I’m so excited today to interview Kristyn Taylor, owner of K. Noelle Artistry – Hair and Makeup Design. Though most of my entrepreneurs run digital/online companies, Kristyn works in “the real world,” helping women present their best selves. Like many of us, she’s learned on-the-job, and today she’s giving us a look at her life.
Welcome! Please tell us about your business.
K. Noelle Artistry- Hair and Makeup Design: I am a licensed hair and makeup artist. I design hair and makeup for special occasions, mostly weddings. I started my business almost 14 years ago. It all started after I took a stage makeup class in college, then began pursuing work as a makeup artist, which eventually evolved into hair and makeup. Though I primarily work with brides, I’m also trained in stage make-up.
What has been your biggest struggle in launching your business/career?
Time and technology (maintaining my website and Facebook page while also running my business and homeschooling my kids).
How are you overcoming it?
Each wedding season/year builds on the previous year, and every year I meet new vendors and persons that connect me to new avenues, which helps me find new ways to make better use of my time. I have hired someone to help me with the technology aspects (mainly website).
What’s surprised you the most about working for yourself?
My time management skills. I’ve had to work on it.
What’s your favorite part of this kind of work?
Meeting people face-to-face that I never would have had a chance to meet before. I also love bringing out the features of each client, enhancing the outward beauty of a person.
Is there any one event/moment that helped you move from starting your own business to making a living with your own business?
Not a specific event, but the boom of destination weddings up in Traverse City has increased my work tremendously.
If you could give a new freelance workers/entrepreneurs one piece of advice, what would it be?
Three things: education (keep learning your skill/trade – I regularly attend industry conferences and events), network (online and in person – take advantage of local networking events), and stay true to who you are.
If you could do one thing differently in your career, what would it be?
Have weddings take place during the week and not start until 9 a.m.!
What’s your favorite kind of work? Why?
Coordinating and organizing the event. I love helping clients with their hair and make-up needs, but it’s fun to be part of the whole process.
What does your work space/office look like?
I have a salon at home, but I usually work anywhere and everywhere – tiny rooms, big rooms, hotels, condos, bathrooms, patios, or any place with a flat surfaces! I work on-location for most events, so I go wherever my clients are.
What does your work day look like?
If it’s an office day, I send emails, write contracts, and file paperwork.
Events are more exciting. The night before, I load my car with my kit, chair, table, and light. The morning of the event I rise quite early, eat/get my coffee, do my own hair and makeup, then arrive 30 minutes prior to start time. That gives me time to set up my station before I begin curling/pinning/ applying makeup. I very rarely have time for breaks, as I’m usually on a deadline. Before the event, I do final touch-ups, clean up my equipment, then find something to eat before going home exhausted.
What’s your go-to snack when you need one?
Dark Chocolate (or a good salad, when I’m being good).
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Please look for me online!