With the spread of COVID-19 and social distancing, freelance workers, including salon professionals, have been met with major job uncertainty across the country. One woman trying to minimize the struggle is Andis social media ambassador, celebrity men’s groomer and makeup artist, Vanessa Rene.
Earlier this week, Rene announced the launch of the Los Angeles Freelancers Relief Fund, which provides emergency funding for “those in the industries that have been affected the most: music, film, beauty, hair and creative. The freelancers we all have depended on the most and that Los Angeles thrives on.”
The main focus for LAFRF is to help freelancers who cannot afford groceries or medication for themselves, their children, families and pets.
“I am doing my best to contribute and give support to those who are struggling to have their basic human needs met during this time. As of now, until the funds are released next week, I have been paying for donations to individuals out of pocket. It’s the least I can do. I feel as though we are stronger together [and] I want to lead by example in this,” Rene shared.
This cause is so important because “our community is so beautiful—the way we have come together to support one another, even before this pandemic happened. You could always message a colleague and let them know you were needing work, and they would be quick to refer you when they could. That’s what our community is about: helping each other reach our goals and dreams.”
In such a chaotic time for the Los Angeles freelancer community, it’s people like Rene who have the power to change things for the better.