We had the good fortune of connecting with Amanda Mallo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amanda, is there something you believe many others might not?
We’ve all heard it before: you must graduate from college in order to succeed. I’d have to say, as someone who took 10 years to finish their bachelor’s degree, thats not always true. I think the biggest issue with that advice is that somehow a bachelors degree is your ticket to financial freedom. It isn’t! Granted, you do need you bachelors to get many entry level jobs but it doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be successful later in life. The piece of advice I would give instead is, learn as much as you can! Take all kinds of courses whether at a university or not. Once you graduate, keep taking classes! You don’t have to work towards a masters degree but the information you learn from taking new classes is the key to success! Never stop learning and growing.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Working as a freelance makeup artist in one of the most saturated markets has been challenging to say the least! I have been working for five years, which means my business is still in its infancy. I started working as a makeup artist because I found that not only was I good at applying makeup on others, I actually enjoyed it!. My favorite part of the process is making someone feel good about themselves. It’s that final moment of the makeup application where I let them see the work I’ve done and ask them how they feel. We always tweak a little here and there, but their entire demeanor just changes when they feel good about themselves. My business started gaining traction after working at a local blow dry salon. I noticed there was a real need for natural makeup. Many women still don’t know how to apply makeup on themselves which I completely understand. I found that women don’t necessarily see themselves clearly. I will normally mention how beautiful someones eyes or cheekbones are and almost always would hear the response “Really?”. I made it my mission to make sure my clients leave feeling good about themselves and confident in their appearance. Makeup is the shield we use to face the world. I make sure that the shield I create is bulletproof. I want the women who leave my chair to feel like they can conquer the world, feel sexy in their skin and, most importantly, beautiful. I don’t think we tell each other enough how beautiful we are. This world could use a little love and if I can bring that to my clients, I’d be happy. My goal for the new year is to create a loyal client base of women dedicated to lifting one another up and creating a sustainable future for our children. I truly believe this can be done through the power of makeup. This is my dream come true!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Most of the quintessential places to go to in Miami have been around for decades but there are some new places worth checking out. The Azucar Ice Cream Company is located on famous Calle Ocho. Not only is the ice cream incredible, but the design of the store is Instagram-worthy. You haven’t visited Miami if you don’t stop by Wynwood. Full of up and coming restaurants and bars, its definitely the scene to check out. If you love history, Vizacaya Museum and Gardens and the Deering Estate will transport you to the 1920’s when Miami was mainly farmland. And last but not least, visit Miami Beach for nightlife and the incredible sandy beaches.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would give a shoutout to my family who have always been there for me no matter what! They’ve helped shape me into the strong, independent woman I am today. I also credit artists like Lisa Eldridge, Mario Dedivanovic and Jaclyn Hill who inspire me to continue working on my craft. I find such inspiration in characters such as Anne from Anne in Green Gables and Elizabeth from Pride and Prejudice. They showed me how to be a strong, opinionated yet empathetic woman. I love inspirational books such as Becoming by Michelle Obama, Power Moves by Lauren McGoodwin and Work Party by Jaclyn Johnson.
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