Today we’d like to introduce you to Aubrei-Symoné Savage.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I began doing makeup on myself at age 17 as I was entering into college. I had my heart set on being a nurse, but the closer I got to God, the more I realized He was pulling me in a different direction. He showed that fear was attached to my not wanting to pursue makeup artistry as a career. And because fear is NOT of Him, I decided to take the leap! When I was 20 years old, I was hired at MAC Cosmetics as a permanent MAC Artist in Cumberland Mall. It was there that I was able to hone my skills and soak up knowledge from other seasoned artists. After I graduated college in May 2017, it was time to take another leap. I stepped down from MAC and walked away from what I knew as financial stability. I enrolled at the Elaine Sterling Institute to become a licensed Esthetician in September 2017 to learn more about the skin, become more marketable, and to eventually expand my service menu. I did just that! I’m now licensed in esthetics by the state of Georgia and I’m looking forward to all that will come. So far, I’ve been blessed to build my clientele throughout Atlanta and surrounding cities, work on production and photography sets, work with celebrities, and even travel to other states for work! God has been gracious and faithful in this journey.. so there’s no reason to quit!
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The biggest obstacle for me has been me! It sounds funny and cliche, but it’s so true. It has taken much detoxing from pessimism and self-doubt. When I started, I lacked confidence. I wasn’t sure what separated me from other artists in the fields and I didn’t believe I was worthy of the success I was after. When you think that way, you don’t reach up! To new entrepreneurs, I would say… pray for the vision, write it down, and work towards it with confidence in God. Don’t be afraid to start small and learn from the bottom… but also don’t think that that’s where you’re supposed to stay! Promotion follows humility!
Please tell us about Savage Makeup Artistry – what should we know?
I’m in good company! There are so many beautiful and inspiring artists in this industry. I believe where I stand out is in my ability to enhance what is already there! My esthetics background allows me to tailor the application to skin needs of my clients, and my skill set as a makeup artist allows me to promote/highlight their best features. I also pride myself on providing the best experience possible. I want my clients to leave my chair knowing they can accomplish and withstand anything!
Finding a mentor and building a network are often cited in studies as a major factor impacting one’s success. Do you have any advice or lessons to share regarding finding a mentor or networking in general?
Like everything else… pray first! But it’s always good to invest in classes/courses and educational materials. Ask questions and be willing to shadow veterans in your field. Don’t get discouraged when people you admire aren’t willing to help because eventually, someone will! Our best lessons are often buried inside the people we least suspect to teach us.
- Website: https://booksavagemua.as.me/
- Phone: 7705277773
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @_savage.mua
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SavageMakeupArtistry/
HEADCRACK IMAGE: Photographer: Kurt Holder @iskinnylove, Creative Director: Daruis Voncel @daruisvoncel, Stylist: Jumar Edwards @jumar_edward, Stylist Assistant: Gabriel De La Rosa @thenewgabriel, Makeup Artist: Aubrei-Symoné Savage @_savage.mua, Videographer: Lawrence Ellis @lawrence.ellis, Video Interview: Chishala Chibuye @only1shala