When one door closes…

Me on my First Day At MAC

Hello Guys and Dolls! I debated back and forth if I should say anything about this, since I where I work is my own personal business, but it’s not exactly a secret either. I work for MAC Cosmetics. Cat’s outta the bag! I’ve worked at MAC for about a year and a half now. I started at a counter, and I’ve worked at the store of my heart’s desire for almost a year now.  I have the best co-workers, many of whom inspired me to work for MAC; I work at a great location, and have amazing regular customers. Incredible opportunities have come my way while working for this brand, and I’ve grown as an Artist and as a person. I’ve met a lot of YOU while working there and I kid you not, 99.99 % of the people I’ve met have made my day- I’m just as excited to see you as you are to see me!  I love my job, and as most people who work for MAC will tell you, MAC becomes such an important part of your life. At this point I know it may seem like I’m bragging, but I’m not:

Saturday is my last day as a permanent MAC Artist.

Many of you will wonder why I would quit a job I love so much, and it’s both simple and so, so complex.

Before I was a MAC Artist I was a YouTuber. I genuinely love showing & teaching (a phrase I picked up working at MAC) and on YouTube I get to do that on a grand-scale. My tutorials are viewed all over the world, and help everyday people improve their makeup skills, provide entertainment, and sometimes, boost their self-esteem. Many people write to me and say how I’ve inspired them and it touches me to know that my videos have that affect. I simply don’t have the words to describe how much I love being a YouTube Beauty “Guru” Goober.

Many of you already know this, but for those who don’t, YouTube takes a lot of time, dedication & hard work. I’m not complaining, I’m just telling it like it is. I hate that week after week I have so many amazing video ideas, but most often I’m lucky if I get one video out a week. I really want to be more consistent, but I suffer from a lack of time. We all get the same 24 hours. Sure, I could half-ass it and churn out more videos, but I’m a Virgo, so I am a firm believer in doing something right, or not at all.

Doing YouTube and being able to touch the lives of so many people is a once in a  lifetime thing, and I want to dedicate myself to YouTube & Blogging as much as I possibly can.  In addition to working at MAC and making YouTube videos I also do freelance jobs as a makeup artist. While I’m perfectly happy to be a Jill-of-all-trades, I made a pact with myself  that I was going to find a better work-life balance, and in order to do that, I have to  cut back somewhere.

I gave my notice at MAC nearly 3 weeks ago, and for the last 3 weeks (maybe a bit before) my mind has been a bit cloudy. It’s not because I’ve been second-guessing myself; I debated leaving for a while, and I tried to make it work, but finally I realized it was the right thing to do. This being my last week, I’ve been in this funk, and I was literally unable to film, because I was just too distracted. Afterall, my decision to leave MAC seems crazy after I just gushed about it. I wanted to work for MAC pretty much since I fell in love with the brand (and makeup) in 2005. The best analogy I can think of is this: It’s like breaking up with someone you’re in love with because you want different things. I still love my job, but the timing is not right. I could see myself coming back to it later on, but I’ve got these other things that I feel I need to explore. Thankfully MAC has a freelancing program, so I’ll still be able to work there from time to time (it’s like being on-call, they call you when they have extra hours/need a shift filled).

If you read this whole Novella you’re a saint. This is so much to think though and I’ve been rehashing it with friends & family who “get it” but really you’re who I’ve had in mind. I care deeply about being the best YouTuber and blogger that I can be, and I feel I’m making the a move in the right direction.

Here’s to a great 2012!

Until Next time,

Cora

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72 comments

  1. Danielle R. (@Nickle4aPickle) · January 20, 2012 Danielle

    Wow, that’s huge step! I wish you all the best, and can’t wait to see what videos you come up with next! :D

  2. Laynie (@MsLaynie) · January 20, 2012 Laynie

    I’m glad you’re in a position to follow your heart. It’s easy to get trapped in this idea of doing what you think you should be doing, or doing something because it’s what you always wanted to do even though what you want NOW has changed.

    You’ve got a solid fan base, and I think I speak for lots of us when I say congratulations, and I can’t wait to see what you do now that you have time!!

