Ep. 35: Celebrity Makeup Artist Julie Morgan Thrives as Foxyfleet
"In life and in business, we pull things out of our gut and sometimes we do our best work when we do that. So taking an opportunity that you never really expect will turn into something will teach you a lot of things."
"Sometimes you're not immediately put into the place where you think you're going to be but you're doing something else and that helps you get into the pace of what's about to happen."
Julie Morgan started her makeup artist career years ago behind the makeup counter at a suburban shopping mall. Today, she's known as Foxyfleet, a celebrity makeup artist and the personality behind foxyfleet.com. She has been the personal artist for celebrities like Giada De Laurentiis and Ricki Lake, who appreciate not only her skills but also her ability to be the "zen master" amidst the chaos. Julie shares her fascinating career path and lessons learned about going with her gut and staying true to herself.
We talk about how Julie created the Foxyfleet brand, how she became a make-up artist, using her career to make women feel great, doing work for the experience to get to where you want to be, lessons she wishes she had known sooner in her career, delegating the things that aren't her strengths, taking time for herself to disconnect from technology and work, her proudest career moments, letting go of being perfect, how great mentors have helped her along in her career, gender issues even in the makeup artist industry, how she keeps her zen and good health while traveling often for work, maintaining friendships in her busy life, making the best out of uncomfortable experiences and growing into being a woman in her 40s.
"In this day and age with all the technology and the endless possibilities, if we just focus in on what we love to do and what we're good at, we can make anything happen."
In this episode, you'll learn:
- Julie is a celebrity makeup artist
- She founded www.foxyfleet.com which is her website to talk about makeup, travels, lifestyle and instructional videos.
- Julie never planned to be a makeup artist and wanted to be a chef or fashion designer.
- A friend of her mother’s recommended her to the Estee Lauder team.
- From Estee Lauder Julie went on to work for Bobbi Brown in Bloomingdales, New York.
- Bobbi Brown became Julie’s first real mentor.
- At Bobbi Brown Julie did fashion shows and covered things she’d never done before like nails and hair.
- Julie attributes her success to being approachable, calm and dependable.
- Her first major accomplishment was doing the hair and make up for Giada De Laurentis in 20 minutes; transforming her from kitchen to red carpet and helping her feel calm in a nervous moment.
- In the makeup industry men as still the dominant force even though they are outnumbered by women.
- The main driving force of popularity for a makeup artist is number of followers on social media.
- Currently in her career Julie wants to stand up for women in their 40’s.
- Say yes to things; you might not be working where you want to be, but you’ll learn good skills.
- As a makeup artist you’ll sometimes do work for the experience and not be paid.
- Do things to build the relationship or get the introduction; it’s not all about money.
- Take opportunities to turn off and get away from your phone.
- You can’t always make everything perfect but can do your best.
- Sleep is the most important thing in any business, and getting a fresh walk.
- Stop and enjoy what's around you because otherwise you can't appreciate what you're doing.
- Nurture your friendships.
- Keep it simple, smile, look up and do things that make you feel good - go with your gut.