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Meet Makeup Artist: Anton Khachaturian

Today we’d like to introduce you to the dapper Anton Khachaturian.

Anton, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I actually got my start at MAC! I got hired as a weekend cashier during college when I was 19. At the time, this was my dream job. I was interested in makeup, but never thought that it would become my career! I made my way up the MAC ladder and kept busy doing a lot of independent work on the side. I eventually left the company and started freelancing full-time. In 2013 I found my home at the incredible Exclusive Artists Management agency.

Has it been a smooth road?
It definitely hasn’t been the smoothest of roads. Transitioning to freelance full-time was quite a challenge. Finding jobs was an everyday struggle the first few years. With a lot of hard work and by constantly putting myself out there my career began to stabilize. I would work with anyone that was willing to shoot with me so I could build my portfolio and from there I started to meet publicists. One of the first was Jordyn Palos with Persona PR. She was definitely a turning point in my career! I’m so grateful to all of the amazing people that have stuck by me from the very beginning!

When you look back, what are you most proud of?
Proudest moment is a tough one! I have to share two! I have had a lot of moments that I cherish. One that particularly stands out is the time I got to work with Pamela Anderson. I’m a huge fan of her and all the incredible charitable work that she does. Working with her was quite surreal. What made it even better is that she is one of the loveliest and most down to earth people that I’ve ever met! She’s a true beauty from the inside out.

Another that I have to mention is being on the best makeup list twice with my longtime client the brilliant and stunning Alysia Reiner. We made the list the first time for the Young Hollywood Awards and the second for SAG where she took the award for best ensemble cast! It was (and still is) a true honor to be a fixture in such a wonderful woman’s glam squad.

Every story has ups and downs. What were some of the downs others might not be aware of?

There were certainly moments where I had to struggle! Getting my name out there and establishing myself took years. The more I put myself out there, the more I worked and made connections. The one thing that I learned is that you should never turn down a job! You never know who you’ll meet. Eventually, the connections that you make at the beginning are the ones that will truly pay off.

Is LA a good place to do what you do?

LA is definitely a great place for me career wise. After all, there’s tons of work here! Starting out in Los Angeles I can’t really comment on because I started at MAC in Arizona where I’m from and worked there for about 6 years. During that time I did a lot of freelance work as well but moving to LA with that experience didn’t make it any easier to find jobs. I will say that when you come to a new place, you almost have to start over. Starting anywhere can be tricky but LA can be especially challenging since the market is more saturated with artists. All I can say is that you’ve got to keep pushing on until you get to where you want to be!

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