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Life & Work with Kelly Goldsack

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kelly Goldsack.

Hi Kelly, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
My journey started surprisingly as a headshot photographer. My clients would always ask if I knew anyone who could do their makeup or if I knew how to do makeup myself, and I figured it would be a useful skill to learn to further my career. Little did I know makeup would steal my heart! I first started as the in-house makeup artist at a day spa in Valencia where I got to practice on clients. Soon after, I began working at Sephora and learned the importance of how skincare effects makeup. To advance my education, I began working for cosmetic and skincare brands and learned how to educate clients on products and recommend what works best for them. In between all of these jobs, I was working freelance doing weddings, but I knew I wanted to take my career to the next level. A friend of mine who is also a makeup artist recommended I join an artist community called TGS Collective to help build up my portfolio through collaborative photoshoots. While working with these incredibly talented photographers, stylists and hairdressers, I had the opportunity to work on talent like Anne Winters, Jake Miller and Kira Kosarin. This elevated my skill set to the point where I started working with David Dastmalchian as his groomer for red carpets and press days and simultaneously working as Mallory Jo Hunter’s makeup assistant for photoshoots with Tyra Banks. I’ve been fortunate enough to have the experiences that I have but I know I still have a lot of learning to do.

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?
Throughout my life, I have always struggled with anxiety. It’s led me to say no many times in the past when I really wanted to say yes! In an industry that is very fast-paced, I needed to make a decision whether I was going to allow my anxiety to control my career or if I was going to take the reigns and trust myself. I’d like to say it’s an easy thing to do, but the reality is it’s a daily struggle, but the more times I say yes to opportunities the easier it becomes. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have a support system of family, friends and clients who not only understand anxiety but who help me through difficult times that eventually lead to a positive outcome.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I love makeup but I specialize in men’s grooming. I absolutely love interacting with clients and finding what look makes them feel their best! I’m most proud of the look I did for David Dastmalchian and Evelyn Leigh for the AntMan and the Wasp premiere, it was clean cut yet dramatic. It’s a hobby of mine to know everything I can about products. The science behind skincare and makeup is not only fun but fascinating and incredibly helpful in understanding what’s best for my clients. There are ingredients that have incredible origin stories like how they’ve helped heal scar tissue or reverse signs of aging. Knowing what can work for a client’s skin concerns can greatly impact their confidence. Learning the science behind the products has been instrumental in helping me stand out in my career.

Are there any apps, books, podcasts, blogs or other resources you think our readers should check out?
One of my favorite celebrity makeup artists Hung Vanngo has a YouTube channel where he illustrates how to do different makeup looks. He offers technique tips and excellent product recommendations.

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