Being a student can be tough, there are so many demands on your life personally and professionally. At times you almost feel like you want to give up, and that there is too much for you to handle. But that is the most amazing part of your new career path. Discovering your talents and venturing into a completely different lifestyle. Having a blast at trying new things, and making connections with like minded individuals.
Having passion or an obsession for something is life’s way of telling you where you are meant to be. You are meant to do greater things that will push you forward to your purpose. Many individuals do not pursue it due to “financial reasons”, many ignore it because they feel uncomfortable with the thought of taking a chance. This is the case for BPBeauty Amrita N. Our beauty knew what she wanted, but was unsure if it was possible.
Read more about how Amrita N. found her way to accomplishing her goals, and feeling more confident about herself and her skills!
- What is your Passion? What inspired you to be in this industry?
I have a passion for makeup artistry. At the age of 17, I stumbled upon the new and growing beauty community on Youtube. I started spending countless hours watching tutorials and product reviews. From there, my makeup collection started growing. I would pretend to make tutorials and spend hours playing with makeup. The more I practiced, the better I started to become. Eventually, people started asking me to do their makeup for proms, weddings etc. What really inspired me be in this industry is seeing the reaction of women after doing their makeup. I realized that I have the ability to help make people feel at their absolute best on some of the biggest days of their lives all while still being able do something creative and that is my own. Seeing how confident and beautiful I can help them feel makes me happy.
- Why/How did you initially choose to be a student at Body Pro?
From the time I decided that I wanted to pursue my passion further, I started doing research, reading reviews and visiting beauty schools around the city about 20 months before I finally came to Body Pro. Many of the other schools I visited felt super intimidating or just looked boring. Somehow I couldn’t take the next step and commit to any of them. I finally felt like browsing again after many months of losing my excitement, and came across Body Pro’s website. After reading reviews, I decided to go in for more information and a tour. From the moment I met the staff and toured the school, I knew every other school didnt work out for a reason. The calming atmosphere and friendly staff lived up to every review I read online. The honesty I was greeted with in my initial meeting was enough to make my decision. I couldn’t wait to start.
- What were some of your struggles? How did you overcome them?
The biggest struggle I faced was learning how to be confident in myself, as well as having confidence in my work. Being self taught before coming into the program, I have always second guessed my work and my skills at any and everything I have ever done, so learning to really believe in my ability and my work was a big struggle. During the course of my program, I think the biggest accomplishment for me was overcoming this through the help of the faculty as well as my classmates. The encouragement, insistence and humility that I was constantly surrounded by was a big help and made me start to believe in myself more. Pushing myself to practice techniques and implement the tips and tricks that we learnt in class also helped me overcome this as well because I felt like everything that I learnt started reflecting in my final products.
- Highlight one of your favorite moments while being in school at Body Pro?
One of my favourite moments while attending Body Pro was getting to watch my teacher work one on one and really absorb a lot of her tips and advice while doing so, despite still being in a full class. This is what makes Body Pro unique to me. Even though you are in a small class with other people, every person is given the opportunity individually to learn, no matter how much you already know.
- Where are you now since you graduated?
I am still working full-time during the week, but have multiple bridal and non-bridal trials and bookings lined up throughout this year. As it grows, I hope to eventually take on my job full time in the industry and will eventually move to the Caribbean to do so. My dream is to some day build a handpicked team of professional artists and revamp the industry there.
- What are three major attributes Body Pro has given you that helped you be more prepared for your current position or the industry itself?
During my time at Body Pro, I have learnt the values of efficiency, patience and confidence. Through all the tips and new techniques and skills that I adapted, I have learned to be more efficient when working. I am much faster at getting looks done by using new products and techniques to cut down steps while not lowering the standard of results. Learning new things makes me want to practice. It makes me want to grow. By practicing, I have learnt the value of patience. I know that it will not happen over night, but with enough patience to start over and to keep trying, I will get to the level of work I would like to be at eventually. Most importantly, my time at Body Pro has taught me how to be confident in myself, my work and my creativity. The industry is a competitive place and in order to go far, you have to believe in yourself and your ability. People can only have confidence in you if you have confidence in yourself!
- What advise would you give a potential student looking to get started in this industry?
Be open and honest, practice and stay humble. This industry is a whole new world of opportunity for you to let your creativity flow. Creativity is yours, but always remember that there is something you can learn from others, even if you are the best. Keep an open mind and take criticism positively. Not everyone will have the same taste or techniques you do. Experiment and keep an open mind. There is boundless knowledge you will absorb if you have an open mind and try new things. Practice, practice, practice! Practice makes perfect. The more you practice, the better you’ll be. Be honest about the level of work you produce. Be hard on yourself when it comes to your work. The more effort you put in, the cleaner your results will be. My last piece of advice would be to stay humble. No matter how beautiful you are on the outside and how much more beautiful you can enhance yourself to be, your attitude and demeanor will tell the world about who you really are. Stay humble and appreciate every opportunity and person that comes your way.