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Conversations with Denise Anderson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Denise Anderson. 

Hi Denise, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself
I grew up in the 99’ and 2000’s era, when YouTube was our guide to makeup before Instagram, and Tik Tok trends. I quickly realized that none of those women at the time looked like me, nor did their methods work for me. I began to practice on myself, my family, or anyone who would let me. Thinking back, I remember the first time I applied makeup and how it made me feel. It’s more than just what meets the eye it’s an attitude and confidence booster. 

Over the past 6 years, I’ve worked for 3 major retail brands such as Ulta, Sephora, and MAC. Each company has played a major role in my growth in artistry and how I connect with my clients. 

After leaving the retail industry, I decided to freelance and have been doing so for the past 3 years. I’m currently enrolling into school to get certified in Esthetics to offer skincare services. My goal is to meet everyone’s beauty needs under one roof. 

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
This journey hasn’t come without its challenges, one of the main struggles I’ve faced is promoting myself. When it comes to being a freelance artist numbers matter! Therefore, many of us artists and creatives still maintain a full or part-time job to survive. My goal is to build a consistent clientele so that I will be able to quit my full-time job and build my own brand. Even today I’m still working toward that goal and making the necessary sacrifices to reach it. 

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I specialize in glam makeup sessions, if you love color, glitter, and over-the-top makeup I’m your girl! I love that I’m able to cater to everyone. I pride myself on versatility, when you look through my social media, I guarantee you will find a representation of yourself throughout my portfolio. 

Can you talk to us about how you think about risk?
Most definitely! Leaving the safety net of a 9-5 job to chase your dream is a huge risk. There is always going to be fear of failure, but I also believe that on the other side of fear is your destiny. There is no identical road map to success, the path is different for us all. I ask myself how bad do you want it? What are you willing to sacrifice to get it? One of the most prominent mantras that I like to remind myself of is that there is no failure in life, only lessons! If at first you don’t succeed try, try, and try again. 

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