Hey lovelies! Not only is it FRIDAY, but it is the beginning of Labor Day Weekend! And let me tell you... I have the next 4 days off and BOY does it feel GOOD! What a better way to start this week end off than featuring amazing artists around the world who are pursuing their dreams, right? What are you doing this lovely weekend?
This week's artist we are featuring is Lorena Somers. She is such a great artist, she was the runner up for our last makeup challenge back in July. Her Cleopatra makeup was so awesome, we all loved it! You can see it in the photos below :-)
I was so excited to interview Lorena as she is a fellow Indiana native! But before her move to Indiana, she lived in the Philippines, which is just amazing! Here's the thing...she's TOTALLY making it happen for herself out there. Those of you who live in small towns: YOU CAN DO THIS!
Read on about Lorena's journey and get super inspired!
1. Tell us about yourself (where you're from, how you got into makeup, etc)
I’m originally from Manila, Philippines. I moved to Carmel, Indiana 4 years ago.
I started my makeup career in Manila, and am now trying to do what I love to do here in
I have always loved art and colors ever since I can remember…My mother tells me that when I was really young I would always color people's faces in the newspaper. Having five sisters, I was surrounded by women growing up. I enjoyed watching them do their makeup, and got inspired that way.
I was pursuing a different career through school and work, but I would do makeup for all my family and friends (including my seven nieces who provided me lots of practice) for events, pictures, etc. I knew however that my passion was in makeup and one day I decided I was going take a professional makeup course ( Maquillage Professionnel School of Makeup Artistry). I learned a lot and it also gave me the confidence to start taking on clients. Since moving here to Carmel, I’ve been a full time makeup artist.
2. A lot of artists who don’t live near very large cities have suggested that it is hard to get work. Living in Indiana, do you find it hard to get work? What do you do to keep afloat?
Yes, it is a bit difficult to find work sometimes. I really try my best to network as much as possible, and I also make sure to keep a strong social media presence.
3. If you could work on any project or with any particular person, what would you choose?
I would want to become Lisa Eldridge’s apprentice! Imagine all the things I could learn :)
4. What are you currently working on?
At the moment, mostly weddings, events and senior photos.
5. All of us go through times of struggle as makeup artists, what do you do during these times to keep yourself motivated?
I really try and actively look for things that might inspire and/or motivate me in different ways. I’m also always trying to learn new things to help improve my craft. My family is also a huge part of my motivation. I am so blessed to have their love and support, no matter what.
6. What is your favorite piece of work you are most proud of that you have worked on?
I’de say my favorite piece of work as of recent is the “Cleopatra” I did for the What It Takes Challenge. To be recognized by Steve Johnson and the What It Takes group, amongst all the amazing entries, was such an honor and a blessing. It gives me motivation to want to become a better makeup artist. I’d also have to say though that the part of my job which makes me the most proud, is when a client tells me that I have made them feel good about themselves
7. What advice would you give to other aspiring makeup artists who want to get into this industry?
Study, practice, collaborate and believe in yourself!
8. Describe “what it takes” to be a successful makeup artist today:
It takes hard work, patience, perseverance, and a continued passion for excellence. I would also say to keep yourself updated with new products and techniques, and to never stop learning.
I hope you enjoyed this week's artist feature! You can see Lorena's work on her website www.lorenasomers.com and follow her on Instagram @lorenasomersmakeup and Facebook Lorena Somers Makeup
Brittany Erwin Photography
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What are some of the things you struggle with as a makeup artist? Comment below!
Amber Talarico and Kenneth Alexander. Amber is the Director of What It takes, and Kenneth is the producer. Our mission is to motivate, inspire and empower freelance makeup and special FX artists around the world to pursue their dreams by sharing knowledge, encouraging artists at all stages, and bring a voice to our industry as professional makeup artists!