#AFreelancersLife: Sabine from Craft-Up

Here's why I started #AFreelancersLife: To highlight different freelancers every month from all sorts of backgrounds and pick their brains about what they do and how they do it. Check out all previous featured freelancers right here. If you would like to be featured just drop me a line and let me know! Today's post features someone who is actually living my dream (if I'd be a little more patient and a lot more talented, that is): Sabine is a hair & make up artist who is simultanously working on magazine editorials, commercials and movies. In the words of the great Rachel Zoe: I JUST DIEEEEED. Because she's awesome, she decided to share a few things about her experience and freelance work with me.

© Philipp Jelenska/Atelier Karasinski

© Philipp Jelenska/Atelier Karasinski

How long have you been a freelancer and what exactly is it that you do?

I have been working as a freelancing hair and make-up artist since 2012. My clients are magazines, film or ad productions, so I work with tons of different photographers, brands and designers.

How does your typical work day look like, if there is one at all?

I don’t really have a typical work day. If I’m not on set during a photo or video shoot, I spend most of my time working on looks and concepts as well as mood boards for upcoming projects. It’s especially super important to really prepare for beauty shoots so you can then coordinate accordingly with the client as well as the rest of the team. That’s why it’s also common to meet up beforehand and work on a concept together with everyone involved. Apart from that, obviously there is also a lot of admin work and bookkeeping involved!

What does your freelancing work entail regarding activities and duties?

Actually, it’s not only about doing other people’s hair and makeup. If you are a freelancer, you have to be a great communicator, excellent project manager and terrific sales(wo)man as well ;)

What has been your greatest moment so far as a freelancer?

That’s a tough one – I had the pleasure of working on so many great jobs! To me, it’s always the best moments when I’m working with a great team. When everyone has an eye for detail, knows what he wants to achieve and thus helps to create a cohesive and beautiful result. I love to surround myself with beautiful things through my job, and I also love be able to create beauty, but also individuality and harmony, through the work that I do.

How does your previous education and experience tie in with your current freelancer work?

I already knew during my coiffeur apprenticeship that I wanted my daily work life to look different than then. I had so many ideas for shootings, I quickly realized only creating “everyday looks” can’t be everything. I decided to attend the makeup artist school Pure Idea in Munich, and I immediately knew this was the right choice. After that, I was determined to work as a freelancing makeup artist, so I simply went right ahead, contacted a bunch of photographers and told them about my ideas. To be honest, I always made sure to listen to my gut – I knew what I wanted and went my own way.

© Christoph M. Bieber

© Christoph M. Bieber

Do you sometimes have motivational lows?

I wouldn’t necessarily call them motivational lows – sometimes, finding the time to be creative between all the different projects and jobs can be a little difficult. When I notice the stress is getting to my creativity, I try to consciously make time for myself – read a book or take a long walk with friends in order to recharge and energize.

What do you love about being a freelancer? What do you hate?

I love the fact that every day is different. I really enjoy getting to know incredibly fascinating people, seeing lots of different locations and the fact that I am able to do what I love. Ever since I work as a freelancer, I feel like this is where I always wanted to be and that I’m really lucky to have such flexibility. What I don’t like about being a freelancer is clients who try to get me to lower my prices significantly – I take my work seriously, and I am also aware of its value.

How do you structure your day: When are you taking breaks, when are you working, when are doing which tasks in particular?

When I’m on set, it’s always very busy! We usually even eat lunch during the shooting and work the whole day. When I’m not on set, I figured out that I’m very productive during the day, and thus try not to work in the evenings or at night.

Which are your favorite 3 websites and/or apps you’re using on a regular basis regarding your freelance work?

I love IntoTheGloss! It’s my favorite makeup blog because it’s so inspiring. I am also using Instagram. I think it’s a great place to share my work. I always try to give my followers a look behind the scenes as well and let them see little bits and pieces of my personal life. Another app that’s vital to me is Google Maps – I use it every day to find the fastest way to all the different locations I have to go.

Tell us about an exciting project you have worked on which made you proud (can be old & current, your own or for a client)

I love all projects I work on together with Laura Karasinski from Atelier Karasinski. Her projects are always exciting, great and so much fun. I feel honored to be part of her team! This is another fact I love about my job: I’m able to work with such inspiring people, get to know them better and also - like with Laura - become friends with them.


If you want to keep in touch with Sabine and her work, make sure to follow her on Facebook and Instagram or check out her website for more of her beautiful work.


Thanks for taking the time to read this! I'm Melinda and I offer creative and strategic coaching for passionate solopreneurs and freelancers. Connect with me onTwitter or sign up for my bi-weekly newsletters for more information and resources on #AFreelancersLife.