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Meet DTLA Make-up Artist: Vivienne Rao

Today we’d like to introduce you to Vivienne Rao.

Vivienne, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
When I was 20 years old, I had learned beauty makeup in China. At first, I just want to dress up myself, but I found out I felt in love with makeup. At that time, I had met my master after I graduated. She likes me and brought me to a lot of fashion shows and commercials for doing makeup. And I realized I love this career. After a year I came to America and wants to jump into makeup industry. I moved to Los Angeles seek through all the school and finally chose the cinema makeup school, also completed the special effect makeup course. When I started working in 2014, I worked free only for credit and more experiences. I met some producer and look for ways to cooperate with them, now I am getting more commercial or feature film from them.

Has it been a smooth road?
For me, the most difficult thing is English is not my native language. When I joined an American crew, it was hard to immerse myself into their community.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
My future plan is to go to University of Arts, London for future studies. I want to have my own line brand and my own studio can also cooperate with celebrities. Keep going in the fashion industry.

Let’s go backward a bit – can you tell us about the most trying time in your career?
It’s very challenging to be a makeup artist –  first, I am a foreigner, I have to take time to learn a different culture.  Second I have to develop my skills keep my professional connections. You can’t even find jobs that really excite you. As a freelancer, you have to build up everything like contracts, communicate with your clients, giving ideas, and compete with others MUA, because as I know there more than 30000 makeup artist in Los Angeles. But I know I love to be a makeup artist that’s my passion of it.

Are there days when you feel like you’ve done everything you wanted to, careerwise – the “I’ve made it” kind of moments?
I will be delighted to see my work after on the magazine or internet every time.

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