Happy Friday!!!! Who's stoked for the weekend?! Better yet, how was your Total Eclipse experience? I was pretty pumped about it, personally haha I can't believe we are nearing the end of August, how in the world did that go by so fast???
If you are just tuning in to our Artist Feature Fridays, WELCOME! This blog has seriously been SO much fun. Each Friday, I interview aspiring makeup artists around the world who share their stories of how they started, and where they are at. It's really inspiring! Because guess what? We ALL struggle... we ALL go through really hard times...and we are ALL in this together!
This week in particular, we are featuring a dear friend of mine, Nina Lopez. She has been a true fan of our film for nearly the entire time! Her support is extremely appreciated from everyone on our team. I had the pleasure of coming in and speaking to her students during a summer class she teaches for young girls and boys about makeup. It was so much fun!
Nina is not only a fun and kind person, she is an AMAZING beauty makeup artist! Her work is jaw dropping, you guys! Make sure you follow her on Instagram and take a a look at her work on her website (all info is below at the end of interview). So without further a do... Meet Nina Lopez!
1. Tell us about yourself (where you're from, how you got into makeup, etc
I'm from Los Angeles Ca. I've always loved makeup. I never realized that it could be a possible career. Back in 2009 I decided to enroll into a class at Cerritos college. So after taking that class I loved it. I kept enrolling in other courses and before you know it I was working on set and fashion week.
2. Who do you look up to as an artist?
I Look up to a lot of artist in our industry, it's hard to choose just one. But I can name a few, Jeffery Paul, James Vincent, Kevin Aucoin , Alex Box. There are so many that I love and admire. I also really respect Bridal artist they are
3. If you could work on any project or with any particular person, what would you choose?
I would love to work on a show like dancing with the stars. The makeup they create seems like so much fun and also challenging because they have a lot of quick changes
4. What are you currently working on?
I am currently freelancing
5. As freelance artists, we always have boughts of time where we are slow, how do you keep yourself motivated during these times?
I keep my self motivated by taking classes. Staying up on trends. And just being positive and manifesting like cleaning my kit or prepping my tools or organizing that always makes me feel better when I'm slow.
6. Is there a certain time of your life that you struggled significantly and came across doubts or feeling discouraged? What happened and how did you overcome this?
I think everybody gets discouraged now and then. There was a time when I was assisting another artist and thingswe're not going so well and I ended up leaving that artist. And I was slow at the time I wasn't finding any work and I was just really down about the whole situation, But I picked myself up somehow got re-inspired just by seeing my friends working and hustling. I really just kept a positive mindset and before you know it people were calling. it was difficult at the time. But if you're positive I feel like you can almost over come anything.
7. Did you attend a makeup school? Do you suggest aspiring makeup artists attend in order to pursue a professional career nowadays?
I didn't attend a particular school but I did attend classes. I couldn't afford to go to school at the time . I mean I think schools are great ! however they are very expensive. I feel like if you can afford it then why not if you really want to do this career you can. I feel like anyone can but it's definitely not for the ones that think it happens overnight. You have to have a lot of heart in this industry a lot of strong work ethic and definitely a thick skin. If this is something for you, then I think you should go for it! The sky's the limit . you shouldn't let anybody bring you down or tell you how your journey should go you should just do you.
8. What is your favorite project you are most proud of that you have worked on?
My favorite project I've worked on is prob all of them I feel so fortunate to be able to do something I love.
9. What advice would you give to other aspiring makeup artists who want to get into this industry?
The best advice I can give to someone new to the Industry is: don't be a diva anyone can be replaced.
10. What do you think it takes to be a successful makeup artist?
What I think it takes to be a successful make up artist it takes hard work a big heart thick skin a can-do attitude positivity having good people on your team and in your corner. being positive and being happy. Don't be in competition with anybody. The only person you should be in competition with is yourself.
Beautifully said, Nina! I couldn't agree more :-)
Check out Nina's work on her website at www.makeupbyninalopez.com
And be sure to follow her on Instagram @makeupbyninal
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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!