Freelance Makeup Artist and Background Actor

I have been working as a freelance makeup artist for events and private clients professionally from 2019 until early 2020 and independent contractor for background acting from August 2018 until early 2020. COVID-19 has greatly impacted my ability to work. Since makeup artistry requires close contact with clients and production shutdowns were in effect since March 2020, I have not been able to work for months. I received the minimum of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance which means I am only getting only $159 after takes per week. Due to the $600 additional assistance ending last month it has made things even more difficult. The house I live in is in foreclosure and I haven’t been able to even get a job at a retail beauty store/counter due to company layoffs/furloughs. I had to write my makeup business off as a loss for last year due to spending more on business expenses than making a profit, so the hardships that came with that just further increased this year when the pandemic caused nationwide shutdowns and social distance guidelines. Since I care about my clients’ health/safety for makeup services, and since my mother and I share a bed (we live together in a very small house with my sister and another relative), she has certain health conditions that can cause her to suffer more if she were to catch COVID, I have not worked in makeup at all since March. I have exhausted my savings and am fearful of not knowing how long we have until we have to find a new place to live. I have bills/expenses (2 phone lines-personal business and secondary business, rent needed for a new place, we had to get a mini oven because our regular oven broke down, gas/light/water bills,) piling up as each month goes by.

Indigenous Mother in need of help

I haven’t been able to make ends meet my father is out of work and cannot work because he is immunocompromised, we are behind in rent and we barely make it to buy enough groceries for me and my kids.
I’m a single mother indigenous really needing help, I’m trying not to quit my last class in order to graduate but work, rent due, bills and food is making me want to
I know not many people have paypal but I also have Venmo which is under my same email . I appreciate anything anyone gives me.

Asistente de Estelista de pelo (Hair Stylist assistant)

Yo lava el cabello, aplico color de pelo, limpio las estaciones, y atiendo a los clientes. He perdido mi trabajo hace 3 meses por el Covid-19. Tengo una familia que mantener y soy madre sola. El no tener trabajo se acho mas dificil poder sacar mi familia adelenta. Eh tenido dificultades pagando la renta y los bills de cada mes. Asta el dia hoy no se cuando regresare a trabajar. Estos meses an cido bien dificil enmi vida. (I wash hair, apply color, clean stations, and take care of customers. I lost my job three moths ago because of COVID-19. I have a family to support and I’m a single mother. Not having a job has made it hard to take care of my family. I’ve had a hard time paying rent and other bills. I still don’t know when I’m going to return to work. These times have been really difficult.)

Esthetician at Purely Natural Spa

I’m a medical esthetician at a spa in Brooklyn. I have been out of work since March, without any possible way to continue work online. I had to take a huge dip out of my savings and as DACA recipient, my unemployment is barely cutting it. No date has been set as to when I will return to work, and even when I do (as hesitant as I am to do so due to the spike in recent cases) I doubt I will be making the same from tips and commissions as we are all financially unstable. I live alone with my daughter and thankfully we are both safe and healthy, but my anxiety and about the uncertainty of everything is a nightmare.


I work from home, have 5 kids, I’m not available to work because of the safety of my family, my kids they are all home now under my supervision

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