Bon Voyage, Angela!
My team at Skyla Arts that I’ve built over the years is my pride and joy. They gave me the opportunity to be their mentor, trusted me to serve as their ‘agent’ to book them their ideal bridal and special occasion clients, and they also taught me many things along the way in work and in life. Team Skyla Arts operates much like an artist agency for events, and artists on the team have their own business practice outside of the gigs we do together. I was introduced to Angela by another artist, and Angela had expressed interest in joining my team.
What I do is invite the artist to my studio to do a practical interview, where I watch them do hair/makeup on a model or guest with a set of criteria, and then give them notes or offer training/support. Naturally, as artists we have our own set of strengths, and areas we need to improve on. With what we do, there’s the artistry component which is subjective to ones’ vision of ‘beauty’ and style, then there are the technical components to our job like: can you work with all skin types and hair textures, can you perform the service within the time limit, can you do a perfect red lip application etc, that are considered “hard skills.” Next, the “soft skills” like, how to do a bridal consultation, how to communicate effectively, and maybe even intuitively meet the client’s needs. All of this takes time, hard work and good work ethic! Through styled shoots and working on events together, Angela built her bridal portfolio day by day, and it was incredible to be a part of the process.
In September Angela told me that she is relocating to Texas! I was shocked and sad (of course!), but at the same time, I will miss her greatly, and I’m happy for her new beginning. Over the past *almost* seven years that Angela has been with me/Team Skyla Arts, it’s been a huge honor to support her growth as an artist. She’s been with me to support many weddings – I have so many memories of us working on events over the years. We used to carpool together as well which was always a good time to catch-up. As lead artist, she’s worked on so many gorgeous events and styled shoots, and I helped her get her first 2 magazine covers on Today’s Bride, including the 2nd one where I did hair and she did makeup :) And many tear sheets and online publications as well! :D So many memories and early mornings and adventures from Healdsburg, Livermore to Carmel Valley.
We wish you all the best in Texas!
P.S. I am sorry that I did not write a Bon Voyage post for our team member Treja in 2018! She decided to focus on her Permanent Makeup Studio in Petaluma! But I still get to hire her for Sonoma-based weddings and we still get to work together :)
P.P.S. My stylist Jerilyn took a two year hiatus for personal reasons and has decided to take on Hair-Only gigs which includes Bridal Hair & Bridal Party Hair. If you’re interested in booking bridal/event gigs for hairstyling, Jerilyn will be available again for the 2021+ season! If you need cut/color/hair extension services, you can find her here at her new space in Cupertino!
Finally, here are some of my favorites from Angela’s work here at Team Skyla Arts <3 And a link to her beautiful portfolio gallery :) We will all miss you!!!