I used to seriously lose my mind when I was really “busy” in college and so on. I guess I never really knew what it was like to be busy F O R R E A L. “College busy” is overwhelming but it’s also because you’re too busy trying to have fun as well and meet so many expectations. Being busy in real life, in your career, is totally different and I kinda love it.
As a freelance makeup artist, the work never ends. Even if I’m not “on set”, I’m constantly working to get.. MORE work! Emails, networking, socializing, planning, and working on my website are examples of what I’m constantly doing for my career. I’m not going to lie, I don’t do that every second of every day that I’m not on a makeup job, but I assure you I’m always networking and that’s pretty cool, in my opinion. Almost everyone I meet and talk to happens to know someone in the “industry” which leads to possibilities of work, so networking isn’t that hard at all! My main focus is that those “meetings” lead to something in the long run.
On top of being a makeup artist, I’m a part time nanny as well. This partly stems from me never being able to give up my love for kids and also, it just adds to my love of staying busy. When makeup is slow, I know I always have my nanny job. For me to be sane, I need to know there’s always some way of bringing in some money, or else I’d lose my mind… So, with all that being said, I’d say a lot of the time I’m a normal type of busy as in two jobs, but not always crazy. When it gets crazy it’s when I’m on set for a few days to a whole week, on top of my personal life and other side makeup jobs I may have that week/month (for example, planning and designing makeup for an almost 200 member Showchoir). And, although sometimes I may panic or stress out or need a large glass of wine to get through it all, I wouldn’t change it for the world. There’s something about being stressed out for a little bit that makes me appreciate the outcome and what I do even more than I’d ever think. Being busy for me is my jam and I’d take it over the alternative, any day!
I’d love to know what you prefer! Even if it’s just that you love the amount of work you currently do in your 9-5 job, or if you have a job like me, or multiple jobs or that you just prefer to do your work and then have nothing to do for a while as well! It’s who you are and everyone runs differently and that’s just so cool to me!