‘To Be Successful, Leave Your Comfort Zone’
In this edition, The Vortex speaks with Miss Oyentunji Oyindamola Ayomiku, from Osogbo in Osun State. A 200-level student of Philosophy at the University of Port Harcourt and last child in a family of six, Ayomiku was born and raised in Port Harcourt. She’s the CEO of Glamorous Per di-em
Tell us about your job
I’m a makeover artist. I make wonderful nail designs, work as a make-up consultant and also make beautiful headties popularly called “Gele”. But majorly, I’m more of a make-up artist, and I own “Glamorous per di-em”, a company that gives top notch make-over sessions and also render professional consultancy in make-up to individuals and corporate bodies.
How long have you been in the business?
Professionally, I started two years ago (2017). I’ve attended several trainings and master classes in make-over. I decided to start my own brand in 2017.
(Laughs). Well I’ll say growing up as a child, I never liked how some adults (particularly females) around me looked in make-ups. Sometimes, they looked too horrible for my liking, and I thought I could do something better. Asides the fact I wanted to do something better, I’ll say I had great passion for makeovers. So, my desire to do something different and the passion I had for the art pushed me into it.
Make-up artist and make-up consultant, how does it work?
As a make-up artist, I get to meet a lot of people with different faces and skin, being a consultant helps me keep my client’s faces in order, by giving them tips and maybe products that could help them.
How do you cope as a student?
I’ll say it’s been God. I’ve not had any time my work and academic activities clash. But even if it does, at this point in time, I don’t think I can sacrifice my academics for my work. If I find myself in a situation where I have a major job to do and it clashes with my academic work, I’ll simply refer my client to someone else I know can do the job perfectly. But in all, I think proper planning has helped me in handling some situations.
Impact of other make-up artists on you
I’ll say it has helped me grow and become better. When I realize there are lots of make-up artists in town and people have enough options to pick from, I simply give my best to ensure I’m among the best make-up artists in town and in the country. I’ve attended several master classes and I’m currently enrolled in one and I’ll keep striving to become the best in what I do.
What are your projections?
In the next three years, I don’t just want to be a great make-up artists. I’m looking forward to having my own make over products. Build an institution where I teach people professional makeovers and be at the top of my business line.
What’s the price for makeover sessions?
Pricing is based on some factors. I consider the personality, event and the class of products to be used. There are high class products and regular products. High class products are usually for bridal makeovers, which are expensive and price ranges from N10,000 – N100,000. Regular makeovers are for normal outings, birthdays, dinners, etc. price ranges from N3,000 – N5,000.
Your advice to other youths.
There’s something you can do. There’s no need waiting for white collar jobs anymore. Besides, the society is not about what you study, but what you can do that puts food on your table. Do whatever you have great passion for. Leave your comfort zone and you’ll become successful.
Is Port Harcourt business friendly?
I’m not from Rivers State, but I’ve lived here for a long time. Truth is, there are lots of opportunities in Port Harcourt. Port Harcourt is business friendly and I believe any serious minded person can become successful here. I’ll advice all youths to leverage on the enormous opportunities Port Harcourt presents.