SURVIVING CONVERSATIONS ABOUT YOUR CAREER!
Conversations can be awkward around people that are not supportive of our career. For those of us working as makeup artists or in other beauty industry jobs, we've all experienced people react in odd ways to our telling them what we do for living. Condescending looks and disapproving comments are typical, because people imagine that we are a beauty school dropout that does mindless, low income work or that we just sell cosmetics. Therefore we are often given a look of pity, disrespect or even disgust. This is also why many dread telling family and friends their desire to leave a corporate type job they dislike to follow their passion to work in the beauty industry. All of these scenarios are common and can cause stress, anxiety, arguments and even depression.
Of course, some people have absolute support from family and friends for their career choice but we still often come across those that look down upon us. But all these uncomfortable experiences can become a thing of the past. In this broadcast, Donna gives extremely valuable insight, facts and statistics about the career of a freelance artist. This information gives individuals powerful insight resulting in a boost of confidence that can flip the script on these scenarios. Instead of dreading the typical conversations, it allows artists to actually look forward to the often awkward Q & A about our “work.”
Donna refers to the new industry perspective she gives artists, as “verbal ammunition” which puts a stop to the irritating, probing questions as well as the condescending attitudes we deal with when it comes to our careers. The ability to shed light on our industry through discussing facts that you can prove, causes negative, disapproving naysayers to actually question their former opinions and suddenly take interest in what you have to say. And as Donna often does, she also shows viewers how to take the conversation a step further and have these people not only admiring you and your career choice, but occasionally questioning their own! Don’t miss this intense life lesson experience on the art of conversation with family, friends, relatives, acquaintances and strangers year-round. It is especially useful to view before the holidays when these life and career conversations are often asked.
- Danyelle Connell
“Thank you, Donna! You are always delivering great information and advice at just the right time. I have such a supportive circle close to me, but always hesitate to tell acquaintances what I do (unless I think they are a potential client!). The negative stigma in others' perception of the beauty industry definitely exists. I always find myself explaining to strangers how much happier I am as a makeup artist than I was utilizing my college degree. (As if I owe a stranger am explanation...) They generally don't understand why someone would give up another career for this when they have a college degree. After hearing your insight and seeing the statistics I will make the shift in my behavior and mentality. I will be firm and proud about what I do and educate others on how much more there is to this profession. You're the best!”
— Farah Johnson
“Wow so much to talk about and take in! Donna I can't believe you had me tearing up! Wonderful as always.”
— Patricia Brakeman
Donna Mee is a 37 year-veteran Makeup Artist, Educator and Beauty Entrepreneur. After honing her skills working in print, runway and television, she now specializes in beauty makeup for print and teaching international educational tours. She is known for developing extremely advanced techniques and application skills known as ‘The Donna Mee Makeup Methods.’ She is considered one of the top beauty educators in the world. Known for her ability to articulate complex science and theory in a way that is easily understood, Donna has a gift for painting a picture with her words, analogies and stories in which she delivers with conviction and humor. Her passion for beauty is evident and contagious as she passes out major ‘light bulb moments’ that positively alter the outcome of artists’ work and success.