|How did you begin to develop your talent? Have you possesed it since you were a child?
When i was a kid i was always drawing. I went to art school and majored in Illustration. It was there that i realized i was drawn to the design process a bit more than just the sketching or painting part. I like to research and pull reference for my ideas, develop a line of coordinating prints and color stories that talk back to each other in a marketable way. Im interested very much in the saleability, as well as the likeability of my designs. I think thats the real challenge. Not everything we like aesthetically is saleable. You have to provide understated reasons to make a customer need something theyd otherwise want. Designing with the customer's thought in mind is how i like to approach my work.
Makeup artistry was just a hobby when I was in my teens. I developed skills along the way. i never planned on being a makeup artist...it chose me.
As a child I'd make clothing for my dolls. My dad brought me my first sewing machine when I was maybe 7 or 8. I was always in activities surrounding around the fashion industry. I even had my own dancing and modeling group with the neighborhood children. I would makeup the girls and put together little outfits for everyone.
I can't say I always knew I was going to be a makeup artist or that I possessed this skill as a child. However, I did not realize my natural talent until I was in my early tweenties and It suprised me. It came up on me unintentionally and I have been enjoying the experience ever since. I was in the bank one day and one of the tellers (who I was pretty familar with since I was banking at that location for a while) came up to me and admired my makeup. She asked me if I could do her daughters makeup for a special event and I agreed. That was the first true makeover I performed and I immediatly feel in love with the craft of makeup artistry. Thank God for that bank teller.
I have always been drawn to cooking and to art---as a child I would make little clay sculptures from our "clay" backyard on the shores of Lake Erie. Now I get to sculpt "food" as art...great fun!
I've always liked the creative...music, fashion, poetry, band, dance...I've always done something after school. And part of that after school project was constantly changing my image. From high-school bedroom fashion shows, to dallying in the dyes for hair...I was ALWAYS doing something...to me. It's part of how you find out who you are.
I was in my girlfriends apartment watching television, and I seen a VIDAL SASSOON commercial. And something just clicked, Two weeks later I saw a new VIDAL SASSOON commercial and I ended up in school in Santa Monica, CA in 1986. And the whole journey has been a joy!!!
I think I was probably born with a curling iron in hand. I started practicing with my dolls, and then adults as early as elementary school. There aren't any stylist in my family so it was definetly a natural born talent.
I got it naturally from my mother and relatives. Henna is a part of day-to-day life in India.
Yes, I believe I have possessed it since childhood.
I remember at a young age, my older sisters going to the local beauty salon to get their hair done. Of course, I would always tag along and I fell in love with the whole thing then. I knew that I would be a cosmetologist at about the age of 8 years old. I began my cosmetology training at 16 and by the time I was 18, I had my license to practice.
I was lucky enough to find a wonderful upscale salon to apprentice initially where I honed my skills and it has been constant learning and creating since then.
I've always loved the fashion industry and decided that I wanted to be in it once I got my first retail job at Body Shop!
I went to Cosmetology School, The Make-up Institute, and Art School.
Our staff consists of senior, tenured stylists who excel in their respective craft and area of expertise.
It was just an experiment to see what more i could do with a wig.
I have always loved to cook and I have a passion for food. Living in Australia we have a very broad range of cuisines and produce to choose from. In Melbourne we have over 80 different ethnic restaurants within 8km of the CBD. So Im one of the lucky few i love my work.
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