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Meet Sunny An of Makeup By Sunny An

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sunny An.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Sunny. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started my career in 2004, assisting a celebrity makeup artist based in San Diego. I bar tended at night and would get off at 3AM, to wake up in a couple of hours, to drive down to San Diego for a 7AM call time. I would drive 2 plus hours to assist for free and work on 10 hour day commercials. I did that drive for a few years, eventually it turned into a paying assisting job. I then started to test shoot with local photographers and developed my own portfolio and clients. It definitely was not easy networking and marketing yourself, like it is today.

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?
My career definitely has not been easy. There were so many struggles and rejection along the way. Even today, I face rejection. I continue to hit up makeup agencies, to get no response or that they are not looking to add any new artist to their roster, or they want me to assist their artist. I have assisted some artists from agencies to never get paid for my work, because the artist pays their assistants directly. Not always, sometimes the clients pay the assistant, or if it’s a big paying assisting job, the agency will pay. But on smaller paying assisting jobs that only pay $100 or $200, the key artist is responsible, and a few times I haven’t been paid and really don’t care to chase them down. I thought by assisting them, their agency would recognize me and sign me eventually, but it never happened. Sometimes, I can go weeks without work. During those times, it can get really stressful. I question myself a lot, questioning if I’m in the right industry or if I’ll ever work again. It’s been this cycle for the last 13 years.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I have worked on numerous music videos, commercials, photo shoots, and weddings. Most of my wedding clientele are Asian. I really love helping women achieve their desired look. Brides usually never wear makeup, so to see their eyes light up, after they are made over is really rewarding and encouraging. I am known to enhance people’s natural beauty. I pride myself in having a trustworthy and ethical business. I listen to my clients and deliver them with their vision.

I am starting a makeup line and 100% of the profit from face mask will go to help financially support orphanages around the world. Feeding All Children Everywhere.

What were you like growing up?
I was a tom boy growing up. I was rough around the edges and most my friends were boys. I wasn’t very feminine. I wasn’t allowed to apply makeup growing up. In high school, I would get to school an hour early and apply my makeup in the bathroom. My makeup skills were horrible back then. No one taught me how to apply makeup. My mother never wore makeup and to this day she does not wear makeup. I got into a lot of trouble growing up. I hung out with gangs and ran away from home. If I look back on my youth, I am surprised to see where I am today, as I am sure many people are.

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