  3. April · January 20, 2012 April

    I’m a saint! lol! I totally see how this was a hard decision for you, but I can’t wait to see what ideas you’ve had and hadn’t had time to put together and post. I wish you the best!

  4. Siryn · January 20, 2012 Siryn

    I wish you the best! Good luck in all your endeavors sweetie!

  5. Akane_Soprano · January 20, 2012 Akane_Soprano

    Hey Cora i hope you are ok when you read this i`m from Mexico and i see your videos :) i love it so much! but i just write you to tell you you have to do the things you need to do…if you love the things you do you are gonna be happy person :) well have a great 2012!!

  6. abby · January 20, 2012 abby

    You deserve whatever makes you happy! And if that means that I get to see more of your pretty face on YouTube, then its wins all around! Congratulations on taking control of your life and best of luck. I too strive for the day that I can quit my job and start a career doing what I love. Love you!

  7. Nat · January 20, 2012 Nat

    Cheers for Cora and life changes!
    You really deserve the best, darling !
    I’m from Uruguay and I’m kind of your worldwide fan :)
    Keep on rocking girl !
    Hope 2012 brings opportunities to all of us !

  8. Shannon Luis · January 20, 2012 Shannon

    it takes a lot of courage to leave comfortable behind. I’m proud of you :) you will do well in whatever you do because no matter how small a task, you give it your all.

  9. belle · January 20, 2012 belle

    You’re too awesome Cora. It’s rare for me to comment on youtube gurus but I just wanna say you genuinely have a special spot on my heart. Watching your videos never fail to make me smile or laugh. You’re such a great make up artist but more than that your personality is just as colorful as your hair/eyeshadows… Love you! excited to see more of you!!!!

  10. JenBlackStern · January 20, 2012 JenBlackStern

    Cora, I am so proud of you for following your heart and passion. Thank you for sharing your talent with the world!

  11. Lori · January 20, 2012 Lori

    Best of luck to you, I know you will do well to follow your heart. I am a Virgo too, so I know what you mean about focusing and the desire to put your energy into something wholeheartedly. I took that leap myself last year, and it was well worth it! You are going to love being your own boss!

  12. Shannon · January 20, 2012 Shannon

    I’m glad you’re strong enough to listen to your gut! A lot of us can only wish we had that. Following your instincts can only lead to growth. Good luck! I’m excited to see what all of your newly found “free time” brings us!

  13. cosmokai · January 20, 2012 cosmokai

    You have to do what makes you happy. I read your post and we as viewers never know what it takes to do a video and how much time, effort, skill, passion and money go into posting and videos. It’s a brave and honest choice you made and it will all work out for the better. I came across your page on a makeup website and ever since I’ve been looking at your tutorial and I really like your work and style. Good luck take your time and keep the great vids and posts coming. #newbloggerandsubscriber

  14. tiffany lyle · January 20, 2012 tiffany

    awww good luck with everything!!!!

  15. Mile Skarsgård · January 20, 2012 Mile

    Cora, you know you’re doing the right thing and that’s what matters. It is awesome to see someone actually thinking before she acts :) We love your videos and we will give you the support you need and I’m sure you will be ok :)

  16. Nicole M · January 20, 2012 Nicole

    Fellow Virgo I understand totally. Always do what your spirit leads you to do, because that is the “beauty” of being of God’s design. You are an inspiration and I always enjoying your tutorials and it even got me experimenting my own version (and I am soooo makeup challenge, but I’m getting better because of channels like yours) Your personality and spirit shines thru all your vids and its like your my good friend and we’re just having fun together! I wish you many blessings!!

