I stopped whatever I was doing because the bridal inspiration shoot I did makeup & hair for just got published TODAY on Style Me Pretty California! Check it out!!
Here is the complete list of amazing team that made it all happen:
Coordinator: New Sunrise Events | Photography: Erica B Photography | Venue: Kohl Mansion | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Florist: Tanjeeryn Designs | Stationery: Cards de Luxe | Make-Up Artist: Skyla Arts | Headpiece: One World Designs Jewelry | Baker: Thorough Bread + Pastry | Cake Topper: Better Off Wed | Dress: J.Crew | Shoes: Bebe
Yay! new photo from Bridal Editorial we did!
Makeup & Hair: Elizabeth Chang | Skyla Arts
Makeup & Hair Asst.: Erika Taniguchi
Models: (above) Alana | Look & Natalya | Scout
Photography: Mark & Tammy | Memoire Studio
Venue: Kohl Mansion
Hair Accessory: Bonnie | One-World-Designs
Gowns: BoLee Bridal Couture
*Special thanks to Christine at Christine Marie Events for helping me pick up the hair accessories! I couldn’t have done it without you!! <3
Another major project I’ve been working on is separating my Bridal from my Fashion/Commercial work…And my photography page lol…That has yet to be created…I have to completely re-do my bridal page (and all I’ve done was the splash page so far! Oh dear. . . . )
Another necessary division is my facebook…! If you would be so kind to “like” both of my pages, that would mean a lot to me – considering I only have 22 likes on one, and 210 likes on the other! ;( I realize how unpopular and sad I am when I go to other people’s Facebook pages with like 1000 likes!!!! I’ll be posting more on my facebook if people respond to me lol!! I’m interested in offering tips & even great deals – Facebook only! Will the updating ever end??? is there a light at the end of this tunnel??!
Lol ok ok no more whining~~~! I’m super excited about the fact that FALL is here~ it’s my favorite season!! The only thing about fall…is that the leaves around where I live really pile up – I feel like I can swim in it! But…it’s so nice…seeing the leaves falling~
The death that inspired me to live
My big sister decided she wanted to be a physician at age 6, so when I was born, because my sister played 2 instruments, early on my sister discovered I have a “perfect pitch.” This fueled my mom’s aspiration for me to live life as a concert harpist and pianist – something desirable for a women because your students just come to you for class, you can take care of your kids, and you make $100 per hour. Oh and I believe if my mom could be in my shoes, she would have chosen that as her own dream. Growing up impoverished, even touching a piano key/banging on it was a rare privilege and my mom just can’t imagine why I would not want to play my instruments. We were living in San Jose Costa Rica at the time, and I was tricked into going to Piano class (before turning 4 yrs old) – OK not tricked, but I didn’t comprehend that the word “piano class” was an actual class! Then at 6, I too started Harp classes. The struggle continued…I would practice the bare minimum, but seem to still get decent results and applause, which made it even more difficult because my mom said I was lazy and ungrateful for the opportunity. “Look at so and so practicing for 1 hour. You should do it too.” Even my teachers said so…”She reads music so fast and talented, but she is lazy.”
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I decided to quit my instruments all together. Upon moving back to Taipei, I had a harp teacher briefly, but my heart was not in it at all and didn’t even bother. I try to explain the above my mother to express how I felt but I couldn’t articulate it very well; she responded by saying: “Well don’t you think your former teacher would wish that you would continue?”
The whole ordeal frustrated my parents a great deal – you can imagine, after a little over 10 years of private class investment, they got nothing. But hey…it’s not like I withheld this information that I did not want to become a professional musician! I was discouraged from taking art classes as my electives, and even in college, they kept telling me art was a distraction in my life and I shouldn’t major in it or even take classes- because it’s a starving artist road, and no responsible parent will want their kid to be a starving artist! And every year in college, I’d change a career path. I wanted to do this, and that, but no I guess I wanted to do this… until my senior year when I decided my career goal…how to get to my final goal is not a linear path. Because my ultimate goal is unique, how I get there requires patience and creativity.
What I am grateful for these past 25 years
I don’t think this story sounds that different from what a lot of artists (artists in general, not just makeup artist). Most people will tell you it’s not practical, it’s impossible, it’s a fantasy. Give it up~ get a job! I know that when my mom say those things to me like “Go find a real job” it comes from a place of worry – they don’t want me to suffer, don’t want me to work long hours with very little pay, etc. When those moments and those words creep up, I try to remember what Flory said: “Life is too short to waste even one second on doing things you don’t like” and I take that energy, and reify my dreams one little step at a time.
I have regrets – I usually hash it out for a little while before letting it go completely. There is one regret I had last year, where I didn’t skip 1 day of class while attending the Aveda Institute to participate in a test shoot that could have really changed my career. That is going to take me a while to let go – but the other things…like I protested and protested in high school and college – it was at the cost of my own well-being and I got into a lot of trouble. I definitely could have belonged in Berkeley in the 60s! My parents sometimes couldn’t understand why I can’t let things go and just go along peacefully. If you let it go, they (whatever I was protesting against) will do it to other people. I won’t go into too much details about my protesting days…But if I look back, I’ve always opted for the path less traveled. It’s harder – but if I didn’t try it, I WILL most definitely regret it. If I try and fail, well, then move on!
The biggest gift I can give myself is the understanding that I tried my best these last 25 years in everything I do. The very best. Even not practicing my instruments – seemingly ‘not trying’ – is me trying to fight for a chance at doing what I want to do! For that, I am proud of turning 25!