Today we’d like to introduce you to Margaret Kimura.
Margaret, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Margaret Kimura was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Since her father was a music producer, and her mother a television commercial producer, she was raised steeped in the entertainment world.
Margaret first began working with photography and makeup at the age of 8. While most other girls her age were still playing with dolls Margaret was taking photographs. At the age of 16, her love of beauty and fashion led her to live and work in places like Milan, Italy, and New York City. Although her extraordinary life as a Master Makeup Artist was filled with experiences and encounters beyond her wildest dreams, there never was a shadow of a doubt that photography was and is her first love.
Margaret a full-time photographer and photo retoucher specializing in beauty and fashion, where she uses all of her past experience to produce the highest quality beauty and portrait photographs. She has taken many actor headshots as well as portraits for prominent leaders or fashion editorials for magazines specializing in Beauty. Her clients include veteran actress Andie MacDowell, Lauren Sweetser (Actress in Winterborne) as well as Technology Leaders for TEDTalks group in Los Angeles.
Has it been a smooth road?
Life is truly a balance. You have to take the good with the bad and the bad with the good. So far the journey on this road no matter how difficult experience or exciting, it is always worth it at the end of the day. I am grateful I am doing what I truly love. So for that, I can not really complain too much. I believe if we keep the eye on the prize and live in the moment and strive for the best experience, to me that is true success! One thing is for sure. The more you want in life, the harder you have to work for it.
Any predictions for the industry over the next few years?
As a professional who has seen many ebb and flow changes of the industry, it is common that we always tend to repeat history. The only difference is that technology keeps advancing. I see our industry opening up to different arteries of marketing. One being that with the “Millennial movement” of selfies and do it yourself (like a pro) “YouTube” sector of imagery. That certain style of artifice will start to fade.
There is much to be said regarding the grassroots, true skilled artistry and technique that will stand the test of time. The way I see it, the more advanced and skilled the artists are (who were a bit behind with the common artificial modalities that blew up) will start to take a forefront again. Bringing back the basics of real artistry and expert skills back into the game. Although with the advancement of crowd technology hence marketing, which I believe is here to stay. Nonetheless reality TV trend; as long as the Kardashians stay in the populist, it will be here for a while. with that said, the trend is starting to exhaust with its appeal losing its freshness.
With the way our politics are going and how the people are reacting, I honestly feel the new generation is all about going back to the grassroots of life and back to the basics. Our world is starting to see the values in Eco-friendly, eating healthy, supporting your local businesses, and living life with more simplification.
For example the popularity of “the Tiny House Movement” I think collectively we will start to see the power it that. The image industry is a constant work in progress, and the trends com and go… nothing really lasts forever. It’s always something that will be repeated but always with a new way of thinking… That is what makes our industry fun and fulfilling.
What has been the primary challenge you’ve faced?
I find that more people focus on how many followers and likes you have rather than really looking at your hard earned experience and skill. With my level of experience, this has been a daunting path and at times a hard pill to swallow. With that said, on a positive note, it has opened my eyes to what is in front of me. I am firm believer of “see things as they are” Because of that, it forced me to shift my thinking. This new concept has made me a better artist and overall business person. Now I feel I am equally balanced with the level of mastery to understanding technology and crowd marketing.
What would you tell someone who is just starting out?
Yes, make sure to have a plan and set constant goals. Stay current to all the newest marketing techniques and create innovative content regularly. If I had to put it in one sentence, know how to stay relevant.
- Negotiable per project
- Website: http://MargaretKimura.com
- Phone: 323-236-8175
- Email: MK@MargaretKimura.com
- Instagram: @MKCBA
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