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Daily Inspiration: Meet Jordan Deveix

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jordan Deveix.

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’ve always loved creating things. I was part of a unique program in high school where I would participate in art classes for half the day and then complete my regular high school classes the other half of the day. However, when it came to college, I was persuaded to get a degree in something to get me a more stable job, and then I could do art on the side. It made sense at the time, and that’s what I did. However, I never felt fully satisfied with what I did, and I struggled to complete some courses in college. After college, I spent several years in a job that I ‘liked,’ but it wasn’t fulfilling, and I always felt something was missing. The only time of year that I felt complete was Halloween. I love this time of year. I spent months putting together my costume (and eventually the costume for my now-husband) and was so happy when Halloween came. I got to dress up and do crazy makeup. But then afterward, I would get what I called the “post-Halloween blues” and was sad that I had to wait a year to feel this again.

Several years ago, on November 1st, when I was in a state of sadness again, I had an idea, and I approached my husband about it. “I want to go back to makeup school,” I told him. He thought that was a great idea and supported me further pursuing this idea. By December, I was enrolled and learning about the world of makeup. I learned everything from bridal to special effects and everything in between. I cherish this time because it helped me figure out what type of makeup artist I wanted to be. I realized I wanted to work in tv/film productions as beauty and SFX makeup artist and in editorial and fashion events, creating avande garde looks.

My next hurdle is – how can I align myself to enter these markets? I was living in San Francisco at the time. My husband and I thought about it for several months as I was building my portfolio locally, then it became apparent that we needed to move to Los Angeles. And so we did!

I’ve had the pleasure of working on many film sets since we moved, met so many wonderful and exciting people, and worked on several fashion projects. My days are longer now, and I no longer have a set schedule, but I wouldn’t change it for the world because I now get to create unique looks for the actors and models I work with, and I always come home with a smile, ready to start the next day.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I’ve been fortunate to know that the road to where I am today has been smoother than other journeys. I struggle daily to get the attention of producers and directors as I submit my resume for various projects, but that’s typical for a makeup artist working independently. I’ve been very fortunate to have the full support of my husband, friends, and family along the way as well.

Although this is my passion, it’s also my career, and so I do encounter the struggle of negotiating with the hiring parties to pay me fair compensation for my work. As this career isn’t typical, I have periods of feast or famine. Therefore, it’s important to stay mentally strong and optimistic during the ‘famine’ periods (and maybe pick up a part-time job to help bridge that gap as well).

I’m now trying to align myself for two goals; to become eligible to apply for Union status (and be accepted) here in LA and/or to align myself to join a makeup artist agency and become represented alongside other very talented artists.

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 creating original and unique looks and special effects makeup applications. I am most proud of convincing myself that it’s ok to let go of what was no longer serving my best interest (my old career) and start new working in a discipline that I love and that allows me to create every day. I feel like I’m fortunate I didn’t get into this line of work in my 20s. I don’t think I would have had the discipline and focus needed as I do now.

Although I didn’t feel delighted in my old career, I’m happy I still went through that process because it helped solidify precisely what I want in life. Now that I’m older and have these other life experiences to look back on, I’m more focused, I understand the non-creative side of productions, and I have this little sense of urgency as I pursue work. I know my goals, and I’m trying to find that path of least resistance to help me reach them.

I was in the healthcare industry in my ‘past life’. Spending years in this field helped me immensely with connecting with others and strengthening my sense of empathy. I feel like this helps me as I connect with the talent in my chair. I make sure they are comfortable as I sometimes spend hours applying their makeup and connecting with other people and departments to make sure we are all in alignment with the final look.

Do you have any memories from childhood that you can share with us?
Spending my summers with my family at my aunt’s home in Maine and playing with my brother and cousins outside all day long.

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