New York based makeup artist Juliette Perreux shares how she got started as a freelancer and her biggest challenges and successes to date.
How did you get started as a makeup artist?
I actually started out assisting fashion stylists, but once I got on set and saw the makeup artists I knew that was where I really belonged. That’s when I got excited about my career and future.
How did you get your first few clients?
Three words. Network, network, network! Jobs can come from the most random places and it’s all about being proactive and putting yourself out there. I was also really lucky with a great support system of friends and family. People were always thinking of me and passing my name along and I’m forever grateful for that.
What do you like the most about your job?
I love that I’m constantly meeting new, interesting people in a really intimate way. You really get to know someone when you’re touching their face for an hour!
What do you like to do on your days off work?
On days off I often find myself just totally relaxing. I’ll have the intention of setting out and doing something, but I end up on my couch all day!
What’s your top freelancer life-hack?
I would say it’s really important to remain positive and keep reinventing yourself. What’s so great about being your own boss is you have no choice but to be motivated. You create your own opportunities and successes. You just have to stay in it and never give up.
What’s been your biggest success?
I would say my biggest personal success was getting a cover for WWD with Anna Cleveland. That was a definite pinch-worthy moment where I said to myself, “Ok, you’re doing something right.”
What’s been your biggest challenge?
There are so many it’s hard to pick one! I guess I would say it’s hard financially sometimes because you’re essentially learning how to run your own business. You have to learn how to manage your finances and taxes when most people your age really aren’t dealing with the same things or aren’t having to make all the financial choices I have to make on a daily basis. People don’t realize when you work freelance it can be very unpredictable when you’re going to get paid. For that reason, you have to be really responsible with your money and have a lot of self-control. For me, it’s a learning process and I’m still working on it, but it’s kind of a cool feeling to be that in control. You feel like a boss!