We had the good fortune of connecting with Elle Ostapuk and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Elle, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I never thought that I would chose this career, let alone did I know it was a possibility! I graduated high school in May of 2020, in the peak of the pandemic and it’s lockdowns. I felt as though the chapter of my childhood was not given closure, which I believe greatly affected my academic performance in my first year of college. (August 2020) I felt disappointed in myself, and burnt out, and like I failed at meeting my goals. I soon realized that these goals weren’t my dreams, and that my heart desired a career full of fun, and people, as well as creativity. I started getting really into makeup application and hair styling, and I pursued trainings and certifications that allowed me to better my skills! Soon after getting involved in the trade, I realized that was what I was meant to be doing, and I chose to leave a 4 year college, and start school for Aesthetics. I chose to pursue this career because it never made me feel like I was actually working, and it makes me so joyful to make other people feel better in their own skin.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art is not what many would think of when the word art is brought up, but it is one we take for granted as we see it everyday! As a hair and makeup artist, I truly believe that client/artist relationships are SO important, and those are what set me apart from others. Many of my clients have become good friends, and know that I will always find time in my schedule to help them with their glam for events, or even just when they need a touch up! Honestly I am the most excited about all of my upcoming trainings, because offering more services and better techniques makes me so happy, as I want my clients to have the best of the best when they book with me! I got to where I am today by not giving up, and working my butt off to always get better at what I do. There’s definitely challenges, and it’s never easy, but by giving myself time to focus on me, and setting goals to meet, I really have gotten it all done! The biggest lesson I have learned, is that the only person to rely on is yourself.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend came to visit Arizona for a week, the first thing we would do is go grab dinner at Mokis hawaiian grill, then definitely head out to saguaro lake! The views are amazing, and it’s so peaceful. I’d also love to walk around downtown Phoenix and try every single coffee stand there… seriously they’re all amazing. We’d probably go to Top Golf, and Joes Farm grill for garlic fries because they’re irresistible!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I definitely would love to thank the Womens networking in Phoenix facebook group for being such a loving and supportive community! This group has brought me such amazing opportunities, and I get to see other creatives thrive and grow. I would also love to shout out to my best friends, and my parents, for cheering me on through every step of the way, and for always pushing me harder when I feel like I want to give up.