What do the words "Creative Community" bring to mind for you? How do you feel is the best way to utilize members in a Creative Community?
Creative Community means my surrounding peers and my close circle of creative friends who you can refer work to, collaborate with as well as enjoy similar social activities. The best way that works for me is attending industry events by beauty brands, designers, art openings as well as on set when working. I find working on set is one of the better ways when in a professional environment, you can get to know the individual creative on a more personal level.
How did you discover your creativity?
I started out as a fine arts major, then became a Textile Designer/Director for several leading designers which lead to being my now makeup artist self. My creativity started at a very young age and a box of 64 Crayola crayons, the rest is history.
Name the biggest challenge you have had in growing your business. How did you solve it?
Primarily, getting the word out I was on my own after assisting. My initial website was on LookBooks which gave me more exposure. Once I started to send out new work newsletters as well as individual emails saying I was on my own, new work and clients started to come in. When I got my agent, Leigh at Kate Ryan, a year and half later, my business has grew significantly.
What was your first “Big Break” in your profession?
My first big break was getting the opportunity to work as a lead assistant for makeup legend/ maestro Dick Page. It gave me opportunities to work with the industry legends as well as learn from them and why they are where they are. It also taught me a different level of makeup artistry that not everyone gets the opportunity to do. The opportunity opened doors for me that would not have happened otherwise. For instance, keying the Celine Resort and Pre-Fall presentations at MILK for several seasons.
What's in your backpack/handbag/tote right now?
IPhone, Sketchbook, makeup bag (Marc Jacobs Beauty compact powder, Charlotte Tilbury lippy, MAC Barely There lip liner, Sephora concealer) mints, MetroCard, Marc Jacobs sunnies
Top 3 Tips you would give someone starting out in your creative profession:
Always go the extra mile on set, show up on time and learn.
Never think you know it all, as a creative/ artist; you can never learn too much. You are always evolving and becoming better at your craft.
Who are you following right now on Instagram for inspiration and why?
Pat McGrath, Val Garland, Dick Page, UnSkilled Worker, Paul Cavaco, Inez and Vinoodh
There is so much inspiration on Instagram. These are a few of my inspiration for makeup, art, styling and photography. Unskilled Worker for her inspiring story of self taught artist and her work is incredible. Pat, Val and Dick are what Masters are made of and each one has their distinct style of art. To me it is the same as going to the Met and looking at a Caravaggio then a Van Gogh. I just love Paul Cavaco, his work and what he stands for plus he is a lovely person. Inez and Vinoodh's work to me is exhilarating...they cover the gamut of styles.
What is your MOTTO in life?
What is your guiltiest pleasure?
A long weekend in Scotland.
Brunch at Petrossian.
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