  17. Kellie · January 20, 2012 Kellie

    Cora, I’m in absolute awe after reading this. Words cannot describe how blessed I feel that we have someone who genuinely cares THAT much about us. I mean, to quit a job you love because you know in your heart that vlogging is making more of (or maybe just in a different way) difference makes me realize just how special we all are to you. And you really ARE that special to us. You have inspired me on so many levels, I can’t even thank you enough. Hang in there, I’m sure it’s going to be a rocky, confusing, few weeks while you transition back into focusing on vlogging more and working a “normal” job less. Know that we truly appreciate this. <3 you lots!!! -Kellie

  18. noelle · January 20, 2012 noelle

    great job girl <3 always follow your heart

  19. Kelsey · January 20, 2012 Kelsey

    I’m very happy for you. I must also say that I cannot wait to see more of my favorite makeup goober on YouTube. :D

  20. Veronica · January 20, 2012 Veronica

    Aaaawww, I know I one of those people that went to the counter u worked at and I saw the pink hair, and I was like ” WHAT? IS THAT…….? WHAT” I even asked one of ur coworkers before approaching u and telling u I loved ur videos. It sucks that ur leaving, but happy that u will dedicate more time to us and make more videos. I support u 100%

  21. RiotDemon · January 20, 2012 RiotDemon

    Oh my, it sure takes a lot of guts to do that. I wish you lots of luck, and am looking forward to seeing more of you!

  22. Vanesa · January 20, 2012 Vanesa

    Wishing you the best on your next adventure! I hope yoy keep the same passion you have now on whatever project life has in store for you and thanks for sharing your amazing talent!!

  23. Marci · January 20, 2012 Marci

    This is completely selfish, but I’m happy your dedicating more time to YouTube. You were my first subscription, and the channel I always go looking for entertainment (as well as a few beauty tips!!) Congrats to your decision, and good luck with the next stage in your life!!!!

  24. Nostalgia Junkie (@shiroihikari) · January 20, 2012 Nostalgia

    I just wanted to say that I did read the whole thing and I wish you the best. Thanks for making such great videos; I’m into makeup because of you :D

  25. Lani Hopper · January 20, 2012 Lani

    good for you, wish you all the best “you’ve got great talent”.

  26. Erik's Love/BeautyLove&Cosmetics · January 20, 2012 Erik's

    You’re amazing Cora and such an inspiration to me! You took a big step but at least it was right for you and I know myself personally as a fan have so much respect for you for thinking about us! You’re truly wonderful and as long as this makes you truly happy then that’s what counts! So happy you’re making a change for the better but I am sorry for the loss of your amazing job. I wish you the best and hope everything goes the way you want it too! <3

  27. Anna · January 20, 2012 Anna

    I love that the analogy you used was breaking up with someone you’re in love with because you want different things because I just did that myself, haha.

    But really, you’re amazing and I have zero doubts that wonderful things will keep coming your way in life because you have the lady-balls to make tough decisions like this one. I’m a long time viewer of your videos and now seems like as good a time as any to tell you that you truly are a source of inspiration. With most youtubers, I simply enjoy watching them. But with you, I’ve developed a sincere respect and admiration for you. Keep being awesome and best of luck to you with whatever comes next =D

  28. Holly Ann Flores · January 20, 2012 Holly

    I know exactly how you feel (I’m a virgo too! :D) I’m finding myself in almost the same feeling…I work in a pharmacy (CVS Lead tech) but i LOOOVEE make up. I got offered a job at MAC as well right around the time I got promoted at the pharmacy but one pays waaayy more then the other. Sometimes you gotta go with your gut!

  29. Mindy Jackson · January 20, 2012 Mindy

    Cora you rock darlin’ let me tell ya you are my all time fave guru. I hope this decision leads you right where you need to be. I guess I am a bit of a worry wart but I know you make some money for being a partner on youtube but is it enough to walk out on a fantastic job? Clearly none of my business but just want to see you and mr vintage or tacky go all the way with your dreams…..

    • vintageortacky · January 21, 2012 vintageortacky

      I was working at MAC Part-Time, Freelancing Part time, and Youtube Part-Time….Jill of all trades, lol. I’ll be ok. Thank you for worrying, it shows you care.

  30. lizzym · January 20, 2012 lizzym

    gotta love someone who knows how to follow their heart! i read the whole thing, good luck in everything you do. as long as your making videos ill keep watching.

