Doing Work that Brings Her Joy
What is all the hoopla about this TikTok app?
I wanted to find out, so I turned to a young woman who has spent many summers in Maine and who has had over two million hits on one video.
My goodness! To interview Emiley Randall, a 17-year-old TikTok star—with some of her projects reaching millions of folks—was certainly enlightening! Her self-taught talent speaks for itself, however. She creates elaborate art works on herself, using makeup and body paint like no one else.
When talking with Emiley what astounded me was her perspective on life, her understanding—at a young age—of how happiness is attained. When I asked Emiley about her ambitions, she had one quick answer:
“I aspire to be happy and to do something in this world that brings me joy.”
She spoke about how she spent summers on Maine beaches with her grandmother, Karen Randall. She would often hear adults talking on the beach about their jobs and how much they hated going to work.
“I committed to myself at a young age that I would do something that I loved for work,” Emiley told me.
And perfecting the art of makeup gives her this joy.
I imagined that Emiley would have her artwork all over her home. But she says, “no.” She only does makeup, on herself and others. “When I was 15 years old, I set out to make a decision that changed the rest of my life. Even when I was young, I was so interested in makeup. By the time I was able to afford it, I was creating makeup looks almost every day.”
In describing her progression these past few years, Emiley says, “I started out with SFX makeup, which contains gore and fake bloody makeup, and then I changed my whole course of my work. When I was 16, I started makeup fulltime. I would create unbelievable eye shadow looks, and I got better over a short amount of time.”
“Not knowing it would be my future, I developed it to be a hobby,” she continues. “Soon, around the corner, in October of 2019, I started my first video on the social media platform TikTok. Looking back at it now, I can’t believe how much I have grown to be the person I am today. Since the quarantine started in 2020, I have had a lot of playtime, figuring out makeup and watching other creators on social media do the same. I was blessed with the opportunity to have done some makeup in the past for weddings. By October 2020 I had done 10 bridesmaids and a bride. Around the same time, I started body paint, which I noticed got a lot of attention on TikTok and Facebook. So much so that one of my videos got over two million views with almost five hundred thousand likes.”
Some of her work takes her many, many hours. “These ‘looks’ can take 4 hours,” Emiley says, “but the longest look that I have done was 18 hours. Seeing so many people comment on my videos and enjoying them lifted a great deal off my shoulders. I was skeptical at first, but then I saw that I could turn my dream into a reality.”
Now, in the spring of 2021, Emiley has been offered a job in Boston. It is a good job at a makeup studio that does makeup for people in the television news industry. This opportunity, she says, “is allowing me to conquer my dreams as a makeup artist and finally to achieve something I was wishing to achieve. And with over five thousand followers on TikTok, I am creating a website and Facebook page to reach more people.”
Looking ahead, Emiley says, “Next, I am planning to go to college to study more about skincare and makeup. I am beyond excited to see what is in my future and what I might turn out to be!”