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Life and Work with Michelle Robinson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Michelle Robinson.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
In March 2013, I moved to California in hopes of starting a professional career in makeup, it was a new-found talent and passion for me and I wanted to see how far I could go with it. I had these big plans for my family (my son and his father) of how I would be doing makeup on such a large scale that we would have to make it a family ran business. While attending “April Love Pro Makeup Academy” in San Gabriel, my son’s father was murdered back in our hometown. Dealing with the loss, I contemplated thousands of times about discontinuing my education in makeup, I was stuck. However, I am Blessed to have the people that I have in my corner because they saw the untapped talent in me and pushed me to finish what I started. Following that I graduated 2nd place in both beauty and special effects at the “April Love Pro Makeup Academy”. I had to take my emotions and used them for fuel in my art which also served as an outlet for me to heal. Since graduating, I have had the pleasure of working on some awesome projects with some talented people. For starters, I got a chance to work alongside of my instructor April Love on many different things like, New York Fashion Week, L.A. Fashion Week, pageants, music videos, and makeup shows, I have been mentored by Eric Fox from SyFy’s “Face Off” creating things for National Geographic’s, Steve Aoki music video, and Raw Artist competition. I’ve also had the pleasure of working with the well-known Choreographer “Betty Rox” on photo shoots and music video like the hit “Hey Mama Africa” by Stylez. These are just to name a few but I have also worked on small films, celebrity shoots, and have been published a few times. One of the biggest things I have found out about using my makeup skills is that it also provides healing for others as well, I’ve been so blessed to be able to give back through charity projects like “Armored Angels” “All About the Animals” and the “Women’s Den” who help women of domestic violence. I am in the profession of makeup because it is who I am.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has not been as smooth as I imagined it to be, that I would say. Of course, with being from a different state and trying to build trust in making new friends or even building clientele has been one of the biggest obstacles to overcome. Most of the people I knew doing makeup on a Professional Level had been on the scene a while, knew the right type of scene to be in, or got business through word of mouth. So, of course I would see others going on more shoots than myself and wonder what am I doing wrong? I’ve also had a lot of people betray me in this industry in the attempt to discourage me from making something of myself. I also found it hard being able to fit into what a lot of these Hollywood makeup stores call the standard just to get employed. I mean I have competed for makeup employment and crushed my opponents just to be told: “I’m not what they are looking for”. It never failed after each and every interview I have been on I had my family and friends tell me I know you got it in such confidence. Just for me to tell them not even a week later that I didn’t get it. Thank God! I happen to love that I’m a plus size black chick who is in love with the art of Makeup. LOL! I tell myself even to this day, “We’re all meant to walk a different path and what’s for the next person is not meant for me because my destiny is tailored just for me”. See don’t wait for others to make a way for you when you are more than capable of making a way of your own. Dig deep, stand strong, invest in yourself, and most of all, believe in yourself. This is just the beginning for all of us, be you and be great at it.

Please tell us about Michelle Sade MUA.
Well, I specialize in providing that “Red Carpet Glam” not just for models but for the everyday person. I use my great customer service skills along with my creative mind and pair it with my client’s vision to create a tailored look for them. I am creative, personable, relatable, passionate and honest about my work. As a brand, I am most proud of being able to understand my client’s visions and executing them in such a memorable way that it keeps them coming back.

Are there any apps, books, podcasts or other resources that you’ve benefited from using?
Pay pal has been awesome for me in making payments simple, Instagram and Snapchat for allowing me a platform that connects tons of people to view my work and Go Daddy for hosting my site and keep track of my visitors and stats. Other than that, I get inspired by colors, nature, people, family, emotions, and just being out in the world.

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