In 2018, Amanda Mattsson packed her bags and left Sweden to move to Australia as a Beauty Freelancer makeup artist.
Going freelance can be a scary and overwhelming career decision. That leap from a secure full-time job to uncertainty isn’t something to take lightly but it can also be rewarding and an incredible journey! This week we sat down with the successful and talented Swedish Makeup Artist Amanda Mattsson to discuss how she got started as a freelancer, the challenges she had to overcome, what the future holds for a freelance makeup artist, and tips and tricks for aspiring artists and beauty enthusiasts alike! Keep on reading to discover what it’s really like to be a freelance makeup artist.
I’ve always been creative, always drawing and painting. I was fifteen when I started doing my own makeup. Then I got my first palette and I enjoyed doing my friends’ makeup for prom. After high school I decided to get my education in makeup at FACE Stockholm and at the same time started working at Nelly.com as a fashion stylist.
I got to learn a lot about makeup and beauty because I always used to watch the makeup artists at Nelly.com. After 2 years they needed a new makeup artist and asked me because they knew I had the education and I really wanted to. I was then given the opportunity to become a fully-employed makeup artist.
I started to do all of Nelly’s ad campaigns and had the opportunity to work with a lot of influencers. I worked there from Monday to Friday and sometimes we’d travel on the weekends. It was a lot of hard work but after one year full-time as a makeup artist at Nelly, I had gained so many contacts in the business since I had met so many photographers, models and people in the industry. I felt ready to spread my wings and start my own business.
I haven’t worked too much in Australia yet but from what I’ve seen on social media it’s quite similar to what I did in Nelly. I moved to Australia with a working holiday visa. Since I started so fast after school and worked so hard, I always dreamed about travelling. My boyfriend and I did a trip together and decided we’re free and we can do whatever we want and we should just travel now before everything gets too serious and we have start to think about kids!
We moved to Sydney in February and I would love to live in more countries but it’s so hard to be away from your family and friends so I also want to go back to Sweden and be closer to the people I love.
It’s different. When I was employed it was always the time constraint, I had a pressure with time. I always want to make sure my clients’ makeup looks perfect so I wanted to spend more time than the 1 hour allocated.
As a freelancer, it’s more to do with finding clients. When you’re friends with other freelance makeup artists, you don’t want to compete with them for jobs but sometimes you have to.
It wasn’t hard to start freelancing in Sweden because I had Nelly as a client and they would book me a lot. Instagram is pretty good, people can view my work and I get clients from there for weddings. I also contacted some photographers and contacted different companies and asked if they needed someone. It’s about having the right contacts and having good relationships with everyone.
My dream is to work with and find clients that I really love to work with. It’s not about doing the coolest magazine looks; I think its just about finding the right people to work with where you can have fun and create stuff together and still get money. But of course I love travelling, so I really appreciate that I can find work in where I want to travel.
Dream person to work with?
I haven’t experienced that world and I don’t know if its good or not to work with celebrities but if it was a celebrity it would be Beyoncé, I would really like to meet her.
Thank you so much Amanda for taking the time for the interview! We hope you enjoyed learning about Amanda’s journey from full time to freelance! If you are thinking about the leap to freelance, one of the first things to do is create an amazing profile. Read here on how to take amazing photos for your beauty profile.
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