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Meet Jessie Clark

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessie Clark. 

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
Makeup for me started as a way to hide horrible acne I had in high school. It became a huge confidence boost for me when I felt very insecure. I started watching endless YouTube tutorials whenever I had free time. I begged my mom to buy me makeup because I was broke, but all I got was the natural stuff because she didn’t want me wearing anything dark or heavy. When I finally started working at 16, I saved up money and went to Sephora to make my first high-end beauty purchase. I got the iconic Urban Decay Naked palette. I still have that palette for memories and I don’t think I’ll ever get rid of it! After graduating high school, I knew I wasn’t cut out for college, so I went to Esthetic school to get my license. I finished with 600 hours and was licensed not long after. As soon as I got out, I worked as a receptionist at a med spa for about a year. Then I got my dream job at MAC as a part-time artist. I loved my coworkers and I learned so much from working there, but I felt like I needed something different. So, after 3 years with the company, I made the move from Massachusetts to Tennessee. I’ve been living here for 3 years now and have been working at The Dry House in Nashville for 2 of them.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I believe that when you’re passionate about something, it’s not going to come easily. I’ve been doing makeup for about 6 years and I’m still constantly improving and learning. Social media is a great tool to showcase your work, but I do find it can be discouraging at times. I compare my work constantly to other artists, and question if I’m doing things the right way or using the best products. Over time I’ve learned that there’s no right way to do makeup, and if someone tells you that it has to be done a certain way they’re wrong. Makeup is all about self-expression and doing what makes you happy. Another struggle I faced along with many others was definitely the pandemic. I wasn’t able to work for months and not only was I making no money, I was going crazy not being able to glam my clients. It made me very grateful to be able to do what I love. I don’t ever take it for granted.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I’m a licensed esthetician in both Massachusetts and Tennessee. I mainly do makeup, and I specialize in the beauty side of the industry. Bridal, photography, proms, homecomings, etc. I also do a little bit of special effects makeup which is my favorite around Halloween. I’m most proud of how far I’ve come. I moved away from my hometown and all my family and friends to a state where I knew no one. Started working for a well-known salon and have built up an amazing clientele and work with other extremely talented artists.

The thing that sets me apart from others is that I really listen to what my clients want and give them a look they feel the most comfortable and confident in. I understand not everyone wears full glam with huge lashes and a bold contour, so I tend to ask a lot of questions in order to figure out exactly what they like.

The crisis has affected us all in different ways. How has it affected you and any important lessons or epiphanies you can share with us?
I learned a huge one recently, in a very unfortunate way. I of course always follow all protocols in terms of staying sanitary. I wear my mask, I frequently wash my hands, and I sanitize my kit after every wedding. I did a wedding party recently with only a few people but unfortunately, I believe one of them had the virus and possibly tested negative when they were actually positive. A few days after being around this client I started showing symptoms. Thankfully it was very mild but unfortunate because I had to miss out on two weeks of work because of it. So, word of advice to clients who aren’t feeling well and suspect they may have it or have been exposed to someone that has it, please be respectful to your artist and stay home.

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