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She believed she could so she did.

If there’s one thing I admire in a woman, it’s strength. Strength, believing in herself and fighting to achieve the dreams she has. Being independent and selfmade.

No matter what we try to tell ourselves, women still fight twice as hard to be equally appreciated as men.

So I’m proud of all the selfmade, strong and successful women I know, and for that I would love to share their story with you.

Meet the first one to tell her story to you: Sylvie.

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Hair & Make-up artist Sylvie Verhassel

 

Meet Sylvie:

Shortly introduce yourself:

I’m a 27 year old woman, living in Belgium. I love travelling, but than again.. Who doesn’t? I am very passionate about a lot of things. I can focus myself on something for a while, with the biggest passion there is but when I’m over it, I’m done.. That’s me. These passions have brought me to places and teached me a lot. I wouldn’t change a thing about my impulsive behaviour. I think it’s a typical thing for a taurus, that’s my sign and I can relate with a lot of characteristics.  I combine 2 jobs, I have a fulltime job as a administrative assistant at the police station. I work in a 24 hour system which provides me to be very flexible. My second job is as a freelance make-up artist, this is my very own business.

When did you start dreaming about what you are doing now and where did the dream come from?

I don’t really know when my dream to start my own business began. I know I decided to do something with make-up, so I just went to school (this was 2011) and had no big plans at all. It was all very spontaneous. Before I knew, Carina asked me to do make-up for her website and just like that my business was born. I guess I am very lucky to have met such a guide through this adventure. Day by day I began to dream to have more clients and specialise in bridal make-up. I had ups and downs, days I thought about quitting because I made myself think I wasn’t good enough. But there was always this passion inside that kept me going and today I am very proud about my successful business. I’m not even scared anymore to call it like that, it’s my business, my baby.

What did you have to do to achieve your dream?

I worked pretty hard, it’s true that you can’t have success by sitting on your.. lazy booty! You have to put yourself out there and network with a lot of people. In this business it can get rough. You have to be different from the rest. But how?! This is a question I keep asking myself over and over again. Because there are a lot of talented make-up artists out there. I think it’s about believing in yourself, just do your thing and never copy! I keep updating my portfolio, it’s important to be showing new stuff and new work. I try to reinvent myself over and over again.

What advice do you have for other women trying to achieve there goals?

It may sound cliche, but you have to believe in yourself. When you feel support from your loved ones and people around you, you get an extra boost. When you start doubting yourself, you just have to give yourself a minute. Let every feeling pass by and think about where it’s coming from and how you can handle it. Work with people who are on the same page as you. In the process of starting a business you will meet all kinds of types. Some will make you feel good and inspire you, some will drag you down. Analyse this, think about it and then decide if you want to work with these people. Are they worth the effort? Or maybe there is just nothing in it for you. I like to choose my work based on how it makes me feel. It’s some sort of law of attraction. I feel that the more I work on things that really fit me, the more these type of assignments come to me.

Who inspires you?

My grandmother who passed away 2 years ago. She was the strongest woman I have ever known, lived a life filled with complications but still enjoyed life to the fullest. She had a healthy ‘fuck it’ mentality. God, how I love that woman!

Thank you Sylvie for sharing your story with us!

Keep an eye on the blog if you wanna read more about inspiring women 😉

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