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I did theater makeup in both High School and College as a side passion while studying art.
It all has been a complete gradual journey… I don’t recall and actual "big break" per say…just increasingly bigger opportunities based on my commitment and passion.
I believe my husband bought me my first airbrush machine and make up for my birthday in 2003, and then it was off to the races!
I love the versatility available for artists, the quality of pro product, the longevity in the industry and the development of new innovative ideas in equipment and makeup based on what the industry calls for.
Patience! And the word “layering” should be marked on your brain in order to achieve optimum results.
Again, I’ve had numerous brilliant opportunities and to pick out just one does not define the journey that got me here. If had to name a few:
1. Presenting at The Makeup Show from its opening year has had me start to create amazing relationships with colleagues and become a household name when it comes to airbrush beauty and body art.
2. Being able to work and manage huge events like Marc Jacobs Holiday Events and Fashion Week really had me realize my abilities in leadership.
3. I guess I could say when I worked on Lady Gaga for her Born This Way video, but I felt I would not have gotten that job if my career was not already at a place where people knew and trusted my talent and work ethic.
Through fine and contemporary art, contemporary fashion, historical/period looks and fashion, people’s authentic energy and moods and trying to find how to make the socially viewed unattractive and challenging myself to make it beautiful.
My airbrush gun! lol
I am in constant development of my Internship/MUA Leadership Program. What I know and what I have experienced is not meant for me to hold on for myself. If I can make a difference for someone who is daring enough to take the leap into this overwhelming career, I feel I have fully utilized the gifts that I have been blessed with.