I never thought I would be saying the words 'Teen Vogue is on point with advice on finding a mentor' ... but I also never thought I would see a horrible reality star as President of the U.S. Actually... that comparison isn't quite balanced but you get my idea. Teen Vogue have always been a contribution to the world.
I've always been passionate about supporting emerging artists as in my own career experience could have saved me a few years of heartache had I had the right guidance from the beginning. Years ago I started a mentorship called 'The Green Brush Project Emerging Artist Mentorship' and it ran twice. This was more of a challenge than I ever anticipated. I then took a break and eventually wrote the book 'Makeup Artist Bootcamp' that has a lot of the original mentorship built into it and has become a billion times more effective for artists.
I became the creative director of the Face2Face Makeup Awards so I could be part of something that pushes artists outside of the comfort zone like I wish was there for me when I was starting out... and now as beauty Editor of LAUD... I get to weave this passion into that work as well.
The past year... however... I have been left disheartened on a deeper level because my experience of artists seeking mentoring and advice has become rather demanding in nature and somehow hasn't felt quite right. Bootcamps have been a different experience as artists have been using the tools and I have seen the growth in their careers. Bootcamps are always amazing. What I'm talking about is what this article in Teen Vogue has managed to put their finger on... let's call it 'mentoree ettiquette'.
Makeup Artistry has become a fashionable career (see the next issue of LAUD Magazine where I interview artists on their opinion on the evolution of the makeup industry). I can only imagine the feeling of starting out as a new artist let alone being an artist 6 years into your career and just getting started amongst all the new artists in the world. Many new artists to write/chat with me wanting advice but either just ask a million questions until they get out of me how to be successful (It's actually crazy to think there is one answer and we talk a lot about this in MUA Bootcamp) and either I never hear from them again or it's evident they weren't actually listening... or only to the parts they wanted me to say and their understanding of my message is warped.
This paragraph really struck a chord with me and I have been left feeling like this also:
Most artists I know love giving advice to emerging artists when they ask for it. In a way... having mentor/mentoree conversations gives an opportunity for both parties to learn and grow... and it can be amazing! If you are someone looking to find a mentor... first of all... do MUA Bootcamp... it's an amazing toolkit of mentor advice and puts you in a position to take the right kinds of actions and focus on whats important. Articles like this one on Teen Vogue is also invaluable. On the day before I have my first meeting with my own business coach... it's a perfect reminder about how the exchange works. This is a highly recommended read!