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Meet Kira Isfan

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kira Isfan.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Kira. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Born in a small town called Ottawa, Canada I started taking interest in makeup when my mom and I decided to take a special effects makeup class for fun. We learned how create bruises, gunshot wounds and burns. I instantly fell in love with makeup. It was something I could do for hours and not get distracted.

I was always in love with art, and to be able to move it from a canvas to a person was so beautiful to me. I knew special effects makeup wasn’t an everyday thing so I started watching YouTube videos and learning techniques and slowly but surely I was getting better. In 2017 we moved to sunny LA when my dad got a job. I was so ecstatic to find out we were moving here. Three years later, I’m still in school majoring in cosmetology and set to graduate in the spring. From then I hope to work for a year and go back to school for special effects makeup at Cinema Makeup school based in Koreatown. I have worked with so many schools like AFI, NYFA, and UCLA and met so many amazing people here.

Recently, I found out one of the films I worked on in summer 2019 got selected for this year’s Sundance film festival. I’m so proud to be apart of it. Los Angeles has been such an incredible journey with so many ups and downs, sad and happy tears and so many memories I can honestly say I will remember for the rest of my life and hopefully can share these stories with my children one day.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I’ve never had any obstacles because I know there’s always a way around something and opportunities. But there have been a few challenges such as people being unreliable or unorganized when it comes to filming and production. I’ve also dealt with some challenging people along the way but if I do experience someone like it, I try and keep to myself and learn from it because there will always be someone like that.

Please tell us more about your work. What do you do? What do you specialize in? What sets you apart from competition?
As of right now, I freelance and go wherever I’m called or needed. I specialize in makeup. From beauty to special effects. My favorite looks are always the spfx because I can get more creative with the looks that I’m doing. I think what sets me apart is that when I do makeup for a film, I will always be open to ideas from the director but always keep it original. When I work, it comes so naturally that I just don’t think about it and let my hands do the work.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
When I had just started at school in cosmetology, I had a girl in my class, who knew a producer and AFI who needed a makeup artist. When he asked her to do it, she said she didn’t want to but knew someone who was passionate about makeup. That person happened to be me. I am so thankful for her because she’s the one who helps me get into film and I was able to connect with plenty of other people which from there was almost like a snowball effect. I just kept meeting people. I’m lucky that I have parents that pushed me to be social and be comfortable talking to people. I make friends everywhere I go.

Pricing:

  • For filming 150-300$
  • Photoshoots 100/day
  • Music video 100-200$/day

Contact Info:

  • Phone: 3105931559
  • Email: kira.isfan@gmail.com
  • Instagram: Kiraimua
  • Facebook: Kira isfan

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