On my way to The Makeup Show Chicago, I only half knew what to expect. Post interview with James Vincent, I had a better idea of what the show was going to look like.... Or did I?
Yeah, yeah, yeah, we all know a trade show looks like, right? My only hope and prayer was that I would not end up breaking the bank while I was there. I mean, let's get real, how much makeup and product does one woman actually NEED? Then again, we all know that there is a difference between what we NEED and what we WANT. I have the tendency in situations such as these to blur the lines a bit. Oops!
While I was there, I took advantage of the amazing deals and some of the seminars given. For the most part, I am really proud of the fact that I spent about half of what I expected to spend! The makeup and the deals were only a percentage of what I ended up leaving the show with in the longrun. The rest of the show gave me something to take home that is priceless. Hope, inspiration and motivation are some of the other things I picked up while I was there... Just to name a few.
I found myself so moved and inspired at the show that I actually cried during one of the seminars (Yeah, I cried. Not, like, a full-blown ugly cry, but more like tears of joy.). The seminar was about doing makeup in the Midwest market and this place was packed with people So much so , there were a few people that had to stand in the back. I guess everyone there wanted to knowhow to make things happen in the Midwest makeup market.
I felt a little like a poser sitting in the front row. I mean, I am a beauty blogger, but I would hardly think of myself as an actual makeup artist. I would rather write about it than do it. Then again, I have worked enough jobs throughout the years to earn my seat there. The seminar was amazing and without letting all of the cats out of the bag, I heard some outstanding ideas and questions being tossed around. It was during this point that I was brought to tears. I realized at that very moment that I was sitting amongst and surrounded by and entire venue of people that love their craft. Listening t the speakers and the audience made me realize that most of the people there work full time to support their art and then work for free doing freelance or what they love to do on the side. In other words, if you want to be the real deal in the makeup industry, you had better be ready to hustle and work your tail off for free with very few perks. The most glamorous and non-glamorous job in the world. Who does that? Who works for free just to do what they love? Crazy people, right? Or maybe everyone else is crazy for not giving themselves a chance to live out some of their dreams.
I think that I was so moved at the show, because I personally know how hard it is to work two jobs and to keep showing up for the freelance work for the love of the craft. Ouch! I think that being there kind of made me feel like I am not aline. The struggle, love and passion were everywhere and I was loving every single second of it. I told my realization to one of the speakers, Rommy Najor. Rommy has an agent and works only as a freelance makeup artist. After getting to know Rommy a bit, I know how much the love for the love of makeup takes. It takes it all and then some. Blood, sweat and tears go into this craft. If the cat eye eyeliner calls for you to get down on your knees to make it happen, then by all means, get down on those knees!
Thank you again to The Makeup Show for coming to Chicago. You gave me some great ideas, some great eye candy and some great advice. I am personally going to keep on plugging away at my love for beauty until I can not anymore and this show gave me the motivation to make it through another day.