Today we’d like to introduce you to Amelia Thorp.
Hi Amelia, 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?
Hey, I am Amelia! I am a bridal hair and makeup artist specialist! I like to say that I got my start very young. There wasn’t a week that went by that I didn’t play hair salon, wedding, nail salon, and sometimes even photoshoot with my sisters (and occasionally my brothers if I could rope them in!).
In college, I was originally going for a BSN, my heart has always been with serving others. I still consider myself a mega nerd and that definitely carried into my studies in cosmetology school. Shortly after I started cosmetology school, a little thing called covid happened. Cause school online was something else.
I spent many, MANY hours sitting in from of a computer listening to lectures, wrapping endless amounts of perms on mannequins, and studying from my books as well as Instagram. I quickly fell in love with styling hair. I bought a super fancy mannequin and I just played with hair and was always quick to show off the newest thing I figured out to my teachers.
Ms. Donna always asked if they could dance at prom, and I am happy to report that the styles hold through wedding parties.
After returning to school, I went in even harder with styling hair. I knew that is what I was going to be doing afterward and I let everyone know it. I mastered the art of hiding bobby pins with some help from Ms. Sheena and Ms. Shaye, and took in every ounce of information anyone could give me! I did all this while still wrapping perms, cutting hair, seeing clients, extensively learning color theory, and also establishing myself as the balayage queen.
Eventually, the super amazing Sophia of Sophia Hutch Glam found me on Instagram and asked if I would be interested in assisting her with a few weddings. The only obvious answer was, “HECK YES!!” She’s taught me so much and helped me truly find and live out my passion. I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else! I had over 25 weddings in my first year, both assisting and some of my own.
Now, I like to keep myself busy with at least a wedding a week to keep up with my 2022 goals. I absolutely adore glamming up brides’ and their squads on one of the most special days of their lives! I truly couldn’t imagine doing anything else!
It definitely has not been a smooth road! Like I mentioned with covid, it made things pretty rough. To add to that, I had a one-and-half-year-old and was pregnant with my second most of my schooling. Being a mom with little girls, while going to school, working weddings, and starting up a business sounds about as crazy as it was!
Making a new name in a saturated market also has its own challenges. I used to look at what everyone else was doing around me and how I felt I was so far behind them. That only held me back from my own growth. We are all on different journeys and I needed to focus on mine and my brides.
I am constantly learning new techniques and styles to hone my craft and build my brand. It’s been a long road to get to the skills I have now, but I only offer the best of the best to my clients. I know my hard work was not in vain when I see my bride’s look in the mirror on the wedding day and true, blissful joy is radiating from her!
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I think many women think back to the super intense bridal trends of the 80s and 90s and freak out about hair and makeup.
I’ve also come across many women that are still scarred from prom hair and makeup they had done many, many years ago. With all of that in mind, I love to create something that will be timeless. When people look at their wedding photos 5, 10, or 20 years down the road, I want them to still think, “Wow! I looked stunning!”
I adore crafting something unique for each bride I work with. I like to learn a little bit about her and what she loves in all aspects of her life and I channel that into creating something totally unique to her! In the same way, you might commission an artist to make you a piece, I like to think of myself being commissioned to make a custom hairstyle and makeup look.
No two people will ever be alike, and no two brides will have all the same details.
Where do you see things going in the next 5-10 years?
Currently, we are in one of the largest wedding booms in over 40 years.
I definitely think that there will be an adjustment period after things settle down. As I predict the demand to slowly die down, there might be many artists like myself having to readjust our whole business model.
However, as more and more artists come out, niche down, and specialize, it will help brides find their perfect artist! So while I do think the demand will decrease within the next five years, we will start making many more dream connections between artists and brides. I can’t wait to see what the next decade brings to this industry and all the lovely people I’ll get to meet because of it!
- Website: www.ameliathorp.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/athorp_bridal/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/athorp.bridal/?ref=page_internal
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