There are a few important considerations to take into account when starting up a career in this industry. It is a vocation filled with challenges and rewards in equal measure – and although it is attractive for many valid reasons, there are risks and pitfalls to remember as you embark on your journey to become a fully fledged PMU artist. In this blog I share some tips so that you are fully aware and prepared when starting out in what is an exciting but also challenging career.
1. Be totally sure you’re taking on this job for the right reasons
Meaning is it just the money that’s enticing you – or do you genuinely love brows and enjoy being creative and enhancing someone’s features – with all the beautiful consequences that brings such as improved confidence and self-esteem?
2. Do your research when enrolling in a training academy
One of the first challenges you’ll come up against is finding a great place to train as a PMU artist. Check out past students’ Facebook reviews and honest feedback on their experience via social media or the training academy’s website.
3. How long is the course?
To help you to decide whether a course is going to be good quality (and determine how much time you may need to take out of your current job or daily activities) it’s important to ask how long each course you consider will be. It’s very unlikely you’re going to achieve a satisfactory standard on a 2 day course.
One of the greatest challenges we come up against when we change career is lack of support – from family, friends and those around us, but also from professionals who are introducing us to a new vocation. Ask family and friends to get on board with you and help you as you make this important life change. Do you feel that you are being supported both throughout the course, but also when you need advice when you leave your academy?
Do you enjoy art? Microblading and PMU are not simply beauty treatments. You need to have an eye for detail and be able to precisely visualise the brows you create before you start work. Clients are counting on you to understand what will improve the look of their face for satisfactory results. If you are disinterested in this side of things or struggle with art, a career in microblading or PMU may not be for you.
You will struggle if you don’t make the time for your course and everything that comes along with it. Bad habits will appear if you are not focused.
If you’re balancing too many commitments this might not be your priority. Unfortunately it has to be a priority if you are to be successful in your career as an artist. Ask yourself whether current commitments will allow for this.
8. Don’t wait too long to start working on your live models when you complete the course.
The longer you leave it the less you’ll remember – and you may find you will lose your confidence.
9. Practice makes perfect.
Practise most evenings, learning your brow patterns on latex if you’re not working on live models.
10. Be realistic and kind to yourself.
Once you leave the academy you need to have your models all ready to start your case studies. Be mindful your first few aren’t going to be your best works, so don’t be too hard on yourself.
11. Nothing in life is easy.
Putting in the hours and the hard work will eventually reap rewards.
This is why 6 months should be enough time to improve your skills. I can’t stress this enough – YOU NEED TO MAKE TIME TO CHANGE YOUR CAREER PATH. Great things don’t happen overnight – especially in this industry. It will also take time to build your reputation and client base, so you must be prepared to be patient.
The rewards of this job are amazing as you are often changing people’s lives – especially clients who suffer with hair lose or going through Chemo. Clients have usually lost confidence in themselves and you are helping them to feel good about their appearance. Its incredible how anti-ageing the effect of PMU can be – new brows can knock 10 years off someone’s face. There isn’t anything more rewarding than show your client the mirror and enjoying the look on her face as she sees her new brows for the first time!
This is why this job is so exciting – and never boring.
The basic 5-day Microblading course we offer is very comprehensive. We have students that travel all over the UK – from London to Scotland. Those who are ready to commit have carved out successful careers in microblading and PMU following our training courses. The groups are small, so you’ll get plenty of 1-1 time with your trainers.
My final tips – Be determined – Practice daily – Make time to work on your new business – Stay Focused – Aim to work towards your 6-month deadline – Love what you do and it will show in your work.
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