Today we’d like to introduce you to Lexie Sosa.
Lexie, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Growing up, I was a very shy and anxious kid. I coped with anxiety through creative outlets. Movies always inspired me, I had my favorite tv shows and characters and would never miss a new episode. My room has piles of books stacked against the walls. Makeup slowly worked its way into my life. I had my favorite bloggers and brands. YouTube opened my eyes to technique and what was the hottest items to have. Like every kid, I would play around with eyeliner and cover-up acne but never thought makeup could be my career. I was going to a four-year university and I got to the point where I looked around at everyone and saw how dedicated they were, and how much they enjoyed it and realized how unhappy I was. My anxiety, depression and OCD was at the worst it ever had been my whole life and at only 20 years old I felt so incredibly lost, alone and broken. I took time off of school and slowly built myself back up from the bottom.
For the first time in my life, I put myself, my happiness and my mental health first. There was a moment when I was watching Titanic. I looked up who the makeup artists were and found a video online of them doing the signature Rose makeup on a model. My parents knew how makeup and the entertainment industry always interested me and suggested I go to makeup school. A few months later, I was enrolled in the multimedia program at M.U.D or Makeup Designory in Burbank. And not to sound cheesy or anything, but it was one of the best experiences and changed my life. Three years later and makeup has become my therapy.
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?
Any job in any field is going to have its struggles. As a freelance makeup artist, I have to make sure I stay motivated and dedicated. Following up with people and being consistent is key. Being confident in your skill and what you can bring to the table. Confidence can be shaky at first (trust me I know) each job is a learning experience and the confidence will come in time. Job consistency is also a huge struggle starting out. Having another part-time job that can be flexible with you when you do get work can be challenging. You can reach out to so many artists, brands, productions, etc. a day and maybe get one response with a possible job. The other day someone told me, “You just need that one job, that one break and it’ll all fall into place”. You just have to trust the universe has your back. If you believe in yourself and genuinely enjoy the work and the process to get where you want, then the struggles become a part of your journey and shape you. Also, surround yourself with people who support you and believe in you. I’m so thankful to my family for the most incredible support system.
What do you do, what do you specialize in, what are you known for, etc. What are you most proud of? What sets you apart from others?
I am a beauty and FX Makeup Artist for film/tv, fashion, print, red carpet, etc. I love a good dewy and glowy complexion with a soft eye and wispy lashes. But I also love an open wound prosthetic with airbrush and lots of blood. As an artist, I’m definitely most proud of my growth as an artist and seeing my growth in this industry. I’m also proud of who I’ve become and how the shy little girl I once was can now sit in a production meeting and hold her own. I’m quirky and awkward with really curly hair but those things set me apart. Just be yourself and all the things that make YOU up is what sets you apart.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
I’ve always wanted to work with kids and on a kid’s series. Disney and Nick were such huge influences on me as a child, that I grew up wanting to be a part of something that inspires young kids at home. If it weren’t for Hannah Montana, That’s So Raven, Drake, and Josh, etc. I don’t know where I’d be. It’s the magic of television or movies that create that spark. I wrote a note on my phone at the beginning of 2019 of goals, I wanted to accomplish this year. One of those things being working on a kids’ show. I found that note the other day. As I’m typing this, I am on my lunch break as a makeup artist on the set of a kids series. To know you can achieve what you set your mind too is the most empowering and indescribable feeling.
- Website: lexie-sosa.format.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @makeupbylexiesosa
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