Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Make Me...

Hello All,

We all know how last year ended for a lot of people, some remained jobless, some got jobless, some got their salary slashed, some went through the restructuring drama, some held on to their jobs, some realized there are no jobs out there, some went back to school, and some decided to become suicide bombers. Oh well, the drama never ends in Naija.

Like I said before, this is the perfect time to start a business. Most great companies started in a downturn, so get courageous and try something out, start something new. However, I must warn you that you need to have an inner drive. Do not just copy people or try to force it, you will most likely burn out. Before I forget, please do not go and start "yahoo yahoo" ventures oh, EFCC will catch you, and the fate of Mutallab will be yours. Say Amen.

I want a light bulb to light up on your head, so today, I am featuring a successful entrepreneur I admire. What I love about her is that she dared to be a pioneer. Her name is Tara Fela Durotoye, and if you do not know her, you are definitely living under a cave.

Tara started making people up in school as a hobby, and then decided to turn it into a business. At this time, nobody was willing to pay any money to get made up, and people even mocked her and told her to her face that nobody was going to pay for make up.

She faced a lot of challenges, and being a Nigerian based business, I am sure she had to conquer many battles. Today, she has grown her business from doing make up consultations with a make-up box to 6 branches nationwide, a makeup line, a beauty school, and has even launched a perfume. The best part of her success is that she has provided job opportunities for thousands of young women to be financially empowered.

Now, that is the kind of person I want to be.

As usual, I have some healthy tips on how to become a makeup artist.

There are two ways to go about this; You can either be self taught or you can take some classes. The constant thing in the both approaches is that they both require lots of practice, self development, dedication and patience. Read a lot of books, study pictures in magazines, search for "how to" videos and notes on the web, do not be afraid to ask questions from professionals when you meet them, etc.

When you start getting good, create a portfolio. This will help you to start getting jobs, and then you follow the yellow brick road.

This is not Rocket Science.



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