  31. Makeupvixen1 · January 20, 2012 Makeupvixen1

    Good for you Cora, I’m so happy for you, very few of us get to do exactly what we want. I am also a freelance makeup artist, and a hair stylist, I recently left my career to full on take care of my mother after undergoing a brain surgery. I can’t tell you how much I miss it, but I know it’s worth it once my mother fully recovers.
    That being said I wish you the best and look forward to more amazing videos.

  32. Marta · January 21, 2012 Marta

    Hi Cora, is very difficult for me talk about my opinion because 100% of girls wrtite here say “congrats” for you.
    I agree that is amazing choice with our heart, all in our life, but I’m a older woman, and if you let me, I need to say
    for you and for another young girls. Sometimes our decisions is the best for that hour, but we need to think in the future also, I know that you are a adult, you made your choice but, actually the financial in North Ameria and Europe is not good. Who knows what the future reserved for all ?
    Be happy, fun, made your choice, but don’t forget the important things for our lifes. We need health, clothes, food, and all theses things have a cost.
    Please excuse my english, I hope that you understand what I wrote. Somestimes some people read and understand wrong, or see me like a rude person. And I don’t.
    I know, now is done. Your made your choice, have a success in your choice. Crossing my finger’s for you.
    God bless you.
    Xoxo from Brazil

    • vintageortacky · January 21, 2012 vintageortacky

      Hi Marta,

      I genuinely appreciate your concern. Please understand that this is not a decision I made lightly, but rather a decision I came to over time. I was working at MAC Part-Time, so it wasn’t my only, or even my main source of income. I know these are uncertain times, but this is the time in my life to take risks. I’m 26, I”m married, and we don’t have children to support yet. When else would I take the time to attend to my Career? I really love working at MAC, but at the end of the day, it is a retail job. I’ve had to turn down “real” work as a makeup artist because we’re scheduled so far in advance. In the span of my life, I hope I’ll be happy with my decision and if not- that’s life. I really do appreciate your concern though, and I did take all of those factors into consideration, this was not a fly by night decision.

      -Cora

      • vintageortacky · January 21, 2012

        OH and one more thing, to ease your mind- I’m not fully quitting, I just won’t necessarily work there every week. I’ll be on call so I’ll just work when I want to. Keeping my foot in the door in case I change my mind :)

  33. Elle · January 21, 2012 Elle

    Hey, I haven’t commented before but I love your videos – you’re my favourite Youtube beauty superhero and I’ve directed friends to your channel for inspiration on more than one occasion!
    Just wanted to say good luck and it’s wonderful you’re following your heart! I recently left a job with similar reasoning (with a similar dodgy break-up line analogy) – “Really job, it’s not you, it’s me! I really like you but we just want different things right now! Let’s keep in touch, okay? You’re just super!”
    Can’t wait to see your future videos, have fun!! x

  34. Regina · January 21, 2012 Regina

    Hey Cora I just wanted to let kno i think ur doin the rite thing…U really are helpin people…im on home dialysis and i had been going threw a rough patch th my therapy and i found ur peacock video and i was hooked I’ve watched all ur videos they help take my mind
    off of everything i had been goin threw.
    And i wanna thank u for that u are so funny an talented

  35. Jessica K · January 21, 2012 Jessica

    Best wishes! I really hope that this works out for you and helps you achieve the life/work balance you are after.

  36. Zozolina · January 21, 2012 Zozolina

    I wish you all the best!

  37. Marisa S. · January 21, 2012 Marisa

    Sounds like you thought it through and aren’t fully closing any doors or burning any bridges… awesome! Major Kudos for you for following your heart, and I’m definitely wishing you all the best and good luck with it all. I, for one, will be looking forward to enjoying/seeing/reading/using the bonus bloggage and youtubage from you, for sure :)
    Love,
    a girl in Germany

  38. Joanna · January 21, 2012 Joanna

    That’s a dramatic step. But it’s is always good to follow your heart. Wishing you the best of luck in your endeavours and you truly have my full support.

