Today we’d like to introduce you to Mallorie Mason.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Mallorie. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I first fell in love with makeup and hair when I was a little girl. Watching my mom put on her makeup every morning, watching the red carpets and getting my hands on the latest Teen People or Seventeen Magazine. I was obsessed with the latest trends. Fast forward to practicing and playing makeup on my friends and family, I realized I was actually pretty good at this. Senior year of High School I knew I wanted to go to Makeup School. I applied for the Trade School scholarship that was offered and was accepted. Before Makeup School, I was given great advice about getting my Esthetician License. SO happy I did. To this day, that has opened the door to bigger opportunities for me within the Beauty industry.
Next, I attended Westmore Academy in Burbank. The program was three months. Divided evenly between Special effects and beauty training. The instructor saw something special in me and at the end of the course asked me to stay and work as a teacher assistant. I got my first job assisting on a pilot one week after my course ended. I couldn’t believe it! My dreams were coming true. Now, 11 years as a freelance artist I am proud to say I have worked for networks such as KTLA, ABC, NBC, ESPN and UNIVISION. My job has taken me to the Islands of Cuba, Bahamas, Jamaica and beautiful beaches in Mexico. Celebrities and famous athletes are some of my most favorite shoots to be apart of. I never imaged I would be a traveling artist and I like to think those trips are some of my most surreal moments in my life. This little girl who played with her mom’s drug store makeup is now a highly requested traveling artist.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I would like to think my road to success has had some turbulence but non the less pretty smooth. I really believe it’s all about the attitude you have. If you don’t have the fight and hunger to be better everyday and continue to learn you won’t make it very far. Everyone has a different journey and ultimately we all want to get to the same place… success. I took chances. I did jobs for free because I needed to build my portfolio. I assisted for many years for basically nothing so I could learn everything. I was a sponge and absorbed anything and everything I could. About three years in, I felt like I was hitting a wall and needed a lift.
Thats when I heard about Crystal Wright at a Makeup Show convention. If you don’t know who she is and you’re in the beauty/fashion industry I highly recommend reading her book. She helps you get started and unstuck. She said she saw potential in me from day 1. I was shy, quiet but yet so confident but didn’t know how to show it. She helped me gain that confidence and lead with it. To ask for what I’m worth when it comes to rates. As a freelancer, I have to do it all myself. Negotiating, networking and marketing. She also offers a platform and community of other artist to connect with. She is one of my biggest blessings.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I specialize in Makeup for TV, print, film, red carpets, weddings and special effects. I joined Local 706 in 2018 which is a Union for makeup and hair artist in Network Television. I have my esthetician license and with that I do eyelash extensions, microblading and brow grooming. I style hair for shoots and personal clients. Knowing how to do both hair and makeup gets you a lot more jobs. What I am most proud of is I’m in a place in my career where my work speaks for itself. Clients pass my information to others with confidence that I will get the job done. I like to think I build a great relationship with each of my clients. It’s not all about the talent but about your professionalism and making the client feel calm and comfortable in your chair.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My husband, family and close friends have always been in my supportive circle. Since day one! They keep me going. They push me to be better and continue to believe in myself.
- Website: www.malloriemason.com
- Phone: 714)474-1824
- Email: email@example.com
Apartment 3 Photography; Tony Wodarck