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Daily Inspiration: Meet Nikko Anthony

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nikko Anthony.

Hi Nikko, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
Love of makeup and art from as long as I can remember. My stepmom was a makeup artist and I was inspired by her. When I was in my early teens, I was super inspired and intrigued by the New York club kids, 90’s fashion and supermodel era. I got a job working for various luxury makeup brands at Barney’s New York Beverly Hills and Bloomingdales. After about three years in the retail side, I finally gained enough confidence and momentum to quit and fully commit to working freelance and building a name for myself. It’s been three years now that’s I’ve been fully committed, and I’m so blessed and proud to see how far I’ve come. I know I’m just touching the surface, and I’m so excited to see where my career goes.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Has not been easy, nothing good comes easy. It took my Swahili to adapt to the freelance culture. I’ve always had a lot of pride and have been scared to ask for help or opportunities, but in this industry closed mouths do not get fed. You have to want it and go for it, and no second guess yourself.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I’m a makeup artist, I specialize in working with a host of celebrity clientele, ranging from women to men. Most proud of seeing my work in magazines, music videos, commercials, red carpets, and television shows. I think what sets me apart from others is my ability to adapt and learn quickly while keeping up with the beauty trends and learning to love my work for its own individuality. “Makeup has no rules” a quote from François Nars is what keeps me grounded and allows me to be passionate and free in what I do.

Any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general?
Lucky for me, my best friend David Velasquez (A makeup artist in Los Angeles) had been thriving in the industry, I would assist him on various projects after a couple of months, I felt like I had build enough confidence to venture out on my own. Sometimes show how to manage, ultimately it’s up to you to keep the momentum and motivation to do it on your own. Networking is so important, staying active in the industry is also important. Take jobs that inspire you whether they are paid or not. If you can go home at the and of the day and be happy, that’s what really matters in the end. The money will always come, just stay passionate, exercise your creativity whenever you can, and make yourself and your work is seen whenever you get an opportunity.

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