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Conversations with Bryan The Savage

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bryan The Savage.

Hi Bryan, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I was born and raised in Idaho in a traditional Mexican family. I always knew I was different (gay and creative) but never felt like I had an outlet until I came out as gay and found makeup in college. Makeup gave me a super-suit on days when I didn’t feel like I could rise to conquer the day. It inspired me constantly and gave me a believe in myself as an artist. I pursued makeup and taught myself as much as I could and eventually found myself working in the industry. Many serendipitous moments led to me coming to LA and it was the best decision I have ever made. I’ve surpassed every expectation and goal I set for myself and constantly look for new finish lines to cross.

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?
I faced adversity for being queer, nonbinary and gay. I created a path for myself that nobody in my life or in my experience had ever crossed (moving to a big city, choosing makeup as a career, being nonbinary, etc). I’ve chosen a life for myself beyond the norm of what was expected of me as a man and as a Latino. I still face the fear of what dangers my choice of gender expression can [bring] but I know I inspire others by being myself and that gives me the courage and drive to strive to create more spaces for authentic expression to exist with more acceptance and respect.

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 specialize in beauty makeup and I’m also a drag artist. I work on commercials, music videos, and I do red carpet makeup. Some work that I’m the most proud of would be working with Scott Barnes (J-Lo’s makeup artist), working on an international campaign for Hennessy, and doing a video for The Weeknd. In drag I am Stella Savàge Colby, and my drag mother is Sasha Colby who is an icon of the LGBTQIA+ community and one of the most talented and riveting drag performers out there. With both drag and makeup I strive to be an individual with my artistry; blending references from different eras and creating a unique story that represents myself, my journey, and bringing forth what I define as being beautiful and inspiring.

What are your plans for the future?
In the future I hope to be a successful drag performer and makeup artist. I hope to find a happy balance between being in front of the camera and behind it. I hope I forever burn bright as an artist and that I can, through my artistry, inspire other queer, Latinx children like myself see that they can do whatever they dream of.

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