We had the good fortune of connecting with Denise Black and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Denise, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk taking is definitely something that has taken a huge role in my business. Before I decided to take the leap and give myself the opportunity to focus more on being a makeup artist, I was working full time for a cooperate company. It made it difficult to balance both at once since so much of my time was being consumed during the week. I finally made the decision to go down to part time, and was unsure if I would have enough business coming in to keep me afloat, but it was something I knew I HAD to do in order for my business and for myself to grow. It was a little challenging when I started my transition, but it was one of the best decisions I made. It has helped me keep my life and work so much more balanced and the additional time has been great to work with clients, and add on more projects to my schedule that I would not have had otherwise. Since then, I’ve learned to continue to take risks in other areas of my life as well, and just trust that it will work out in the end.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
When it comes to my art, I would say that the way I interact with my clients is definitely something that sets me apart. I enjoy getting to work and meet with new people, hear about their stories, their lives, families, and how I am able to make their experience that much better in order to help them look and feel as confident as possible. As far as how I got to where I am today, the journey wasn’t always easy. There was always something getting in the way whether it was finances, time, or I was dealing with a lack of confidence. I dealt with feeling like my work was not as good as some of my peers, so I held back. I have learned that it is SO IMPORTANT to surround yourself with like minded people, and people who want to see you succeed and will help you get there. It also meant cutting ties with individuals who may not have had my best intentions and it was something I had to come to terms with. I am most proud of all the risks I’ve taken during my professional career as an artist. I’ve learned to take on new creative challenges without being afraid of the outcome. I’m excited about what the rest of this year holds for me as a professional and what I can continue to do to improve and grow my business. I’d like everyone to know that opportunities will always be presenting themselves, and a lot of time, it’s worth taking the leap because there’s no reason not to if you’re going after something you want/love doing. I am still on this journey and I continue to learn new things about myself and my business, so it’s been great to face all of the new challenges and see where they take me.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Let’s see.. If I had a friend coming into town, I would definitely want to make the most out of the diversity in the food. But before we did that, we would have to do a hike up Camelback mountain since it is so close and has a great view! Nearby there are a ton of great breakfast/brunch spots like Chop Shop or Morning Squeeze we can go to. Both of those places offer a quiet, fun environment. One of my favorite local coffee shops in Scottsdale is Echo Coffee so we would walk to that one morning, grab a pastry and a tea and just hang out on one of their couches. If we were feeling adventurous, we can always take a day trip to Sedona for a hike up the red rocks, and take in the scenery. On one of the nights back in Phoenix, a great spot to check out would be Filmbar downtown, an independent movie theater. Downtown for dinner at POMO pizza or Angel’s Trumpet. Small indy movie theater. It is located near a few great restaurants like POMO pizzeria and Angel’s Trumpet that offers a great variety of cocktails and beers. Top Golf is a place I’d take a friend. It’s a fun, relaxing way to just hit some golf balls and let off some steam. It’s a great place to bring a group too!
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?
Wow! So many people come to mind when I think of this, which is a good problem to have :). The first person who I want to give a shout out to is my husband. Since day one he pushed me to pursue any and all of the random ideas I would come up with. If I said I wanted to take a makeup class somewhere or apply at a job at a makeup counter, he made sure that I made it happen for myself, no matter how uncomfortable it made me at first. The second group of people would have to be a lot of my fellow artists who I’ve been fortunate enough to work with on projects, weddings, photo shoots, etc. Every time we have collaborated, I’ve taken a small piece of that experience and have used what I learned and incorporated that lesson or skill into my next project. I love to continue to learn and grow from each of them, and have never taken their time or their knowledge for granted.
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