Episode 358 HAROLD JAMES – How a Hair & Makeup Artist Prioritizes Inner Beauty and Confidence

Tune in as Andy interviews Harold James, a unique French hair and makeup artist in that he prioritizes the individual beauty and personality of each and every one of his clients. Harold is a pretty prolific makeup artist, having done work for celebrities such as Bella Hadid, Amber Valetta, Angelina Jolie, Karlie Kloss, Susan Sarandon, and Kendall Jenner. He has also contributed to a number of top publications like Vogue Italia, Vanity Fair Italy, Elle Italia, Harper’s BAZAAR, Cosmopolitan, as well as many others.

When Harold was a young boy, he would often advise family members such as cousins and sisters what they should do with their hair, and it eventually got to the point at which they would approach him for recommendations! Although he didn’t really become interested in beauty magazines until he was well into his teens, he loved watching his mother do her hair and makeup. He also didn’t immediately go into a beauty profession, initially going into finance, but he was inspired to go into beauty because of a friend whom he loved to watch do it as a hobby.

He also talks about how he finds a balance between being forward with current fashion and current trends while also being aware of what is age appropriate and what is appropriate for a specific event that a client might be attending. He stresses how important that it is that, no matter what, his clients feel beautiful and confident. He also deals with a very wide range of different personalities amongst his clientele which, as he shares, is the most challenging aspect of his job but is also something that he finds exciting.

In closing, Harold is gracious enough to offer advice to anyone who might be up and coming in a similar line of work and wants to take their work to the next level, encouraging people to find their own version of perfection. He also defines success, in so far as what it means to him, saying that he feels that he has been successful when he feels happy and satisfied with his work.

Andy is a big admirer of Harold and his work and had a great time chatting with him. Be sure to check Harold out online using one of the resources mentioned, and you are also encouraged to share this episode with friends and/or colleagues who might enjoy it! A review would also be very much appreciated, as would tuning in next time on The Wedding Biz.

 

Have you heard about the brand new show on The Wedding Biz Network, Stop and Smell the Roses with Preston Bailey? Listen as Preston shares the secrets, tools, and technologies behind his extraordinary ability to create a theatrical environment out of any space. Also, don’t forget about Sean Low’s podcast The Business of Being Creative, where Sean discusses the power of being niched, pricing strategies, metrics of success, and so much more. You can find both shows on The Wedding Biz Network.

 

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Time Stamps

[1:02] – Andy announces this episode’s guest, Harold James, and provides some of his credentials.

[2:22] – Harold reveals what aspirations that he had as a child that led to his eventual work in hair and makeup.

[5:04] – Harold details the funny story around the first time that he served a client in the beauty industry.

[7:24] – Harold discusses how he was initially working in fashion but not hair and makeup.

[9:02] – Harold explains why doing makeup in France is very different from doing makeup in the United States.

[11:00] – We discover how Harold tends to learn the specific details of each client’s needs.

[12:49] – Andy emphasizes the fact that makeup is an art, and Harold describes what inspires him as an artist.

[14:59] – Harold comments on the composition and texture aspects of his work.

[18:57] – Harold explains how he balances being fashion forward but also being age appropriate and event appropriate.

[20:34] – We hear how Harold applies nearly the same beauty principles with his celebrity clientele as he does his other clients.

[23:06] – Harold enthusiastically shares that he still feels a lot of pressure when he does work for celebrities and brides, and he explains why.

[25:44] – Harold describes how his approach is similar and different when he does work for an advertising campaign or an editorial.

[26:42] – We learn what the most difficult aspect of Harold’s job is – dealing with different personalities – and how this is also something that he loves.

[28:04] – Harold tells a story involving one of his biggest challenges and how he overcame it.

[29:19] – Harold offers advice to people who want to go down a similar path as his.

[30:52] – Harold defines success as happiness and satisfaction with your work.

 

RESOURCES

 

Find Harold:

Harold’s Website

Harold’s Instagram Page

 

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Episode 356 LAUREN DICKENS – Balancing Business with Creativity

Listen as Andy interviews Lauren Dickens, founder and lead designer with Elle Audrey, a luxury planning and design company based out of New York City. Although she loved parties when she was a child because she always enjoyed the ones that her grandmother hosted, Lauren didn’t go into the wedding planning business until well into her adulthood after hosting a friend’s baby shower. Hosting events then became a hobby until it finally became an entrepreneurial career.

Lauren is unique in that she doesn’t like cookie cutter methods. She has a unique and personalized brand that has become her signature. In fact, she always wants to go all out and be very creative but sometimes can’t take it as far as she would like because of budget constraints. She also has to find a balance between business and creativity which she does, in part, with business partners and personal assistants. She has managed to find these balances and does so successfully, as Elle Audrey is nothing if not successful!

The jump from the corporate world to a world of entrepreneurship can often be a scary one, and it most certainly was for Lauren. She took a leap of faith by leaving a job where she was earning a definite income and hoping that she could make it as an entrepreneur, but it definitely paid off for her! She offers advice to people looking to go down a similar path as hers and/or people who already are on that path but are looking to take it to the next level, suggesting that people today not do what she did and take that leap of faith because of the times that we currently live in. She also encourages entrepreneurs to not take on every single prospective client because you and the client need to be good matches for each other. She says to not focus too much energy on your Instagram page and to scale your business, and she, finally, enthusiastically recommends raising your prices once every year or two.

Andy said that he had a blast interviewing Lauren in this episode and hopes that you will enjoy listening to his conversation with her! Please be sure to share this episode with at least three friends who you think would enjoy it and/or benefit from it. We would also very much appreciate a review and hope that you will join us next time on The Wedding Biz.