  39. Chelsea Baker (mskittykole) · January 21, 2012 Chelsea

    Good luck at everything you do. I know you will shine where ever you are. You are a great inspiration to me! Keep up the good work. I look forward to your videos every week, and anxiously await a new posting from you. You are the one that keeps me inspired to keep striving toward my dream (going to beauty school and owning my own salon), which has been on the back burner for over 15 yrs. It’s getting closer now, and some of that drive to stick with it is thanks to you! You have also proven to me, that even though I am not the “ideal” when it comes to my looks, I am perfect just the way I am…”Be Vintage or Tacky…Just be yourself!” The best tag line EVER!!

    Keep up the great work!
    mskittykole

  40. Nonatut · January 21, 2012 Nonatut

    I am so happy for you Cora. I know this could not have been an easy decision, but I know you are following your heart and that is AWESOME! You are so talented and I am so very grateful that you share your gifts with us. I so look forward to the future with you on YOUTUBE and all of the amazing things you will continue to bring to us. I don’t really know you, but I feel like I do. THAT is your “true gift”. Your energy, warmth, wicked sense of humor, and kind spirit is so refreshing in this world. I love you girlfriend! Keep on rockin in the free world Beauty!!

  41. Dee · January 21, 2012 Dee

    I wish I had the “balls/guts” you do to pursue my dreams but I can’t afford to tell my sucky retail store job bye…I wish you all the best and wish one day I can do the same. I’m 26 and not married(yet), we live together, and I have alot of bills and debt to pay off. My dream is to be a cosmetologist but money and time isn’t in my favor right now. I’ve maxed out my college loans(or atleast that’s what the college calls it) going to medical school but realized it wasn’t what I really wanted to do i life. I wasn’t happy. so anyway sorry to spill my soul on here I really just wanted to wish you all the lucky in the world and I can’t wait to see what you’ll do next and keep us all updated and making videos!! LOVE YOU!

    Dee

  42. Brandi · January 21, 2012 Brandi

    Cora- I totally understand where you are coming from. I left my job as a successful stylist to manage a brand new Sally Beauty Supply. Everyone thought I was crazy, but I wanted so badly to be involved in the product side and to help make a successful beauty supply in my area. Now while I’m not physically doing the services, I’m able to consult and help people find the products they need to be successful. I don’t even miss going home with everyone else’s hair on me :)
    Congrats on the career change/break. Take time to enjoy life. It’s short and you will never look back and say “I wish I worked more”. Plus, we get to have more great tutorials from you.

  43. Mariah · January 21, 2012 Mariah

    You will be great at whatever path you follow! Your charm and determination will take you where you feel the best, I could definately see you working for a celebrity or whatever just enjoy yourself- l am going to change jobs too this year so best wishes to both of us!

  44. Katie · January 21, 2012 Katie

    Wow Cora! Even though it’s not the same, at least you’re still able to do free-lance MAC and that’s still something! Good luck and I so so so hope you come to Canada some day so I can meet you!!

    xo
    Katie

  45. Tonya · January 21, 2012 Tonya

    I’m sorry you’re conflicted & in a funk. For my own selfish reasons, I’m definitely looking forward to seeing you more on youtube. You’re like a good friend who hasn’t been around as much lately.

    I have no doubt you’ll find plenty of new opportunities in the weeks to come. So glad you can still go back & pick up some shifts at a place where you obviously feel at home. Maybe it’ll make the transition easier.

    Best wishes.

    Tonya

  46. Pippa · January 21, 2012 Pippa

    The best for you in 2012. Following your heart will not lead you astray.

  47. Lindsey · January 21, 2012 Lindsey

    I saw this post on facebook and you said, “Why I haven’t had a video this week, read my goodbye letter” and almost had a heart attack because I thought you were putting an end to your YouTube career and it made me sad. Glad to see you’re still gonna make videos, but I’m more happy to see you do what you feel is right for you :)

  48. Eliana Banuelos · January 21, 2012 Eliana

    Your amazing and you know your viewers support you, no matter what!

  49. theartismakeup · January 21, 2012 theartismakeup

    a big step but then again understandable, either way your keep doing what your love to do, share your love for makeup and your knowledge , thank you and good luck!

