I wanted to try something new to see if it was something you'd be interested in..
Throughout 11 years of doing make up, I've had close friends and family watch me go through all the ups and downs, the challenges and the rewards. I wanted to get the lowdown on how they've viewed my career in the hope that it will shed a new light on my journey, and show you that YOU can achieve ANYTHING YOU WANT. There are always going to be difficulties with whatever you choose to do, it's how you handle them that matters.
This is also excellent timing because THIS SATURDAY (25th June) I'm going to be speaking at Nuvocca Beauty College Open Day in Parramatta (around 11am in case you're wondering) about my career and the steps I've taken to get to where I am today.
The below has been written by my bestie, Ash. She is one of my longest standing friends.. She's been there from the beginning.
I hope you enjoy & I'd love to hear your thoughts. xx
Ash + Rach. Throwback to '08 when we were obsessed with polaroids.
When did you first meet RB? Ash: Rachael and I first met in 2005 when she started at the school I was going to. Rachael was put into my home room and from the first time I saw her and her big smile we were instantly friends, the rest is history!
Which stage of her career was she in when you met? Do you have any highlighted memories of jobs or clients she was working with? Ash: Rachael was working towards leaving school to pursue her dream of being a make up artist. When I first started going to her house she would tell me about her dream of becoming a make up artist and I would always be her practice model. I still remember one of our first practice days, it was a very bright violet eye shadow (haha). Some of the first people she worked with was Kyle and Jackie O and Natalie Bassingthwaighte, which was very exciting to me as I was a big fan.
What difficulties do you remember of her career and how did she get past them? Ash: I don't remember her having many obvious difficulties though I do remember her first 4 years of make up was all unpaid assisting work, which to a young person can be a very difficult task. I think a lot of people just think you wake up one day, do a few makeup courses and boom(!) your foot is in the door as a make up artist, you're doing make up on celebrities and making hundreds of dollars a day. It is definitely not like that!
I commend Rachael for her hard work over the years from the 4am wake up calls to being in the city on time. She even had weekend jobs on the side just to have enough money to pay for fuel for her busy and long commute all over Sydney to assist make up artists. Rachael also spent a year studying at a hair college to better her growth as a makeup artist. I do remember that doing hair was not something she was 100% interested in but she knew she had to get it done to better herself for her career. Perseverance, hard work and dedication are definitely qualities Rachael shows day in and day out with not only her career but her daily life. (some of Rachael's first work is pictured throughout)
What were your thoughts on what she did for work? Ash: Make up is one of my absolute favourite things in the world, which is one massive thing we have in common. Rachael's career is nothing but exciting, interesting, fun and so much more to me. One of my favorite past times is to go to Rach's home just to play in her make up room and look at what she has been working on. I love nothing more than to sit and listen to what she has been doing and listening to all the ups and downs of her daily grind. I think I am very lucky to have a friend like Rach because she not only lives and breathes a very exciting life but she is one of the most generous people I have ever met.
What do you think of her new career change? (from full time freelance make up artist to beauty content creator)
Ash: One of the best things I have noticed about her career change is her passion and enthusiasm.
Rachael has always been a very creative and artistic person, but at one point just before she made the change, I had spoken to her a few times on how she was feeling about everything, and noticed the sparkle in her eyes had dimmed a little.
Her passion for doing make up and her enthusiasm had started to fade away and I could tell she needed a change in her work to get her creativity back. I remember talking to her about making the big change. Leaving your comfort zone and changing your career can be a gamble but this game plan was definitely the right move for Rach. Immediately her passion and creativity came back and I really believe this shows through in her videos. I have never to this date seen any form of work produced by her with out 100% of her heart and soul put into it.
3 words to describe RB? Ash: Inspiring, generous, creative.
3 words to describe Rachael is definitely not enough. Beautiful, talented, admirable, passionate, honest and hard working is only a few to mention.
I have been lucky to have known Rachael for over ten years, and my face has also been lucky enough to be glammed up many times in the past. I treasure Rachael everyday and I am so proud of how far she has come and watching her fulfill her goals every year. Keep it up girlfran!!!
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