 

Have you heard about the brand new show on The Wedding Biz Network, Stop and Smell the Roses with Preston Bailey? Listen as Preston shares the secrets, tools, and technologies behind his extraordinary ability to create a theatrical environment out of any space. Also, don’t forget about Sean Low’s podcast The Business of Being Creative, where Sean discusses the power of being niched, pricing strategies, metrics of success, and so much more. You can find both shows on The Wedding Biz Network.

 

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Time Stamps

[1:48] – Andy reveals this episode’s guest, Lauren Dickens, to us and provides us with some of her credentials.

[2:35] – Lauren explains why she views weddings as transformative, both for people getting married and for her as a planner.

[5:08] – Lauren reveals that she loved parties when she was young.

[7:54] – Lauren admits that it was very difficult at first to make that leap into entrepreneurship and recommends that people not do what she did in current times.

[8:47] – Lauren describes what makes her brand unique and personalized.

[10:10] – Lauren and Andy discuss how important that it is for planners and clients to be good fits for each other.

[12:03] – We learn what the planning process tends to be like for Lauren and her clients.

[13:25] – Lauren details a specific example of a wedding that she planned and how it was planned.

[14:11] – Lauren discloses what she struggles with most often – matching her creativity with a budget.

[18:05] – Lauren gives an example of a challenge that she once faced and how she overcame it.

[21:27] – We discover how a client ended up suing Lauren and how it was resolved.

[22:54] – Andy shares a story of a difficult time that he had working with another planner.

[24:51] – Lauren expounds upon how she balances business with creativity.

[26:53] – Lauren describes her pricing method and how she charges a flat fee.

[28:14] – Lauren enthuses over how much she hates social media even though she is very successful on her social media platforms such as Instagram.

[29:50] – Lauren offers us some helpful tips if we are looking to take planning and designing to the next level.

[32:36] – Lauren asserts that looking at online guides as to how the planning process should go is setting unrealistic expectations and explains why.

[33:38] – We learn that Lauren considers scaling your business to be a measure of success.

 

RESOURCES

 

Find Lauren:

Elle Audrey – Website
Elle Audrey’s Facebook Page
Elle Audrey’s Instagram Page
Elle Audrey’s Pinterest
Elle Audrey’s Twitter

 

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Title Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by Kushner Entertainment. http://www.partyslate.com 

 

Episode 355 ALEYA HARRIS – Creating An Effective Brand Story

Aleya Harris is the owner of Flourish Marketing & The Social Media Pantry. With 13+ years of marketing experience, she helps business owners get more clients. I actually met her on Clubhouse, while listening to a room the was moderating, and was very impressed by her knowledge. Today, we discuss how to create an effective brand story.

 

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Find Aleya:

Flourish Marketing Co. 

The Social Media Pantry

 

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Episode 354 DEWI KURNIADI – Creating Ethereal Beauty with Cake Design

“I believe this job is the practice of love.” Listen as Andy and his guest, Dewi Kurniadi, have a truly inspirational conversation about creating and running her business, her personal journey before making the leap into being an entrepreneur, what it took to make a major geographical move, dealing with immense challenges, and forging her own path, plus much more on this episode of The Wedding Biz.

Dewi is the Founder of Sweet Bloom Cakes, an extremely popular and successful Sydney-based boutique studio offering custom-designed handcrafted cakes, confections, and personalized event experiences. 

Listen as Dewi shares where she gets the inspiration for her cake designs and when she knew it was time to go full time with Sweet Bloom Cakes. She talks about rebelling against her parents and what they wanted her to do versus following her dreams.

Dewi discusses her process and how she learned to build a team that could support her and help grow her business. She shares a story about when a client wanted her to design a cake with doves in it for her grandfather and other challenges she has had to face and overcome.

Dewi also shares some tips and advice for any cake designers who want to take their businesses to the next level and how she balances the business and creative sides of her company. When she needs to recharge, Dewi likes to window shop for inspiration and find new textures to use on her cake designs.

Have you heard about the brand new show on The Wedding Biz Network, Stop and Smell the Roses with Preston Bailey? Listen as Preston shares the secrets, tools, and technologies behind his extraordinary ability to create a theatrical environment out of any space. Also, don’t forget about Sean Low’s podcast The Business of Being Creative, where Sean discusses the power of being niched, pricing strategies, metrics of success, and so much more. You can find both shows on The Wedding Biz Network.

 

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Show Highlights:

[02:17] Welcome to the show, Dewi!

[02:45] Dewi shares where she gets the inspiration for the design of her cakes.

[04:53] Dewi discusses when the passion for cake design became a reality.

[06:44] What did you want to do when you were young?

[07:28] Dewi speaks about rebelling against what her parents wanted her to do.

[08:31] Dewi talks about her background and when she took the leap into entrepreneurship.

[11:41] She shares that the transition to working Sweet Bloom Cakes full time was a long journey.

[13:08] Do you ever feel you are struggling to reach a level you haven’t reached yet?

[14:22] Dewi discusses how she learned to build a team that could support her.

[19:01] She shares her process of talking to her clients and taking that information to design their wedding cakes.

[21:59] Dewi speaks about a client that wanted her to incorporate doves into their wedding cake.

[24:05] Have you had any major challenges with events that you have had to overcome?

[26:10] Dewi talks about the business side of her company and how she handles it.

[28:28] She shares how her family feels about where her career has taken her and moving to Australia.

[30:56] Dew discusses some tips and advice for a cake designer that wants to go to the next level.

[32:56] Window shopping is what Dewi does when she needs to recharge.

[34:27] Thank you for being on the show!

 

RESOURCES

 

Find Dewi:

Sweet Bloom Cakes

@sweetbloomcakes

Instagram | Facebook

 

On Clubhouse, follow Andy @andykushner and join his club, “The Wedding Biz” to get additional content and to get direct access to Andy.

 

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