Sooooo.... let me tell you a little about myself. I graduated in 1995 from the University of Kansas (rock chalk Jayhawk!) with my BFA in Art History and Photography. For four years I worked in Chicago as a photographer shooting Real Estate for the Chicago Tribune, as well as sporting events and head shots for various Chicago sports teams, Athletes and their families. It was a really great job but after a snowstorm which had me locked down with my God-Children for several days I decided to follow my heart and my summer wardrobe and move out west!
I dabbled a bit in an "agency job" which was kind of the thing to do at the time, and worked as an assistant to Joan Scott, who was the President of Writers and Artists talent management group in Beverly Hills... interesting job if you enjoy getting screamed at and answering phones, but not my thing. On a random job one night in 1999, I happened to meet an amazing woman named Dia Dibble who was (and is) a brilliant makeup artist here in LA. She took me under her wing and trained me on technique and showed me the rules of the road on sets. With my experience in photography, my love of visual arts and my understanding of many creative mediums as an artist I found that makeup on faces and bodies was just a natural transition for me from one canvas to another.... and now I paint people...literally.
A few other things you may want to know about me... I am a mom to 2 pretty cool kids and one Siberian Husky. I am a Virgo, so if you buy into that kind of thing know I am loyal to a fault and a perfectionist. I like to problem solve, love a challenge, and when time is of the essence work very well under pressure. If you need someone to look disheveled for a shot, don't be surprised if you find me rolling them around in the dirt. I like things to look authentic and real... I am not what you would consider a "heavy handed" makeup artist unless the project really needs me to be. I like to think I have a pretty good sense of humor, and laughing is one of my favorite pass times. I do not like drama or negativity. I do not like to talk about politics or religion. Lastly, when I started writing this, I was trying to do it all "proper and in third person form" and realized that I am not really good at writing like that... not that I am the best at writing this way, but this feels more real to me.
I am really lucky to have a job that I love, and one that challenges me and allows me to create... so even if you don't see what you are looking for on this site, feel free to contact me anyway and we can discuss! I am always up for a challenge and trying new things, not to mention that my years of experience are not all listed on here. I can be reached via cell, email or thru my agent at Maven Artists Agency, Mishel Brownlee.