Beauty and Fashion Industry: What Career Options Are There?

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Adulthood, as overwhelming as it is, presents a few benefits to those who have finally stepped into its world. The most notable example is the freedom to carve out a path of our choosing in careers

In this stage, you may find yourself wanting to deviate from the road that you have started during your university years. You may not want to continue pursuing that job in business or marketing after earning your degree. That’s fine. This truth remains the same even when you start looking at Arts and Humanities tracks.

Are you thinking of exploring the world of beauty and fashion? Here are some career paths that may interest you as well as a guide on how to get started.

Cosmetologist

Earning a diploma, be it high school or university, is the first step to becoming a proper cosmetologist. The second step is enrolling in a reputable, state-licensed cosmetology course or school. This is where you’ll learn the basics, techniques, and skills that you’ll need to improve on to meet your future client’s skin, hair, and face needs.

Depending on where you enroll, you may need to purchase your own equipment. This includes but isn’t limited to shears, combs, brushes, and nail care tools.

Just like in university, you’ll need to complete the course and earn your training hours before you can take the licensure exam. Passing the said test will then allow you to practice cosmetology legally.

Once you’ve reached this point, you’ll have several options to choose from. First, you can work as a freelance cosmetologist. Second, you can specialize in one aspect of cosmetology, like hairstyling or nail care, before getting a chair at a salon or spa. Lastly, you can get employment first before venturing out on your own.

Makeup Artist

Do you love playing with makeup? Have you ever wanted to become a professional makeup artist? Well, learning the fundamentals and practicing non-stop is the first step that you’ll need to take to go from mere enthusiast to pro.

It doesn’t matter which approach you take. You can learn more through the Internet, as countless individuals have done before you. On the other hand, you can also enroll in master programs that can teach you the basics of makeup and skincare, followed by the different specializations in makeup.

Once you feel comfortable in your skills as a makeup artist, you can then start fixing up your portfolio and marketing yourself. In this day and age, your best bet is social media if you want to establish a decent network. Instagram, for example, is a great tool to use if you’re going to share the looks that you do.

It’s only a matter of time before you start taking on clients and building yourself up in the fashion industry.

Photographer

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If you’re the type who prefers to be the one behind the camera instead of in front of it, you’ll be happy to know that it isn’t a faraway dream.

Like most careers, you’ll need to have the equipment and know the basics before you get started. Some photographers start their careers in university, where they can earn their degree in Photography. There would be no reason to fret, though, if you didn’t do the same. You can apply for apprenticeships or self-study with the help of the Internet.

After doing this, you should prepare your portfolio, which should showcase your best works in the field you have decided to specialize in. By having a curated portfolio, you’re putting your best foot forward  the same foot that can land you some client bookings.

While establishing your client base, you can start sending photos to fashion magazines that accept submissions. This process takes a long time for most people, but continuing to work at it while establishing yourself is the best way to break through the industry.

The same can be said for the other potential careers in this list. With these in mind, you can decide whether this industry is the one for you.

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