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Jennifer Olaleye Talks About Her Parents Not Supporting Her Dreams Of Being A Makeup Artist



Getting the support of the people who matter most in choosing a career or in any other thing in life means a lot because these people are the ones who would cheer you on when you get discouraged.

However, what happens when you don’t get the support of your family, but you still want to go ahead with your dreams?

Beauty vlogger, Jennifer Olaleye has a word for you.

When Jennifer started doing makeup, she didn’t know it was going to be something she would love so much to do it full-time, until people started approaching her and she was making good money from it.

After she finished University, she didn’t bother searching for a job as she had already decided to do makeup full-time but getting her dad to understand was really difficult as her father’s definition of being successful is to either be a lawyer or doctor.

She said,

In the beginning, makeup wasn’t something I wanted to do full time. I went to the university oversea and I studied English and Journalism. I love to write, I love to read. When I started to do makeup, I did it as a thing by the side.

As I started doing it on myself, a lot of people used to approach me. After a while, I realised that I actually enjoy doing this. It is really big now but I started doing makeup when it was just becoming a thing especially within the African community.

Weddings were becoming a big thing. People were doing weddings but it wasn’t until like five years ago when people were having hairstylists and amakeup artists, so there was a demand for it.

I was getting booked a lot and I was making good money. And I thought that I wanted to do this full-time. I finished Uni and I wasn’t looking for a job.

My dad, for some reasons, with African parents, the only path to the road to success is Lawyer and Doctor. I guess that’s what you have to be if you want to be successful.

I’m not saying there’s something wrong with being a lawyer or a doctor but that’s not the only way to success. So for me, it was such a big struggle trying to get across to my parents that I’m a creative person and I don’t see myself doing what I studied in school.

It was kind of rough in the beginning, because I didn’t get the support of my parents especially my dad, not until now. He kind of tries to support what I do but I know that he doesn’t 150 percent support it and I don’t know why.

You shouldn’t expect people to understand where you are coming from because the vision or the dream wasn’t given to them.




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