Saturday, June 9, 2012

Feast, Famine and Freelancing

Two-Toned Glasses / Derek Cardigan
Leopard Print Chiffon Blouse / Old Navy
Black V-Neck Sweater / H&M
In my line of work I frequently experience the dynamic of "feast or famine".  I've been a make-up artist for seven years now, doesn't matter,  I still find it incredibly difficult to say no to gigs even if it means I won't have a day off for long time. I've been fortunate enough to have worked on some amazing projects with some amazing people, but as a freelancer, I don't think I'll ever lose the hunger and the hustle that having to provide for myself in a notoriously flighty industry encourages. Sometimes this drive leads me to working ten, fourteen and sometimes twenty or more days in a row. I remember in 2006 when I was working on the series Saints & Sinners, I booked myself out for a few weekends in addition to the full five-day shooting week and during that time I set my personal record for days-without-a-day-off at twenty-six. I love my job, but I never want to do that again.  I suppose it's a bit easier to adapt because I work on such varied projects. This past week I've found myself be-bopping around Los Angeles, so I'm a bit relieved to have a mellow week at the boutique to round out my seventeen day work stretch (and hopefully focus a bit more on my blogging). When I am this busy, I keep myself pretty disciplined. I have to, if I don't I'll go bananas. I can't drink or be up late. I wake up early and hit the sack almost immediately after arriving home. Take my vitamins religiously to ward off any kind of sickness that may be lurking. I just go into major autopilot mode. My friends know that if they can't get a hold of me when I'm driving to and from a job, that I'm probably just going to fall of the face of the earth for a couple weeks. Thank goodness I still have friends- although my dogs have been giving my hectic schedule and frazzled self some major stink-eye.

Enough about this work business- the bottom line is: I'm back and ready to be focused, funny and frizzy-haired as per usual.

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