Today we’d like to introduce you to Diana Rivera Zapata.
Diana, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’m the youngest in my family and I’m first-generation Mexican-American. My parents came from Michoacán, Mexico in the 80’s and settled in Los Angeles. Our family of five lived in the back house in my godmother’s home in Compton, California. My father is an artist himself, but was working full-time at a juice factory and we all sold workman boots at the Paramount Swap Meet on the weekends. My parents saved up enough money to get us a home near my dad’s workplace in North Hollywood and that’s where I’ve resided since. Eventually, my dad opened his own scenic company and he’s been in business now for 15 years. My father is my inspiration and my mother is my fuel. They have always been supportive and pushed me to pursue my true passion.
Since I was a little girl, I’ve always been fascinated with Hollywood. What fascinated me the most were the people doing the work behind the scenes that sometimes goes unnoticed: makeup, lighting, even the set-builders like my dad. I discovered I was talented in makeup about ten years ago when I did a smokey cat eye for the first time at a friend’s photoshoot and received many compliments by the crew. In 2011, I became a certified makeup artist and have grown my clientele since then.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It definitely has not been a smooth road. I would go weeks without a client or project and, on many occasions, didn’t get paid because it was “trade work” which was great for building my portfolio, but not great when I needed to pay bills and constantly update my makeup kit. I quickly learned the difference between people supporting my vision and people taking advantage of me. Those experiences taught me valuable lessons and shaped me into the businesswoman and person I am today.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
I consider myself a well-rounded artist because I’ve studied and took on every field in the makeup world: bridal, print, pageants, runway, reality television, and even had the opportunity to teach prosthetic makeup in the Middle East. It’s very rewarding seeing your work on television or a beautiful model, but I have to say that working with brides is probably the most fulfilling. I feel honored that they trust my services for one of the most important days of their lives.
How do you, personally, define success? What’s your criteria, the markers you’re looking out for, etc?
I feel a sense of achievement when I see a woman feeling more beautiful and empowered after sitting in my makeup chair and allowing me to share my passion. I truly believe that a confident woman can take on the world and if I contribute to that in any way, then I’ve done my job. I have big dreams and with continued hard work, along with the support of my family and God, I will achieve the level of success that I see in the near future.
- Phone: 818-850-8417
- Email: TheHeavenlyDivina@gmail.com
- Instagram: @heavenlydivina
Hair and accessories: @StyledByMissDaisy Model: Alejandra Galvez
Bride: Daisy Vasquez