What do you feel separates you from everyone else as a makeup artist?
I think the motivation and that I work 100% of myself. I started early when I was 16 and I put all my life into my job. I don't ever take a day off. I love to work, learn new things, new ideas. Just never stopped growing :)
How do you keep it up?
I try to always look at the bright side of life :) Dreaming big and reaching goals brings me a lot of motivations.
What separates you from everyone else?
I'm critical of my personal work, but I'm really confident in saying that I’m a good person to have on set, and work with on a team. If you have good work and you're kind and good to be around, that speaks volumes in this industry. People don’t want to work with horrible people; they just don’t. Especially as a newcomer, I think it bodes well to be a nice person. In some light, my work probably could be the same as a lot of other people’s. I hope it translates as colorful and youthful, decorated, fun and a bit carefree. But I think that it’s super important at the end of the day to be a good person to work with or for.
How did you make yourself standout at CR as an intern?
It's weird because I had a lot of experience before I interned at CR. I was being paid to assist people on sets, so I was already working professionally in the industry. I was just here because I loved the magazine so much and believed in what the magazine stood for and I admired Carine. I think that showed a lot. My experience showed and my knowledge of who Carine is and what her aesthetic is, really showed. Also, I'm really fast. It's kind of a joke to Ben when I have a thousand things to do; I'm really good at getting them done. When I have one thing to do for the day I'm so slow at getting it done because I love being busy. Also back then there was no market team. We had 4 less employees, so it was all hands on deck. Everyone had to help pack. I'd be here until 11:00 pm sometimes. I'd skip class. Not that you should skip class but I did to help and be on set and be a part of it, and people noticed that. Especially Ben and he really appreciated it. He always kept me in mind. I guess that's kind of how I stood out because I was just always so available and always so willing to be helpful.
My drive and having a huge initiative to seek out opportunities around me is something that sets me apart. Constantly networking and not just when you're looking for a new position. Never being afraid.
I think what sets me apart is an openness to change. I think a lot of young designers are really influenced by this social media culture, this fast fashion culture and it is so easy to get sucked into the big money and the big quick fame of having millions of Instagram followers. Those are things that are really not important to me. What is important to me is making clothes, whether it is for 10 people in the world or thousands, it is all about the craft and less about the fashion culture and being a part of that scene I think that a lot of young designers get caught up in.
I love color.
I'm also very willing to speak to students who reach out to me. I always email back when they email me, if they write me on Linkedin, if they write me on Instagram, if you comment on my Instagram, I will always answer you because I remember what it was like being in that stage and wanting so badly to make it and not knowing anyone. If you send me a message, I will answer your questions and I will get back to you and I think taking the time to do that, I think that sets me apart.
Then I think sticking to who I am. I keep saying that because there was a patch in my career when I started wearing all black but then, I suddenly realized that I was only doing that because all of my coworkers wore all black, and I was just trying to fit in. Then I was like no, what makes me different is the fact that in college, I was the girl that, when everyone else was in their sweatpants and sweatshirts and Uggs, I was in my Betsey Johnson glitter boots, an oversized faux fur coat and a graphic tee and makeup with my hair done. That's who I've always been and who I always will be.
I am super persistent and I can deal with rejection well. I send out pitch emails and know no one’s going to respond and I'm fine with that. Just hoping one editor will see the potential of a story or idea is enough for me. I do feel like I've built a great network over the last year after writing a lot and working with new editors and doing a couple other projects, but I don't rely on asking for favors, which is a philosophy that has helped me pursue my ambitions really independently and fiercely.