  50. Megan · January 21, 2012 Megan

    Wow. You are such an inspiration. I have been a fan for a long long time, and I will always be a fan:) you are amazing at what you do:) very talented and gifted:)

  51. Carolina · January 21, 2012 Carolina

    Ofcourse I read it all, why wouldn´t I?! I really see you as one of the most inspirational person I follow online, both by blog and youtube. I mean, your videos are great, humoristic and teaching. I think your doing the right thing by following your heart, just keep it up the way you do it and you will see that it´s going to be the best choice you made. I wish you the best of luck and that it won´t take too long until next bloggconfession or youtube video comes out :P

  52. Alice@NailsbyAlice · January 22, 2012 Alice@NailsbyAlice

    This is a great step. I admire you because you have the courage to do that. :)
    best wishes!

  53. karen hemeon · January 22, 2012 karen

    Dear Cora, Personally I am glad that you chose greater commitment to bloggingg/vlogging (sp?) than to retail. That’s just me being selfish! This decision has to have been exceptionally hard for you. I know that you see the underlying + dichotomized aspects of anything: be it makeup look, concept, job (nod to Tinkerhell + Sinderella) which makes it very hard to decide based on a simple pro/con paradigm. As Bob Dylan once said: “I’ve got a headful of ideas, which are driving me insane.” Every idea makes you think along that road, and down the direct opposite.

    I wish you to be independent, doing runways, being chief West Coast artist for MAC, or whatever moves you. You WILL be successful, because you are a great talent. When I was your age, my favorite poem was Eliot’s ‘Prufrock.’ Close to 40 years later, it still is. At the risk of sounding like psychobabble, it encapsulates much about aging, loss, decisions. Right now, let me quote him (Eliot) : “Do I dare
    Disturb the universe?
    In a minute there is time
    For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.”

    Girl, you are 26, and can do anything! Even reverse this decision, when/if you please. (Please don’t!)

    Reread Prufrock, when you have the time, and thanks for the link to the censorship site; of my simplistico friends thinks the issue is about plagiarism, and copyright infringement only….

    Thanks so much for the instruction and inspiration…..

    Karen H. OBBB (Old Broad by Boston)

  54. Sylvia · January 22, 2012 Sylvia

    Cora, you are so brave, honest, and genuine! I would have been so excited to meet you at MAC cos I feel really shy/lame around the MAC artists at my MAC store because I feel like I’m way more excited than they are about makeup. Either way, it’s awesome that you worked at MAC, I really respect the fact that you hadn’t told everyone all over your channel/blog about working there immediately either way. You are so strong to be doing what you’re doing, and I hope you know that all your viewers and readers of your blog support you no matter what. You’re really awesome, and a huge inspiration to me – you stand out from the community as being so unique, an individual, super confident, and not generic. I can’t wait to see all your upcoming videos and blog posts, Cora. You’re simply great!
    Sylvia.

  55. Lily Seymour · January 22, 2012 Lily

    Congratulations and here’s to being the….. best you can absolutely be in 2010!

  56. Jackie · January 22, 2012 Jackie

    I’m pretty happy you’re doing this… You’re living the vintage or tacky motto by being yourself! You were my first youtube subscription, and you have a special place in my heart *especially because you’re from the bay area, like me*. Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life!!!! Best of luck Cora, can’t wait to see what 2012 has in store for you and all your “goober” followers!!!!

  57. Lady & Olga · January 22, 2012 Lady

    I wish you all the best in these new adventure ! :)

    Olga

  58. Rachel · January 23, 2012 Rachel

    Oh my goodness, this is crazy! I have been working permanently for MAC for about a year and a half too..and this Sunday is my last day too! I am glad someone else is feeling the same way as I am. I am not on Youtube but juggling with so many things and feeling that im not putting 100% into what I needed to as well. I love my job, it took me over a year to get a job there due to no positions available and worked so hard to get where I am now. MAC is a very demanding job and I feel torn just like you but realize that I can always go back to it, I will remain freelance as well. I have been going back and forth about this decision and I know too that people probably think I am crazy but sometimes you got to put yourself first! I back you up 100% and wish you the best for everything!

