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Daily Inspiration: Meet Indya Davis

Today we’d like to introduce you to Indya Davis.

Hi Indya, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I started Indya J. Makeup Artistry one day after everyone constantly asked me to start doing other people’s makeup. I’ve done others’ makeup when I was in high school and throughout my freshman year of college but once the pandemic happened I gave up. I didn’t have any motivation to start again until I came to Houston and met people who complimented my work and wanted me to perfect my craft. I started taking clients through the promotion team I was working for at the time. Everyone around me motivated me and supported my dream. Although it is difficult finding clientele, I promote myself by word-of-mouth and social media. It has been a struggle but I remind myself every day why I continue to want my business to grow.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It hasn’t been a smooth road. There were weeks when I was booked every day almost and it’s been weeks where I haven’t had any clientele. I’m still struggling and still growing daily. It is hard making a name for yourself in a city that you are not from and barely know anybody in, you have to work a little harder than most sometimes. It’s also hard to find those people who want to support your business and those that genuinely support you.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
My craft is makeup. I am passionate about woman’s self-confidence. I am most proud of stepping out of the shadows and being able to show my work. What sets me apart is that my makeup looks are not the heavy makeup looks that we see on social media. It is a “beat” but it’s more of a natural beat that looks flawless on every skin tone.

Can you talk to us about how you think about risk?
The risk I have taken is stepping out of my comfort zone. I was always scared to start my makeup business because I didn’t do makeup like the celebrity stylist and those are the people I look up to. I had to realize that my way will be a way that someone might like and it took me a minute to realize that.

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