Today we’d like to introduce you to Carrie Mercado.
After exploring her options in life, Carrie chose to dedicate her energies to a makeup career and years latter it’s clear it was the right decision. Her work has appeared in feature films, TV shows and many other events and her ambitious aspirations are leading her to new heights in her profession.
Below you’ll find edited excerpts of our interview with this rising star.
Carrie, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started doing makeup at a department store while living in Baton Rouge and going to college, as a means to pay the bills. I always loved my work, but bounced around to different majors, trying to find my passion. While going to nursing school, I got an offer from the cosmetic company I was working for, to move to Dallas, TX, and become a resident makeup artist at Neiman Marcus North Park. After working there for some time, I eventually got scouted to work at a luxury retail store in fashion, and left Neiman Marcus. Makeup and my love for doing it never really left me, so I continued doing it for socialites, and some professional athletes wives – Including being fortunate enough to do Alex Rodriguez’s wedding when he got married. Eventually, I met my husband and moved to California. I was trying to figure out what my next chapter would be professionally, but always thinking my dream job would be to work in film and television, doing makeup and special effects. Five years ago I got the opportunity to become a student at Makeup Designory in Burbank. I jumped at the chance and never looked back! Since finishing their Master Program, I’ve had the opportunity to improve my craft through work on feature films, television shows, music videos and web content.
Has it been a smooth road?
The road to get here hasn’t been smooth. Just the realization that my passion was right under my nose the whole time wasn’t easy. There will always be plenty of people along the way to remind you of all the ways you can fail. You just have to stay focused on your goals, and have faith that you can and will get it done. I will never forget the first time I saw my name in the credits at a movie theater. It was such a special moment that I’m not sure I can ever get tired of seeing.
Let’s dig a little deeper into your story. What was the hardest time you’ve had?
Probably two of the hardest times when it came to my work were:
One was figuring out what path to take to start in the industry. It isn’t easy to network and make connections initially in the industry, but once you do it pays off. I decided to go to MUD and get trained on everything so I could do it all to expand my opportunities.
The second was that when first starting out, you have to pay your dues so you can get your name and work out there. It’s a lot of doing work for credit, and not money so you can get your name and work out in front of people, and make some connections. It’s hard because you work 14 plus hour days sometimes, without days off in low/no budget. I made a promise to myself that I would stick those days out, work hard and ethically, with a positive attitude. It’s easy for people to get tired and frustrated, and want to give up… But I stayed focused on the bigger picture in those days, and pushed forward.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Facebook: Carrie Mercado Makeup Artist
- Instagram: camercado6
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