    P.S… while “showing and teaching” and during my application certification, I have said your awesome catch phrase, rock it in the socket! Loves it!

  59. Thomas G. · January 23, 2012 Thomas

    Congratulations!!!!! Growth is scary but at the same time very necessary! I enjoy your videos and blog and so happy to see you make a commitment to the very special gifts that you posess! The times are hard, true, but they will always be at one point in another for everyone. That being said, you’re taking a huge leap towards great things! You’re setting goals and committing to the future that is yours and your alone! Again, congratulations!!!! YAAAAAAY! :D

  60. Ania Ricci Persson · January 23, 2012 Ania

    I almost teared up reading that! It is a really courageous and scary thing to leave something familiar which you love. I think I speak for all of your fans when I say that we are endlessly grateful for your dedication to show, teach, entertain but foremost inspire us. Thank you Cora, you are an amazing person! <3 <3 <3 from Sweden :)

  61. Jilliterate · January 23, 2012 Jilliterate

    Wowee! As so many others have said, do what makes you happiest/what is best for you. You’re by far my favourite YouTuber — partially because I love your looks, but even more so because you have the most wonderful personality. It shines through when you’re doing something as simple as talking about your zebra-print background or talking about brow highlighters, or a little more revealing during that awesome Q&A you and your husband did together. I guess your viewership are like this big, crazy mass, but we’ve all gotten to know you, albeit one ten-minute tutorial at a time, and I’m sure everyone wishes only the best for you. If you made another post stating you were quitting YouTube because it was getting in the way of what you wanted to do, you’d have nothing but support, albeit bittersweet support. Thanks so much for all of the wonderful videos you’ve made us, and admittedly, I do hope we get to see more!

  62. Kathleen · January 24, 2012 Kathleen

    Cora, I’ma tell you this in the hopes that maybe this will help affirm how important your videos are to some of us.
    You were the first youtuber that I REALLY got into. Lauren Luke was my gateway drug, but when I found your videos, I was hooked. That was three years ago. Now, I practically eat, sleep and breathe makeup. I have also started learning more about skincare, due to your influence. I’m currently working toward entering an esthetician program, to eventually work both in makeup and skincare. It’s exciting and scary, especially since I already have a bachelor’s degree (that I’m not using, I might add). But artists like you, who have inspired and educated me, have given me the courage to go after something I am truly, truly passionate about. I am so grateful. :)
    Best of luck, and looking forward to whatever comes next.

  63. Heather · January 24, 2012 Heather

    I don’t have anything profound to say, but — good luck! And thank you for thinking of us fans/viewers/readers! I’m always excited to see a new video or blog post from you – so I’m glad you’re gonna be around more! You really do brighten my days! So, thank you & good luck!!!

  64. Tracy · January 28, 2012 Tracy

    I wish you best of luck in your endeavors! I, too, have had to make the tough decision to leave a job I love in the past, but I truly believe all things happen for a reason. You are truly talented and are an inspiration to me. I wish you all the best and look forward to every video you make!!

  65. Gabriella · January 30, 2012 Gabriella

    I’ve been following your channel for some time now, and I love it! But for some reason I don’t follow this blog… I just check in from time to time and I’m glad I did today and found this post. It is encouraging to read about how you follow your heart. And since you’re kinda doing it for me, us -your youtube followers- I wanted to say thank you. For being there, for being you, for being an inspiration. Thank you Cora.

  66. michelle · January 30, 2012 michelle

    Big hugs cora xxxx you are an amazing person and deserve to.do what makes you happiest. we are all here to support you in ur decisions… Best of luck to you hunn!

  67. Alexia · February 5, 2012 Alexia

    Wishing you so much luck and success with your adventure!
    We are all right behind you & can’t wait to see more videos xx

  68. Holly Anske · February 29, 2012 Holly

    What a scary and exciting time for you! The person you described making You Tube videos for-that’s me!I love love love watching your vids, and so does my 10 year old daughter. Best of luck to you, and thank you again, from a faithful new subscriber.

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