As a budding artist you might be feeling nervous or worried that no one will notice you. You are stressed because you don’t know where to start and how you will make money off of your art.
This feeling is completely normal.
Today I will be explaining how I started out as a henna artist and what I went through to get to where I am today.
I started my business when in June 2017 and I was not looking for bookings, but more for portfolio building experiences. I did not have a single booking until February 2018 where I did bridal henna and unfortunately the appointment did not go well since I had not fully learned the techniques. Thankfully the bride was understanding and I did what I could for her, but I was so upset with myself for not doing the henna properly. After that, I did not take bookings for awhile until I improved my skills on bridal henna.
Five months later, I was flown out to Idaho and did my 2nd bridal appointment which was extremely rewarding and a lot of fun. I implemented the skills I had practiced and finished my client’s henna within 8 hours! For a beginner artist that is pretty decent. Obviously there were distractions and I socialized with the bride while working, but her support really helped me feel more confident in my work.
After that, I advertised my first proper bridal appointment on Instagram and I started getting more requests for appointments. I was so thankful to have more opportunities that I continued to improve and change my style every day. Overtime I became more established and started helping other artists with work and giving them advice.
The whole process of this was long and took years to bloom but it has helped me in the long run. I am extremely grateful to have gained good and bad experiences throughout this journey because I would not have become the artist that I am today. I hope this gives you some inspiration to start your own business in the future. It will be so worth it in the long run.