Today we’d like to introduce you to Manmeet Kaur.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Manmeet. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
When I was a child, I always had a passion for art, music and dance. I never got an outlet to do any of those things until I got to high school. High school sparked my love for performing arts, and dance. I did that through a sport called color guard. I marched in high school for four years. Color guard is a sport that involves a lot of discipline and attention to detail. Members spin a flag, rifle or saber in a synchronized manner, usually contributing to the visual aspect of a marching bang program. In the winter, this sport transitions to indoor gyms, where choreography is put to songs and strategic formations; known as Winter Guard.
Color guard really fueled my passion for performance. Once I graduated high school, I continued marching an independent group, Icon Winter Guard. We also went on to win WGI World Championships Independent A class in 2019 with first place and the highest score in the history of our division. Nothing short of amazing!
As my journey into marching independent winter guard came, so did my passion for makeup artistry. My experience with show makeup made me realize how much I love to play with different products. I have been a freelance makeup artist for four years now. I started to freelance for different brands and models, which heavily contributed and boosted my experience level. I have been constantly working and developing my craft to push my creativity to a higher level. Makeup is beautiful because it allows for self-expression with no boundaries. There are no rules when it comes to it. A blank slate for whatever you mind and heart desires.
Along with performing and rehearsing all weekend with Icon Winter Guard, working as a freelancing makeup artist and going to college full time, I wanted to explore dance. I have always wanted to train in different styles such as bollywood, bhangra, contemporary and hip hop. Color guard provided a lot of confidence when it came to dance since it had taught me a lot of ballet and jazz. I wanted to break the barriers and expand! Eventually with training I got the opportunity to be in some music videos and just have fun discovering the ins and outs of professional dance.
Over all, I believe you can do anything you put your mind to if you have driven. I passionately believe that you do not have to stick to one thing or be “good” at just one thing. The sky is not the limit! It just a checkpoint!
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?
It has been anything but a smooth road. Personally, I experienced a lot of doubt in myself. Also, a lack of confidence at times. When you are a creator, you are your own worst critic. It’s hard to look at your work and be satisfied or 100% confident that you could not have done it better. I have felt this way about my makeup artistry, dance and color guard. As artist we crave perfection, or at least the next best thing. That is why I have always felt I could do better. With that, I have been keeping up in school. Balancing everything I like to do and school can be quite a load. At times I felt unmotivated but somehow, I manage to get up and go again. I remind myself of all I want to accomplish and it aids in my drive. I believe slowly I have been more accepting and prouder of all I have done and accomplished. it’s been quite a journey but a very rewarding one at that.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
As I look to the future, I plan to keep dancing and doing makeup. Hopefully working on movie sets and more photoshoots.
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