Today we’d like to introduce you to Sabrina Geraghty.
Sabrina, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
For as long as I can remember, I was the girl who was always drawing in class and doodling on her jeans. Art in all forms was my escape, like reading a book. But instead of seeing other artwork, I got to create and bring my concepts into real life, that I could share with others. Growing up in foster care at such a young age, art and writing were releases for any depression or anger. It’s a very good outlet, a therapy for me. I would write songs or poems about how or what I was going through at the time, I would draw characters or doodles going through emotions or fairytales things like fairies and gremlins in a magical forest. I always loved everything about magic and folklore because it gave me hope and faith in the future, (even though I know fairy tales aren’t real, lol). Growing up, I always knew I wanted to do something art related or working with animals because I’m such a huge animal lover. I spent my high school years at a vocational school where I studied electrical.
Although I completed the 4-year program, I knew I didn’t want to wear steel-toed boots for the rest of my career, I’m a sandal person. So, after high school, I completed all requirements and licensing to become a tattoo artist. I took up tattooing for a short time as well as body piercing, I was only 19 and still on the fence of what it was I wanted to do completely. I find myself always trying to learn new things and expanding any knowledge of anything that peaks my interest. There is something rewarding about completing a certification or program. After a few years of being in the tattoo industry, I just felt that it was lacking something and I pursued a career in cosmetology. After completing the Cosmetology program at Kay Harvey Beauty Academy of hair design, I then worked my two years in a salon to advance to a Type 1 cosmetology license. (This is so you can work alone and not under someone or open your own salon.) The salon I worked at was very corporate and after my two years and having experience under my belt, I decided to find a salon that was more family operated where I didn’t feel like just a pawn and had opportunities for advancement. I spent some time there as well as working for a wholesale hair distributor. I always found myself going to more seminars, classes, and training for hair and makeup even though a lot of my skills are self-taught. In between all of the everyday job stuff, I was painting or doing craft projects.
One Halloween, I was inspired to dabble with body paints after thinking how much I could save on actual canvas because I could body paint myself and wash it off. My very first body paints were a deer and vampire Halloween makeup. I immediately fell in love with being able to transform myself into anything my heart desired. I created The Enchanted Taurus to showcase all my artwork and to inspire and collaborate with others.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
In my personal journey, I have had quite a few bumps, in beauty school, I was a victim of the June 1st, 2011 tornado that left me homeless and left with nothing. I had to take a break from beauty school to try and get all my finances and finding a new home for me and my son. I felt hopeless and the only thing on my mind was trying to figure out how to rebuild the home I worked so hard to create. I stayed in a hotel for a few months while continuing beauty school I attended day and night classes to try to make up the hours faster, all while working to save money for a new home. The beauty industry is very competitive and that alone has its struggles, but my advice is to never give up. A lot of things can go wrong, life with throw struggles through your journey to where your going, but don’t give up because when you work hard, to get where you want to be it’s such a rewarding and positive thing. If your thinking of going to beauty school, in my experience they don’t teach you as much as you would expect. So, don’t be afraid to start learning now. The good thing about social media and networking is that you can almost learn anything from videos and be talking with others. I get a lot of my followers who ask me how to gain followers or to criticize their work, but my advice is if your just starting don’t get discouraged because we all start somewhere. Learn what works and what doesn’t for you, stay positive and stay inspired. Try new things and collaborate with others. Trying new things can help you find your style (this is your style that when people see your work they immediately know it’s yours). Don’t get caught up in how many followers or what people like and don’t like. Be true to yourself, surround yourself with others who support you on your journey, don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and most of all have fun. My favorite part about social media is meeting other artist’s or people with similar interest, we support chat, collaborate and have fun. I do support any suggestions that people have but I don’t tolerate bullies or negative people. You don’t want your passion to feel like a burden does it for the right reasons and love yourself while you’re doing it.
What should we know about The Enchanted Taurus? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I specialize in Bridal Hair and makeup throughout the year. I am mostly known for my body painting|fantasy makeup and art concepts. I also make one of a kind dream catchers. I’m very proud of all the accomplishments I have achieved as an artist. I’m grateful for all the opportunities and hopefully future opportunities to come my way. I feel proud of my brand The Enchanted Taurus, my goal for The Enchanted Taurus is to keep inspiring others. Helping, teaching or coaching other artists in any way I can. Every day I strive to continue to learn and create through positivity, love.
Looking back on your childhood, what experiences do you feel played an important role in shaping the person you grew up to be?
I would like to think so. As I stated before, growing up in foster care can be a very extremely difficult thing to endure. There is a lot to be said about developing strength through adversity. So, I think that having to find something to get me through those times, helped me find something to stay passionate about. Mindset is a very important thing and I firmly believe that when you set good intentions and goals, it’s most certainly aids in success.
- Email: Hairismyart11@gmail.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/the_enchanted_taurus/
- Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/enchantedtaurus
- Other: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UC9saRLur5aIOZtkRNPjqe1g