Today we’d like to introduce you to Eddie Giron.
Eddie, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Started out working in a department store in the fragrance section which was right next to all the makeup. I would watch the artists applying makeup and was completely fascinated. I bought a small amount and started practicing on friends and family. I went on to work at a makeup counter where I really got tons of practice and learned a lot from the other artists who were doing makeup for years. I started reaching out to photographers and models that I wanted to work with and expressed my interest in collaborations. I went on to do photo shoots and now tv shows and film! I also am an educator for a brand
Has it been a smooth road?
One of the biggest struggles is taking harsh criticism. Social media is huge in the industry and people love expressing their opinions in comments. Reading a mean or rude comment about your work is very difficult. It makes you question your skill and talent as an artist. But then you have to pick yourself up and not take it personally. Having a tough skin is part of the job. Especially in this industry. Another struggle is making connections for work. There are a lot of makeup artists out there, especially in Los Angeles. But I just have to make sure I’m being myself and really listening to what my client wants. That way they’re happy and feel beautiful!
Any predictions for the industry over the next few years?
The industry has already made a huge shift into being very social media based, and I only seeing it going there even more. Before makeup artists were hired on their skill and talent, but now it’s based on how many followers they have on social media.
What would you say has been the biggest challenge for you over the course of your career?
My biggest challenge over the years has been gaining a reputation and following on social media. I rarely ever wear makeup and I don’t own a professional camera and lighting kit. So the pictures I post are of work I do on photo shoots or on set. Unfortunately, I’ve seen more popularity on pictures that are of very dramatic selfie makeup.
Let’s change gears – is there any advice you’d like to give?
Be humble! Sometimes you might have to take jobs assisting or work for free. You never should feel like you are above it. You never know who you might meet on those free jobs or assistant gigs.
- Website: www.eddiegartistry.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @eddiegartistry