Young entrepreneur inspires unemployed young
A young businesswoman in the makeup industry has urged unemployed young people to pursue their dreams and ignore criticism.
The owner of Glam Booth Samoa at Fugalei, Angel Ah Tune, made comments to the many thousands of people in the tourism industry who lost jobs.
The 19-year-old from Malifa told the Samoa Observer she uses her artistic skills with makeup to enhance people’s beauty and physical attributes.
“My dream to be a makeup artist all started during my years in high school,” she said.
Ms. Ah Tune added that straight after school she wanted to pursue her dream.
Recently she became a self-taught artist through watching makeup tutorials on social media and managed to practice on herself and siblings.
Her journey as a makeup artist started doing makeup for students going to school proms before moving to weddings.
“I also took part as an artist in the Life Con [a platform where designers, hair and make-up artists, models, photographers are able to present their services in a fashion event organised by Events, Marketing and Distribution and Emerging Artists],” said Ms. Ah Tune.
“The experience in the fashion shows gave me the opportunity to provide services for models [and] photoshoots.
As her business and clientbase grew she began to diversify into more expensive branded products like Mac cosmetics.
“I believe that there is a high demand for the kind of services I provide and it caters to various people, mostly I am booked for weddings, my busiest days are during prom season but sometimes for photoshoots," she said.
“With the lockdown, business has been slow but I am still happy that I am living the dream."
She says the only challenge she faces is when older clients look down on her just because she is young.
“Sometimes clients will not pay because they think I am too young and do not know anything but I believe that my youth, sense of exploration and hunger for more knowledge plus my own creativity makes me as an individual different from the rest," the budding entrepreneur said.
“I feel that makeup can make people feel confident and beautiful in their own way.
“My advice for the unemployed youths is to start small so long as you start somewhere, success does not happen overnight, we have to work for it.”
Ms. Ah Tune added that her biggest supporters are also her motivation which is her family: “I want to grow my business to include a boutique to sell clothes and also a hair salon, I wanted to prove that you don’t have to be a doctor to succeed."