We had the good fortune of connecting with Emily Mosby and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Emily, why did you pursue a creative career?
Not many people know this – but I originally went to school for nursing and dental hygiene! I had always envisioned myself in the health industry. I also always had this weird lingering feeling that I would disappoint my parents if I didn’t go to college and get a degree with a lifelong career.

But – after taking the HESI (nursing exam) and retaking all my science courses to get my GPA higher, I finally decided after LONG nights of studying and crying, that I actually did NOT want to pursue either of those careers.

I have always had a passion for makeup. I was the friend who always did others eyeshadows and lashes and loved doing make overs. I would watch YouTube for hours and then practice on myself after to see if I could replicate their look. I knew that deep down makeup was always what I wanted to do! So – I took the plunge and decided to make it a full time thing. And I never looked back đź’—

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I truly like to just enhance the features and beauty that is already there. Yes, it is SO fun to do crazy transformations sometimes. But, typically I love to just do soft and natural glam. Not too much; but also not too little. The perfect mix!

I have dedicated the last year or so and totally rebranding my style and my Instagram. I have put my business as a priority – and I think it has definitely paid off. It’s really an amazing thing to get so many different clients from EVERYWHERE! Not just Arizona! Word of mouth and recommendations are everything in this industry. The support from others seriously is insane and I can never say thank you enough.

There were MANY times in my first 1-2 years of doing weddings that I wanted to quit. I remember seriously considering to stop taking new clients and close out my books. I had a series of unfortunate events and it felt like every other appointment was a disappointment and that I truly couldn’t make my soon to be brides or feel beautiful. I felt like I was not only letting myself down completely, but I was letting down my clients who I deeply cared about. It was really discouraging. But, instead of giving up… I pulled through because I knew in my heart that I always wanted to do this and my passion for making others feel beautiful was too strong. I practiced for hours and hours on models I did for free, just to get more experience and learn where I was making mistakes. I also learned what type of clients I wanted to attract, and that some times not every client fits your style or is for you and THATS OKAY! 💗

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would definitely recommend Sedona if they are okay with traveling! Any thing and every thing in Sedona is magical and it’s a place you will never forget.

For local – I would say downtown Gilbert. It’s classic, has some amazing restaurants like Postinos,
Joyride Taco, and Culinary Dropout. There are also fun little shops and boutiques to visit!

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?
My mother in law is who actually got my foot in this industry. I was dating my now husband when I was only 17. I had talked about wanting to do makeup and possibly working for a company like Sephora or Ulta. My mother in law (her name is Cherry) actually worked for a huge skincare company at the time and asked around if anyone was hiring. I landed an interview Lina who was the Account Executive for the company Philosophy. She took a gamble on me and decided to hire me even though I had no prior sales or makeup/skincare experience! Because of my mother in law and Lina, I was able to start in the beauty industry and get a TON of needed experience in Sephora’s, Ulta’s, Nordstrom, etc! This gave me not only experience, but confidence. I was thrown into events and quickly learned every skin color, skin type, face shape, eye shape and beyond. I am beyond grateful for those 2 amazing women and helping me get to where I am today!

Website: https://emilymosby.com/

Instagram: https://instagram.com/emilymosbymua?utm_medium=copy_link

Image Credits
@theshepardsphoto @brenna.Lee.photo

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