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Meet Marina Del Rey Makeup & Hairstylist: Briana Ashlyn

Today we’d like to introduce you to Briana Ashlyn. She’s a teacher-turned-makeup artist who has no regrets for pursuing her passion. Mariana is set to make it big in LA and we hope to see her work in the mainstream pretty soon. Below you’ll find our interview with her.

Marina, please share your story with us.  How did you get to where you are today?

I’ve always been fascinated by the transformative power of makeup artistry. I loved playing with different products and applications. Like many girls, in high school I did my friends makeup for prom, and even looked into going to a specialized academy after graduation. Instead I decided to pursue a more traditional career. I went to college, got a degree (almost), and taught English in Japan until I realized that even though I enjoyed it, the passion for it just wasn’t there. That was not how I wanted to live my life, so I dropped everything, made a leap of pure faith, and left to chase after my dream with full force. I made my big move to LA in November of last year, and it was the best decision I’ve ever made.

Has it been a smooth road?

Like most dreams in LA, the pursuit of success is never ending. Competition and judgment are around every corner, but when the passion for something is true, you have no choice but to push towards optimism. Though finding work and financing a life in this “California Dream” is a daily struggle, one of my biggest challenges was and continues to be having confidence in my work. My drive and desire to succeed have given me the opportunity to work with some amazing models, photographers, brands, and other talents. I look at every experience as a way to learn and grow and I’m excited to continuing moving forward and building a career for myself in this industry.

What are your plans for the future?

Moving to LA was a pretty big change for me, but also second nature. I love being in a new environment because it really makes me stretch out of my comfort zone. What I’m really working towards now is getting agency representation. Building up my portfolio until I get signed. Not that getting signed guarantees work, but it definitely elevates an artist.

I want to work with big names on projects that will be seen by lots of people. The motivation isn’t fame, its inspiration. I want my work to be seen by people walking down the street, opening a magazine, or strolling down Instagram. I want them to be inspired, to feel something that makes them want to take action.

Let’s dig a little deeper into your story.  What was the hardest time you’ve had?

I would say that dealing with personal family struggles (and distance) as well as balancing working full time and trying to build a freelance clientele has been really challenging.

Do you ever just stop and think WOW – I’ve made it?
As an artist I don’t think I’ll ever believe that “I’ve made it.” There’s a constant need to improve, and to be better than I was yesterday. I have definitely seen my skills evolve, and moments where I paused like, “damn, that was awesome.” Right after moving to LA I booked a shoot for this amazing band Dream Machines. We were shooting the cover for their soon to be released EP. This was my first in-studio shoot, and everyone on set was fabulous. It was surreal to be working with really seasoned people. I stepped back with a smile on my face. I was on the right track, and finally starting to see real results.

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