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Conversations with Nadia Hoecklin

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nadia Hoecklin.

Hi Nadia, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I grew up in a very international and mobile family- my father is German and my mother is from the United States. We moved about every 2-3 years when I was growing up until we landed in Shanghai, where we lived from when I was 13-18. It was in Shanghai that I became fascinated with live theatre and my first ‘job’ offstage was to turn a 13-year-old girl into a 30-year-old man. That was it! That was when I fell in love with makeup and its transformative power. My fascination with makeup continued through my years of university at McGill in Montreal where in addition to working on theatre productions, I was the lead makeup artist for a local TV channel. After graduating from McGill, I completed a one-year Global Makeup Program at Blanche Macdonald in Vancouver. From there, I was fortunate to work with and train under some great artists as I refined my skills, learned the ropes of working on different kinds of sets, and began to understand who I wanted to be and what I wanted to do in this industry. I am still constantly learning from everyone I encounter, and I love that I have such variety and depth with my clients and projects that I always have a lot to learn.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Is it ever a smooth road?! There have been a fair number of obstacles and challenges. But I do feel like obstacles create detours in the right direction; I try to view struggles as opportunities for growth. Certainly, starting out—in a new city, in a career, or currently, on a new business venture—can be challenging. Maybe my background of moving all over the world and having to start again so many times gives me confidence and reassurance that I can make it work.

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?
How I think about what I do: I help individuals feel beautiful, confident, and inspired before big moments in their lives, whether it’s a red carpet, a TED talk, a wedding, a photo shoot, or some other special event. I do that working as a freelance hair and makeup artist. While I am based in Vancouver, I also work in LA and Toronto (represented by Exclusive Artists). I work with a variety of clients within the fashion, advertising, and celebrity world. I suppose what I’m most proud of is having created a successful career where I can express my creativity while learning from, and (hopefully) supporting and bringing joy to, people at important moments in their professional or personal lives. I am still as fascinated by the expressiveness of makeup and by the emotions it can inspire as I was at age 13. Hopefully my clients can feel my love for what I do.

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