Brittney Branson took the Tier One Makeup Artistry course from Graham Webb Academy and when she graduated she thought, “Why not start a business doing what I love?” So she did! Read our interview with the lovely Brittney below…
What motivated and inspired you to start your own business?
Since a child I’ve always felt fulfilment from sharing good things. I graduated from University of Maryland Eastern Shore with a Bachelors in Fashion Merchandising. Naturally the beauty industry goes hand in hand. Makeup artistry recently sparked my interest. Witnessing local makeup artist start from a self-taught status and thrive beyond social media inspired me to do the same. I love sharing my new skill!
Tell us about your business.
#BeautyByBrittC is currently a freelance makeup service. I strive to make every experience exclusive. With each client I offer more than just makeup application. I advise skin care regimen, skin type, problem areas, favorite beauty items, and even gift them with a few samples of my favorite products I use on a daily basis.
Are you currently running any promos/contests/giveaways that you would like our readers to know about?
Currently I am offering discounted services for client referrals.
Where is your business based?
I am located in the Metropolitan area of Camp Springs, MD, however I am willing to travel to wherever I am needed.
What were the first few steps you took to get your business up and running?
I completed the Tier 1 Makeup Artistry course offered at Graham Webb Academy in Arlington, VA. There I learned the proper professional and sanitation techniques exclusive to the field. While attending Graham Webb Academy it was there I discovered a definite passion for makeup. After graduating I decided, “Why not start a business doing what I love?”
What has been the most effective way of raising awareness of your business and getting new customers?
Social media has proven to be a great way to get my name out there. Client referrals have also been extremely resourceful as well. I receive 60% of my clients from referrals with the other 40% being social media.
What have been your biggest challenges so far?
My biggest challenge thus far was trusting my skill.
How did you overcome these challenges?
I overcame my biggest challenge by believing and trusting myself. The more I practiced, the more I worked. The more I worked, the better I became which led to the confidence I have today.
How do you keep motivated through difficult times?
I reflect on my past and compare to the present. I acknowledge my growth and look forward to the future.
How do you distinguish yourself from your competitors?
Anyone can apply makeup but my experience is unique. I care about the memory created with each client I work with.
What is the best advice you have received recently?
Be fearless and allow your confidence in your ability to shine.
What advice would you give to other entrepreneurs?
Don’t think about it too much, just do it. Be your own cheerleader first and the crowd will follow.
What is your favorite business tool or resource?
My favorite business tool would have to be my pro-card and my website –www.bcbranson.weebly.com
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What is a good article or book you have read recently?
Favorite book thus far is “You Are a Badass” by Jen Sincero.
What are you currently learning about for your business or looking for help with?
Currently I am gaining knowledge geared towards various makeup techniques as well as the financial success side of the beauty industry.
What are your goals for the next few months and how are you striving to achieve them?
My goal is to gain more recognition to expand my brand – #BeautyByBrittC