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Check Out Shaylene Pase’s Story

Hi Shaylene, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
Growing up, I was never entirely sure what I wanted to do with my life. I didn’t have the best childhood so all I knew was I needed to get out of the small town I grew up in. After graduating high school in Westport, WA, I moved across the country to sunny Florida. I worked as a server before deciding to go to cosmetology school. Doing hair and makeup was an interest of mine, due to the fact of a shorter education program compared to many other careers, the ability to be your own boss and be creative. After I graduated from Paul Mitchell the School- Jacksonville, I moved to Orlando, FL. After about 6 months of bartending and doing hair and makeup on set, I decided I needed to submerge myself into the beauty and entertainment industry if I wanted to reach my career goals. I went on a whim and started my hair and makeup business with no clients, and no clue what I was doing. Fortunately, I work at an amazing salon with an amazing team to show me the ways and keep my head up. I was in my first year of being self-employed when someone offered me money to model for their clothing line. Now being a model was never a dream of mine. Even being on set as an artist, I got offered the opportunity but it never appealed to me. I have a business mindset so when I realized I could make money off doing such a thing, I dove head first, no looking back, Now I have been modeling professionally full time for over 2 years, while still maintaining my hair and makeup business. I didn’t get here by luck, and probably not even skill. I got where I am and I’m going where I’m going because I never stop working hard and never let negative outside sources in.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Nothing in my life has been a smooth road. I got thrown into the “figuring it out” lifestyle at a young age and that’s just how I’ve continued to live my life. Starting a business, in a new city, when the only people you know are your roommates and a couple friends, was probably not my smartest move. It was a struggle to pay my bills and now I have to come up with booth rent and buy product?! I spent countless days and nights want to give up and just go back to bartending but my soul wouldn’t let me. I always told myself that you will get where you want to be if you just try hard enough. So that’s what I did. In both of my careers, I never have a guaranteed paycheck. To most people, that’s a crazy way to live. I’m constantly dealing with cancellations, no call no shows, and things that just don’t work out. And when those things don’t work out, I don’t get paid. Everything in my life is “tentative”, and that’s stressful. But like everything, you take the good with the bad and being my own boss has been worth all the struggles.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I have been doing hair and makeup professional since 2015. I have been a self-employed artist since 2017. Not only do I work in a salon, I work on set for photo shoots, weddings, events, etc… I have a natural style that enhances beauty, not changes it. I am also a full-time model. I have been modeling for 2.5 years. Unintentionally, modeling has become full time over hair and makeup. In the modeling industry, you can find me in the back of a catalogue, or naked in a tree; just depends on the day. What sets me apart in modeling is my “alternative” look that consists of many tattoos, piercing, black hair and undercut. Unlike most, I was happy to not go the “commercial” route and it seems to be working out well.

Before we go, is there anything else you can share with us?
I’m starting a cooking show! It’s called Barely Cooking with Chef Shay and it will be launching on YouTube and IGTV in 2021.

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Photographers; Anna Frolova , EJ Holley, Vito Servido, Jacob Smith

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