If you were asked to describe yourself in one word, it would probably be “fashionista.” Ever since you were little, you have loved shopping for clothes, poring over fashion magazines, trying different hairstyles and experimenting with makeup. In fact, for years you dreamed of becoming a model. While in a perfect world you’d be strutting the runway in Paris or Milan, you got busy with work and life and you realize that modeling is just not in the cards for you right now.
No worries, o devoted fashionista. To work in the industry that you adore, you have a plethora of other options that go well beyond modeling. For example, check out the following beauty and fashion career ideas, as well as some tips on how to get started:
Sell High-Quality Beauty Products
As someone who adores makeup and other beauty products, a perfect career for you may involve selling said items to other like-minded people. In addition to staying abreast of the latest and greatest offerings from a company, you can work one-on-one with your customers, advising them on which colors would complement their skin tone or which skincare creams might be best for their needs. You could work in a local brick and mortar cosmetics boutique, or if you like the idea of scheduling your own hours, you could become an Independent Business Owner with a company like Amway. For more than 50 years, Amway has offered high-quality Artistry beauty items; this includes a wide range of cosmetics and skincare products. You can set up your own shop at home and then sell the Artistry products to your customers and maybe even make some connections in the beauty industry along the way. If this sounds appealing to you and you’d like to learn more about Amway and how it works, the company has a YouTube channel filled with educational videos about its direct sales model and product lines.
Consider a Job as a Hair Dresser
Hair cutting and grooming is something that most people cannot do themselves, so the market is always ready for new and upcoming hair stylists. If you love styling hair and are intrigued with colors, cuts and more, you might look into cosmetology schools in your area that can teach you the ropes. Start by Googling your city’s name and then “hairstyling schools” or “cosmetology programs” to see what comes up. After you graduate, you could apply at an established salon and spend your days helping your clients look their very best, or you could open you own studio in a salon suite. For example, Phenix Salon Suites, which are common in the Phoenix metropolitan area, allow budding hair stylists to open their own salon in a larger building filled with other beauty-related businesses.
Launch an Online Clothing Store
If your love of fashion inspired you to learn how to sew, you may be able to transform that skill into a good career. Instead of making outfits for yourself and appreciative friends, why not make that sewing machine of yours into a way to launch a business on a site like Etsy? From custom-made sundresses that you make out of colorful organic cotton to adorable tops, shorts, capris and more, you could try creating a small inventory of handmade clothing and opening your own online store. If things go well—and with your talent, chances are good they will—you can continue working from home creating stylish clothes that you sell to like-minded fashionistas.
It’s Time to Make Your Fashion-Related Dreams a Reality
The fashion and beauty industry goes well beyond jobs in modeling. As long as you have a passion for fashion, you can transform it into a number of careers. It’s never too late to follow your dreams—try any of the above suggestions or whatever other options appeal to you and in no time, you’ll be working in the industry you love.
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