Anecdote: My Dreams and Nightmares of Becoming a Beauty Writer / Editor

My ultimate dream is to hopefully someday become a beauty editor for a magazine, and/or maybe become a famous blogger.

But I often have thoughts and fears that haunt me as I pursue my career goals. For one thing, I know that journalism as a whole is not doing fabulously well these days, with everything now being digitally published (which makes it harder to profit off of) instead of by print.

I am also afraid of the field itself. Will writing be enough for me to live comfortably and happy? Will it be enough to feed a family?

Will I even make it to become a well-accomplished, successful writer?

Lastly, one of my biggest and most detrimental thoughts that constantly pops through my mind:  Will others respect my career as a writer (for beauty might I add) and see myself as accomplished as they might be? I know I shouldn’t be worrying about petty things like that, but it’s a true thought. And this all adds to the fact that I’m a first-generation American-born girl of Filipino descent, and I’m sure we know the typical Asian stereotype — we all have to grow up to be pursuing careers that involve math and science. I just hope that my Titos and Titas understand that writing can be a reputable career as well.

But in the end, I’ll just have to remember that I’m doing what I love — and the wealth of that will be far satisfying than anything else. Just interning for one semester and having a taste of beauty editor life (struggles of having writers block during each story and perks of attending glamorous events and getting beauty products) reassured my desire to work in the beauty (and writing) industry.

I also have to remember that even though I’m pursuing a job that thrives not off of stability but of creativity (red alert everyday), all I have to do is work extremely hard at what I do and love it.

If you really want something, just go for it. One hundred percent.

And, don’t give up. Because at least one person believes in you. (Me!)

Love you guys! Hope that whatever you want to do in life, that you reach your goals! I’m always happy to hear another finally feel like they’ve accomplished their own unique perception of success (because success does NOT always mean money).

Much love,

Shanon

4 Replies to “Anecdote: My Dreams and Nightmares of Becoming a Beauty Writer / Editor”

  1. Love this! I have been having the same thoughts about journalism and beauty blogging lately since that’s what I’m studying too. Keep doing what you’re doing! 🙂
    Feel free to check out my blog too if you’re interested in makeup & health & DIY projects @ http://erinfinity.com/ 🙂

  2. Hi there, I am also a Filipino and even though I wasn’t born and raised here, I am able to achieved my goal and that is to work in Human Resources.. For some it may not be a big deal, but for me especially that I have no solid background here in U.S and like you said “the stereotype” thing.. It didn’t really bothered me in pursuing what I love.. Since your Tito and Tita’s are Filipino, I’m sure they will understand and for sure will support you all the way!

  3. To me, what you’ve accomplished is a big deal! I’m so happy that you’ve found something you enjoyy and were able to reach your goals 🙂 that itself is inspiration for me^^

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