I'm Alondra Gataé (that's me below on the right), I started the Academy of Hair & Makeup in 2019, about 6 months before the first lockdowns in Melbourne – what a time to start, right?! During this time, my beautiful boy just turned one and as luck would have it, I also became a single mum. Somehow during this time, I decided to take the greatest gamble of my life: building Australia's greatest Hair and Makeup Academy. At first, it was a way for me to work from home, be flexible, balance motherhood, be the sole breadwinner in my home and rediscover financial freedom. Soon, it turned into a way for me to share my secrets and teach my students how to do the same for themselves:
Makeup, Hair and Lashes + Our Business courses = Financial freedom and a flexible work life.
Starting with just $2000 in my pocket (no loans), I took the 25 years of wisdom and experience I had in this industry and turned a room in my home into a classroom, where I somehow managed to fit 10 students and their models (I still don't know how I fit them all in).
As soon as lockdowns lifted, our humble yet amazing academy moved to the heart of Camberwell Junction, where Diana joined me in my quest and we have been expanding the academy and transforming the lives of so many women ever since!
Diana.K is an incredible artist and friend whom I met over 10 years ago when we both worked for CHANEL as national Makeup Artists. Working with countless VIP clients for CHANEL, she is another powerful single mum whose determination and dedication makes a difference in our students' lives, every single day. She effortlessly shows them how simple it can be to work as a highly skilled artist in our industry.
We have both been thriving in this industry within Australia and Dubai for the last 25 years. We know how easy it is to make a high paying income and discover financial freedom, balancing our lives between our businesses and motherhood, we are here to serve other women and mothers just like us."