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Meet Hollywood Makeup & Hair Stylist: Jessica Fierro

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessica Fierro.

Jessica, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’ve been working as a professional makeup and hair stylist for almost 10 years. About 5 years out of the Hollywood area in Los Angeles. I love meeting and serving people from all walks of life and working as a beauty professional has created so many opportunities that I’m grateful for and that allow me to do that. The moment I knew that I wanted to get out of salon and onto location everyday was after I had taken a program with Napoleon Perdis out of Hollywood and was invited to assist at NY Fashion week. I still remember painting my first face for Fashion week in this epic loft space and thinking this is so great and this is where I want to be,..wherever my clients need me to be everyday. As a makeup and hairstylist, I get to spend time with clients on their most special days. I am able to help them prepare for all of their most important personal and professional moments whether I’m with a bride and her party on her special day or preparing a model/ actor before going onto set. It’s always exciting and full of great energy and I love that!

Has it been a smooth road?

Everyday is a challenge and that’s something that I enjoy and thrive on. Every face, every client is different. I’m constantly learning and growing as an artist and beauty professional and that keeps me going. Sometimes I have days where I don’t feel creative at all and then I go and surprise myself and find a way to do something in a new way that I hadn’t thought of before. I think it’s really important that when we hit walls as creative professionals that we take a moment to be introspective, but then keep going. We need those moments to sharpen our focus and push us to continue growing and reaching our full potential.

Do you feel luck has played a role in your life?
When I think of luck, I think of those moments that happen upon us without our pursuit. There are so many instances where I met someone or had an experience that brought forth an opportunity I couldn’t have imagined. The more I think of those moments, I realize that the resulting opportunities were a by product of me as professional doing my best to exist in an authentic place continually. I’ve made a serious effort to be gratefully accepting of whatever may spring forth from my best efforts and to not grasp for who I think I should be or what I think I need to have. Looking back on some really lovely opportunities and professional partnerships I can see this trail of gratitude and honesty with myself and others and a lot of just good old hard work side by side with other creatives to do the best we can and see what that can become.

Do you feel like there are certain traits that increase the likelihood of success?
What are some essential qualities to achieving success as a creative? That’s a really great question. I’ll start by saying that I try to do my best to define my personal and professional success in a way that makes sense for me and that creates a balanced and healthy way of living and working everyday for myself and for my family. There’s no denying that personal and professional success is connected to each other and one cannot be ignored for the other. I ask myself what do I want most in life, more than anything else? I try to determine if what I am doing today in my work or personally is going to take me in a direction toward or away from that ultimate goal. I adjust what is on my plate today to keep me in line with that ultimate goal. For me, I want balance. I want family and relationship and I also want creative work and exploration. I find a way everyday to make that work for me. I would say to other creatives if you’re struggling with balance try to identify that one thing that’s most important to you above all else. It’s never tangible. What is the deepest desire of your heart and what is in your soul that is bigger than awards and recognition? Be honest with yourself. It may not come to you right away, but when it does that understanding will help you to build an earnest plan for you to reach your own definition of success.

Tell us about your favorite and least favorites things about our city.
Something I like about Los Angeles is that it is a hard place. It may surprise you that I say that I like that, but I’ll explain. In a city like LA or NY and around the world for examples also there are so many reasons everyday to say things like no I “can’t”, it’s too hard, there’s not enough time, it’s impossible, but that also means there are so many opportunities to find a way to get there and to show up and to make things work…so many opportunities to prove to yourself that you “can” even when it is hard. I also enjoy the energy of the sort of myth and legend of LA and what that inspires for creative professionals. I love the people watching, especially the tourists and their idea of what LA is and the food. Some things I dislike are the same for any sort of densely populated metropolitan area..the traffic, the lines, the smog, the sheer cost of lifestyle. However, it’s impossible to enjoy such close access to such a large and richly diverse group of creative professionals without some inconveniences. It’s a balance.

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