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Life & Work with Katelynn Camplese

Today we’d like to introduce you to Katelynn Camplese.

Hi Katelynn, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
As long as I can remember I loved art. Painting, sculpting, coloring, crafts, all of it! When I was 15 I dual enrolled in cosmetology school while still in high school and got my cosmetology license. During that schooling was when I learned that I loved makeup. After graduation, I went to the Academy of Makeup Arts in Nashville, TN where I got a diploma in special effects makeup and beauty makeup. I soon after moved to La to pursue a career!

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?
It has absolutely been a bumpy road. It’s not a consistent job, you’re always hustling for the next gig and marketing your brand. During the slow times, I often get in my head about if the hustle and the lack of stability is worth it for a lifelong career. Is not knowing what I’ll be doing a month from now how I want to spend my future, but I ultimately realize that it’s what I love. I would rather constantly search for opportunities than to be stuck in a job I hate.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a hair and makeup artist for tv, film, red carpet, weddings, photography, you name it! I’m most proud of myself for being so rounded in my skills. I do soft beauty, glam, special effects of all sorts, and hair styling, I think that’s what sets me apart in a city full of creatives!

Can you share something surprising about yourself?
I used to do 48-54 hour film fests back in Nashville! A crew of filmmakers would get together and would only have a few short days to be given a topic, write, film, and edit. It was such a fun way to release creativity, meet people, and have fun. I actually won my first award for best makeup during one of these film fest!

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