For this week’s blog, we have something a little different for you! Once a month we are interviewing some of our fabulous Pink Lady, makeup artists. Our Christchurch store manager, Jack has been through some rough times, experiencing natural disasters and we wanted to sit down and chat with him about how he managed to get through those tough moments.
Hi Jack! How long have you lived in Christchurch and been managing our beautiful store there?
I have lived in Christchurch for 8 years, and have been managing the Phoenix Counter since June 2015.
Have you experienced many earthquakes whilst living in Christchurch?
I have felt all the major big ones and most of the aftershocks, apart from a year when I moved to Auckland during the beginning of the rebuild.
How did the bigger and more severe earthquakes affect you?
The first big one in September didn’t really affect me much because it was at 4.30am in the morning but was terrifying waking up to it. The February one affected me the most, I was in the city centre the day it happened and I saw things a 17-year-old should never have to see. I suffered really bad depression for a few years.
How did makeup help you to deal with those situations?
Makeup gave me something to focus on that wasn’t earthquakes and I like making my clients happy and feel special because life is short.
Did you find that your clients and customers were also helped by makeup?
After the big Kaikoura earthquake, I had a few clients come in for some eyelash extensions and some products because they had a bad week and wanted to feel special and treat themselves.
Prior to that did you realise that makeup could actually be therapeutic?
I was a hairdresser before becoming a makeup artist and I used to think that getting a head massage was the best thing ever… but I was wrong. Having someone do your eyebrows is so much better!
What advice would you give to others that have experienced similar natural disasters or trauma?
All I can say is talk to someone if you ever feel like you need to, don’t bottle it up because that won’t make things get better any quicker. Find something that interests you and takes your mind off the disaster and focus on just becoming the better you.
UPDATE: Since writing this article The Port Hill fires took place. We are sending love to all of our customers and their families in Christchurch that have been affected. We are so saddened to hear of what is happening and hoping everyone is doing okay. Kia kaha! x