The Stigma of an Entrepreneur | from a makeup artist’s point of view
Hearing the term entrepreneur is not as taboo as it once was, especially in this day and age. A person stepping out of the social norms to achieve their version of the ultimate career success becomes more common every day. But as time goes on, I realized that the stigma associated with being an entrepreneur who is an artist has not changed. It is human nature to constantly measure each others quality of life through our career, net worth, physical belongings, etc. If you think other wise, then take a second to think of one of the most common questions you ask when you meet someone. Let me guess, was it what do you do or where do you work? Don’t worry, even as an entrepreneur, I still find myself still doing the same thing.
For some background, I guess I would be labeled as a full time artist and entrepreneur. I decided to pursue a career that most people think is completely unreasonable and unsustainable. I started my business in March of 2017 while I was still studying at University, working not only full time but also a part time job on nights and weekends. If you ask me why I started my business I guess its because, like everyone else, I have a undying need for more… and I also wanted to prove a lot people wrong but I think thats just my pride talking. The more my business grew, the more I realized how much I truly disliked the career path I initially intended to take. I began to become resentful towards anything and anyone that took me away from my business. So I quit and made the decision that I would do what it took to make this work and if I’m going to be honest, I struggle with that decision every day.
I love my business, I love my job, and without a shadow of a doubt, I love what I do but I would be lying if I didn’t admit that there are moments I am conflicted with the choices I have made and continue to make. When I meet someone and they ask what I do, there’s this small sense of shame and humility I feel because I know that there is a chance that the person staring back at me will not respect me as much as they did a second ago. Just like the majority of the world, I do not have financial freedom but as soon as the words artist and entrepreneur are said its like I turned into an alien right before their eyes. I may be confident in myself but it doesn’t mean that I don’t encounter periods of self-doubt superimposed by judgement and biased opinions of people who don’t align with the same priorities.
PRIORITIES. I apologize for my aggressive capital and bold lettered statement but I feel it gets my point across. Your life is set by your priorities. Every thing you do, every decision you make is based off of a single priority in your life. So why would anyone dishearten someone who is working so hard to achieve a goal in their life that is important to them. It doesn’t make them any less than. Instead of listening to judge, listen to understand. I am not perfect at this but I will always be happy for anyone pursuing their passion. So if you need it, join my little haven of support and I promise to encourage and give what I can.
“… the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for." - Dead Poets Society