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Life & Work with Yulitzin Alvarez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Yulitzin Alvarez.

Hi Yulitzin, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
As the daughter of hard-working immigrant family, my father said to me:” I do not care what you do, as long as you are happy”. I signed up for beauty school not completely sure of what that would bring or if I would even be great at it. I immediately fell in love with what doing hair did to people. Most of the people who come to a beauty school are older women, helping them feel better and remind them that any age is worthy was really what I fell in love with. After beauty school, I understudied other great artist in film and fashion as well as maintaining my salon apprenticeship and decided to also take a makeup class to expand my abilities as an artist. I met many great people along the way that helped guide me somewhere, as I was not exposed to this world and did not know anyone in the industry. I then went into theater and worked with many shows before I was offered a tour of my own, I fell in love with something new: the road. I love traveling and being able to be part of a live show, specially after a pandemic. I have been blessed and done a few films and fashion and now back on the road with a national tour final season of RENT, as both an Associate Designer as well as the touring Supervisor. It has felt like a long road, yet I still feel like I have many places to go.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Some of the biggest struggles I have found are going into an industry that I know nothing about and many times, realizing I am the youngest and also the only person of color. I learned very quickly that I love what I do, big part of what I call success is that I own who I am and the things that I know. That even when it’s hard, I enjoy the challenge and the ability to teach what I know. The biggest struggle as a person has been culture shock of traveling and finding my voice, specially when they say you cannot do it. Finding ways to not let other’s doubt create fear in me. Finding my space knowing the pressure of being a daughter of immigrants. As an artist representing the times, we are living as well as creating opportunity and representation above all. I now feel more in touch with the Mexican daughter that I am, but with all the growth that every opportunity has given me.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
As a hair and makeup artist and designer specializing in period looks for film, print and theater. I have worked on things from book covers, eco-friendly fashion magazines to one of my favorite films I have worked on this summer, to currently a live theater show. The ability to own my artistry and take a challenge be able to travel all around the world doing the thing that I love being able to connect with people who do not speak your languages.

What has been the most important lesson you’ve learned along your journey?
Never doubt yourself. It may be hard, you have not done it before but you are in that room for a reason. Do not doubt yourself.

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Photo: @lucas Markman model: @georgieleahy photo: @khalilah.pianta model: @missdioranderson photo: @phsmuelphoto model: @josiejones yulitzin by pedro Hernandez @pedropicz yulitzin by friend yulitzin on set by paparazzo yulitzin on set by assistant model: photo: @lucas Markman model: @@georgieleahy photo: yulitzin shannon murray dot marie jones yulitzin by friend

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