So today it happened. It was one of those moments I had been waiting for my entire life, literally. I set my alarm for 9:30, grabbed my morning coffee and a doughnut and waited for 10 o’clock to come around. The moments seemed to pass like hours as I waited for Southern Weddings to announce “The Best of the South Awards” also know as “The Pineys”. I had found out a month and a half earlier that I had been selected as a Finalist for Best Make-up Artist. This was such an amazing accomplishment, especially since I had started working in a new location and re branded only months earlier. I could feel my heart beat out of my chest harder and harder as every moment drew closer to 10. And then when 10 o’clock came I refreshed my pages every second to make sure I didn’t miss the live announcements. I prayed right before the show started “I’ve never wanted anything so bad. Please GOD!” And then something happened… my category came up. “And for Best Make Up Artist we have Katy Lynn Beauty!” Wait, What?! I WON! In complete shock, I fell to tears! I immediately called my husband and I could tell, he too was in complete shock! This was by far the greatest accomplishment I had ever received and I just couldn’t believe it was real.
Next was the phone call to my mother. I had texted my mom right before the awards show to let her know they were announcing the winners this morning. Knowing all the people in my category had HUGE names and are highly respected in our industry, I believe we had both accepted that being a finalist was such a huge ordeal in itself and no matter what this was a big milestone! So the phone rang and my mom picked up in the shower and all she could hear was me crying. She called me back a few minutes later and with concern in her voice I heard her say ” What’s wrong”…. “I WON MOM!”… Then came multiple screams of excitement from both ends of the phone and my mother broke out into tears as well. Apparently, knowing how tough this win would be, Mom had already brainstormed ways to make me feel better after my loss like any good mother would! Luckily, she didn’t have to do this today! (Save the ice cream for another day mom, I’m sure I will need it eventually)
It was in this conversation with My Mother that she sarcastically brought to my attention that SHE was the reason I won this award. She told me she was the one who bought me my first piece of make up, She was the one who was my boss and taught me everything I know, She was the one who encouraged me. Mom, I know you may have been sarcastic but YOU are totally correct. You see, what lots of people don’t know is that my love for this industry started at 2 years old. I remember Christmas morning waking up to my very own salon set from Santa! I couldn’t even tell you at what age I started wearing make-up because my Mom never told me I couldn’t. She always just taught me the right way to apply it or told me when I was looking crazy (which was often). I got to see my mom do make up first hand at bridal shows and events and I always admired her! She did my make up for all my big events; school dances, prom, and even my wedding day. At 17, My Mom encouraged me to apply for a Promotional Consultant Position at Clinique. After I got the job, my Mom became MY BOSS! And ya’ll, watching her work is something amazing. Not only is she extremely talented and highly professional, but she can turn people in to her best friend in less than a minute. She’s just amazing like that. Like most parents, mine encouraged me to go to college and I did… My parents joke that I majored in my Sorority as there was really nothing else there that I enjoyed. I spent three years of my life looking for a major that I would enjoy doing every day and could never find one thing that I would be happy doing. Before my junior year, my mom asked me why I was wasting my time paying for school to do something I hate when I could go to Beauty School and do something I love. Now believe it or not, this was a very hard decision. There is a HUGE stigma that comes along with Beauty School especially the infamous “Well, school just ins’t for everyone…”. Well friends, I could have finished college and been successful doing whatever boring job I would have got for that one piece of paper, or I could go a different path and enjoy my life every single day. And that’s exactly what I did. And I hope that I made my Mom proud.
So although to her these comments she made over the phone may have been a joke, to me they are my reality. So Mom, thank you. Thank you for believing in me and letting me pursue my dreams. Thank you for always being my number one cheerleader and for knowing I had all the potential in the world. This win isn’t for me, it’s for you and I couldn’t have done it without you.
I love you, Mom!