We had the good fortune of connecting with Ciara Pacheco and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ciara, other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?
Taking the time to invest into my mental health has been the single most important decision I made in my career as a self-employed artist. Regardless of the industry, I think we can all agree that working for yourself is in the simplest of terms.. hard. It takes the upmost dedication to yourself, your craft and your success with no one there to constantly push you – That is part of your job. It is extremely rewarding yet… very difficult. But it’s not enough to anticipate the basic challenges of starting your own business or being self-employed. The mental toll of taking on the task of an entire team is challenging in itself. Which is why it is so important to invest into your own mental health and find healthy ways to decompress. I made the mistake early on by not acknowledging the effects of self-employed-stress on my physical and mental health. It lead me to slowly blame my career choice when in reality, I just had to adjust my mental state. My biggest piece of advice? If you’re feeling overwhelmed or burnt out, try not to blame your art and what you love to do! Rather find ways to adjust and shift your thought process to prioritize yourself, above your work and know that it is okay to do so. 

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
It’s important to know makeup has no limits! I started my career as a makeup artist doing abstract and unconventional looks. I love creating things that cause people to question makeup, and how it “should” be worn. That being said, I also love to creat things that people will see and say “I want to wear that look!”. Anything I can do to spark creativity in people who are viewing my work! It’s not easy pushing boundaries in an industry that is focused primarily on conventional beauty but it sure is fun.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
It’s not possible for me to narrow it down to one person who has impacted my story, the most but I can surly mention a few. I’ll start with my mother, who has given me my strength to confront my mental challenges, head on. My father, who has blessed me with his creative ability and pushed me to be my most creative self. My Fiancé, Clint, who is my very best friend and biggest support. And just as important, my friends (some call them followers) via social media, who take the time to like, share and comment on my work.

Instagram: Instagram.com/civrie

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