyone has something different to bring to the table. For example: As a makeup artist I run into a lot of other makeup artists, some are supportive and collaborative and others can be catty and downright nasty. That sort of mind frame does not compute in my brain. As makeup artists we all have different styles and passions and I always find it refreshing to watch others work. I also LOVE having other makeup artist do my makeup because I always learn new things and it’s fascinating to see how people interpret my features and what they choose to accentuate. I have been doing this for 13 years, but it is how I have been from the very beginning. My main reason for being like this is the fact that I love to support people. If you have a passion for something I say “GO FOR IT!” chase that dream, put in the hours, and reach your goals. I am your cheerleader! When I talk to people and see that twinkle in their eye when they tell me their ideas it brings me so much joy. I will automatically want to help you in any way possible, not to share in your glory but just because I want you to succeed and live your passion. I think people are only limited by themselves, we are our biggest barrier. Things can be hard, goals can seem unachievable and sometimes you can get disheartened, I know this feeling well, but all we can do is keep trying.
Having said that, we all go through rough patches. I had a conversation recently with someone close to me. I was feeling defeated, like there was not enough hours in the day to get everything done and I was getting nowhere. My friend suggested that maybe I needed to let something go and perhaps it would be wise to step away from my YouTube channel and focus on more “important” things. I considered this…..for about 3 seconds and then thought “No. If I want to achieve my goals then giving up is not an option!” If I am not putting out content I can guarantee myself failure. I know where I want to be and what I want to be doing and I don’t want to give up. Sometimes negative comments can light a spark and, in a way, having nay-sayers around you can make you more determined to prove them wrong. Use their words to add fuel to your fire.
This obviously isn’t just limited to career goals. If you want purple hair, I support you. If you want to wear leggings as pants, I support you. If you want a boob job, I support you. Whatever you want to do/achieve/change do it with passion and stand by your convictions. Be the very best you you can be because I SUPPORT HAPPINESS in whatever form that takes.
In the wise words of Rocky Balboa (there’s a sentence I bet you thought you’d never read…):
“Every champion was once a contender that refused to give up.”
Kimi is a Makeup Artist of 13 years and started a beauty YouTube channel 18 months ago because she was passionate about helping people with their makeup struggles. In her blog series "That's What She Said", Kimi will be exploring the world of beauty and talking to people about all aspects of the beauty community in order to remove stigma and dispel myths about the industry in a 100 per cent positive way.