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Harriet Hadfield: The Art of Freedom

Harriet Hadfield Exeleon Magazine

With over 15 years of experience in the beauty industry, Harriet Hadfield—better known as Harry—has established herself as a leading figure among creative freelancers. As a celebrity makeup artist, she has adorned the faces of renowned personalities and worked with prestigious brands and persevered beyond her own struggles.

Distancing herself from the clichéd starving artist narrative, Harry has taken on the role of a mentor and business strategist, guiding freelancers through the intricacies of entrepreneurship with her ‘Freelance with Freedom’ platform.

Her insights and strategies have not only helped her own business thrive, hitting five-figure months and building an online coaching business to six figures during a global pandemic, but have also empowered others to scale their businesses and increase their bookings significantly.

What according to you makes one transformational? How do you integrate the same thought into your leadership?

A leader is transformational when they own who they are confidently. For example, I have Tourette’s and OCD. I own this and manage it and I am not afraid to meet those needs for myself. This is key to having success. I also am honest with my clients and model what I teach to them by asking for what I would like as a business owner. This modeling is so key.

Talk to us about your growing up years. What prompted your interest and subsequently your foray into the makeup and beauty space?

I wanted to become a makeup artist at a young age. I would practice on friends and family new styles or techniques and was interested since a young age. This soon became my profession, and I was good at it. I scaled to becoming a make-up artist for large celebrities as well. It all started from an honest young passion.

As a business and mindset coach, what is your approach when it comes to helping creative freelancers find their brand and market?

I want them to be educated on the industry. We learn a lot about the industry, how to pitch yourself, negotiations and so much more. Just knowing the industry is key to being successful and profitable. Then we also work on embodying that expert status. We want to make sure all our clients’ mindsets are clear, something that doesn’t hold them back from their full potential.

What according to you are some of the biggest misconceptions when it comes to freelancing?

I think the starving artist narrative. People hear freelancer and think it means you will be poor. I am passionate about creatives and freelancers knowing that’s not true. This has become my mission.

Looking ahead, what is your vision for your brand? What are you most excited about?

I am excited to continue to reach people through my YouTube channel @harrymakesitup. I am also excited to continue to scale my programs Freelance with freedom and Industry Icon. I want to see more freelancers have the success that they can.

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