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Meet Trailblazer Jacqueline Bulajic

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jacqueline Bulajic.

Jacqueline, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was born and raised in Mexico, but at a young age, I developed a strong desire to explore a bit of the world. At age 16, I went abroad by myself for the first time. I stayed with a host family and attended a summer school in Bournemouth, England to keep on improving my English. After that experience, I just couldn’t stop traveling! When I finished high school, I moved to France and enrolled in a language school to learn French. I experienced French life for four months and took advantage to visit other countries in Europe in my free time.

I came back to Mexico to start my university studies. I have a Major in International Business Management, and this major allowed me to keep my passion for travel in the best way I know, having a requirement for its students to study and work abroad. I moved to Brazil for six months while I attended university in Rio de Janeiro, did summer school in Quebec to continue learning French, lived in Spain for eight months for an internship, and I even spent a summer in Sicily working with tourists in a beach club. My curious mind was restless. I loved learning new languages, getting to know new cultures, different ways of doing things, different ways of living and being.

After graduation, I got accepted to a Masters program in Milan. So, I packed my bags and left for my new adventure in Italy. I spent two wonderful years living there, doing my master studies in Fashion Management and then working for an Italian fashion brand of childrenswear. Although I was enjoying my life in Italy and learning so much from my job, life had once again new plans for me. It was time to move back to America, this time to the United States.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
When I moved to the USA in 2015, I found myself blessed to have some time off to dedicate to myself and to further developing my passion for makeup artistry. I always loved the Beauty Industry, and I had taken some basic makeup programs in the past, but here in San Diego, I decided to finally enroll in Beauty school and get my professional makeup artistry certificate.

It was a passion that I had for so long but didn’t have time to fully develop until then.

After I got certified, my husband encouraged me to start pursuing a career in makeup. I have to say I was very hesitant and perhaps even a bit scared at the beginning, but he saw the passion in me and gave me that little push I needed to embark on this journey. I prepared my website, my business cards, and truly dedicated all my energy in this new project.

Starting a new career in a new country was a challenging process. I started from scratch, switching to an industry that I only have dreamed of being part of for so long. In a place where nobody knew who I was, and similarily I didn’t know anyone either. I didn’t start working in the makeup counters or department stores which allows people to build a network and lets others see one’s artistry. Instead, I had to start building my name, my art, and my network. I decided to make the makeup brushes my tools of the trade and of self-expression, and I must say that at this moment I am extremely happy and grateful to be where I am today.

My advice to other young people starting their journey is to be curious, be adventurous! Your passion will take you as far as your will power decides. Take chances and learn from your mistakes. Embrace the changes, travel, go out of your comfort zone, because it’s only then that you realize what you are truly capable of. Don’t give up! It takes time to build your projects, being an entrepreneur takes courage and patience. But most importantly, enjoy the journey.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
I’m a professional makeup artist working as a freelancer throughout San Diego County, and I love how dynamic, rewarding and challenging my job is.

I do makeup not only for special events and weddings but also for professional photo shoots, for TV and video productions, as well as for corporate events and some parties involving the need for special effect artistry.

Makeup artistry is about art, self-expression, and creativity, but my job goes beyond this. My mission is not only to do my art well but to help educate people about having a healthy lifestyle and encourage better self-esteem. It’s about taking the time for ourselves and taking care of our bodies and our skin. Beauty comes from within. It all starts with food and from developing a good skin care routine. Because in this fast-paced and crazy world, we all need to take some time to dedicate to ourselves. Self-care is so important.

I like to encourage my clients to feel comfortable and beautiful in their own skin.

It makes my day when I see my clients pamper themselves – overworked mothers taking one hour out of their busy schedule to dedicate to their own wellbeing; a bride taking some quiet time before the ceremony to relax and be pampered; a teenager who perhaps could use a little bit of encouragement and self confidence before the big dance, and any and every client that grants me the privilege to help them feel confident, strong, healthy and beautiful.

Which women have inspired you in your life?
I am fortunate to be around so many inspiring women thanks to my makeup artistry which helps me have a personal one-on-one session with women doing amazing work in our communities – from authors, to nurses, from teachers to philanthropists, from business leaders to housewives. I also get to enjoy meaningful conversations with my clients, listen to their aspirations as well as their struggles, and these priceless experiences always have something to teach.

There are also so many talented people in the beauty industry doing amazing things through their art; people I admire from the distance, as well as people that I’ve worked with.

I’ve had the privilege of meeting Josie Maran, who first had a very successful modeling career, but then created an industry leading skin care brand trailblazing new and innovating organic ingredients such as Argan Oil and CBD oil, coupling it with some truly inspiring production standards which focus on employing and empowering women in developing countries from where these raw materials are sourced, thus providing the opportunity for meaningful employment and a sense of autonomy for so many women who previously didn’t have them. Meeting Josie and having spent the day with her at Josie Maran Cosmetics Headquarters truly gave me so much motivation. It was a very meaningful experience for me.

Finally, I get inspired by the strong women in my family. My aunts, cousins, sisters, my mother in law, and my mother, of course. They all have a story of strength and perseverance and work every day to make the best of life, through motherhood, entrepreneurship, or civic duty.

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Ian Branson, Jacqueline Sanchez, Peng Shi, Singler Photography, Dani Toscano, Taylor Nicole, Vishaka Kavle

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