In Her Suitcase is an interview section on Pink My Ride that turns the spotlight on women who inspire me, who can inspire you, and who try to create their best lives by coloring their journeys in their own unique and remarkable ways.
Everyone, I’d like you to meet today’s interviewee, Joana Dy! We fondly call her Jo or Jody.
Jody is a healthcare advocate. With her skills, dedication, and hard work, Jody has rapidly climbed up the corporate ladder of no less than the country’s leading healthcare company. But she’s more than just a young and successful urban professional.
Jody is also a purveyor of beauty. Despite her busy and demanding day job, she has responded to that little voice inside her telling her to pursue her other passion which is makeup artistry. Amazing how this lady is able to gracefully balance advocating health through her professional career, and helping others appreciate their own beauty through makeup artistry. What’s even more remarkable is how she’s made these two passions complement each other.
There are several things I’ve learned from Jody through this interview — faith to pursue dreams, guts to ask for help (because people WILL help you), courage to start small and carry on despite the odds, and giving back to family. Read on as Jody shares with us a couple of pages from her story.
(This interview is quite lengthy but I chose not to edit it because everything she said was just so inspiring, so I hope you finish reading it!)
So, what’s keeping you busy lately?
JODY: Career-wise, it’s been quite an exciting 2014 both for my corporate work and makeup artistry. While I strive to make a difference at my work in Unilab, I’ve also taken a big leap with my personal craft by finally pursuing bridal makeup starting this year. As early as January, I’ve completed the photo shoot for my first ever bridal makeup portfolio. And last May, I was thrilled to have worked with my first bride!!!
Can you tell us a bit more about your journey? What has brought you to where you are now?
JODY: My mom tells me that since I was 3, she knew I would probably become a makeup artist someday because everyday, I’d sit by her to watch her do her makeup. She would even catch me playing with her mascara. But makeup artistry, specifically, remained to be a personal passion until I finally decided to do something about it last 2011. I was 28 then and found myself one day asking this question: “What else do I want to do, achieve and experience before I turn 30?” Not surprisingly, becoming a makeup artist made it to my bucket list. And there goes the start of my beautiful journey.
I took lessons from makeup artist Cherry Pacheco, who was also my mentor. I enrolled in weekend classes at the Makeup Design Academy. It was difficult giving up my weekends to attend classes and accomplish our hands-on assignments. But not long after, I did it! I completed my finals and became a professional makeup artist. At first, I would just have close family and friends as clients and assist Cherry Pacheco on some occasions. As I continued to build on my portfolio in Facebook and Instagram, I eventually got to meet and service new clients. I knew I wanted to also do bridal makeup but somehow, the idea of it scared me. So I made a conscious effort to keep improving, and finally last year, one of my good friends got engaged and asked if I could be her makeup artist for her wedding. I couldn’t explain the feeling, but I just knew then that being part of someone’s wedding day, more so my friend’s, would be a wonderful blessing and would give me a sense of fulfillment.
Feeling more confident about the idea of working with brides, I then started planning a bridal photo shoot. Good thing I have officemates who could model for me and friends who are freelance photographers. Being a fan of Rosa Clara gowns, I took my chance on partnering with them for my project and couldn’t be happier that they supported it! I’d say completing this first bridal photo shoot has been the most fulfilling I have accomplished so far as a professional makeup artist, having put my whole heart into it to come out with a beautiful bridal makeup portfolio. Launching it and having it featured in Rosa Clara’s page has also opened up more opportunities for me to make more women look and feel more beautiful, more confident, not by changing their appearance, but by bringing out their natural beauty. Needless to say, I look forward to working with more brides as I continue on my journey as a makeup artist.
Any amazing discoveries about yourself along the ride?
I think the most important realization I’ve had in the past two and a half years is that I am in control of my life. In the past, I always felt like I didn’t have the time to do anything else other than corporate work. I was just too busy. In truth, it was probably just an excuse because maybe I had fears then. But as soon as I took charge and pursued my personal passion, I also felt more energized and inspired with life in general.
I’ve also realized how blessed I am to be able to make a difference by advocating
healthcare with my work at Unilab, and advocating beauty and confidence with makeup artistry. Beyond the fulfillment, this whole experience has also become more meaningful as it has allowed me to give back to my family and the community in my own little ways. Somehow, I hope that it also serves to inspire my friends to be confident about their talent and pursue their dreams.
Now more than ever, I choose to continue to be in control of my dreams, my life and my happiness.
What’s in store for the road ahead?
I see myself balancing my corporate work, makeup artistry, family time, social life and also exercise (something I have been putting off for years). Because I realize all these are what would keep me inspired to keep evolving as a person.
Each day will be a continuous effort for me to devote time to people and things that are important to me. (Am I allowed to mention finding true love here? Hahaha because it’s also part of the plan!)
What does “coloring the journey” mean to you?
Going on a journey, for me, is all about knowing what you want, doing something about it, and making it happen. But you need to color the journey to give it more meaning. Go out of your comfort zone and discover things about yourself that you never imagined you’re capable of. Be very clear with the reasons why you’re going on the journey, because only then will you find fulfillment. Use your talent to give back and share God’s blessing. Make each journey count and make it part of your life’s purpose.
Life is a journey and in every trip or journey, we bring suitcases. Inside our “life suitcases” are the lessons we have picked up along the journey that we take with us wherever we go. What’s in your suitcase?
1) Don’t wait until you’re about to reach 30, before figuring out what you’d want to do and explore. Think about how you’d like yourself and your life to be remembered. Take control of your life and pursue your dreams while you’re young.
2) Persistence is going to be your best buddy during your journey. As you pursue your dreams, you may stumble or face animosity. You may even get tempted to just quit if it becomes too challenging. But going through these is part of the journey, all you need to do is keep believing in yourself and never give up.
3) Know what’s important in your life and what gives you happiness, then see how this aligns with your dreams. Pursuing your dreams doesn’t have to mean sacrificing something else.
For bookings, appointments or collaborations, you may get in touch with Jody through Instagram: @joanady. Below are before-and-after shots of some of Jody’s favorite work, as well as photos from her bridal portfolio. Hope you enjoy going through them and I hope you enjoyed reading the interview!
You may view the entire portfolio here. You may also search the #makeupbyjoanady hashtag on Instagram to view more of her work.
Thank you, Jody, for your time! So sorry this took a bit long. I wish you an even more beautiful 2015! And yes, that includes finding true love.
More exciting interviews lined up for 2015!!!