Chances are that you’re either considering attending a music festival this year, or have already been to one.
If so, then you know how much work goes into the makeup and clothes for the experience, but have you ever thought about how the festival scene could be a lucrative option for people interested in makeup, hair and fashion?
The Festival Scene
Music festivals aren’t a new thing, but the way they work and the preparation for them is!
What opportunities are we talking about? The opportunities to dress, style, and makeup the people who attend them. We have all seen the posh Instagram stars whose festival photos are all the rage.
Perfect hair, makeup, and accessories. These are the inspiration images we try to model our own looks after.
But what’s the price of being a Music Festival Icon? Simply put, the cost is high and people are willing to pay.
Cosmetology School and Music Festivals
When there is a special event like a wedding, graduation, school dance, etc… the first plans made are usually with a makeup artist or stylist.
With the growing festival scene and the supporters who use the platform to gain traction on social media (Instagram famous anyone?) music festivals have become the next big booking opportunity for the makeup and style minded; but more importantly, they have become a niche for freelancers.
Festival makeup is more involved and more intense than regular, everyday-wear. Look at this tutorial for fool-proof festival makeup to see how much work and preparation goes into creating (and maintaining) a killer look.
These looks are all about personal expression, and the embodiment of this newly formed festival culture, and as a stylist you could be part of making that happen.
Becoming a licensed cosmetologist will teach you how to do more than apply makeup and style hair. You’ll learn about the ins-and-outs of entrepreneurship, business management, product development and knowledge, and client retention among other things.
Find music festivals near you and see what all the hype is about! Get a feel for the culture and enjoy some killer music while you’re at it!
The Pros of the “Festival Niche”
Build your book of business
Being a stylist means also having a mind for branding and marketing, finding the area that you can specialize in and then slaying it! Focusing on the festival niche allows you to gain new clients and experience in less high-pressure situation. Earn a reputation as a killer stylist not just for the media mavens on Instagram, but also for the people who want to go all-out for their music festival experience.
For many stylists, word-of-mouth has been and still is the primary source of a lot of business. Social media has changed that dynamic, because now a simple post has the potential to reach hundreds and even thousands of people at once. Those festival goers with huge social media followings could be posting pictures of your work with your name on it for potential clients to see, like and book with you.
Not only could you gain the professional exposure, but it is an opportunity to build your own social following as well.
You learn the fundamentals in cosmetology school and practice on live models, however you’re not learning to “just work in a salon” or work the counter at a department store. The idea is that you’ll take that knowledge and apply it to work that is the most satisfying to you.
That’s right, this whole career field is entirely personal and determined by you.
So, if you’ve spent time scrolling through IG double tapping on the photos that inspire you, or if you love music, people, and culture, then consider taking a step behind the scenes and the chair to be the person who creates the inspiration that you see.
Can you imagine having a job that made it possible to actually get paid to go to Coachella? The Studio Academy of Beauty offers training to prepare you for a career in the beauty industry, and other fields. Find out more and start your path to being a festival hero.. We have beauty school locations in Phoenix, Chandler and Tolleson, Arizona for your convenience.