Meet Meghan Asselta
NYIB: Hi Meghan! Thank you for sitting with me. How are you doing? Are you feeling excited or nervous?
Meghan: I am feeling a little bit of both.
NYIB: That is totally understandable. Tell us all a little more about yourself, we know you are already a businesswoman!
Meghan: I graduated from Pratt Institute, with a Bachelor’s degree in photography in 2014. I have my own photography business which is based mostly in engagement, newborn, and maternity photoshoots. I also work with a wedding photographer, which I enjoy as well.
NYIB: That’s amazing! What got you interested in pursuing Esthetics?
Meghan: Well, I have discovered that I want to do eyelash extensions! So, I decided to go to school for Esthetics so I could become licensed. Eventually, I want to be trained and certified to do eyelash extensions. I am happy that this opportunity has opened so many doors for things I didn’t know I’d be interested in.
NYIB: I am so excited to hear that you are discovering new passions!
NYIB: Why did you decide to be licensed in Esthetics, and not Cosmetology?
Meghan: Honestly, I knew nothing about the beauty industry before getting into this. So, I felt as if I was going in blind. I was more interested to learn about Esthetics. It seems like there are more opportunities. I didn’t have any real interest in hair, I like getting my hair done but I didn’t want to learn how to do it. I can’t see myself doing hair. My doing hair is probably not good for anyone! I CAN see myself in the world of face, skin, and anatomy, they interest me more.
NYIB: Before starting school, tell us a little more about what you were up to.
Meghan: I was focusing on building my photography business. Since I started working, I’ve always had multiple jobs at one time, so it wasn’t just photography. I was also working at a tanning salon, which is where I met the woman who was doing eyelash extensions, and originally got me excited about it. She has now converted her salon into an eyelash studio. I am interested in working there after I graduate. I also work at Stony Brook Hospital taking photos of newborns.
NYIB: Oh my, you are very busy. What made you choose NYIB?
Meghan: I knew someone who is in the part-time evening class. She already works at the lash bar. I talked to her and got her opinion, which was positive! I then came in, and had a facial done by her. I was able to see what I would be getting into. I liked what I found, so I decided to go to nyib.
NYIB: I am very glad you did! So, you have been here for a few months now. What would you say is the most interesting thing you have discovered?
Meghan: Well I came in on skin disorders and diseases, and that was fun! I think the most interesting thing would be learning all the different protocols and steps for facials, as well as all the different products and ingredients. I also have been excited to see how much I really enjoy doing makeup. That’s what I was most scared about doing. We recently did fantasy makeup day and it was so much fun!
NYIB: I think becoming more passionate about makeup could really do well for your photography business! It will allow you to bring your own vision to life!
Meghan: Yes, I want to make sure I can deliver the look that I envision.
NYIB: Your Esthetics instructor, Robert, happens to be well versed in both skin care and makeup, specifically things avant garde. How has it been having him as an instructor?
Meghan: He is an awesome teacher. I am not good at taking information in, so the fact that I have been doing so well in class is a big plus! He knows so much, It’s been great gathering knowledge from him.
NYIB: Now that you are getting more into makeup, do you see yourself participating in NYIB Makeup Team events?
Meghan: When it came to doing makeup, I was happy we did fantasy day. I always liked doing makeup at Halloween time every year. I would do something cool and different. It interests me a lot to do the fantasy aspect of Cleopatra, also a siren. One day we did a decade’s theme. It was not easy! I chose the 50s, because I love it. I did a Twiggy inspired look and it was hard. Maybe I could join the team to help out with simple looks. I think I would like to explore special effects!
NYIB: Hey, every makeup artist has their niche! What about coming with us as a photographer?
NYIB: Any advice, or words of encouragement for someone who is just starting to figure out if this is something they want to do?
Meghan: When I first graduated from Pratt Institute, I told myself that I was totally done with school, I was never going to do it again. Then, I started thinking about getting into the beauty industry, and coming here. I found myself becoming really excited. The regiment, the learning, all this new information has been so much fun. Everything I have learned before was art based, and now I have a new field I can grow in!
NYIB: How has it been being back in a classroom, and interacting with everyone? I tell new students all the time, “You’re going to have similar interests, but yet be very varied.” How’s your environment been?
Meghan: It’s refreshing because you have so many different personalities, and we all excel at different things. When it came to makeup, I knew nothing. I was able to rely on a couple of my classmates who gave me advice and taught me some new things. I have really been loving that.
NYIB: What are some of your goals for when you graduate in a few months?
Meghan: My goals are to get to the point where I am completely my own boss, and make my own schedule. I don’t want to report to anyone else. I want to do that in multiple areas. I want my own schedule doing lashes, photography, and makeup. Once it’s all settled, I think I’d like to look at a spa also.
NYIB: If you have time! When it all settles, and you’re doing your thing, you’re your own boss, what do you envision for yourself? What is your 5 or 10-year plan?
Meghan: Hopefully my photography will be doing really well, because I truly love it. The owner of the lash bar has mentioned wanting to have more locations, maybe I will be able to run one of those. Possibly expanding it to be a full-service spa. Why not do a little bit of everything!
NYIB: I definitely see Miss Meghan continuing to be a jack of all trades, but mastering many of them!
I want to thank Meghan again for her time, and we look forward to being a part of her journey as she continues to grow in the beauty industry!
If you have always had a passion for beauty, but never took the plunge, give us a call today at (631) 582 4737! Here at New York Institute of Beauty, our goal is to help people follow their passions, and lead successful lives in skincare, waxing, makeup, and more! We’d love to set up a tour with you to go over all of our opportunities here.
Interviewed and written by Megan Leitch, L.E., NYIB Admissions Representative.