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Meet Kennedy Ramos of Karii Kreations in Downtown Los Angeles

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kennedy Ramos.

Kennedy, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Growing up in Seattle, I found myself attracted to many forms of art, documenting the pursuit for understanding my emotions and aesthetic with every piece I created. I often used music, makeup artistry, hair styling, graphics, and even film as my own interpretation of therapy. I used every finished product as a sense of accomplishment rather than hold on to something that might have been holding me back. My goal was to make something charming out of what may have once acted as an affliction.

I started out making music and going to local open mics throughout junior high and high school. I gained an interest in visual forms of expression such as filmmaking, graphic design while teaching myself how to be a makeup artist/hairstylist. I would be at school, creating visual stories and digitally drawing out portraits. I even arranged shoots and did makeup for my friends every week. We would capture pictures in my backyard, public parks, public storages, cemeteries, railroads, rocky beaches, took it as far as shooting in the displays at IKEA.

When I moved to Los Angeles, I ended up graduating from the Master Program at Make-Up Designory. I was able to talk with some of my favorite brands that I followed back in Washington and working on projects I had only dreamed of doing before.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I’ve learned a lot since moving here and I can’t say it’s been easy. This city has a way of making you think that the possibilities are endless, this is true, but we still have to put in the effort to find or create our opportunity. Though I accept the fact of my anxiety and depression, I try not to let that get in the way of myself or my opportunistic moments. Knowing how much of a toll it may have on me at times, I never allow it to interfere with the quality of my work and life.

There have been a few difficulties that could have easily have stopped me. Resulting in having to sleep in my car many nights with the option to move back home, but I wasn’t too keen on letting go of my dream so early. I had a promise to myself I wasn’t going to throw away what I’ve already started and lived with regret for the rest of my life for not going through with my own dreams and passions.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Karii Kreations – what should we know?
We’re proud of our attention to design and personal style, ensured to compliment your ideas and concepts you have for a project. Kariii Kreations freelances multimedia with a selection of services specializing in graphic art, makeup artistry, hair styling, video editing, and web design. Whether you’re a business searching for a website with a couple of logos to a musician or model hunting for a makeup artist for a shoot/show, we’ve got you covered.

What were you like growing up?
I was pretty shy as a child. I would always spend the whole summers hanging out with my grandma when I visited. The kids in the neighborhood weren’t that friendly, so I would spend most of my time taking up different crafts on my own. I would paint, sew, film murder mysteries with my barbies, giving them makeovers, and cutting their hair for their specific roles.

I constructed play businesses that I would spend hours setting up. I remember the little table I used as my desk. Sometimes cluttered with paperwork and sketches, taking important calls with my disconnected landline my grandma let me use, looking up at my stock photo of a baby from an unused frame I would pretend I’d have to pick up from daycare after work. I was playing, but it wasn’t a game. I went all out. I kept myself busy manning my restaurant, school, and a hair salon. Taking dinner orders for my grandma with my play food and putting it ‘on her tab’. I would teach my dolls the basics and make my family diplomas for graduating from an absurd course that I would make up. I could spend hours styling my grandma’s hair, watching CSI in my hair salon that was formerly the living room. I like to keep that same imagination and mentality as I had growing up, to build something of value out of very little.

Pricing:

  • Makeup Per Face – $50 to $75
  • Styling Short Hair – $25
  • Styling Medium Hair – $50 to $65
  • Styling Long Hair – $70 to $85
  • Elaborate Edges / Baby Hair – $60 to $100
  • Men’s Grooming – $25 to $50
  • Basic Graphic – $20
  • Detailed Graphic – $40
  • Elaborate Graphic – $80
  • Web Design – $500 to $1200 + $25/hr

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Image Credit:
Deverill Weekes, Omar Guerra, Natasha Ribeiro-Austrich, Kennedy Ramos, Joshua John Ivory

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