We had the good fortune of connecting with Natalie Van Marter and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Natalie, what do you attribute your success to?
I would say the people that took a chance on me, supported me, and believed in me are the most important factors of my success. Without them I wouldn’t be anywhere near where I am today and I am positive my work would not have the quality it has without them.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
It was not easy in the slightest to get to where I am today and I’m still in the beginning. The only way I was able to overcome the challenges in this industry was by picking myself up and learning not to let pride get in the way of admitting if I made a mistake. I often turn to other that are mor experienced and more successful than I am in effort to learn from them so that I can be better as a professional. I believe that’s one of the things that sets me apart from others. I’ve learned to swallow my pride and accept when I am wrong. Ironically that’s also what I am proud of. For instance if I am working with a client and they don’t like the way I’ve blended their eyeshadow or there’s one eyelash that’s not to their liking I’ve learned to accept that and ask how they would like to change it or how I can improve for them. You never stop learning in this industry and that can be a hard pill to swallow. What I want the world to know about me as a professional is that I only aim to make you as an individual feel the best you can possibly feel about yourself. Especially in a world where image has a lot to do with how you feel about yourself and how you take in other people (wether we’re willing to admit it or not) I just want to make people feel good, confidant, beautiful. No matter who you are. Everyone deserves to feel their best. There’s a lot going on in the world right now. The least I can do is make someone smile for a little while.
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 was visiting and we were to spend a week together The first place I’d probably take them to is Black rock Coffee bar. I’m probably the most coffee obsessed individual there is plus it’s so cute inside. Id take her to get a pedicure then we’d probably go to the mall. My favourite is the Scottsdale fashion square. We’d hit up all the make up stores. Morphe, Mac, Sephora. Id take them to get ice cream at a place called honey me in Santan mall. Honestly anywhere we can walk around and talk and point out cute things count me in. Id also probably take them mini golfing. I don’t care how old you are mini golfing is always a good idea as long as your in good company.
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 want to dedicate my shout out to my Dad and the countless people in the industry who saw my potential and took a chance on me. Honestly he is my number one fan (my dad). If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t have even got through cosmetology school not to mention the trials out in the real world that come with being in this industry. He’s given me so much knowledge from a business perspective as well as a fathers perspective. As for the countless people in the industry they were always kind, encouraging, and critical in the best way. They always taught me something in some form and pushed me to take the next step even if I was questioning myself. I owe a great deal to them and I will always be cheering them on as well and acknowledge them in everything I do. I could not have been luckier to have met the people I now call friends in the industry.
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