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Meet Hollywood Hair & Makeup Artist: Gina Banic

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gina Banic.

Gina, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started working in the entertainment industry about 20 years ago. I started out as a writer for a magazine in Germany, which exposed me to a lot of celebrities and gave me a good insight into that world. I then decided to move to Los Angeles in 2001 in order to further pursue a career in Entertainment, not being sure in which capacity. I was always artistic and creative and knew I had to be in the right place. I then moved on to becoming a production manager for television shows, which lasted for a decade. Shows included credits such as “Germany’s next Topmodel – with Heidi Klum”, “Popstars” and many more. I always was intensely drawn to the hair & makeup people and had to figure out a way of how to switch to that world, so I went back to school, Aveda Hair academy, and attained my cosmetology license in 2012. I have been working as a professional hair & makeup artist since then. I don’t limit myself in any way, so I have done films, commercials, TV, editorials, weddings and I am happy to say that I am the master hair stylist at the Ritz Carlton hotel in DTLA as my creative journey continues.

Has it been a smooth road?
It has been a very difficult path because I have changed careers in my thirties and had to start all over again. I thought that it would be an easy transition, but it wasn’t. I had to learn a completely new skill set and that takes time. I have worked for free or little pay on so many occasions in order to build my credits, my portfolio and to have a strong reputation as an amazing artist.

What’s the hardest part of your job?
I work too much. It is hard to find time for myself and the funny part is, that I beautify other people all the time and rarely have time to pamper myself. Otherwise, I love what I do, I love being around all kinds of different people and making them look and feel good.

How do you define success?
Being successful is being in high demand, especially when you are working as a freelance artist. You have to put in a lot of effort and time, build many relationships with clients, producers, photographers and agents. You start out working for free, then for little money and gradually you make more money. I think that when you focus on being great at your profession and when you love what you do, success will be inevitable.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I am here to teach people how to be beautiful from the inside out. My goal is to motivate men and women to love themselves fully and I’d love to have a TV show that deals with beauty, taking care of yourself physically, mentally and spiritually, give makeovers and simply to spread love and positivity and empower everyone!

Pricing:

  • rates vary completely based on the project or client. My minimum 8 hour rate day rate is $400
  • individual clients should contact me directly to inquire about pricing

Contact Info:

  • Website: www.ginabanic.com
  • Phone: 323 434 9528
  • Email: gbstyle@yahoo.com
  • Instagram: Gina Banic
  • Facebook: Gina Banic
  • Other: imdb: Gina Banic

 

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