According to Forbes out of the 8.6 million businesses owned by women only eleven percent have revenues in excess of $100,000. This means only two percent of women-owned businesses are generating over a million dollars in revenue. Some of the reasons why women business owners aren’t reaching the million-dollar income bracket could be blamed on their inability to take calculated risk and lack of resources. Women also fail to reach higher business revenue because women entrepreneurs are not creating networking opportunities with other women businesses. Utilizing the resources of other female businesses owners could maximize profit for all involved.
This is why examiner.com is highlighting women entrepreneurs every month, that are trying to build their businesses by working with other women entrepreneurs in the DC, Maryland and Virginia area.
Monique Gooden is an entrepreneur who has chosen to work a full-time job while continuing to build her business, Makeup and Glam Inc. (M.A.G Inc.) On her days off she works part-time traveling to client’s homes, events and businesses to create the look of their choice.
What makes Ms. Gooden different from most makeup artist is her ability to create dramatic and special FX looks that transform horror lovers into their favorite characters. She also has the ability to use makeup to highlight her client’s natural beauty.
Ms. Gooden is one of the many women entrepreneurs who participated in the Kamisol Accessories and Fashion Consultancy photo shoot. She’s also an advocate of women entrepreneurs working together as a team.
Her candid interview shows that she has a love for makeup and a work ethic that will continue to increase her success in her entrepreneurial dreams.
How did you get started in makeup?
I was 13 yrs. old when I started getting into makeup. One summer, I got into some trouble (nothing serious just being a hard headed, rebellious kid) so my parents grounded me. I wasn't allowed to go outside, and on top of that we had just moved into a new house in a new town so I hadn't made any new friends yet so I spent a lot of time on YouTube. I stumbled upon some makeup videos and from then on I was absolutely obsessed. I spent hours and hours just watching videos, researching products, reading blogs, writing my own tutorials ( I didn't have a camera), and buying makeup ! I even started my own channel and made videos for a while. I've been hooked ever since.
What are some of your most exciting makeup experiences?
When it comes to doing makeup, no matter what it is I'm excited about it but if I had to choose it would be when I assisted with a celebrity makeup artist for the first time. Her name is Lorena Simpson and she has worked with Ledsi, First Lady Michelle Obama, Angela Bassit, Steve Wonder, etc. My moms’ coworker is good friends with her friend and she told Lorena about me and how passionate I am about makeup. Soon after she called me and she asked me if I wanted to assist her for a wedding and of course I said yes! To make a long story short, I was in absolute bliss the whole day with her. I love being able to sit back, watch, and learn about makeup. I am forever a student and I'm always ready to learn especially from someone who is so genuine and kind. Lorena taught me so much in those few hours and I'm forever grateful for her and that experience.
What are some of your most notable works?
I think my most notable works are my bridal looks. I like clean yet glamorous makeup so I really enjoy bridal work and making the bride feel amazing on her day. On the flip side I also like special fx makeup as well. Its cool being able to create really crazy creatures and venture outside of the book so I also like the special fx work that I've done.
What are two of your favorite photo shoots that you were involved in?
I really enjoyed Kamisol Accessories and Fashion Consultancy photo shoot with Gigi McMillian and the commercial shoot I did with Chet Bennett for his salon in DC. I enjoyed these shoots because everyone worked so well together.
I believe in good teamwork in order for anything involving a lot of different people to run smoothly. There was great energy and great people on both sets, which made the experience more enjoyable.
What is your advice to women who are working a full-time job that's not fulfilling and they want to pursue their passion?
I was actually struggling with this a few weeks ago myself. I knew that makeup is something that I wanted to do for my career but logically I knew that this industry isn't stable work wise and I still have to eat while chasing my dream. I was at a crossroads and I felt I had to choose between what made me happy and what would provide me with stability. I spoke to a friend about this and he said to me,
"Sometimes you have to do what you don't want to do in order to do what you want to do."
This stuck with me, and instead of choosing one or the other I've decided to go with a job that will provide me with stability but I'm also doing what makes me happy on the side waiting for the day that I'm able to make this my full time career. If you have a passion, go for it and never stop chasing it. If its something you really want you will find a way to fulfill that dream while still being able to take care of yourself.
Makeup is my passion because I love it! I love how versatile it is from special FX makeup, Bridal makeup, Arabic style makeup, the list just goes on and on and I think that it’s amazing. Makeup can be traced back centuries in our history but a lot of women don't know how to even use it and that were I come in. I'm able to do someone’s makeup and change how he or she feels about it and even themselves. I love being able to make women feel good and gain confidence in them selves. I'm extremely passionate about what I do and I love it.
How can people contact you for your services?
It’s easy, just head on over to my Facebook page and search M.A.G Inc and there you will be able to see my work. You can send me a message from there or give me a call at 540-847-9717. If email is you're preferred choice of contact my email is email@example.com.
What makes you the best at makeup?
I think what makes me the best at makeup is my never-ending willingness to learn more about it. The makeup industry is forever changing and continues to evolve and I also want to evolve with it. I think when you stop learning you stop growing and that’s when you fall off. I'm the best at what I do because I'm confident in my abilities and I love every second of this journey.