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Check Out Elkin MacLeod’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Elkin MacLeod.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I got started in the theater. I know how cliché it is to be a former theater kid in Los Angeles, but I fell in love with acting and creating these characters. When I was in high school, they needed a makeup artist for one of the shows and from there, it was kismet. I went to the University of Central Florida, where I majored in Cinema Studies and minored in Studio Art, a choice that was made so that I could utilize both film and art to further my makeup career. Once I graduated, I moved out to LA where I could continue my education with Makeup Designory while working freelance jobs. I fully admit that I am still learning and still growing but I am proud to see the growth from where I started, and I can’t wait to see how much further I go.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It has had its challenges, that is for sure, but I wouldn’t be where I am now without them. When my grandmother passed away, it was absolutely jarring. Losing her made me reevaluate what I was doing as she had always been passionate about the arts and was one of my biggest supporters in being in theater and I wanted to honor her memory while not neglecting my own interests. So, when I fell into makeup, I just felt that this was it, this was what I had been looking for. While it has been a process, from moving across the country and leaving my family in Florida to getting to know the people in the film/ makeup industry here, it’s one that I’m glad to have started because it’s what makes me happy, and I like to think it would’ve made my grandmother happy as well.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am a makeup artist. I specialize in Avant-Garde and editorial style work, with a dabble in SFX. It is what I am mainly known for however, lately I have been getting into more fashion photoshoots, which have been lovely except it tends to be more natural looks than what I truly love to do. I love to create unique and distinctive looks that tell a story while captivating the viewer. I would say I am most proud of the work I’ve done recently with this incredible photographer, Linh Tang. She has some fantastic skills and I work hand in hand with her often to create a concept that highlights both our talents, which is a process that is always fun. It truly is a lovely experience when shooting with her. I would say what sets me apart would be my artistic elements, as I have an eye for details and color theory, as well as the concepts as a whole. Furthermore, through my art education, I tend to understand what art direction they want to lean into, as well as any references they wish to make or convey, which is ideal for fast-paced photo shoots where there isn’t enough time to do a full research assignment before the next look needs to be done.

We’d love to hear about any fond memories you have from when you were growing up?
One of favorite childhood memories would have to be when my brother and I got these wooden swords. I don’t even know how old I was at this time, maybe 6 and my brother 10 or so but my hometown, Ocala, used to have these Scottish festivals. They were always fun especially to a 6-year-old because imagine going about your day then seeing this guy doing the caber toss, essentially throwing a huge wooden pole while wearing a kilt, which I thought was a skirt back then. It was an absolutely bonkers of a day, with some Scottish dancers as well and a multitude of booths that sold different Scottish items, one of which was selling wooden swords. My brother and I each begged my mom for one, so we could challenge each other and after much, much, much begging my mom gave in. When we got home, we were fully armed to start our duel, but my mom stopped us, going “Let me show you how you’re supposed to do it, be very careful, you can hurt yourself”. As soon as she finished the phrase, “hurt yourself”, my brother proceeded to smack her on the forehead (accidentally, mind you), leaving a goose egg while my brother and I began the battle of our lives. We only had the swords for three days before we got them taken away. In all fairness, I’m surprised it even lasted that long considering the number of bruises we had after those three days. My brother states, to this day, that if we had only known we would have three days with them, the fight to the death would’ve been a little more concise. Luckily, we are both alive now and I don’t know how long that fact would’ve remained true had we kept the swords, so it was probably for the best.

Pricing:

  • Day rate: $175* Open to consultation
  • Kit fee: $45

Contact Info:

  • Email: elkin.macleod@gmail.com
  • Website: elkinmacleod.com
  • Instagram: @Elkinmua


Image Credits

Photographer(s): Linh Tang, Deverill Weekes Model(s): Suné Burger, Winnie Wang, Nick Nguyen, Georgia Morrissey-Osborn, Allison Regen

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