Back in February, Teighla and I were sitting in Cocoa Cinnamon, catching up on our last year of work, life, and hopes for the future. Intentionally connecting with other women in my industry has become more of a priority for me over the last year, and even though it takes some time in advance to plan it out, it is always, always worth it. I walk away feeling known, understood, supported, and ready to go after my dreams. I also walk away with any covert feelings of judgement or competitiveness squelched. Seeing these women in person, not just in the insta-box, allows me to see them as they are - human, needing grace, with victories and defeats and whole life outside of work - just like me. And I hope they feel the same about me!
I know #communityovercompetition is a hot hashtag in the small business, bossbabe instagram world right now, increasingly popular to preach. Walking it out in my life and business has become a lifeline for me, more than the catchy, shiny hashtag attached to it. So, back to Teighla and coffee - we were talking about this very thing, and how, especially in our very niche industry of on-site HAMU, we need much more connection with each other. But we're all so busy! Teighla and I had been planning to get together for months before it actually happened!
At the end of the conversation I threw out, "We should just plan an event where as many of us as possible meet together to just hang out and connect as an industry." A month and some change later, with a lot of helping hands and graciousness from many people, we had our first ever Summit of North Carolina On-site Hair and Makeup Artists!
We met together the afternoon of Wednesday March 14th, nestled in Trellis Beauty in Lafayette Village, Raleigh. It was the perfect location to kick off what we all hope to be a regular gathering of NC HAMU artists!
The day consisted of networking/connection time, a Q&A panel with leaders in our industry in NC, a talk on business finances, snacks, swag bags, small group goal setting time, and dinner together.
Tracy at Trellis, along with her two assistants, made sure we were all taken care of and comfortable, and her shop looked amazing! We had coffee and biscuits from Jubala, and Teighla and Lindsey graciously provided additional yummy snacks for us all to enjoy. Our panelists were Jen Buenviaje of Makeup for Your Day, Liz Perniciaro of Wedding Hair by Liz, Lindsey Wilkerson of Face Forward, Teighla Norris, and myself. Joanne Maye brought the wisdom about small business finances, including all the good stuff regarding legality, taxes, and insurance. Along the way, Brent from Live View Studios captured us doing our thing (and MANY hilarious photos of myself - I'm embracing it! Presence and progress, not perfection! )
The swag bags were definitely one of my favorite elements of the day, and I was blown away by the support of our sponsors! Everyone got a beautiful facial mist from Little Barn Apothecary and eye cream from Skin Owl via Tracy at Trellis Beauty, an all-natural facial mask and toner from Lizzie at Lo & Behold Naturals, two amazing hair styling products from Virtue Labs, a beautiful calligraphy print of #teambeauty from Amber at Oak Leaf Studio, an awesome sticker book from Cultivate What Matters, and a 2018 Simplified Planner from Emily Ley! Thank you so much to all of our generous and supportive sponsors!
100% of the attendees and panelists expressed interest in continuing regular gatherings together, and would love for the event to be longer (like a 1 or 2-day conference - SO exciting!) So, thank you to everyone who helped mobilize this first effort and made it a smashing success! I am so proud of our industry that has such a unique purpose in the beauty industry as a whole. Onward and upward, #teambeauty!
All my love,
A special thank you to Brent of Live View Studios for all of these beautiful images!