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Meet Trailblazer Danielle Peebles

Today we’d like to introduce you to Danielle Peebles.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Danielle. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I am a published makeup artist based in Atlanta. I have worked in almost every aspect of makeup- counter manager, freelancer, account executive, regional director, tv/print artist, you name it! In my experience, I’ve noticed that people outside of the beauty industry often discount our field as a “hobby” or as low-paying. This narrative rings true for makeup artists, hairstylists, photographers, etc. As a makeup artist, I wanted to develop a brand that was multifaceted. Something that would speak boldly to this negative connotation that stained our industry. A badge of honor, so to speak. So, I launched, Makeup Pays My Bills™. A brand inspired by fellow makeup artist that spoke boldly to our cause. People fail to realize that not only does makeup feed our families, but it is also, in fact, a REAL career. Cosmetics is a billion-dollar industry. I always say, “Just as a nine to five pays your bills, makeup pays mine.” It’s not ok when a client asks an artist if a service will be “cheaper” if they get a certain area of their face done. When you order a burger at a restaurant, is it cheaper if you omit lettuce and tomato? No! You are paying for that artist’s time and talent. Makeup Pays My Bills™ is an accessory and apparel line created especially for makeup artists. I realized that there wasn’t a product on the market geared specifically for makeup artists, so I created one. It’s bigger than accessories, it’s a lifestyle. MPMB celebrates and embraces all levels of makeup artistry- from the novice to the veteran. Makeup is the very thread that connects us all.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The road to success is never smooth. I believe that the bumps, detours, and hiccups inspire wisdom and build character. I’m grateful for each experience I’ve encountered whether good, bad or indifferent. In this business, people can be pretentious or view you as competition. Do not let this deter you! Understand that there is enough abundance to go around. Our industry is NOT over-saturated. Never second guess your talent or feel inferior to others. An artist may have more tenure, followers, or clients than you. Instead of comparing yourself to them or feeling discouraged, study and learn from them. Let your passion pioneer your growth. Sharpen your skillset when every opportunity presents itself. Support and network with other fellow artists. You’ll be amazed by how the universe rewards your efforts. Find ways to monetize your ideas and talents. Believe that your time will come. Keep going!

Please tell us more about what you do, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
Currently, I am an entrepreneur, a sales and education executive for a major vegan cosmetic brand and a part-time TV/film makeup artist. I’m blessed to be able to work on all three sides of the cosmetic spectrum- retail field sales, television, and freelance makeup artistry. I am proud of the experiences that I have gained over the years from my previous employers. I’ve worked for top brands in the industry MAC, Anastasia of Beverly Hills, Chanel, etc. Those experiences molded me into the artist and individual that I am today. Being in a customer-facing field has taught me the importance of customer service. Being polite, punctual, genuine and operating in integrity are the things about myself that I am most proud of. I have my peers and clients to thank for that.

My integrity and resourcefulness is one thing that sets me apart from others. The other thing that sets me apart is my brand, Makeup Pays My Bills™. It’s a unique approach to celebrating and supporting all makeup artists by designing merchandise with them in mind.

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?
Social media has been a huge game-changer in my career. These outlets can serve as a wealth of information! I’m a huge fan of Instagram and YouTube. I utilize Instagram to search for a makeup related hashtag for the latest makeup trends or to find a local networking event. If I want makeup inspiration, product review, or to find resources on how to grow my business, I use YouTube. What has worked best for me is attending makeup mixers or makeup related networking events. Getting out meeting people in person can impact your career tremendously. The Engineer Guy in Atlanta hosts a lot of classes to help local artists sharpen their skill set too.


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