University of Illinois at Chicago - Communications
Marissa Govedarica is a college student who proves that you can find a fabulous job while you’re hitting the books and working toward a degree. As the Chicago beauty specialist for POP beauty, Marissa gets to provide makeovers for fabulous women just like you. And Marissa is someone who lives what she sells. When I first met her in New York City she commented on my violet eyeshadow and green eyes, without me even asking her for beauty advice. She doles it out, just because she loves to, and she also loves making other people happy in the process. In her spare time (yes, when she’s not studying, giving makeovers or selling makeup), Marissa is a national account executive and president for the University of Illinois at Chicago branch of Her Campus magazine.
Each time I overcome a challenge, my confidence in myself heightens.
How did you discover your current job?
I actually came across my current job with Pop Beauty on campus. There was a beauty event going on. I approached the coordinator, and the rest was history.
What has been your path so far to get you where you are today?
Since a young age, I always was very passionate about beauty and empowering women. Inside my math book would be a magazine with the latest beauty tips. I was self-taught and had the opportunity to work with amazing women.
What is your typical day like? Does it ever change?
My typical day goes something like this. I go into a store for five hours and do makeovers on fabulous women. I also sell and promote POP beauty through these makeovers.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Making women feel beautiful inside and out and forming meaningful connections with others has been the best part of my job so far.
What is the most challenging part?
Accepting that not every client will love everything and not every event will go as planned is a challenge for me. I never give up, though. Ever. The days and months I am most successful are those times when I push through. Each time I overcome a challenge, my confidence in myself heightens, and I am reminded that I can do whatever I want.
What is one lesson you’ve learned in your job that sticks with you?
People buy people. If your client likes you as a person, they will inevitably be interested in what you are about and what you are selling. They will trust your opinion. This idea transcends every aspect of life.
What do you feel is the biggest challenge for women today, particularly females in your industry?
It can be lonely at the top, and when you’re successful not everyone will support you. You must believe in yourself, and only surround yourself with people who challenge, stimulate and enhance your life in a positive way.
Who are your role models?
My roll models are my mom, Melissa Govedarica, and my mentor, Amy Daniel. Both are fierce, super women! Growing up as a triplet, and daughter of a single-working mom, girl power was instilled in me since birth. My mom raised me to be financially independent, to have a positive attitude and to trust my instincts. Amy trains and mentors me to do my best always. She inspires me to be a superstar seller and supports me both personally and professionally, which allows me to accomplish my goals.
Is there a quote or mantra that you live by?
You are the master of your destiny.
What advice do you have for girls who want to be in your industry?
Take initiative. Pursue your dreams no matter what anyone says. Surround yourself with women you want to be like.