We had the good fortune of connecting with Camille Roark and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Camille, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I was working a career in which I didn’t feel valued. Working a full-time professional job occupied so much of my days, I spent significant time outside my day job, trying to fit in the one thing I was most passionate about. I was running myself ragged trying to be a mover and shaker within my corporation; I’d travel cross-country for work, meetings with our partners’ group, late night reports, extended stays in different cities training new managers, and lovely dinners with my boss and his family. I thought, I was being groomed for a senior leadership position within the corporation. Instead, when the time came, they’d given that title to someone else. (I gotta admit, I ugly cried). They announced they’d placed a less qualified individual in that role on company wide conference call. I had a Master’s degree in business! I had FIFTEEN YEARS service, I’d worked so hard for this company…I’d fully committed to meeting their goals, given them my time; FAMILY time, so many late nights, and they didn’t even have the decency to call and tell me they were placing someone else in the role? At the close of the call, my husband tried to console me as I sobbed and repeated what I’d been saying so many nights, “I don’t feel valued here…” It was him that finally helped me realize, that no company was going to value me as much as I value myself. I’d been freelancing, and putting my passion on the back burner for so long, that now would be the perfect time for me to really focus on putting my energy into doing what I love full time and growing my own business.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I help prepare fashion models for runways and photoshoots and transform everyday women into fashion models by enhancing their features. I enjoy working behind the scenes, so when the spotlight is on me, the awkwardness ensues. (That could very well be my INFJ personality at play😊). In school, I was the art kid, but when it came to cosmetics, I was such a late bloomer I didn’t start wearing makeup until my late 20’s…😩 For special events, I would get my makeup done at the mall makeup counter. That is until one day, they couldn’t take me…In a panic, I tried my best to do my own make up for the event, which to my surprise, turned out pretty well. As I dabbled a little more in makeup, I started receiving more and more compliments, and eventually people would ask me to do theirs too. Problem is, when I completed their look, they’d always end up looking JUST LIKE me. I realized early on that I should definitely research different face and eye shapes, maybe take a few courses? In addition to personal preference and skin type, details like face and eye shape, bone structure, these things influence the overall look. It was not an easy road, but with a little education, guidance from several beauty influencers (one of whom became my mentor), and lots of trial and error, I made it thru. (Special thanks to all the family and friends that let me MESS their face UP, until I finally got it right. Y’all are some real ones…) Before I started doing my own makeup, I remember feeling kind of intimidated getting serviced at the beauty counter. I was out on display in the middle of the mall, getting my face worked on by a beautiful stranger, that not only gave me “mean girl” vibes, but barely spoke to me as she painted my face and I hoped she got the look right. I wanted to feel beautiful, but I felt, vulnerable. And when complete, I usually left feeling like my makeup was overdone; but not before they tried to upsell me on their product, which gave me the impression I was more of a sale than a valued customer. My studio is a JUDGEMENT FREE safe space. Repeat after me, “Haters are not welcome here.” I am committed to making people feel special. My sessions are private, make up applications in which I’m genuinely interested in and focused on my client. When you sit in my chair, you’re planted in front a friendly and familiar face. When people think about my brand, I’d hope they’d envision a familiar spirit. Think of me as the girl next door. I’m that, good good girlfriend you grew up with. I’m the sister you can call on to help you get ready for that big event you’re so nervous about. I’m the friend you can call on, cry on, and rely on. The moment you step thru the door, you’re family…and that’s a wonderful feeling, second to walking out that door with your best face forward.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
So much to do! I live near the Woodlands, so if you’re coming to see me, best friend, we’d have to visit the Margaritaville resort in Lake Conroe. Monday- Houston is HUGE, so we’ll be doing alot of driving. For breakfast, we’ve gotta hit up the breakfast klub for their Chicken & Waffles or Fish & Grits. Then head out to the Galleria and do a little shopping. Maybe work up an appetite and head over to Ether’s soul food? Houston’s live music and spoken word scene is dope, you’ve gotta check out First Music Monday or Prospect Park. Tues- We could spend the next day at the Outlet Malls Ride over to “that One Place” in Humble for their famous crawfish and sno cones. Then drive over to the art car museum and check out their new work. From there, we could hit up Max’s wine dive for dinner and drinks. Wednesday- What’s a trip to Houston without visiting the Space center? Thursday- we could make a day trip to the downtown tunnels, then it’s Free to get into the Houston Museum of Natural Science after 2 pm on Thursdays. And the children’s museum is free after 5pm that same day. Let’s do both! We could wrap up our day and check into Marriot Marquis Houston, and float their Texas shaped Lazy River on the roof. If we get hungry, we can just roll to BB’s down the street for some of their famous food. Friday- We should stop by the Houston zoo, if we have time, we can stop by Hermann Park, or discovery green. Saturday- We could visit the Kemah Board walk and ride the rides. Sunday-We’ll skip Lakewood, we can catch that on TV anytime. We’ll stop into service and visit family at the best little gem off Jensen, North Houston Church of Christ It’s a special occasion so afterwards we’ll travel to Brennan’s of Houston for lunch and wrap up at the Hip Hop Vintage Flea Market near the Graffiti wall.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shout out to all my family, friends, clients that have supported me in this journey, Thank you for the continued trust you’ve put into my brand. Shout out to my mentor, Mya James, she’s really helped me to discover my strengths, navigate finding my niche within the beauty industry, and marketing brand appropriately. She’s also been the most phenomenal sounding board, motivational speaker, educator, and friend. Special shoutout to my glam squad sisters that, despite owning and operating their own stellar businesses, still find time to come together and assist me in mine. These are truly some boss babes that are thriving in their own individual projects and I’m so happy to know them.
1st pic. Candid selfie From left to right MUA Camille Roark @camille_roark Model: Delaney Allen @Complainey_Delaney Photographer: Matthew Kelly @reddoorboudoir 2nd pic Model: Juli Garrido @freewithjuli photographer: Lenworth Johnson @lenworth.johnson 3rd. pic model: Leslie Konga @leslie_justagirl photographer: Lenworth Johnson @lenworth.johnson 4th pic model: Sallie Mcadoo @longtall_sallie photographer: Lenworth Johnson @lenworth.johnson 5th pic model: Jillian Wright @jilliannngrace_ photographer: Lenworth Johnson @lenworth.johnson 6th pic model: Kayla Mason @kaylamason47 photographer: Lenworth Johnson @lenworth.johnson 7th pic: candid group pic From left to right photographer: Lenworth Johnson @lenworth.johnson model: Ashley Roberson @ashee2k6 videographer: Don Young @imagesbylyrics 8th pic model: Ashley Roberson @ashee2k6 photographer: Lenworth Johnson @lenworth.johnson