Behind the Scenes to Starring Role
Maree Stuartt of Queensland, Australia, loved working on international movie sets as an award-winning celebrity makeup artist. However, the money was unstable and job security was non-existent. When Maree discovered Arbonne, and the benefits of network marketing, she made the choice to pursue the opportunity full time. Now, Maree enjoys the freedom of time and financial security she always hoped for.
Creative by nature, I truly love the art of filmmaking. Being on set, travelling to amazing locations and using the art of makeup to transform people are some of the things I adore. During my 20+ years in the film and television industry, I was fortunate to lead strong teams of makeup artists and help them build their skills. Working with celebrities, such as Isla Fisher, Hugh Jackman and Catherine Zeta Jones, was part of the fun, too.
You may wonder why I changed my career when I loved what I did. Working 16 hour days and up to six days a week, exposure to the scorching sun, and freezing cold nights all take their toll. Also, when a contract ended, so did my income. I was struggling to pay my regular bills and such a lifestyle was contributing to my mounting debts.
Fed up with debt and wanting more, I was ready for change. Unsure of what that would be, I knew it had to pay my bills and fulfil me on a personal level. I wanted to make the most of my creative skills, inspire others and live a life of freedom.
I was introduced to Arbonne by my friend Emma, who casually handed me an RE9 Advanced® sample. Within three days, my skin felt silky soft and hydrated. Arbonne definitely had my attention! I started researching the products and the company. I asked her why the products were so affordable when they delivered such great results. My curiosity needed to be satisfied.
Within a week, I saw the bigger vision of what Arbonne represents and I chose to pursue my Arbonne career in June 2008. For the first few months, I combined Arbonne alongside my makeup career. At the same time, I organised my wedding and married my wonderful husband, Greg.
In late October, I was offered a full-time position for a local film. A week later, I was offered another contract with everything I wanted: great money, an overseas adventure and a creative opportunity. This put me in a difficult situation as my Arbonne team had already started to grow and was showing leverage. The saying is true: good opportunities are rarely convenient. I was torn between a career I loved and the vision of freedom and financial security that my Arbonne business was offering.
I made a decision to turn down the “right now” money the films would have delivered. Instead, I challenged myself to become Regional Vice President by the time the films wrapped. I consciously decided to treat Arbonne like a business, educating myself on the network marketing industry. I soon realised that network marketing has huge career potential and makes up a large part of our global economy.
By the end of May 2009, I was fully qualified as Regional Vice President. I had replaced my film wage and earned a brand new Mercedes-Benz through Arbonne’s Mercedes-Benz Cash Bonus Program. I now live a life of freedom and feel like a movie star! My Arbonne business gives me the power to work when and where I want — I love my virtual office. Thanks to my Arbonne business, I have the money to travel the world and live life on my terms.
What has contributed to my success? My decision to trust myself and say yes, coupled with belief and consistency. I feel empowered that I made a smart choice for myself and my family's financial future. Being willing to step out of my comfort zone and pursue my Arbonne career has given me the ability to catch and redirect those curveballs that life sometimes throws our way.
I live by the motto, “love it, share it,” utilising my courage and belief to inspire others. I have built an amazing global team of wonderful women and men, many of whom I now consider friends.
It has been a pleasure guiding these amazing women to RVP status: Angela Evans, Shane Salgalis, Kari Love, Vanessa Tucker, and Katrina Becker. Thank you to my team for saying yes to this journey. Watching your success fills my heart with joy.
Arbonne: You create fantastic products that empower people to look good and feel great. Thank you for the opportunity to be my own boss. I am grateful for all the fabulous training, celebrations, jewellery, flowers, recognition, and more.
Louise Fowller (Australia’s first ENVP): You are an amazing inspiration to me and my team. I am honoured to work closely with you. We share a common vision to inspire and empower others to live a prosperous life. Thank you for your friendship and belief in me.
To my husband, Greg: Thank you for your belief and encouragement. You are amazingly supportive and have been instrumental in helping me change my career. I am so blessed to enjoy a wonderful relationship with you.
Thank you to everyone who has ever believed in me. It’s now my turn to believe in others. I am passionate about inspiring people to transform from struggle to freedom.
Remember, trust yourself enough to say yes. Arbonne is a powerful vehicle that provides personal growth, freedom of choice, and the opportunity to gain financial independence. I am thankful I made this choice!