Today we’d like to introduce you to Abigail Smith.
Please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was introduced to makeup by my older sister when I was thirteen years old, some bored afternoon summer before I started my freshman year. She thought I could channel my artistic skills into doing theatrical makeup for the theater department at my school. Following that I was the hair and makeup designer for every show we did until I graduated in 2017. I grew up in a small town in Idaho so that was about all the experience I could get before I moved out to LA. When I was sixteen, I toured Cinema Makeup School in sunny Los Angeles and planned on attending there the minute the tour ended. I had the best time of my life at CMS spending every minute of the day thinking about and working with makeup. School was a really great place for me to try everything and decide what I was more interested in pursuing as an artist. I graduated Cinema Makeup School in spring of 2018 and following that started my career doing whatever I could working on student films, trade for portfolio photo shoots, and assisting artists that were connected to my school. I eventually found my footing and now find a balance of working on music videos, short and feature length films and celebrity editorial photo shoots.
Great, 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?
My journey has had a lot of ups and downs, even now I still don’t know what is waiting for me. Freelancing of any kind, especially makeup artistry takes lots of hard work, dedication, persistence and CONFIDENCE. I have had a wonderful experience so far in my career but I have dedicated a lot of my life to this job and sacrificed a lot at such a young age to get to this point. I am 21 years old now and I finally feel comfortable enough in my career to be more selective about the jobs offered my way and more aware of the time that I need to rest and enjoy the other aspects of my life. I have unfortunately seen many artists not able to stick it out through the hard times and the difficult parts of this career path so I made it a priority to always get back what I have put into this job. Hollywood is not an easy town, and I didn’t know anybody when I came here so the only person, I could rely on was myself to get work and stay busy. I have met some incredible people that have helped me out a lot but there are also a lot of broken promises that people give out here and you have learned to move on a keep moving forward, whatever is meant to be, will be.
Abigail Smith – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I tend to jump around to a lot of different roles under the “makeup artist” umbrella and I love to do it all but I certainly have specific things I try to work on more than others. I LOVE working on film sets, something about movie magic always inspires me and I really enjoy bonding with the actors to make their character come to life. Along with that I love to get creative and work on fun music videos or photo shoots where I can collaborate with everyone and we can create a beautiful work of art on screen. I enjoy working with bright colors and fun designs whenever I can so those area fun way for me to get creative. I specialize in doing beautiful and glowy skin that catches the light in a perfectly natural way- doesn’t get better than that! As an artist I am most proud of my journey and the person I have become through it. I used to be very shy and quiet growing up and I really didn’t know anything about this whole world down in LA, sometimes I have to pinch myself and remind myself that this is my life and I get to do what I love every day and that I made it happen for myself. I’ve learned so much and changed so much but I believe what sets me apart from some other artists is my calm and happy approach to my job and the passion that exudes when I work. I am aware of the nasty business of Hollywood and all the craziness down here but at the end of the day, I just paint faces.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
The proudest moment of my career so far was the first time I worked on the Universal Studios Backlot. It was a place I had visited for years and always dreamt about working there, in the same space where so many historic films were shot. I will never forget that feeling of driving up to the lot for the first time.
- Website: www.abigailsmith.site
- Instagram: @abigailsmith_mua
image 1: photo by Malik Daniels talent Wyatt Oleff
image 2; photo by Elaine Torres model Sophia Tatum
image 3: photo by Malik Daniels talent Algee Smith
image 4: photo by Elaine Torres model Michelle Twarowska
image 7: photo by Stephy Perea