Career 180: From music artist to makeup artist
Theo Kogan is the founder and creator of the lip gloss company Armor Beauty. A New York native, she was originally the lead singer of the all-girl punk band Lunachicks.
Why did you switch careers?We did Lunachicks, that kind of ended in around 2000/2001 and I started another band, Theo and the Skyscrapers, we went until about 2008. After that ... I was in the middle of a different show and I just had this flash of, I want to start a lip gloss company ... It was just an idea and a passion. I wanted a lip gloss that would stay on my face and that would not dry my lips out and that I could create colors that I couldn’t find in other companies.
What are some pros and cons of your new job? Pros are that, in many ways I’m my own boss, it’s full creative control which is really fun (getting to choose the colors and the [GLOSS]names). The names are all inspired after pop culture and songs and icons. Some of the cons are that I’m not on stage every day, I’m in the office working and sometimes I’m kind of bummed about that — but otherwise I think it’s pretty great.
Are you happy with your career switch? I am, I love it, and I’ve been doing makeup too: creating colors and also doing makeup has become my creative expression du jour.
Do you have any advice for readers who are considering a career 180? Go for it! The worst thing that can happen is you fail, but you fail yourself if you don’t even give it a try.